Free “Fun in the Sun” in Austin Parks

The weather in Austin might be a little nasty right now, but we all know that it is usually bright and beautiful outside. One great and FREE way to take advantage of this is to start using the City of Austin parks that are scattered throughout the city. Whether you live downtown, in Westlake, West Campus, or South Congress, there is a park near you. It is just a matter of finding them.

Unknown to many, the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department has an extensive guide to every Austin park on their website.

Some useful features found here include:

• A park directory
• The parks viewer to find the parks closest to you
• A list of disk golf locations
• An interesting history of Austin’s first parks, some more than you ever needed

Here are some of my favorite parks that I highly recommend you check out:

A view of downtown Austin from a park near Lady Bird Lake (photo by Sarah Lacy)

A view of downtown Austin from a park near Lady Bird Lake (photo by Sarah Lacy)

Zilker Park
Pease Park
Republic Square
Barton Creek Greenbelt
Bull Creek Greenbelt
Butler Park
Mount Bonnell
Red Bud Isle (*my fav)










You are crazy not to take advantage of all that the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department has to offer us:

Today, the Parks and Recreation Department oversees more than 16,682 acres of land containing 206 parks, 12 preserves. The department currently maintains more than 74 miles of hike-and-bike trails; 117 miles of lake patrol; 172 athletic fields; and 90 playscapes. Other facilities include 17 recreation centers; 3 senior activity centers; 1 garden center; 1 nature and science. ; 1 art center; 2 party houses; 4 museums, 6 amphitheaters; 6 golf courses; 108 tennis courts; 47 swimming pools and 2 beach-front facilities.

Post by Sarah Lacy

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5 responses to “Free “Fun in the Sun” in Austin Parks

  1. I’ve always wondered where some of these parks were. Some I’ve never heard of! Thanks for posting this!

  2. Great info. I love Austin parks, and it’s good to discover new ones.

  3. I think my family will make a trip to Austin for Spring break. This is a great resource.

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