Here are some of the fun things you can enjoy doing in Zilker Park:
Located within Zilker Metropolitan Park, this 3-acre swimming hole is one of the most popular family attractions in the area. The water comes from the 4th largest underground spring within Zilker Real Estate, The Main Barton Spring. The other three surrounding springs help to supply the pool year-round with 68 to 70 degree water. The size of the pool is large enough for serious swimmers and for those who are just looking for a place to cool off. The pool attracts visitors from all around the country and has even set a record number of visitors in recent years of between 800,000 and 1.5 million. The pool offers plenty of activities, however it is recommended to take note of rules that prohibit certain things in the ground in order to protect the habitat and its wildlife.
- Kayaks, Paddle Boards and Canoes
In addition to sightseeing visitors can rent canoes, kayaks and standup paddleboards for exercise. The calm movement of the water makes it easy for even beginners to navigate.
Picnic spots are plentiful in the Barton Springs area with numerous benches. Visitors can bring a blanket and enjoy sitting on the edge of the Great Lawn while watching people walking their dogs – although you may want to protect your picnic food from the enthusiastic interest of pets.
- Shopping and Dining
Many local businesses in the area offer visitors several dining and shopping opportunities. There are fine restaurants and iconic coffee shops in the area as well as many music venues and nightclubs for entertainment.
- Kids Entertainment
Kids will love the many activities the park has to offer including kite flying and train rides. On the first Sunday of March parents can take their kids to see the Zilker Kite Festival where everyone can revel in the beautiful sights of hundreds of brightly colored kites dotting the huge Texas skyline. In December you can take the little ones to see the bright lights set up on the magnificent 155-foot tall Zilker Tree. More than 3,000 lights are used to illuminate this huge tree which is quite a sight to behold. At other times of the year, kids take the miniature train, The Zilker Zephyr, that runs between 10.00 am and 5pm for a tour of the park.
During fall, Zilker Park hosts one of the biggest events in the Austin area, The Austin City Limits Music Festival that takes place during the first two weeks of October. The festival has long been known to reflect Austin as the live music capital of the world with thousands of local and international musicians and attendees flocking to Austin to celebrate and share their love for music. And during December visitors can enjoy the spectacular Austin Trail of Lights, one of the largest holiday traditions in the area, an event not to be missed.
And if that is not enough, public bus routes provide transport throughout the neighborhood to Downtown Austin and other parts of the city. Check out interesting information about Zilker Park.