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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Zilker Metropolitan Park by using our Austin tour planner.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Rolling hills are beautiful with wide open spaces for relaxing, playing with pets, picnics or most public outdoor games and activities. Some shade trees as well. No paved areas in park so not conduciv...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    a treasure in the city...large grassy field for unorganized games with balls, dogs and frisbees. has the zephir train, amphitheator, Barton Springs swimming pool, walking, picnic, platgrounds, the Car...  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    We live in Austin and love our Zilker Park...most of the time. On any summer weekend, Zilker Park and especially Barton Creek can be a zoo with paddlers and people in the water everywhere. Here's s se...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    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!
  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • June 14, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • June 26, 2017
    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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