Austin outdoors

Enjoying the Austin Outdoors

June 12, 2013 | Best Cities, Best Cities and Neighborhoods

Get out of your Austin apartment because you now live in a “Go Do It” town. Whether that means canoeing the river, kicking back at a free live show, or running through a forest less than a mile from downtown, the great weather means you must Carpe Diem and enter the great Austin outdoors. There are plenty of really fun things to do outside in Austin and Rent.com is here to tell you all about them.

Zilker Park

You could spend months in Zilker Park and not get to everything. More than “just” a park, it is a staple of Austin living, a character in the local scene. These 351 acres, located in the heart of South Austin, play host to numerous events throughout the year including the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Freedom Festival and Fireworks, and the Fall Jazz Festival. This hub has apartment dwellers visiting bike trails, botanical gardens, mini trains, a nature preserve and just about anything you can think up. Well, not dinosaurs, but there is a science center. There is $5 parking fee from March to Labor Day.

Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail

“The Trail,” as it is known by locals, creates a full loop around the shores of Lady Bird Lake. You’ll see a lot of places named for Lady Bird around here after the very popular former First Lady. This 10-mile walking, running or biking trail is known for relaxing forestry and stunning views of the river. Austin usually ranks in the Top 10 fittest cities in the U.S., so you can see a good amount of people either before breakfast or during lunch breaks.

Barton Springs Pool

The crown jewel of Zilker Park is a spring-fed pool. Many Austinites spend the entire day lounging, people watching, and jumping into the cool springs. The entire year, the pool maintains a natural 68 degree temperature.  While that may sound a bit like an icy shrinker, remember Austin is known for a year-round endless summer. The bottom is rock and gravel and there are varying depths throughout. At Barton Springs Downstream, you can even let your dogs go for a dip after a day at the dog parks.

Dinosaur Park

Oh, you wanted dinosaurs? At Dinosaur Park in nearby Cedar Creek, there is a Jurassic tribute to the dinos that roamed Texas long before there was such thing as a cattle drive. Kids will love the life-size sculptures.

Do you have a favorite outdoor activity in Austin you would like to share? Let us know in the comments.    

 

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