Outdoor Activities in Austin for Adventure Lovers

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Outdoor Activities in Austin for Adventure Lovers

Outdoor Activities in Austin for Adventure Lovers


Austin may be a sprawling city, but it's also a great destination for outdoor adventure lovers. From parks, trails, and green spaces to the beautiful Colorado River, Lady Bird Lake, and Lake Austin, there is no shortage of things to do in the city. It's hard to list all of them, but we'll start with some of the best outdoor activities in Austin.  

Zilker Park 

Zilker Park sits on over 351 acres of space inside the city limits, and it's easily one of the best parks in Austin if not the best park. There's a theater, botanical gardens, a nature and science center, picnic areas, playgrounds, a disc golf course, volleyball courts, and much more to enjoy here.  

Barton Springs Pool 

Barton Springs Pool is technically a part of Zilker Park, but it deserves a listing all on its own. Fed by natural springs, you can swim here year-round, as the water stays a nice 68 to 70 degrees. The water is beautiful and the perfect place to cool down during the warm Texas summers.  

Lady Bird Lake 

The 468-acre Lady Bird Lake is a dream spot for outdoor adventurers who love water sports. On any given day, you'll find people paddle boarding, boating, canoeing, and kayaking. You can even take a riverboat cruise.  

Barton Creek Greenbelt

The Barton Creek Greenbelt is 7.25 miles long and stretches from Zilker Park to the Woods of Westlake community. It meanders through diverse terrain, and you'll find bikers and hikers here year-round. But there are also places where you can go caving, try rock-climbing, or just watch for birds and other local wildlife.  

Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail

Speaking of hiking and biking, the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail is another great spot to get out and stretch your legs. The 10-mile trail runs along the shores of the Colorado River and runs through both natural areas and cityscapes. 

McKinney Falls State Park

Another one of the best parks in Austin, TX is McKinney Falls State Park. Established in 1976, the park sits on 744.4 acres of rugged Hill Country. The park calls itself "Austin's backyard," and there is plenty to see and do here. That includes camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, biking, and bouldering. 

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

For something a little more laid back, head to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, a beautiful and tranquil spot where you can enjoy some native flowers and plants of Texas. The center sits on 284 acres of gardens, wild lands, arboretum, and managed natural areas. There's also a library, observation tower, and several things to do.   

Food Truck Parks 

The best food truck parks in Austin may not qualify as outdoor adventures, but they're still a great place to stop and grab a snack or a meal after a swim, hike, or bike ride. Try The Picnic at Barton Springs, Thicket South Austin Food Truck Park on 1st Street, or the 82 Rainey Street Food Truck Lot

If you want to have the best outdoor adventures in Austin, you'll need to find a home in close proximity to some of these amazing places. Realtor Heather Burke can help. Contact me today at (512) 434-9004 or [email protected].  


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