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Zilker Park

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Waterfalls, Biking Trails, Lake, Arboretums, Green
Zilker Metropolitan Park, Austin, TX
URL: Zilker Park  Phone: 512-974-6700
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Activity Overview

Zilker Park is considered "Austin's most-loved park." This 351-acre park is home to a variety of recreation opportunities and special events for individuals and families.

Things to See & Do

  • Enjoy a ride on the Zilker Zephyr miniature train or paddling a canoe on Town Lake. Hike and bike the park trails; and lunch in large full-service picnic areas, six of which can be reserved.
  • Play at Zilker Playground - Zilker Park has a wonderful large playground, complete with a fire engine to climb on.
  • Swim at Barton Springs Pool - a unique natural spring-fed pool with a year-round average temperature of 68 degrees.
  • Zilker Botanical Gardens includes the Taniguchi Oriental Garden and the Austin Area Garden Center.
  • Austin Nature and Science Center offers a wide variety of programs for children and adults.
  • Zilker Hillside Theatre hosts concerts ranging from jazz to country. Additionally, the theater is the site of the Zilker Summer Musical and Shakespeare in the Park. Bring a blanket to sit on the hillside and enjoy these events.
  • Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the sand volleyball courts, a nine-hole disc golf course and two multi-use fields.

Zilker Park Insider Tips

  • The Zilker Holiday Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights. The Zilker Tree lighting ceremony is held annually on the first Sunday in Dec. at 6 p.m.
  • The annual Zilker Park Kite Festival is held the first Sunday in March each year.
  • A $5 parking fee is charged on weekends (Saturday & Sunday), Holidays, and Special events during peak season from April - October. Normal collection times are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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