in Austin, TX
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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!
Ann & Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail
800 W Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78704 Directions
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.
4200 Smith School Rd
Austin, TX 78744 Directions
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
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.
Bullick Hollow Rd & RR 620
Austin, TX 78726 Directions
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.
5019 Capital of Texas Hwy N
Austin, TX 78746 Directions
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
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
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
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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