Now that spring is underway in Austin, it's time to get out and explore the many beautiful parks in Austin. Austin boasts a wide range of parks that feature an endless variety of activities and programs.  No matter what you want to do, you’ll find it in one of Austin’s many great parks, whether it be going for a swim, exploring nature, exercising, or learning about art and history. And of course, if you have kids, taking them to the park is the perfect way to wear off all that youthful energy. Here’s a few parks in Austin you might want to explore soon.

Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail

Runners, walkers, and cyclists alike enjoy the 10 miles of trails that border Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. This scenic trail is the ideal place to relax as you enjoy the peaceful green parks and lakes.

Zilker Metropolitan Park

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 in Austin for all ages.

Zilker Botanical Garden

As the centerpiece of Austin, this spectacular park is adorned with trees, grottos, and other natural aquatic features. Zilker Park has been a fixture in Austin for 100 years.

Lake Walter E. Long / Lake Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park

If you’re in the mood for catching largemouth bass, then Lake Walter E. Long, located in Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park is the perfect place to go.  Or you can go boating, jet skiing, swimming, enjoy a nice picnic, walking or running.

Barton Springs Pool

This enormous pool measures 3 acres and is located in Zilker Park.  This historic pool brings together people from all around the city for a unique swimming experience, attracting almost 800,000 people per year.

For more great parks in Austin, visit www.austintexas.gov/department/parks-and-recreation.

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