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Whether you like your outdoor adventures wet or dry, Austin has your answer. Austin is home to dozens of public pools and parks, so be sure to grab the sunscreen and head outside.
Known as “Austin's most-loved park,” Zilker Metropolitan Park is 351 acres of Hill Country along the Colorado River. Zilker Park is home to the Austin Nature & Science Center, the spring-fed – and hidtoric – Barton Springs Pool, and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. Don’t miss the Zilker Park Kite Festival, the Zilker Botanical Gardens, or the 155-foot Zilker Holiday Tree come winter.
For more soaking wet fun, check out the famed Deep Eddy Pool – the oldest pool in Texas – built in 1915 and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Fed by a 35-foot-well, Deep Eddy Pool has been recently renovated, and is home to the popular wading pool – open from March through October.
But hey, this is Texas, so the Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve might be a little more appropriate. An old fashioned swimming hole, the 232-acre Hamilton Pool Preserve is set 30 miles west of Austin. Hamilton Pool is home to a gorgeous 45-foot waterfall, plus hiking trails, picnic spots, and wildlife viewing. Free to the public, the preserve is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Back in Capital City, Hippie Hollow Park is found in northwest Austin neighboring Lake Travis. However, visitors be warned – the 119-acre Hippie Hollow Park is the lone legally recognized clothing-optional park in Texas. Initially named McGregor County Park, Hippie Hollow Park is a popular nude swimming location – and a landmark of Austin.
Whether you’re traveling with kids or not swimming with clothes, Austin has a wide array of outdoor options for visitors of all kinds.
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