National Parks / Natural World
Zilker Park Austin
Where is it at?
2100 Barton Springs Road
Parking is $5 per car from March to September on the weekends and on holidays.
Where are we going today?
Think Austin is just a big city? Think again! Zilker Park is a whopping 351 acres alongside Austin's skyline where families can enjoy a ton of fun activities together, out in the fresh air!
Zilker Park borders the 416 acres of Lady Bird Lake (Cute name!), so the park has all the land and water you could want!
For those swimming fans on those hot Texan days, Barton Springs Pool is a great play to cool off. If you want something a little more adventurous and challenging, you can try kayaking, canoeing, and even stand up paddle boards - all available to rent! Get out there on the water!
Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail is the most popular place in downtown Austin to enjoy a run or a walk, and just take in the nature around you.
Ponds, waterfalls, streams and gardens hiding in the Zilker Botanical Gardens are a fun place for kids to explore, hide and enjoy nature up close.
There are plenty of shady spots to sit and enjoy your lunch or just play, and if you still have energy left you can head to the volleyball courts!
"That sounds great, but what would be REALLY great is if they held events there too!"
Funny you say that - they do! They have popular and fun year-round events, where families and their kids can enjoy music, festivals, and even marathons. Austin City Limits Music Festival is always an exciting event, and the Zilker Park festival is great fun for kids.
There is even a Zilker Hillside Theater where you can enjoy a broadway style production. Why not!
The park isn't called "the jewel in the heart of Austin" for nothing!
When can we go?
5am - 10pm, unless otherwise posted
All year round
There are so many picnic areas you will be spoilt for choice as to where to enjoy it!.
Any Top Tips?
The local radio station puts on free summer concert series with really great performers! .
What people are saying?
by Ryan Widmier
Wonderful grass and some cool trails bordering. Many cool events to attend here, but I enjoy it most on a normal day when there's lots of open space to walk around and watch people playing soccer or with their dogs.
by Alex Branham
Zilker park is in may ways the heart of the outdoors-y time in Austin. Big lawns, hillside theaters, kayaks, canoes, Barton Springs. You name it, it's probably at the park. It's a great place to go and enjoy the (many) festivals, or just to go hang out on the lawn. It's also the starting point for the Greenbelt, which is a great hike for just about anyone.
by Andrea Mitra
It is a gorgeous park that people go to just to lay out and read, listen to music, play Frisbee, or just hang out. The grass is gorgeous and its very relaxing to just go and lay under the shade of a tree. People often come here to take naps. A lot of events are held here year round!
by Robert Peña
For $12 per hour, you really can't beat that price anywhere else. If you just want to go out on the lake in a canoe or kayak, then this is the place to go. It is a short ride up to the main lake, but it is very peaceful and you can see a lot of people tempting fate as they jump from the cross bridge. There can be a long line during the weekends so be prepared to be a little patient, but overall, I would recommend this to anyone.
by Judy Juan
MY DOGS LOVE THIS PLACE. IT's huge, clean, and good for sports and running and dogs love it here. I totally love this place and would like to go back there again. Grass well kept. Friendly people, bringing their dogs, or playing ball games.