Best nature in Austin

Check out the top nature in Austin, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Zilker Metropolitan Park
1. Zilker Metropolitan Park
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260 local reviews
2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin
+1 512-974-6700
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Rick
This may be the largest park in Austin and is still the most visited of the parks you can have a picnic on the…
Karen
Zilker Park is everyone's favorite!! They have hiking, soccer, sand volleyball, Barton Springs natural Pool, t…
Diana
Offers outdoor activities for everyone. You can fly kites, grill some BBQ, or play some frisbee golf any time …
1. Zilker Metropolitan Park
1. Zilker Metropolitan Park
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260 local reviews
2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin
+1 512-974-6700
Rick
Rick
This may be the largest park in Austin and is still the most visited of the parks you can have a picnic on the grass hill, take a dive in th…
Karen
Karen
Zilker Park is everyone's favorite!! They have hiking, soccer, sand volleyball, Barton Springs natural Pool, the river, canoeing, kayaking, …
Diana
Diana
Offers outdoor activities for everyone. You can fly kites, grill some BBQ, or play some frisbee golf any time of the year. Hop a ride on the…
2. Barton Springs Municipal Pool
2. Barton Springs Municipal Pool
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371 local reviews
2131 William Barton Drive, Austin
+1 512-867-3080
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Keri
This natural pool is one of my favorite places to visit! It's 6 times longer than a regular Olympic pool and t…
Robin And Ashley
This is a MUST-DO in Austin. It's a huge swimming hole in the middle of the city- the pool has a natural bott…
Gina
Swim in a natural spring while looking at an incredible view of downtown. One of the coolest parts of Austin i…
2. Barton Springs Municipal Pool
2. Barton Springs Municipal Pool
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371 local reviews
2131 William Barton Drive, Austin
+1 512-867-3080
Keri
Keri
This natural pool is one of my favorite places to visit! It's 6 times longer than a regular Olympic pool and the water is 68-70 degrees all …
Robin And Ashley
Robin And Ashley
This is a MUST-DO in Austin. It's a huge swimming hole in the middle of the city- the pool has a natural bottom, cement sides with concrete…
Gina
Gina
Swim in a natural spring while looking at an incredible view of downtown. One of the coolest parts of Austin is this nature hideaway in the …
3. Lady Bird Lake
3. Lady Bird Lake
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172 local reviews
Lady Bird Lake, Austin
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Kevin And Mindy
Family / stroller friendly. You can route your own path, and go 1 - 3 - 14 miles, depending on your energy lev…
Karin
10+ miles of fun. Head East or West and you will find something of interest to do on town lake, if not just w…
Dana
What an amazing walk. You must go down to the lake and walk the loop. Beautiful nature walk. You can also rent…
3. Lady Bird Lake
3. Lady Bird Lake
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172 local reviews
Lady Bird Lake, Austin
Kevin And Mindy
Kevin And Mindy
Family / stroller friendly. You can route your own path, and go 1 - 3 - 14 miles, depending on your energy level! It is our happy place as a…
Karin
Karin
10+ miles of fun. Head East or West and you will find something of interest to do on town lake, if not just walking through all of the natu…
Dana
Dana
What an amazing walk. You must go down to the lake and walk the loop. Beautiful nature walk. You can also rent paddle boards or paddle boats…
4. Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
4. Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
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49 local reviews
Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail, Austin
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Michael & Luz
One of the entrances to this nature preserve with a 7-mile trail along Barton Creek is right down the hill fro…
Carlos
Take a hike on the Greenbelt that runs through our neighborhood. Families and their dogs come out to take in …
James
Great for hiking/biking. When were lucky it also offers some of the best kayaking in Texas.
4. Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
4. Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
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49 local reviews
Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail, Austin
Michael & Luz
Michael & Luz
One of the entrances to this nature preserve with a 7-mile trail along Barton Creek is right down the hill from the house. When the creek is…
Carlos
Carlos
Take a hike on the Greenbelt that runs through our neighborhood. Families and their dogs come out to take in the beautiful weather and natu…
James
James
Great for hiking/biking. When were lucky it also offers some of the best kayaking in Texas.
5. Mount Bonnell
5. Mount Bonnell
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212 local reviews
Mount Bonnell, Austin
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Virginia
Great scenic overlook and view of Downtown Austin. Great for sunsets and nice uphill stair case that arrives …
Cari
This is the highest peak in Austin! The staircase to the top provides a great little workout. The view from th…
Eric
Mount Bonnell offers a terrific sunset lookout onto the Colorado River. There are a few short hikes on the mou…
5. Mount Bonnell
5. Mount Bonnell
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212 local reviews
Mount Bonnell, Austin
Virginia
Virginia
Great scenic overlook and view of Downtown Austin. Great for sunsets and nice uphill stair case that arrives to a fabulous scenic overlook …
Cari
Cari
This is the highest peak in Austin! The staircase to the top provides a great little workout. The view from the top is amazing, and worth th…
Eric
Eric
Mount Bonnell offers a terrific sunset lookout onto the Colorado River. There are a few short hikes on the mountain, but you can drive close…
6. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
6. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
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60 local reviews
320 East 6th Street, Austin
+1 512-861-7020
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Eric
Experience a movie at Alamo Drafthouse, a quirky Austin movie theater chain that features waiter service right…
Michelle
One of the best theaters in town, 2 blocks away! Try to catch one of their signature events: Sing-Along, Quot…
Native Hostel
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz features two screens for new release movies, family and independent films, as well as th…
6. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
6. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
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60 local reviews
320 East 6th Street, Austin
+1 512-861-7020
Eric
Eric
Experience a movie at Alamo Drafthouse, a quirky Austin movie theater chain that features waiter service right at your seats. Enjoy local be…
Michelle
Michelle
One of the best theaters in town, 2 blocks away! Try to catch one of their signature events: Sing-Along, Quote-Along, or Master Pancake The…
Native Hostel
Native Hostel
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz features two screens for new release movies, family and independent films, as well as the Alamo’s unique signature rep…
7. Kung Fu Saloon
7. Kung Fu Saloon
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13 local reviews
716 West 6th Street, Austin
+1 512-469-0901
BarPoint of interestEstablishment
Stephanie
Full bar (including their signature sake bombs) plus old-school video games, foosball & Skee-Ball.
Ron & Hattie
Full bar (including their signature sake bombs) plus old-school video games, foosball & Skee-Ball.
Joe And Susan
Full bar (including their signature sake bombs) plus old-school video games, foosball & Skee-Ball.
7. Kung Fu Saloon
7. Kung Fu Saloon
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13 local reviews
716 West 6th Street, Austin
+1 512-469-0901
Stephanie
Stephanie
Full bar (including their signature sake bombs) plus old-school video games, foosball & Skee-Ball.
Ron & Hattie
Ron & Hattie
Full bar (including their signature sake bombs) plus old-school video games, foosball & Skee-Ball.
Joe And Susan
Joe And Susan
Full bar (including their signature sake bombs) plus old-school video games, foosball & Skee-Ball.
8. Austin Nature & Science Center
8. Austin Nature & Science Center
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9 local reviews
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Eliot
A free nature center where the kids can see animals and dig up "dinosaur bones"!
Margo
Great for kids. Explore nature. Good indoor and outdoor facility.
Laurel
Quiet, good exhibition of native wildlife (this is a rehab facility), nature trails for hiking, and a fossil s…
8. Austin Nature & Science Center
8. Austin Nature & Science Center
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9 local reviews
Eliot
Eliot
A free nature center where the kids can see animals and dig up "dinosaur bones"!
Margo
Margo
Great for kids. Explore nature. Good indoor and outdoor facility.
Laurel
Laurel
Quiet, good exhibition of native wildlife (this is a rehab facility), nature trails for hiking, and a fossil sandpit that will keep the kids…
9. Barton Creek Greenbelt
9. Barton Creek Greenbelt
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86 local reviews
3755 South Capital of Texas Highway, Austin
+1 512-974-6700
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Mary
This is a really nice hiking trail that is inside the city. Lots of trees and nature. Easy to get to and well…
Kaleigh
This strip of nature nestled in the city has many access points. It's great for a quick escape or for a longer…
Jiri
Hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, swimming,... Great nature getaway close to downtown. Main entry is ne…
9. Barton Creek Greenbelt
9. Barton Creek Greenbelt
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86 local reviews
3755 South Capital of Texas Highway, Austin
+1 512-974-6700
Mary
Mary
This is a really nice hiking trail that is inside the city. Lots of trees and nature. Easy to get to and well worth the trip.
Kaleigh
Kaleigh
This strip of nature nestled in the city has many access points. It's great for a quick escape or for a longer hike through the trails and a…
Jiri
Jiri
Hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, swimming,... Great nature getaway close to downtown. Main entry is near the Barton Springs Pool, wi…
10. Cedar Door Patio Bar and Grill
10. Cedar Door Patio Bar and Grill
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4 local reviews
201 Brazos Street, Austin
+1 512-473-3712
BarRestaurantFood
Pallu
You can't leave Austin without trying a signature Mexican Martini.
Amy
A pub menu with all-natural meats, a large beer selection & the signature martini plus a large deck.
Erik & Crystal
Home of the Original Mexican Martini!
10. Cedar Door Patio Bar and Grill
10. Cedar Door Patio Bar and Grill
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4 local reviews
201 Brazos Street, Austin
+1 512-473-3712
Pallu
Pallu
You can't leave Austin without trying a signature Mexican Martini.
Amy
Amy
A pub menu with all-natural meats, a large beer selection & the signature martini plus a large deck.
Erik & Crystal
Erik & Crystal
Home of the Original Mexican Martini!
11. Doc's Motorworks
11. Doc's Motorworks
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17 local reviews
1123 South Congress Avenue, Austin
+1 512-448-9181
BarRestaurantFood
Anthony & Hayley
With a Texas sized beer selection, plenty of signature cocktails, and mouth-watering food and appetizers, Doc'…
Lindsey
Doc's has become an institution in Austin! A menu full of tasty food, and don't forget about the drinks! Doc's…
Ryan
300 ft away, fantastic & fun bar to relax and enjoy with friends bot old and new
11. Doc's Motorworks
11. Doc's Motorworks
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17 local reviews
1123 South Congress Avenue, Austin
+1 512-448-9181
Anthony & Hayley
Anthony & Hayley
With a Texas sized beer selection, plenty of signature cocktails, and mouth-watering food and appetizers, Doc's Bar & Grill has something fo…
Lindsey
Lindsey
Doc's has become an institution in Austin! A menu full of tasty food, and don't forget about the drinks! Doc's serves the largest selections…
Ryan
Ryan
300 ft away, fantastic & fun bar to relax and enjoy with friends bot old and new
12. McKinney Falls State Park
12. McKinney Falls State Park
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48 local reviews
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Nathan
Very close to downtown to feel so secluded. Great shorter hiking trails and both the upper and lower falls ar…
Joel
This state park is a short 15 minute drive away. You can go for the day and enjoy hiking, swimming, picnicking…
Lisa
Rugged beauty on the edge of town, McKinney Falls SP is a great getaway for hiking, biking, camping, geocachin…
12. McKinney Falls State Park
12. McKinney Falls State Park
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48 local reviews
Nathan
Nathan
Very close to downtown to feel so secluded. Great shorter hiking trails and both the upper and lower falls are excellent spots to spent a f…
Joel
Joel
This state park is a short 15 minute drive away. You can go for the day and enjoy hiking, swimming, picnicking, and just being in nature.
Lisa
Lisa
Rugged beauty on the edge of town, McKinney Falls SP is a great getaway for hiking, biking, camping, geocaching, picnicking and swimming. Na…