Zilker Metropolitan Park
Zilker Metropolitan Park
4.5
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Home to Barton Springs, the Zilker Eagle, a large playscape, and four hundred acres of sports fields and woodlands, Zilker Park is a popular weekend destination.
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,188 contributions
    Urban Oasis
    Sprawling park that is an urban oasis in the city of Austin. We enjoyed riding bikes along Barton Creek and along the Colorado River. This is also home to the Barton Springs Pool and the Botanical Garden.
    Visited October 2022
    Written May 25, 2023
  • Bhaskar_10
    New Delhi, India2,852 contributions
    Place with many activities
    Been to this place at 7th July 2023 Visited this place with friend on weekdays and found teh parking to be free. the place have many natural trails for running / walking. Also has rowing facilities, and park and places for picnic. Also it has landscaped botanical garden. Pet friendly place, this attraction is good gor locals and for tourist who are on long vacations. Enjoy this attraction which is spread accross a huge area.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Michael B
    Portland, Oregon9 contributions
    Zilker is the Crown Jewel of Austin!
    Zilker Park around Lady Bird Lake is a shady, beautiful area just south of downtown. I have lived in Austin 45 years, and walk the 3 mi. loop from Mopac bridge to the pedestrian bridge many many times. Have explored more all the way around the lake on my e-bike recently. Zilker Park will add value to your life and feed your Soul.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
  • digitalroc
    Calgary, Canada1,816 contributions
    Pouring Rain!
    I had Zilker Park marked on my itinerary, and as I approached the area from downtown, it started to lightly rain, which wasn’t a big deal. Once I arrived in the park, and still in my vehicle, the skies opened up and it poured, for a long time! The park and neighboring attractions looked nice, but there was so much water on the streets from the rain, it was best to vacate the area.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 22, 2023
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada1,816 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
I had Zilker Park marked on my itinerary, and as I approached the area from downtown, it started to lightly rain, which wasn’t a big deal. Once I arrived in the park, and still in my vehicle, the skies opened up and it poured, for a long time! The park and neighboring attractions looked nice, but there was so much water on the streets from the rain, it was best to vacate the area.
Written November 22, 2023
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ttiottn1
Ohio360 contributions
Apr 2022
Nice urban park with lots of parking, lots of open spaces and plenty of walking paths. The pool was closed the Thursday we went and the train was not working but it was still worth the visit. And parking was free during the week (pay on weekends, holidays and special events).
Written May 5, 2022
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veronica c
New York City, NY66 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
This park has some overrated things like the sculpture walk, that costs 7 dollars and you can see it in 20 min if you walk very slowly. Then the pool that seems fun but is that, a portion of the river transformed in a semipúblic swimming pool. A couple of overpriced food trucks and dirty bathrooms. I’m not a fan of Austin so far and maybe is that I don’t like the city as much as the others I visited in this trip that make me see the faults in this
Written June 3, 2023
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Michael B
Portland, OR9 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Zilker Park around Lady Bird Lake is a shady, beautiful area just south of downtown. I have lived in Austin 45 years, and walk the 3 mi. loop from Mopac bridge to the pedestrian bridge many many times. Have explored more all the way around the lake on my e-bike recently. Zilker Park will add value to your life and feed your Soul.
Written October 1, 2023
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Jade_Mont15
Shreveport, LA295 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
I loved this place. The people are so friendly. You can swim, fish or canoe and kayak. I enjoyed the Sun and I stood on the bridge. I also got in the water and it gave me life. It also has a nice walking trail leading up into the lake. A must-see in Austin Texas.
Written June 8, 2020
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O9830OTbarbarad
Tarzana, United States7 contributions
Oct 2020
IF you are a "people watcher" this is a fabulous park. So relaxing and interesting. I didn't partake in any water sports but simply sat and enjoyed the view. Lots and lots of people swimming and small boating in this inner city river/ park. It's well kept which is very surprising considering how populated the park is. Austin does a good time at maintaining it's parks. I am from Los Angeles and you should see the parks- horrific. Hooray for Austin, job well done!
Written October 26, 2020
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drmader
Orinda, CA2,143 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Impressed with the sheer size of this park. Have been during holidays to see the lights , have been to Barton springs pool.. but the hiking and biking trails , sit out and picnic lawns, kayak and paddle board rentals, accessibility from and view of downtown...really impressed .
Did a few mile round trip walk the next day as well enjoying the trail along river is peaceful and let you appreciate nature .
Written January 19, 2021
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Bhaskar_10
New Delhi, India2,852 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Been to this place at 7th July 2023

Visited this place with friend on weekdays and found teh parking to be free. the place have many natural trails for running / walking. Also has rowing facilities, and park and places for picnic. Also it has landscaped botanical garden.

Pet friendly place, this attraction is good gor locals and for tourist who are on long vacations.

Enjoy this attraction which is spread accross a huge area.
Written September 9, 2023
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dmurray713
Tampa, FL273 contributions
Jun 2022
This review is about the Butler Hike & Bike Trail that goes along the edge of Zilker Park. The Butler Trail is a great large dirt walking/running/biking path that starts at MoPac and follows the river (on the southside of the river/Lady Bird Lake) to Barton Creek, and then actually continues miles down the river past Zilker park. There are many put-outs along the trail into the water if you have a kayak or paddleboard. Some of them are very scenic and relaxing for having a little picnic. Many native flowers and plants along the trail. It is mostly shaded with spots of sun here and there. There are also trash cans and recycling along the trail, with some water fountains. You get to walk along Barton Creek and pass the bridge that is popular for people jumping off of and into the water. It's 1-mile one-way from MoPac to the Barton Creek Bridge. If you walk a little east down Barton Springs Rd, there is a food truck park with a variety of options for lunch and hydration. We found free parking at the large gravel lot on Stratford Dr @ Lou Neff Dr which backs up to the Butler Trail.
Written June 20, 2022
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Sumner & Ali Hobart
Lima, Peru135 contributions
May 2019
Cannot believe how much natural (and tranquil) beauty there is right next to the city!

Zilker Park is absolutely beautiful and a fantastic place to relax by yourself or with a friend or family.

The quiet refreshing sound of nearby water, friendly faces as you walk along the endless hiking trails and numerous photogenic locations make this a must-see when visiting (or taking a break) from Austin.

Highly recommend.
Written March 16, 2020
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