Zilker Metropolitan Park

Zilker Metropolitan Park

Urban Park · Barton Hills, Austin


Zilker Metropolitan Park is a recreational area in south Austin, Texas at the juncture of Barton Creek and the Colorado River that comprises over 350 acres of publicly owned land. It is named after its benefactor, Andrew Jackson Zilker, who donated the land to the city in 1917. The land was developed into a park during the Great Depression in the 1930s.

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Nicknamed "Town Lake" by locals, Lady Bird Lake lies right in the center of Austin in Zilker Metropolitan Park. It’s a popular spot for all sorts of outdoor activities, including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and biking. It can get busy in the summer, but it’s big enough to find a peaceful spot to enjoy the skyline views and greenery all around.
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One of the most iconic and beloved destinations in Austin, Zilker Park spans over 350 acres, all dedicated to fun, leisure and beauty. With a backdrop of the city’s magnificent skyline, get your friends together to enjoy the picnic facilities, bike/canoe rentals, a disc golf course, a large playground, the Zilker Zephyr train, Barton Springs Pool and the vast grounds of greenery.
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Outside of the pitch at Q2 Stadium, you won’t find a greener space in Austin than Zilker Park. Home to hiking trails, pickup soccer games, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and much more, Zilker has long been a favorite among Austinites and visitors alike.
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The massive park is a playground of outdoor activities and home to annual events like the ACL Festival and Blues on the Green. Stroll the stunning Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Zilker Botanical Gardens, rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the tranquil waterways (including Lady Bird Lake), and cool off in the Barton Springs pool. Or just bring a blanket, some Topo Chico and plenty of snacks for a leisurely picnic in the park.
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