301 Nature Center Drive Zilker Park Austin, TX 78746 +1 512 327 8181
Spend a day with the kids that is both fun and educational - head over to Zilker Park and take in the fantastic wildlife at the Nature Center. Albino raccoons, barn owls, snakes and other furry creatures roam about the petting zoo. While escaping the urban life, wander down winding trails and past the beautiful pond. Even though this park is in the middle of the city, nature permeates the surroundings, making every adult feel like a kid again.
When the children need to work off some of their energy, nothing is better than a playscape in the great outdoors. Zilker Playground offers a miniature locomotive you and your children can ride around the park in together. You will also find a fire engine here, perfect for climbing, along with a playscape full of bridges, ramps, chutes and slides. Picnic tables are close by, along with beautiful Barton Springs Pool, which maintains 68-degree waters year round. Call for pool and train hours, which are seasonal.
605 Robert East Lee Road Austin, TX 78704 +1 512 445 5582
Charles Umlauf (1911-1994), one of the more famous Austin artists, was a prolific sculptor. This museum displays many of his works in a fantastic garden spot located close to Zilker Park and just minutes from downtown. His sculptures range from realism to abstraction and include families, religious figures, animals and mythological characters.
Patrons will enjoy a huge variety of activities at Zilker Park. You can check out the hike and bike trails, picnic facilities, Zilker Botanical Garden, canoe rentals, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, riverboat rides on Town Lake, concerts, festivals and even a miniature train. The wide-open stretches of grass in this park are just minutes from the downtown area. There is plenty of room and various diversions for the kids, so you can get a suntan, take long walks by the river or just curl up with a book down by the river.
As one of Austin's finest attractions, Barton Springs Pool is the perfect outing for those hot Texas days - or even the cool ones. Maintaining a comfortable 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) year 'round, you will enjoy a 100-percent natural swimming experience with no chlorine. The grassy hillsides and moss-covered rocks are perfect for sunbathing. Diving boards, concession stands and restroom facilities are also available. When the kids get tired of the water, enjoy the playscape to complete the afternoon. Lifeguards are on duty. You are encouraged to call ahead, as the pool occasionally closes.
Located just west of Zilker Park, this fantastic facility is offered by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. The large room can accommodate groups of 150 people inside and the adjoining patio another 50. Tables and folding chairs are provided with your rental fee. With the beautiful view of downtown Austin, this location is perfect for an in-town get away for family or corporate clients. See their website for further information.
These 22 amazing acres overlook the Zilker Park fields bordering Barton Springs Road. The garden is actually comprised of several different gardens, including the Cactus and Succulent, Xeriscape, Herb and Fragrance, Rose, Azalea, Butterfly and Taniguchi Gardens. Taniguchi is a beautiful Japanese landscape with a waterfall, running stream, lily ponds and wooden bridges. The lush, peaceful grounds are commonly perused by artists and writers searching for inspiration, and by others just looking for solitude amid the city. See their website for further information.
For cruising around on Town Lake, the best way to go is on a Capital Cruise. Have dinner with friends or just your date, while watching the beauty of Austin's downtown from the peaceful water. Sightseeing tours are available along with canoes and kayaks; or you can take out paddle boats for an outdoor activity with the family. So whether it is a romantic evening for two or a day on the lake with kids, this service can meet your needs. Furthermore, the Hyatt caters cruises and serves shrimp pasta, beef or chicken fajitas, and more. They will work with your company or group to customize a menu if you desire.
3505 West 35th Street Austin, TX 78703 +1 512 974 6797
Mayfield Park Cottage and Gardens is open to the public but is a favorite among the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department facilities rental division. The historic 1870s cottage is perfect for a small group. The cottage holds 65 people, while the grounds hold up to 200. Enjoy the landscaped gardens, lily ponds, peacocks and palms in this picturesque environment. Pack up the family or reserve it for your event and enjoy this 23-acre estate in central Austin.
3808 West 35th Street Austin, TX 78703 +1 512 453 7246
Situated in a pristine location on the edge of Austin Lake, the members-only Westwood Country Club gives you an atmosphere like no other. The club was established in 1955, however, the main club house known as the McClendon home, dates back to the 1920s. This historic club house is surrounded by various modern sports facilities like tennis courts, racquetball courts, an outdoor pool, squash and fitness rooms for one and all. Apart from sports, the club is also used for hosting private events and wedding functions from time to time. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
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