Austin's 10 Best Outdoor Escapes You Need To Explore

Dive into Austin's vibrant outdoors with our guide to the city's top 10 escapes. From breathtaking trails to tranquil parks, embark on adventures that define the Texan spirit.

Dive into Austin's iconic natural oasis, offering refreshing springs and lush surroundings. Perfect for a cool dip or basking in the sun.

#1 Barton Springs Pool

Embark on a scenic journey along the tranquil shores of Lady Bird Lake. Whether biking or hiking, immerse yourself in Austin's natural beauty

#2 Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail

Unearth Texas' native flora at this botanical haven. Themed gardens and educational exhibits offer a captivating experience.

#3 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Escape the urban bustle and unwind in this sprawling green space. From picnics to paddle boating, there's endless fun for everyone.

#4 Zilker Metropolitan Park

Ascend Mount Bonnell for stunning views of Austin's skyline and the Colorado River, a must for nature lovers and photographers.

#5 Mount Bonnell

Delve into the wonders of Hill Country's ecosystems through guided tours and immersive exhibits. An educational adventure for all ages.

#6 Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

Embark on a serene paddleboarding or kayaking excursion amidst Austin's skyline backdrop. Relaxation and adventure converge on these tranquil waters.

#7 Town Lake

Explore cascading waterfalls and scenic trails in this natural gem just minutes from downtown Austin. Perfect for outdoor exploration.

#8 McKinney Falls State Park

Lose yourself in a botanical paradise showcasing diverse plant species and enchanting landscapes. A serene haven for nature and garden enthusiasts.

#9 Zilker Botanical Garden

Get up close and personal with a variety of exotic and native animals in a peaceful sanctuary setting. Perfect for families & wildlife lovers.

#10 Austin Zoo


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