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Zilker Park

Perched on the banks of a beautiful lake, this centrally located park is an idyllic spot to relax in thermal springs or hike along extensive trails. 

Zilker Metropolitan Park is Austin’s main recreational park and is located directly across Lady Bird Lake from downtown. There are enough activities here to entertain you and your family for a whole day. 

You can easily spend a half-day exploring the area. Start by getting your bearings on the the Zilker Zephyr, a miniature train that runs through the park. Hiking and bike riding trails are scenic and mostly flat. They extend for about seven miles (11 kilometers) through the park and along Lady Bird Lake, the 470-acre (190-hectare) lake that runs through Austin’s center. Rent a family-size canoe from Zilker Park Boat Rentals. The hourly charges aren’t cheap but it is a fun activity for an hour or two and no reservation is necessary. Take a dip in Barton Springs Pool, fed by underground springs with a year-round temperature of 68 degrees (20 degrees Celsius). According to local legend, actor Robert Redford took swimming lessons here as a kid. There’s a small entry fee, but the pool is huge and a great place to escape the heat.

There are many attractions and live entertainment to keep you busy year-round. The Zilker Holiday Tree is a particularly special sight during the holiday season. This 155-foot (47-meter) "tree" is actually a collection of 39 streamers holding more than 3,000 multicolored light bulbs. This stunning spectacle has been an Austin tradition for decades. 

The Austin City Limits music festival is held in the park, usually in October, and features more than 100 national and international acts. You can hear everything from contemporary pop and rock to Texas blues and swing. The Zilker Hillside Theatre stages plays as well as the Zilker Summer Musical. There's also the Zilker Park Kite Festival, held on the first Sunday in March, which has been entertaining families since 1929. 

Zilker Metropolitan Park is about a half an hour walk from downtown. There isn’t much food available in the park grounds, so bring a packed lunch.


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Lodging Near Zilker Park

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Zilker Park Austin House by RedAwning

Zilker Park Austin House by RedAwning

1506 Garner Ave, Austin
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Austin, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Peter Pan Mini Golf, Zilker Park, and Zilker Botanical Garden. Governor's Mansion and Texas State Capitol are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$113
Omni Austin Hotel

Omni Austin Hotel

700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin
4.3
of 5, from 2,606 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the middle of downtown, this Austin hotel is one block from the 6th Street entertainment district, 5 blocks from the convention center, and 6 blocks from the State Capitol.

Modern Loft in the Heart of Austin! Quiet, Cozy, Convenient!

Modern Loft in the Heart of Austin! Quiet, Cozy, Convenient!

1214 Barton Hills Drive, Austin
4.8
of 5, from 22 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Austin, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zach Theatre, Zilker Park, and Zilker Botanical Garden. Governor's Mansion and Texas State Capitol are also within 3 mi (5 km).

3BR 2 5BA Steps from Zilker by RedAwning

3BR 2 5BA Steps from Zilker by RedAwning

701 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Austin, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zach Theatre, Zilker Park, and Zilker Botanical Garden. Governor's Mansion and Texas State Capitol are also within 3 mi (5 km).

The Austin Original Home

The Austin Original Home

2402 Rollingwood Drive, Rollingwood
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Rollingwood, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Zilker Botanical Garden and Zilker Park. Governor's Mansion is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

One Bedroom in the Trees 1/2 Block From Barton Springs

One Bedroom in the Trees 1/2 Block From Barton Springs

1004 Lund Street, Austin
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
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Located in the heart of Austin, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zach Theatre, Zilker Park, and Zilker Botanical Garden. Governor's Mansion and Texas State Capitol are also within 3 mi (5 km).

5BR 2 5BA Zilker Deck House by RedAwning

5BR 2 5BA Zilker Deck House by RedAwning

603 Barton Blvd, Austin
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Austin, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zach Theatre, Zilker Park, and Zilker Botanical Garden. Governor's Mansion and Texas State Capitol are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$129
Hyatt Regency Austin

Hyatt Regency Austin

208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin
4.4
of 5, from 1,598 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This 16-story Austin Downtown hotel is adjacent to Lady Bird Lake, steps away from the South Congress Avenue and 6 blocks from Sixth Street, where live music, choice restaurants, and quaint shops abound. Less 1 mile from Austin Convention Center.