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Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
#1 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
... and dogs :) beautiful, peaceful and definitely Austin :) I love because it's an easy hike to Austin downtown if you want to stop for a bite to eat, easy to get to Zilker Park, Barton Creek Pool, walking bridge.
... community center; the oldest spring fed swimming pool in Texas; iconic Barton Creek in massive Zilker Park; a memorial to a local music great Stevie Ray Vaughan; boats that cruise the water; the largest urban ...
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Barton Springs Pool
#2 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
If you love nature, then it's a highly recommended place in Austin for a visit...If you love swimming then it's a must...a beautiful river, absolutely clean water with all amenities for a nice swim or lazing aroun...
Wonderful park for strolling, kids, walking the dog or walking/biking along the 10 mile paved hike and bike trail.
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Zilker Metropolitan Park
#3 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
Wonderful park for strolling, walking the dog or walking/biking along the 10 mile paved hike and bike trail that is located along the shores of beautiful Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.
The park has very large areas for kite flying, natural rock formations for climbing, sand volleyball, disc golf, swimming, plenty of large pecan shade trees and access points via car/bike and many picnic tables.
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Barton Creek Greenbelt
#4 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
During our week's visit to Austin we came here every day to walk and enjoy nature, joggers, bikers, pet walkers, as well as older folk like us out for peaceful exercise.
The Greenbelt is a bit tricky to where the good spots are and where to park to access them, but if you find one, there's always good company, peaceful vibe, just a bit too many dogs.
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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
#5 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
There are always wonderfully beautiful display gardens, swings in the arboretum, nature trails, an art studio, coffee shop, gift shop, play / learning areas for kids and more.
It was a relaxing kind of park/venue, neat stone work, cobbled paths, fountains, a turret to climb up for a 360° view AND a nesting owl (she apparently comes back every year).
Town Lake
#6 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
Enjoy a quiet morning with a jog or just a walk to enjoy nature - watch getting the kayaks ready for the day or the swans gliding around looking for a meal.
In some areas the 'city ' view is forested parkland and in others the view is park land and city views across the lake and on the lake side.
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Mount Bonnell
#7 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
Mount Bonnell (also known as Covert Park at Mount Bonnell) provides an excellent scenic overlook of beautiful Austin, especially at dawn and sunset.
Very nice easy walk overlooking the river below, nice houses on the river and the nature surrounding.
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Mayfield Park
#8 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
But Mayfield Park also has nice gardens, pathways, ponds, interesting buildings, and some nice hiking trails.
I took my kids over to this park to explore and hike around after I dropped my husband off to wait in line at Franklin’s BBQ and it was the perfect activity to be able to meet him back around noon to eat.
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McKinney Falls State Park
#9 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
Located on Onion Creek in east Austin, this park offers excellent opportunities for hiking, fishing, nature study, picnicking, and camping.
Hiking and biking trails, great fishing (free in the state park if you fish from shore!) Bathrooms were clean, roads are fairly wide (and paved!) and the campground was quite.
Zilker Botanical Garden
#10 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
From lush waterfalls with koi ponds, to prehistoric fauna with a dinosaur sculpture, to cacti, to rose gardens, to a towering bamboo forest, Zilker Botanical Garden presents a beautiful oasis of nature in a growin...
I went here for a festival and it was so beautiful, the flowers were so magical and the weather was perfect lots of vendors and lots of activities to do and see in the park itself.
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Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats
#11 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
Hop on a boat or simply find a spot on the lawn in then’bat park’, watching these amazing creatures will delight most and certain,y all bat fans..hear about their migrating adventures, reproduction and their amazi...
During the warmer months of summer, just before sunset, hundreds of tourists gather on and around the Congress Street bridge to witness a spectacular feat of nature: the massive nightly flight of 750,000 Mexican F...
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Austin Zoo
#12 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
Pros: clean, wheelchair accessible, lots of animals to see, animals to feed or pet, educational info about each animal, huge facility, comfortable park, lots of parking, snacks, great gift store, fair price, tons...
The park is well cared for and the animal enclosures are in good shape.
Austin Aquarium
#13 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
We stumbled upon this gem after having a day planned at the park being rained out.
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Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
#14 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
I use to play in the waterfalls, pools and explore the caves as a teenager and I was ALWAYS taken in by the beauty of the unusual plants and trees in this nature valley.
If you are in the Austin area and love nature you need to visit the Westcave Outdoor Learning Center.
Austin Nature & Science Center
#15 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
The Austin Nature & Science Center is a great place to learn and explore - Lots of hands on fun for the kids and animals to see.
This is a great place to visit to see live animals, exhibits, and even walk the nature preserve.
Zilker Playground
#16 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
Whether you are there for a picnic, ride the train, play a game, enjoy a venue or just hangout with "mother nature"; it is always fun place to say you have been once or throughout the year...One of the many park p...
With a couple of children´s playgrounds, trails and even a small working passenger train, the park is a great option for a family outing.
Bull Creek District Park
#17 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
The greenbelt that begins at Bull Creek District Park eventually leads to the Inga trail although I have yet to make the complete connection.
Wonderful dog-friendly Park along the banks of Bull Creek.
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Deep Eddy Pool
#18 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
Wild Basin Preserve
#19 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
A lovely little spot to go for a nice walk in nature.
My wife and I just finished a hike in this park.
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River Place Nature Trails
#20 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
This hike took us approximately 4 hours, but my grandson stopped a lot to pick up rocks, walk in the creek, and enjoy nature, plus I had to stop to take photos.
This is a well constructed trail I would put it on par with a National Park trail.
Turkey Creek Trail
#21 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
If you need to escape it all and enjoy a good nature trail, try Turkey Creek Trail.
It is located just inside the Emma Long entrance off of city park.
Mansfield Dam Park
#22 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
We love very close to the Park and we have 2 grand babies that love going there everyday they are here !
Mueller Lake Park
#23 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
Great scenic park along with great activities for kids of all ages!
There are also a few restaurants on the edge of the park and also the popular Thinkery experimental place for inquisitively minded children.
Red Bud Isle Park
#24 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
If you're looking for a nice dog park with beautiful scenery, some peace and quiet, and water for your dogs to swim in this is the place!
There are cleanup supplies throughout the park and it was very clean when we visited.
Emma Long Metropolitan Park
#25 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
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Pease Park
#26 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
We took a two mile hike along Shoals Creek to Pease Park and a 15-minute stop at the bathroom and the sprinklers recharged our 7-year old (and us) and made the hike back seem absolutely easy!
There was an impressive drum circle under a awesome round tent, complete with a multicolored canopy at one entrance of the park.
Commons Ford Ranch
#27 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory
#28 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park
#29 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin
Close to the South Park meadows shopping center, this park offer miles if walking running trails.
Easy to find and park.
Tri-Star Farm
#30 of 76 Nature & Parks in Austin