Austin February 04, 2018
You Can’t Afford To Miss These 9 Free Outdoor Activities In Austin
Exploring this fine city doesn’t have to break the bank! From secluded hiking trails to whimsical art installations, Austin is full of gorgeous, natural views. Take advantage of your next day off and hit the trails! You can’t afford to miss these 9 free outdoor activities in Austin.
1. Gape at the peacocks at Mayfield Park
Mayfield Park is a blissful oasis that's full of color. As you wander along the serene pond and lush gardens, you'll come across a family of peacocks strutting their stuff. This place feels otherworldly, and you can see for yourself at 3505 W 35th St.
2. Explore Austin's most whimsical pocket park
Sparky Park used to be an electrical substation, but it's now one of Austin's must unique art installations. When you get to 3701 Grooms St, you'll see a stunning mosaic that's full of whimsy.
3. Stroll along the Lady Bird Lake boardwalk
This 10-mile hike and bike trail is perfect for a full day excursion or a brisk little walk. Along the way, you'll see hundreds of people taking photos, walking their dogs, and soaking up the views.
4. Get off the beaten path at the Barton Creek Greenbelt
The Barton Creek Greenbelt has seven different entrances and over 12 miles of hiking trails, so there's always something new discover. Shake up your routine and venture to the Gus Fruh entrance at 2642 Barton Hills Dr or the trail at 3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy.
5. Watch the sun set over Mount Bonnell
These breathtaking views will make you feel at peace with the world. Sometimes, the best antidote for a bad day is a healthy dose of the great outdoors. Sit back and watch nature's light show glisten over Lake Austin from the top of Mount Bonnell. You won't be sorry you did.
6. Explore the nooks and crannies of The HOPE Outdoor Gallery
Enjoy it while it lasts! The graffiti park at 1101 Baylor St will be demolished in June 2018. This doesn't mean it's the end for legal graffiti, however. The HOPE Foundation plans to move this art wall to Carson Creek Ranch in the near future. No matter what, Austin artists will have a canvas to practice and locals will be able to appreciate their work.
7. Learn about our gorgeous surroundings at the Austin Nature and Science Center
There's something for everyone at The Austin Nature and Science Center. Kids love digging for dinosaur bones in the sand pit and saying hello to the bobcats. Adults will enjoy the tranquil surroundings in the Zilker Nature Preserve. See what they have to offer at 2389 Stratford Dr.
8. Hunt for Austin's "secret" beach.
Austin's Secret Beach isn't so much of a secret anymore, but it's always worth a trip. To find it, go to Roy G. Guerrero Park at 400 Grove Blvd and park your car at the Montopolis Youth Sports Complex. Cross the street until you reach the walking trail. After a quick 10 minute stroll, the trail will turn to the right. Follow that path and you've uncovered the "secret!"
9. Wander through Pease Park's latest art installation
Artist Patrick Dougherty constructed this whimsical stickwork piece in the middle of Custer's Meadow in Pease Park. Made with 10 tons of tree pieces, this little village took three weeks to create. You'll feel like you've stepped into a childhood storybook as you wonder through these structures. The art is expected to last two years before it naturally deteriorates.
What’s your favorite free outdoor activity in Austin?