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Check Out Austin Bike Tour
"Begin your 2-hour bicycle tour of historic downtown Austin by visiting the Texas capitol building. After visiting the capitol follow your guide to explore downtown. The next stop is Zilker / Barton Springs. At the end of your ride you will ride along Lady Bird Lake and into downtown for more fantastic views and city sights. This tour will take you on an easy journey of around 7 Texas.""""Enjoy a leisurely bike tour to get acquainted with Austin including the Capitol Castle Hill
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Lady Bird Lake Bike Tour
"After meeting in central Austin take a 2-hour guided biking tour on the Butler hike and biking trail around lady bird lake including the new boardwalk. This trail is in a traffic-free shaded and natural ten mile loop. This tour will allow you to take in some of the great history in Austin from your guide. When you reach the downtown area you will get to see some of the best parks in downtown Austin including Auditorium Shores Zilker Park and Barton Springs."""
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Austin Southside Springs And Brews Bike Tour
"After meeting your guide in the late afternoon and receiving your biking gear set out on an 11 mile stretch to enjoy the city of Austin local-style. Begin by cruising down into South Austin from Butler Park. Cruise up a few hills and then swing around through Barton Hills for a swim the Barton Spring Pool ($3 for residents $8 non-residents closed Thursday). This pool is considered by some to be the crown jewel of Austin. It's spring fed and cooled to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) year round and there's a bath house for changing.Afterward stop for a fresh brewed craft beer and BBQ at a great spot near the springs (at own expense). Once you're done eating hit the trails and the bike promenade back downtown to historic 6th Street where a craft beer pub-n-grub with a nice patio awaits (at own expense). Then
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Zilker Metropolitan Park Tips (8)

Zilker Park Kite Festival

When: Every 1st Sunday in March
Where: Zilker Park
Time: 10am-5pm
Admission fee: Nah-uh, FREE.
What else is FREE: Music, parking and free shuttle rides that runs from 10am-5pm.

Traffic leading in to the location was slightly at a stand still. But the traffic controllers did an amazing job at easing it out. Ample parking space available and may require a little bit of walk to the park. Was a really windy day. Which is also why the kite fest is held this time of the year annually. For the ladies, you might wanna bring a hair band, rubber band and attire wise, be prepared for the merciless gushing wind. Every now and then you will get sand in your face when the wind blows. It's a really good time to have a picnic, be out with your family and friends, fly a kite, bring your pet dogs along (many people brought theirs). I didn't fly a kite. I was there to check it out and take some photos.
There weren't many big kites. Just a few, probably no more than 5.
But the scale of people flying their kites at the open park was quite a sight.
Vendors: Typical event sort. Lemonade, ice tea, hot dogs, corn dogs, etc. Not a wide spread of choices but I thought it was sufficient for the event.
I will be back. With or without a kite.

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Apr 04, 2011

Zilker Park

Zilker Park is home to so many local attractions, including the Zilker Botanical Gardens, Barton Springs Pool, and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. Be on the lookout for one of many community events and concerts in the park. The Austin City Limits Festival (ACL) take place at Zilker in September. The Trail of Lights (a mile of holiday light displays!) takes place in December. The Kite Festival takes place in March. That's just a few of the events that occur at Zilker Park, and they're all a blast. You can also go canoeing, kayaking, running, walking, frisbee tossing, etc. in the area. It's really a gem of a place in the middle of the city. It's one of the most important aspects of Austin, in my opinion. Austin seriously would not be the same without the 358 acres which constitutes Zilker Park.

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Sep 22, 2007

Zilker Park and Town Lake

Zilker Metropolitan Park is considered "Austin's most loved park," and I would have loved to have had more time to explore it's 321 acres. The park, planned in part by the National Park Service, is home to a variety of recreation opportunities including:

The Zilker Zephyr miniature train
Canoeing on Town Lake
A large multi-age playscape
Hiking and bicycle trails
Large full-service picnic areas
Volleyball courts
Disc golf course
Fields for soccer, rugby and multi-use
Zilker Botanical Gardens
Austin Nature and Science Center
The Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
Zilker Hillside Theatre
Concerts/special events
And much more.

Perhaps Zkilker Park is most noted for the famous Barton Springs Pool, a very inviting natural spring-fed pool with a year-round average temperature of 68 degrees.

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Feb 09, 2007

Zilker Park

Austin's Town Lake has a number of nice parks, and this is the best. It offers a fine view of the city skyline, hiking/jogging trails, and activities for the kids. Look for the statue of the late, great Texas blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, near the edge of Town Lake.

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Sep 28, 2006
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Take a Mini Train Ride through Zilker Park

For the kids...or just to act like a kid, take the mini Zilker Zypher train ride through Zilker Park. It's a leisurely 3-mile ride that passes under Barton Springs Road.
The Zilker Park train station is found on the south side of Barton Springs Road near the entrance to Barton Springs Pool.

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Mar 13, 2005

Zilker Park

Enjoy an afternoon at Zilker Park. Austin is lucky to have lots of land set aside for recreational opportunities. Zilker park is a 351 acre park right in the midst of the city and is a great spot to have a picnic, take a walk, play a game or ride the miniature train that circles the park.
This is also the site of the annual Austin City Music festival in September which is another must see in Austin.

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May 07, 2004

Zilker Park

Zilker Metropolitan Park is considered "Austin's most loved park." This 351 acre park is home to a variety of recreation opportunities and special events for the individual or the whole family.
Enjoy a ride on the Zilker Zephyr miniature train or paddling a canoe down Barton Creek. Play on the large multi-age playscape, hike and bike trails and large full-service picnic areas. For the swimmer, Zilker Park offers Barton Springs Pool, a natural spring-fed pool with a year-round average temperature of 68 degrees. The park is home to the Zilker Botanical Gardens, which includes the Taniguchi Oriental Garden and the Austin Area Garden Center

Jun 10, 2003

Zilker Park Center

If there's an epicenter to outdoor recreation in Austin, it's Zilker Park, just south of the Colorado River about half a mile west of Congress Ave. The park itself is a pleasant 8 acre (3ha) slot of green, lined with hiking and biking trails and home to a botanical garden, sculpture garden and museum. It's also the city's access point to Barton Springs natural swimming pool, the Barton Creek Greenbelt and the 60 acre (25ha) Zilker Nature Preserve. Inside the park, the Austin Nature Center has exhibitions of native mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians that have been injured and nursed back to health at the center.

Aug 25, 2002
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Getting to Zilker Metropolitan Park


2100 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704


  • Sunday 05:00 to 22:00
  • Monday 05:00 to 22:00
  • Tuesday 05:00 to 22:00
  • Wednesday 05:00 to 22:00
  • Thursday 05:00 to 22:00
  • Friday 05:00 to 22:00
  • Saturday 05:00 to 22:00