in Austin, TX (showing 1 - 12 out of 12)

There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!

Ann & Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail

800 W Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78704   Directions

(855) 448-7245


Hike, bike or jog along the Ann & Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, a 10-mile greenbelt that winds completely around the city's landmark Lady Bird Lake. The recreation trail is one of the oldest urban Texas hike and bike paths.

Barton Creek Greenbelt

3755 S Capital of Texas Hwy B
Austin, TX 78704   Directions

(512) 477-1566


Barton Creek Greenbelt is an urban oasis. Its trails provide opportunity for biking, running, rock climbing, swimming and hiking.

Barton Springs Pool

2201 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704   Directions

(512) 974-6300


Take a dip in the 3-acre Barton Springs Pool, fed from underground springs where the water temperature averages 68 degrees. Austinites from all walks of life relax and enjoy water recreation here year round.

Bear Creek Stables

13017 Bob Johnson Ln
Manchaca, TX 78652   Directions

(512) 282-0250


Saddle up for some fun at Bear Creek Stables, located just outside of downtown Austin. Choose from Horseback riding lessons, hay rides, guided rides, parties, horse camp, BBQs and more.

Birding Sites

4200 Smith School Rd
Austin, TX 78744   Directions

(512) 389-4800


View exotic wildlife by visiting Birding Sites in and around the Austin area. There's no mistaking the incessant squawk of the wild green Monk parakeets who have set up residence around the area. The traditional outdoor viewing spot is by Krieg Field in Town Lake Park.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

1600 City Park Rd
Austin, TX 78730   Directions

(512) 974-1831


One of the largest parks in Austin, the Emma Long Metropolitan Park is a 1,150-acre park on the shores of Lake Austin. Oak and juniper trees shade the popular Turkey Creek Trail, which is an off-leash haven for dogs and their owners. Bikers and hikers also enjoy 2.75-mile trail that criss-crosses the creek in its first mile and a half. Another unique feature is the motocross track, which hosts plenty of recreational riders along with big local races.

Austin's fitting nick name, "A City Within a Park," means that Emma Long Park is a virtual metropolis, bustling with activity during the week and on weekends. A large sandy beach meets the shores of Lake Austin, and includes a designated swimming area, sand volleyball courts and boat ramps for pleasure and ski boats. Other park amenities include: 68 barbeque pits, 151 picnic tables, 12 miles of trails, 4 volleyball courts, 3 reservable areas, a fishing pier and a basketball court.

Restroom and shower facilities bring the best of civilization to the outdoor oasis. Overnight and RV camping is popular here, with 20 camping sites available with water and electricity hookups. For a back-to-basics experience, 46 tent camping sites with available water create the perfect overnight getaway under the stars.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739   Directions

(512) 232-0100


Stop and smell the wildflowers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The Center's outdoor gardens display the native plants of the Central Texas Hill Country, South and West Texas.

Lake Travis

Bullick Hollow Rd & RR 620
Austin, TX 78726   Directions

(512) 261-5121


Lake Travis is considered one of the clearest lakes in Texas with plenty to do for the outdoor recreationist including fishing, boating, SCUBA diving, picnicking and camping. 

If boating is your passion, then you'll want to catch one of the multi-class sailboat and windsurfing regattas. And if you prefer being in the middle of the action, plenty of marina rental stores offer ski boats, cruisers, cigarettes and mansion-like houseboats for weekend warriors. Dozens of smaller parks along the banks of the lake provide plenty of opportunity for diving and parasailing too.

Fishing enthusiasts will appreciate the easy access to some of the best fishing spots along Lake Travis. The Parks Department regularly stocks the lake with largemouth bass, Guadalupe bass, white bass, striped bass, catfish and sunfish.

Pennybacker Bridge

5019 Capital of Texas Hwy N
Austin, TX 78746   Directions

(512) 854-7275


Take a drive across the scenic Pennybacker Bridge, otherwise known by locals as the 360 Bridge. The weathering steel bridge is said to blend perfectly with the natural environment of Austin and has won several architectural and engineering awards. The bridge is located on Loop 360, south of FM 2222.

Rock About Climbing Adventures

3505 S Lamar Blvd #1005
Austin, TX 78704   Directions

(512) 415-0804


Reach new heights in the Lone Star State with Rock About Climbing Adventures. This rock climbing tour company offers lessons in several locations throughout Texas, including Austin's popular Barton Creek Greenbelt, Reimer's Ranch, Enchanted Rock, and other destinations. Courses offered at Rock About range from the basics for beginners, to advanced lessons for climbers with experience; private lessons are available. Experience the triumph of rock climbing and see the beauty of Texas from a new perspective with Rock About Climbing Adventures.

Slaughter Creek Preserve Trail

9901 Farm to Market Rd 1826
Austin, TX 78737   Directions

(512) 477-1566


Slaughter Creek Preserve Trail is a rustic, hilly, rocky, wooded and beautiful 5 mile bike and horse friendly trail. It was built and is water quality and nature preserve managed by the Austin Ridge Riders.

Zilker Botanical Garden

2220 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78746   Directions

(512) 477-8672


Explore the "jewel in the heart of Austin," better known as the Zilker Botanical Garden. The garden was established in 1995 and sprawls through 31 acres of downtown Austin, offering a sweet excape from city streets, and greeting more than 400,000 visitors annually.

Themes among the gardens are as varied as nature itself. There's a Japanese garden and koi pond, a rose garden, herb garden, butterfly trail and garden, and a cactus garden among the selections to tour. Another unique feature is the Hartman Prehistoric Garden, which recreates the habitat of local dinosaurs.

Visitors can tour the gardens for free and take home a Texas succulent or majestic orchid, among the many offerings. In the spring, the Zilker Botanical Garden holds its annual garden festival.

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