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#1 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
The weather was perfect on a mid-November afternoon for a two mile walk that included visiting SRV statue, turtles sunning on logs, ducks swimming and diving, egrets fishing and flying and finally the sound of the...
... 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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#2 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
I went with a few friends to take a quick swim on a Sunday afternoon, the place is very clean, lot's of people working out, trails, picnic area and everything you need to have a have a good time, highly recommended!
The east lawn is a great spot for frisbee flinging, yoga stretching or simply hanging out and people watching, especially on Sunday afternoons when you can listen to the rhythm of the drum circle which gathers jus...
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#3 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
... in Austin and I row on Town Lake a few times a week- but you can also rent kayaks, stand up paddle boards, or sit on the bank and watch the people (and bats) go by, or take a hike on the hike and bike trail.
We walked a lot of the trail that winds along both sides of the "lake" (actually just a section of the river), and there are art installations, spots to enjoy the river, and lots of turtles!
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#4 of 78 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.
Very well maintained trails Lots to see Birds and wildlife and picturesque scenery got our morning exercise in and took in all the sights, Beautiful !
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#5 of 78 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 is huge, Zilker Botanical Gardens, Barton Springs Pool, Hike and BIke, paddle boards and canoes, multi sport use, on grass, beach volleyball courts, playscape, miniature train that rides around part of th...
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#6 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
The Central Complex is beautifully presented, with plenty of fun benches (butterflies, dragonflies, sunflowers, etc.) and statues of animals, and a waterfall inside a tunneled area with replicated wall paintings a...
Once inside, however, we found a lovely courtyard, beautiful buildings, and an expanse of trails that enabled us to wander through meadows, woods, and somewhat formal gardens filled with native plants and trees th...
#7 of 78 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.
Difficulty: Easy Distance: 0.5 Miles Dogs: Yes, dogs are allowed Short and easy hike and great place to watch the sunset over the city of Austin.
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#8 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
Wander the property and enjoy the gardens, pea fowl and turtle ponds or take a trail down to the Laguna that is part of Lake Austin and this west Austin neighborhood.
There are some beautiful shade trees in the more formal grounds with some koi ponds, turtles, frogs and a bunch of peacocks and peahens just roaming around.
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#9 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
This riverboat cruise includes a pre-sunset stroll down the river with an awesome view of the downtown high-rise buildings, the viewing of bats from beneath the Congress Street Bridge, plus an additional post suns...
Totally amazing, you can see the streams of bats coalesce into a single stream hugging the trees on the south side of LBJ Lake and then watch as the black clouds of bats spread out into the surrounding countryside...
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#10 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
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.
I was thrilled when I visited and found the waterfalls, lush tropical scenery, camping, hiking, swimming, fishing and just pure awesomeness!
#11 of 78 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...
A tranquil oasis where paths and footbridges meander among streams, ponds, a preserved pioneer village, Japanese garden, tropical plants, butterfly gardens, rose gardens and cacti.
#12 of 78 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...
This non-profit is continuously building new enclosures and facilities and hosts daily programs and talks for kids and adults alike, in its effort to house animals from the 40-50 calls they get every month.
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#13 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
Even better than the fascinating exhibits and creatures of all shapes and sizes are the wonderfully, informative, friendly and helpful staff, specially Philip and Devin, the lemur master, Heather, Kate and also th...
We also had a great interactive experience with an Octopus and Allen who works with "Hank" but super helpful explaining Octopus habits and characteristics and in getting Hank to cooperate with his visitors.
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#14 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
Wow!! What an amazing experience!! Our tour guide was very friendly and had so much great information to share about the preserve and the history.
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.
#15 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
Kids of all ages, some camp counselors and some visiting parents with children were exploring the grounds, the trails, the native birds and animals that have been rescued and rehabilitated over the years, the cree...
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.
#16 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
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.
I have been to many parks but this one has something for everyone a must see with little ones and you must ride the train!
#17 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
Many trails to venture along and fairly easy to walk up and down the creek bed with limestone floor and bluffs.
My first time along Bull Creek was on the Inga Van Nynatten Memorial trail which I stated then was the trail to hike in Austin if you could only do 1.
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#18 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
A lovely little spot to go for a nice walk in nature.
Great Hiking for all Skill Levels
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#19 of 78 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.
In the interest of time because yea I gotta work later today I took the Canyon trail to the canyon trailhead on River Place Blvd.
#21 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
We rode bikes on the trail out to the pool which was a nice warmup.
#22 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
LOADS of fruiting fruit trees on the paths around the lake, water is maintained and aerated with huge fountains, LOADS of fish, turtles, ducks even Lesser Blue Egrets.
Great scenic park along with great activities for kids of all ages!
#23 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
The day we visited several dog owners had their pets out for exercise happily off leash and young families were taking advantage of the trail for an outing with their children.
I've hiked on other big city trails, and had to almost watch every step.
#24 of 78 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 !
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#26 of 78 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!
Lovely off leash dog island where pups can play in the water and run through the woods.
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#28 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
There was an impressive drum circle under a awesome round tent, complete with a multicolored canopy at one entrance of the park.
Also has a great trail to run or walk on for a mile for so.
#29 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
Easy walk, portion of trail passses river so can view water foul.
#30 of 78 Nature & Parks in Austin
A group of citizens stepped in and formed a non-profit organization that has truly bought the park back to life.