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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!
Austin Park Foundaton - Barton Creek Greenbelt
Austin Park Foundaton - Barton Creek Greenbelt

(512) 477-1566

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

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

Austin Parks Foundation - Slaughter Creek Greenbelt
Austin Parks Foundation - Slaughter Creek Greenbelt

(512) 477-1566

9901 Farm to Market Rd 1826
Austin, TX 78737   Directions Website

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.

Austin-area Birding Sites
Austin-area Birding Sites

(512) 389-4800

4200 Smith School Rd
Austin, TX 78744   Directions Website

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.

Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs Pool

(512) 867-3080

2201 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704   Directions Website

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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
Bear Creek Stables

(512) 282-0250

13017 Bob Johnson Ln
Manchaca, TX 78652   Directions Website

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.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

(512) 232-0100

4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739   Directions Website

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
Lake Travis

(512) 261-5121

Austin, TX 78726
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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.

Rock About Climbing Adventures
Rock About Climbing Adventures

(512) 415-0804

1102 Elm Ln
Marble Falls, TX 78654   Directions Website

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.

Travis County Parks - Loop 360 Boat Ramp
Travis County Parks - Loop 360 Boat Ramp

(512) 854-7275

5019 Capital of Texas Hwy N
Austin, TX 78746   Directions Website

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.

Zilker Botanical Garden
Zilker Botanical Garden

(512) 477-8672

2220 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78746   Directions Website

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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