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The Best Natural Attractions in Austin, TX

Austin, TX, one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, continues to flourish thanks to a vast technological industry, strong entrepreneurial community, and a culture that embraces local business.  Plus on top of the city’s economic strengths, the natural landscape of Austin and the surrounding area make it a great place to raise a family.

One great example is Barton Springs Pool.  Located in South Austin, this unique park has been a favorite spot for Austin swimmers and sunbathers for many years, and is framed by grass-covered hills and shady oak trees.  Visitors enjoy tossing frisbees, reading, people-watching, and sunbathing between dips in the pool. Barton Springs is a natural, spring fed pool that remains 68 degrees year round, making it a perfect cool down spot during the summer.  However, the pool is open year round, so it is not uncommon to see Austinites swimming laps during the colder months.

A second beautiful natural attraction in Austin is Zilker Park, which is located right next door to Barton Springs Pool.   A must-do for visitors and locals alike, the 355-acre park is open 365 days a year from 5am to 10pm, lies alongside Lady Bird Lake, and features wide tree-lined trails, beautiful grass fields, and a perfect view of Austin’s downtown sky-line.  Zilker Park hosts a variety of events throughout the year from the Zilker Park Kite Festival in March to Austin City Limits Music Festival in the Fall.  The Zilker Hillside Theater hosts world-class musicians and entertainers year-round and is home to an outdoor theatre series every summer.

Lastly, McKinney State Park remains one of Austin’s most beautiful natural treasures.  The 744-acre park, located in South Austin is a perfect place to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and camping in a beautiful, natural setting.  Swimmers will especially appreciate the pool beneath the falls at Onion Creek, which runs through the park.  Wildlife lovers will be enchanted by parks many natural inhabitants, from whitetail deer to armadillos, birds, and fish.

These are just three great examples of the beautiful natural surroundings of Austin, TX.  On top of these relaxing outdoor spaces, the city’s strong economy, prolific music scene, and wide variety of great cuisine contribute to the fast-growing population.  If you’re considering moving to Austin, a helpful site is Realty Austin, an Austin real estate website.

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