Outdoor Activities



As you wander the trails you'll encounter several dinosaurs! Life-size statues of dinosaurs, that is. But they're amazingly life-like and dino-fanatic kids love them. Most (including T-Rex, Iguanodon, Coelophysis and Ornithomimus) lived in Texas...  Read More

Texas Skydiving


Both nervous newbies and skilled skydivers trust this local outfit to oversee the exhilarating experience of plummeting from a plane. Select your jump of choice – be it via automatic static line, tandem freefall, or more adventurous...  Read More

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Why hike or bike when you can canoe or kayak? Enjoy spectacular Lady Bird Lake from its serene surface by renting a boat and putting a paddle to the water. Soak up the surrounding scenery – lush parks, expanding skyline, clear blue sky –...  Read More



Austin's physically fit reputation is in full effect on the popular Hike and Bike Trail, a 10-mile loop of natural and urban splendor encircling picturesque Lady Bird Lake (aka the Colorado River) in the heart of downtown. From buff bikers to...  Read More

Barton Springs District


This huge, spring-fed swimming hole is surrounded by lovely gardens and pecan trees. The pool is fed by spring waters that maintain a year-round temperature of about 68 degrees, and bubble up at the rate of 27 million gallons a day. Trivia note:...  Read More

Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail


This wide trail spans more than four miles along Shoal Creek, starting in Pease Park. The lush greenbelt is a favorite of cyclists, joggers, and hikers.

McKinney Falls State Park


This 640-acre park boasts a unique swimming pool located under the falls. Hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking are available, along with camping facilities. Located 13 miles southeast of downtown Austin off US 183. For camping reservations, call 512-389-8900.

Hamilton Pool Preserve


Once private lands, this 232-acre preserve is now owned in part by the county and is being restored to its natural state. Its focus is a soothing green pool nourished by a 45-foot waterfall. The formation took shape millennia ago when the land...  Read More

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Austin Nature & Science Center
Photo courtesy of Jack French


Sort of a combination museum, zoo and park, the Austin Nature and Science Center is a must-see. Located at the edge of Zilker Park, the center features several native Texas animals such as porcupines, coyotes, snakes and owls; science labs where...  Read More