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Parks & Natur in Austin

Pool
“The heart and soul of Austin. If you know anyone in Austin, you will find them here on a weekend.”
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Outdoor Event Space
“In addition to general-purpose lawns, sports fields, cross country courses, historical markers, concession stands and picnic areas, the park includes numerous public attractions. The Zilker Botanical Garden features several independently maintained gardens located near the center of the park and hosts the Zilker Gardens Festival every spring. The Austin Nature & Science Center offers ecological exhibits, nature hike trails, and children's educational programming. The Umlauf Sculpture Garden adjoins the southeast end of the park, displaying sculptural works by artist Charles Umlauf and others. The Zilker Hillside Theater hosts regular performances by local theatre companies, including free "Shakespeare in the Park" every May and an annual summer musical. Barton Springs Pool adjoins the park on the east, offering public swimming; other water activities are available in Barton Creek. The Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center by Barton Springs Pool offers exhibits about the natural history of the Edwards Aquifer that feeds Barton Springs. Every winter the 155-foot (47 m) Zilker Holiday Tree is illuminated, along with a Trail of Lights display. The Zilker Zephyr 12 in (305 mm) gauge miniature railway carries passengers on a tour around the park. The park's amenities and wide open spaces allow it to host a variety of large events each year. Most notably, the Austin City Limits Music Festival fills the park for two weekends each fall with numerous live musical performances by prominent artists.”
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Mountain
“Of the many things to do outdoors in Austin, Mount Bonnell is one of the most popular with tourists because of its numerous photo-ops and proximity to the city center. The highest point in the city, it reaches 775 feet and provides views of downtown Austin and the 360 Bridge. It also looks out across the Colorado River and is the perfect place to take photos of Austin's skyline. Although the lookout deck and pavilion are at the top of 102-stairs, it is not a steep or strenuous climb. Pets are welcome on the path and on the observation deck, and many enjoy picnicking while admiring the view.”
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Lake
“Named after the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Lake is actually a section of the Colorado River that covers 416 acres and has become one of the city's top recreational areas. Although lined with hotels and residential complexes, the majority of its shoreline is open to the public, with miles of excellent trails for pedestrians and cyclists, including the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the river and connects downtown Austin with the southern shore. The paths connect many of the city's parks, including Zilker Metropolitan Park, the Town Lake Metropolitan Park's Vic Mathias Shores, Lamar Beach, Butler Shores, Waller Beach, and Eilers Neighborhood Park. These trails also lead to popular tourist sites near the river, like the Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue, Congress Avenue Bridge, the Long Center of Performing Arts, and the Barton Springs Municipal Pool. Motorized boats are prohibited, however on the north shore, the Texas Rowing Center provides kayak and canoe rentals and lessons, and on the lake's south shore in Zilker Park, the Rowing Dock offers rentals and instruction for paddle-boards, kayaks, and paddle-boats. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available for use on Barton Creek, which is within the park.”
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“The Barton Creek Greenbelt, which travels through south Austin, is the go-to destination for outdoor enthusiasts and athletes in the city. You can enjoy hiking, biking, rock-climbing, bouldering, swimming and even lazily passing a day perched in a hammock or sunbathing on a boulder along Barton Creek. Enjoy 12 miles of trails via several access points throughout Austin. For visitors new to the area, this quick guide outlines the various access points from east to west, along with trail descriptions at each point. TRAIL’S HEAD (AT ZILKER PARK) 2201 Barton Springs Rd. The first section of the Barton Creek Greenbelt begins near Barton Springs Pool at Zilker Park. You’ll find paid parking lots here, although they tend to fill up quickly on nice days. Being the closest access point to downtown, this is a busy section of trail, with the first 1.2 miles being wide and flat with little shade, unlike much of the Greenbelt that’s covered by forest. Because of the trail width, you’ll find many cyclists using this part of the trail. While busy, it’s a leisurely portion of the trail with no real incline, so it’s an easy access point for a short walk. CAMPBELL’S HOLE Accessed Via Spyglass Drive From the West & 2010 Homedale Dr. from the East There are two access points to the Campbell’s Hole section of the Greenbelt in South Austin, which is a swimming hole that is often less trafficked than some of Barton Creek’s more popular swimming spots. This is partly because Campbell’s Hole is accessed through a residential neighborhood with limited parking—unless, of course, you hike to the picturesque swimming hole by way of Trail’s Head from the east or Gus Fruh from the west. GUS FRUH 2642 Barton Hills Dr. Direct access to Gus Fruh is also within a residential neighborhood, making for limited parking. However, it’s only a 1.4-mile hike from the Main Access Point along Capital of Texas Highway. Gus Fruh offers visitors a sometimes deep swimming hole and a famous limestone rock wall known as Urban Assault that is frequented by climbers. After a good rain, the pool here can be quite deep, making it a favorite for those who like to pair their hiking with a good swim. MAIN ACCESS POINT 3755-B Capital of Texas Highway The Main Access Point to the Greenbelt can’t be missed: right along Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360), you’ll find ample parking at the trailhead. Many people use this entry point to hike to Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls, which are a few miles to the west. This is a highly trafficked section of trail that’s almost always busy on a nice day, frequented by mountain bikers, rock climbers, hikers and those seeking out the falls for a good swim. With dramatic changes in topography, you’ll find rocky trails, steep cliffs, giant shade trees and aqua swimming holes along the way. TWIN FALLS 3918 S. MOPAC Expy. With parking along the highway, the Twin Falls access point is another popular trailhead. From here, you’ll hike downhill along Barton Creek, past steep rock walls, and through lush forest. Twin Falls is a short hike from the trailhead, with Sculpture Falls about 1.25 miles farther away. Barton Creek, once bone dry, is once again full of water, making for picturesque falls and a good swim. TRAIL’S END 710 Camp Craft Rd. Fittingly at the end of the Barton Creek Greenbelt is the Trail’s End access point, home of the infamous Hill of Life—a steep uphill or downhill section of trail (depending on which way you’re coming from) that mountain bikers and trail runners love to conquer. With a 300-foot ascent or descent in a half mile, it’s the steepest section of the Greenbelt. Sculpture Falls is also easily accessed from the Trail’s End entry point, for those who are taking on the Greenbelt from west to east, rather than from the Twin Falls entry point, which accesses the second set of falls east to west. Whether accessing Sculpture Falls from the east or west, be sure to visit, particularly if you’ve taken on the Hill of Life. You’ll have earned it. VIOLET CROWN TRAIL Zilker, 360 and 290 Trailheads One of Austin’s newest additions, the Violet Crown Trail follows the Barton Creek Greenbelt from Zilker to the 360 access point before entering into the Gaines Creek Greenbelt just southwest of the Twin Falls trailhead. The Violet Crown Trail is a work in progress, and once complete, will add 30 miles to Austin’s trail system. For now, the trail extends southwest through the Gaines Creek Area, leading all the way to Sunset Valley and the southernmost trailhead at Highway 290. Currently under construction, the trail will eventually go beyond the Highway 290 trailhead, leading all the way to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. ”
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Wanderweg
“Probably the least known outdoorsy area in the Austin city limits, McKinney Falls is hidden between IH35 and the Austin Airport on the Southeast side of town. We like to go here because it's less crowded than the Barton Creek and offers some great views, moderate hiking, and a nice swimming hole. It's a state park so expect to pay $5 to enter.”
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Botanical Garden
“Located just south of Lady Bird Lake, Zilker Botanical Garden, "the jewel in the heart of Austin", blends theme gardens like rose and Japanese gardens with streams, waterfalls and Koi-filled ponds. You can even find recreations of dinosaur habitats in the The Hartman Prehistoric Garden. Hours: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM Daily During daylight savings time, the grounds will remain open until 7pm. What To Bring •Cash. ZIlker Botanical Garden is cash only. •You are welcome to bring a camera, however there are rules on photography Location: 2220 Barton Springs Road Austin , TX 78746 Cost: (Cash Only) •$1 for children (ages 3-12) •$2 for adults (ages 13-61) •$1 for seniors (age 62 & up)”
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Park
“This urban greenspace features an off-leash dog area, seasonal events & picnic tables.”
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Garten
“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.”
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Pool
“A staple in Austin. Natural Spring Pool. Great place to hangout in the hot summer months”
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Playground
“Amazing, clean & very friendly family park. Paved trail & super close to tons of shopping, food & bars. Mueller is an up and coming section of east Austin that offers up pretty much anything you can think of! Our tip: take a picnic and just relax in a nice shady spot. It’s very peaceful..”
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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.”
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Field
“You'll spend hours learning about LBJ's life and presidency. Excellent access.”
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Hafen / Marina
“2418 Stratford Drive, Austin, TX 78746 Hours: Monday- Sunday 8:30am-7:00pm Rates Per Boat: M-Th/F-SUN Single Kayak: $10/HR / $15/HR Double Kayak: $15/HR / $20/HR Canoe: $20/HR / $25/HR Paddle board: $15/HR / $20/HR”
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Pool
“Nearby neighborhood pool. Free and open year-round. Water is heated in the winter.”
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Lake
“Open dawn til dusk. Great place to rent a kayak, canoe or SUP and tour around Lady Bird Lake , or 'Townlake' as the locals call it. A fun way to watch the bats on S. Congress emerge from under the bridge at dusk! They also have moonlight serenades and 4th of July Fireworks reservation option! ”
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