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.
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.
King Louis Philippe ordered Alphonse Dubois de Saligny of France to Austin in 1839 to become the French liaison to the Republic of Texas. He insisted on being called "Count" and built this home on 22 acres of land in 1841. While waiting for building to cease, he was involved in a dispute over pigs and moved to Louisiana. He never returned to Texas and did not spend a single night in this home. In 1848, Dr. Joseph Robertson purchased the home and passed it on through his family for years; in 1949, the State of Texas acquired it. The home has been restored and even houses a French Creole kitchen.
Nestled in a farmhouse in Ceres Park Ranch, Jester King Brewery is a microbrewery that creates brews with strong flavors. Noted for using organic ingredients, Jester King has even received the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification. The brews produced here feature unique names: Black Metal, Commercial Suicide, Le Petit Prince, Viking Metal, Bonnie the Rare, Wytchmaker and more. Take a tour around the brewery to get acquainted with their brewing process, and end your trip to Jester King Brewery with a tasting session of their delicious libations.
From challenging trails for mountain bikes to scenic paths along a lovely creek to an off-leash spot where dogs can run free, you'll find something for everyone at Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park! Bring the family during the summer to take a dip in the public pool. For a memorable day date bring a picnic and have lunch beside the water. And of course adrenaline seekers will love biking over hills or playing a game on one of the softball fields.
The McKinney Falls State Park, located in southeast Austin, at a short distance from the downtown area, is the ideal spot for a fun day out with family and friends. Whether you're into fitness and recreational sports, or just want to lounge about and have a leisurely day, this park is for you. This day park offers a number of activities such as hiking, biking, picnicking, as well as fishing and swimming in the Onion Creek. The park also has a 500 year old cypress tree that is worth a visit. The park visitor center can provide you with all the required information.
This lush, green park lies at the center of the charming Clarksville neighborhood in Central Austin. You can sit in the shade under the tall, thick trees or bathe in the sun on the hill above a wide, grassy plain. This area is a popular hangout for dog owners, and also has a basketball and tennis court. On any given day, you will likely witness amateur skateboarders showing off their acrobatics while flying off the end of ramps set up along an abandoned court.
This fantastic little park, located near the Hyde Park district, is a favorite for dog lovers. As one of the few places in Austin where dogs can run unleashed, expect to be outnumbered by man's best friend. Former Texas governor Elijah Pease owned the property that now bears his name. Pease Park also has disc golf (similar to traditional golf but played with frisbees) and hosts the annual Eeyore's Birthday Party festival.
If you are a beer buff or if innovative brews interest you, Zilker Brewing Company and Taproom is a place which you must visit. This craft brewery uses the American Belgo style of brewing. This means that they take inspiration from American and English styles of brewing while making use of a particular strain of Belgian yeast. This creates a concoction which is unique and intriguing. You can check out the brewery and then sit in the taproom to enjoy large pours of their different beers. Get your own food to go with the brews or order in from the neighboring restaurants.