Zilker Metropolitan Park, Austin

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2100 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704 (512) 974-6700
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    Zilker Park Kite Festival

    by virtualling Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Address: Zilker Park, Austin

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    Zilker Park

    by tee0206 Updated Sep 22, 2007

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    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.

    Zilker Kite Festival My friends with our kite Sadly, this was the outcome of our kite flying. Austin City Limits Festival sign The Decemberists performing at ACL
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    Zilker Park and Town Lake

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Feb 9, 2007

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    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.

    Address: 2101 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704

    Phone: (512) 477-8672

    Website: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/zilker/

    Feeding the Ducks at Zilker Park Barton Creek at Zilker Park Zilker Park Scene Stephen & Mark at Zilker Park Austin Skyline across Town Lake
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    Zilker Park

    by Tom_Fields Updated Sep 28, 2006

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    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.

    Address: 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX

    Directions: Across Town Lake from downtown Austin

    Phone: 512-974-6700

    Website: http://www.texasoutside.com/austinframes/zilkerparkframes.htm

    Zilker Park View of downtown Austin A hiking/jogging trail along the lake Statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan Sunset on Town Lake
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    Take a Mini Train Ride through Zilker Park

    by butterfly_girl Written Mar 13, 2005

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    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.

    Address: Near Barton Springs Pool

    Directions: Take Barton Springs Road to Zilker Park.

    Website: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/zilker

    Zilker Zypher Train
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    Zilker Park

    by butterfly_girl Updated May 7, 2004

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    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.

    Address: 2100 Barton Springs Road

    Website: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/zilker

    Barton Creek, near Zilker Park
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    by bhencey Written Jun 10, 2003

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    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

    Address: 2100 Barton Springs Road

    Website: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/zilker/

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  • Zilker Park Center

    by KenMore Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

    Address: Barton Springs Road

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