Are you cooped out and missing the fresh greenery and the soft air? Don’t know where you should head to? Scroll down to read about the top, most beautiful parks in Austin!
Austin, Texas is the home to wonderful and energetic people, and a mixture of eclectic cultures, infectiously funky vibes, mouthwatering foods, grassroots politics, and mesmerizing destinations. There is no denying that Austin should definitely be on your ‘must-visit’ list!
Nothing beats sunshine and fresh air, and when it comes to green spaces, Austin has an impressively vast array of green spaces. These gems of greenery are versatile spaces that you can visit whenever you need a breather!
So is it a long walk that you and your dog are looking for, or are you craving a family picnic? Or is it just you, looking for some quality me time to enjoy the soft breeze and the fresh, green aroma and doze off in the afternoon? Well, its time that you take a stroll in one of these breathtaking parks in Austin!
Head to Austin’s beautiful parks and get ready to be wonderstruck! And don’t forget to pack your camera and brace yourself for some serious ‘oohing and aahing!’
Here are the top parks in Austin!
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
How about getting out there and smelling a bunch of beautiful roses! The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Centre is designated as the official state’s botanic garden and arboretum. This floral sanctuary is the haven of peace and serenity, where you can enjoy nature at its best.
The center was created in 1982 by Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes. The center is constructed with 284 acres that have beautiful plant landscapes, 16-acre arboretum, a windmill, a water garden, and a mesmerizing butterfly garden. When its Spring in the city, the fields are covered with Indian Paintbrush, bluebonnets, coreopsis, and many other native spring wildflowers!
Not to forget that there are multiple award-winning buildings scattered throughout the property as well! Lady Bird Johnson Wildfire Centre hosts events throughout the year, including photography lessons, yoga, and plant sales. When you visit the center, don’t forget to enjoy their many tree swings!
Ah, Zilker Park! Is Austin even Austin without its crown jewel? Situated in the heart of Austin, Zilker features 351 acres along the banks of Lady Bird Lake, capturing the spirit of Austin city. Famous for its Rock Island and Great Lawn, this beautiful park has a massive expanse of grass crawling with pick-up soccer games, picnics, cute dogs, and people reading under trees!
Host to some of Austin’s most famous festivals, Zilker Park houses events including Austin City Limits, Trail of Lights, Blues on the Green, Zilker Relays, and Kite Festival throughout the year! The park also offers an outdoor amphitheater for community arts organizations such as the Austin Summer Musical and Austin Shakespeare. The park also has vast areas for picnic, canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddle rentals, playgrounds, soccer fields, a miniature train, and a disc golf course.
The most beautiful part of Zilker Park is the 3- acre Barton Springs. This spring-fed public pool hovers between 68 and 70 degrees, and is the perfect place a hot day!
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MAYFIELD PARK AND NATURE PRESERVE
Head out there and enjoy nature and history in one place! The Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve is an enchanting and stunning place located in the middle of Austin. This magical site at the foot of Mount Bonnell is a mine of botanical beauty, which is a good enough reason to visit the place in the first place! But the real reason why this place has an offbeat charm are peacocks! Watch them perched on houses, strutting their stuff, relaxing in the trees, and showing off their dazzling feathers while you take a walk around the park!
The Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve was presented by its namesake, Mary Mayfield Gutsch, in 1971 for the people of Austin to enjoy their times in the park. Today, this island of restful respite is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The park comprises 2 acres of colorful cottage gardens with sturdy, towering palm trees, beautifully delicate water lilies, and magnificent peacocks, harmonizing together perfectly, while the preserve is a 21-acre natural area around the park, comprising wildlife habitat and walking trails.
How about a little quality time with amazing views and privacy? Mount Bonell, better known as Covert Park, is a series of lots and lots of steps. But that is the challenge! Once you reach the top, the view is gorgeous and totally worth it!
This stunning site has been attracting tourists since the 1830s. The land was deeded to Travis County a hundred years later, becoming a public park. By 2015, it was registered as a historic site on the National Historic Register
Located at 785 feet above the sea level, Mount Bonell is the highest point in Austin, offering a splendid vista overlooking the city and the rolling hills of Lake Austin. The panoramic views of the Colorado River and the ritzy homes on the other side, not to forget that magnificent view of the sunset is absolutely breathtaking!
But to be able to see the beautiful city skyline, the spectacular sunsets, and the glorious sight of the place itself, you have to climb a very steep and very long, stony staircase. It hardly takes half an hour to reach the mini trail at the top, and you can enjoy a picnic, the fresh air, and the lovely views. Don’t forget to take some selfies. And, you might even witness a proposal or two!
These lovely parks in the city of Austin are sure to give you the best times, wonderful memories, and a portfolio of beautiful pictures that you will cherish forever! Now, if you need a moment or two from the daily nitty-gritty to relax and enjoy the peace, tranquility and the beauty of nature, you know where you have to go!