Austin has a ton of green space that can be checked out when you are visting.  There are over 800 acres that combine Barton Springs with trails called the Barton Creek GreenBelt, including seven miles of hike and bike trails, birding, rock climbing, and swimming during rainy seasons.  Along your hike you might encounter one of the beautiful waterfalls or caves.  It is a beautiful place, a must for nature lovers or just for those who want to get away from the big city and still be inside Austin, Texas!   

SegCity Segway Tours:  Once you've zipped around the city on a Segway, walking just isn't ever the same again!  Tour highlights include 3 differently priced routes to match your family's budget. Best of all, the tour covers as much ground as a van or bus tour - but with Segways, instead of sitting on your duff, you are part of the action!  Located a block or two from most major downtown hotels. 

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To see some of Austin from the water, Capital Cruises offers different types of boat rentals (canoe, pedal, kayak, etc.).

Bat Watching: go to the Congress Ave bridge toward sunset to see the bats fly out to feed at night. Visit www.batcon.org for lots of information.

Zilker Park: in the heart of Austin, this 351-acre park has a large playground for the kids, including a small train, the Zilker Zephyr; Barton Springs Pool, a terrific spot for a cool dip; sand volleyball courts; a 9-hole disc golf course; soccer fields; a rugby field; and other multiple-use fields. The park also has the Zilker Botanical Gardens, a beautiful spot with lovely views of the city skyline, and the Austin Nature and Science Center, which offers programs for children and adults, ands-on exhibits, and interactive nature and science trails. The park links to the 11-mile, mostly shady, hike and bike trail, which meanders along Lady Bird Lake (which is actually part of Lake Austin).