They also have a few choices for gardens. Their botanical garden features a Japanese garden, herb garden, and a popular prehistoric garden. (If you connected prehistoric with fossilized dinosaur tracks, then you would be right).
There’s also the Umlauf sculpture garden, a quiet escape to nature and an outdoor museum.
These are just the highlights. Visit the park to see what else is in store!
Barton Springs Municipal Pool
Barton Springs is a local favorite. It’s not only inside Zilker Park; it’s also conveniently in the city, where you can go anytime you want to beat the heat.
The pool is fairly large and is a natural spring-fed pool. It’s got a diving board and is big enough that you won’t have to squeeze in the crowd.
It’s also surrounded by nature and lots of areas to lounge about or put down a picnic blanket.
If you’re looking for a true escape from the city, Mount Bonnell is the best place to do it. Why? Well, it’s only the highest point in the city at 775 feet up!
The scenery is remarkable, with an overlooking view of downtown.
You can get here through Covert Park with two options for hiking the trail. There are stairs to the top, but it’s 102 steps.
The other path isn’t paved and may be more challenging for some. Though many previous visitors say that the hike isn’t all that bad.
Up top, there is a view deck where you can take some pictures. There’s also a pavilion and areas where you can do a picnic before going back down.
South Congress Bridge
You might think it’s a little intimidating to see hundreds of bats fly up the sky. Still, it’s actually a pretty exciting event for your evening.
South Congress Bridge is known for watching bats take flight from April to October. There are actually close to 1.5 million bats that call the bridge home and fly out at sunset.
The Austin Bat Refuge gives you detailed advice on the best time and spot on the bridge to see the bats.
Don’t forget to check it out before heading to the bridge to get the full experience!
Opened by the former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson, the center manages gardens, arboretums, and natural areas.
Their plant and wildflower collection are often native plants of the area. The plants are cared for in unique houses such as the open-air Pollinator Habitat Garden.
The Texas Arboretum is also full of native Texas trees, with designated picnic areas available. For the families, there is a Family Garden that’s best for the kids.
Go on one of their walking trails to see a view of the Hill Country.
Iconic Music Venues
You cannot leave Austin without seeing what the Live Music Capital has to offer. There are over 250 live music venues in the city, and whatever your music taste is, there’s definitely something for you.
You can also pick and choose depending on your mood. Feeling like you want an intimate live music setting? You want to move your hips to the beat on the dance floor?
Or you want something big and bold and bright with a huge concert show? Your wish is Austin’s command.
Austin has a diverse palette, and that’s evident with their restaurants and dining options. A must-have for any Austin visitor is Franklin Barbecue. Yes, the lines are always long, but it’s completely worth it. It’s one of the best barbecues in the country. Bring a chair and some books or beers as you wait in line.