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Parks and nature in Austin

Top nature recommendations from locals

Outdoor Event Space
“Zilker is a lively area with lots of dining and entertainment options. Restaurants range from chef-driven hot spots to laid-back local fixtures to food trailers. There are popular venues for theater, film, live music and local art, as well as a number of relaxed bars, many with patios. Situated next to its namesake park with 350 acres of Green spaces, Zilker also provides access to jogging and biking trails”
  • 807 locals recommend
  • 5 Experiences
Pool
“Barton Springs Pool is a recreational outdoor swimming pool that is filled entirely with water from nearby natural hot springs. It is located on the grounds of Zilker Park.”
  • 960 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Mountain
“Sweeping views of Austin and the Texas Hill Country. Short hike to the top.”
  • 377 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Lake
“Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, walking, running and bicycling trails...beautiful!”
  • 359 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Other Great Outdoors
“Network of trials great for rock climbing, hiking or checking out a swimming hole. ”
  • 218 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Great spot to take photos! Wonder aimlessly through the trails and over the creeks.”
  • 120 locals recommend
Trail
“Open for day & overnight use all year Popular site for camping, hiking, biking & fishing, & for "Old Baldy," a 500+-year-old cypress tree.”
  • 108 locals recommend
Park
“Best view of the city, movies in the park Wednesday in the Summer. Great place to bring a picnic and sit out and relax. ”
  • 136 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Pool
“Take a bathingsuit and enjoy the cool (read cold) water of our beautifull springfed massive pool. A place to meet locals and visitors alike. Afterwards go have lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants on Barton springs road. My favorite is Shady Grove outdoors. (see more info on restaurnt in my food scene suggestions.)”
  • 140 locals recommend
Garden
“This is a popular place to visit to see all the native flowers and plants of Texas. It is especially busy in the springtime when bluebonnets begin blooming.”
  • 99 locals recommend
Playground
“Mueller Lake Park is, hands down, the most beautiful park in Austin, in my opinion. It has a wonderful playground for the kids across from the Thinkery kids museum, plus beautiful trails alongside a gorgeous lake. There’s even a food park area and an amphitheater where locals play/teach bocce ball. ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Field
“Cool to experience in person - The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, also known as the LBJ Presidential Library, is the presidential library and museum of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Bridge
“Home to the largest urban bat colony in the U.S. Crowds gather at dusk to watch thousands and thousands fly off into the sunset.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Park
“The Mayfield–Gutsch Estate, now named Mayfield Park, is a historic cottage, gardens and nature preserve in west Austin. ”
  • 80 locals recommend
Lake
“Check out the city skyline from a whole new perspective. Rent by the hour or day, paddle, kayak or canoe on the peaceful river through downtown. ”
  • 87 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Pool
“Nearby neighborhood pool. Free and open year-round. Water is heated in the winter.”
  • 72 locals recommend