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Zilker Metropolitan Park, Austin

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#5 of 20 in Parks in Austin
Near Lady Bird Lake and Barton Springs Pool, Zilker Metropolitan Park is a hub of outdoor recreation. Cycling and hiking trails take visitors around Lady Bird Lake and through the 142 hectares (350 acres) of surrounding woodland and lawns. The large urban park hosts sporting events, such as soccer, volleyball, and polo, as well as concerts, such as an annual music festival. Consider a visit to the Zilker HIllside Theater or the Nature Center for indoor activities. To rest your feet after a day of exercise, take a ride on the Zilker Zephyr, a miniature train that tours the attraction. Use our Austin online driving holiday planner to add Zilker Metropolitan Park and other attractions to your Austin vacation plans.
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  • We drove from Mexico and my son from Nacogdoches, TX, where we took my 40-month old grandson. What a great park. He loved the playground, the train, and the nature center. Well laid out and ample park...  more »
  • I took my kids here and it was great. They loved the park, the creek bed, and riding the mini train. Recommend!  more »
  • Not to miss. There are bike paths everywhere!! And if the terrain feels challenging check out the electric bike rentals. Super worth it. I knew about the bars and the music, but outdoor life in Austin...  more »
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  • Of course this is a wonderful place to spend time outdoors with friends and family. The Zilker Zephyr train ride is a must for those with children (or young at heart) Barton Springs Pool is crisp and clear as always, with plenty of room for everyone. The playground is adjacent to a pavilion for resting, lunching, or even a birthday party. Trails, bridges... everything is connected for walking, running, biking. Dogs and children play along the way. GO!
  • Gorgeous! Dog friendly! Not a lot of shade near the trails, but grassy areas are well maintained. Lots of little historical nuggets and plentiful seating. Felt very safe walking alone as a young woman. Beautiful natural river and urban vistas.
  • This park is perfect. It's close to home, there's always parking on the west end, and there's plenty of space to let your dog(s) run around and play (with other dogs!). I don't come here on the weekends, because it's paid parking, but on a weekday evening, my fiance and I come down here regularly to eat a picnic dinner and meet people (and their dogs). There are also great running trails along the river that can be accessed from here.
  • Amazing place to visit especially for those who have pets or just want to relax. The parking is intense but it's worth the wait. For new visitors.. it's free on one side, the rockier one, and not free to sit on the grassier side. Whichever location you pick it's still a guarantee that you'll have a great time.
  • Great place to go on a Sunday afternoon. They charge for parking on Lou Neff Rd so be warned. Take a Frisbee and find a tree to spend time under. The grass is soft and everyone will have a great time. Walk down to the trail and look at the water. Wave at the people ricing the Zilker Zephyr kiddie train!

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