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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249 local reviews
2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin
+1 512-974-6700
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Diana
Offers outdoor activities for everyone. You can fly kites, grill some BBQ, or play some frisbee golf any time …
Karen
Zilker Park is everyone's favorite!! They have hiking, soccer, sand volleyball, Barton Springs natural Pool, t…
Garry and Angie
Nowadays its an urban park. Its contains Barton Springs and is one of the most beautiful and is the signature …
1. Zilker Metropolitan Park
1. Zilker Metropolitan Park
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249 local reviews
2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin
+1 512-974-6700
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…
Karen
Karen
Zilker Park is everyone's favorite!! They have hiking, soccer, sand volleyball, Barton Springs natural Pool, the river, canoeing, kayaking, …
Garry and Angie
Garry and Angie
Nowadays its an urban park. Its contains Barton Springs and is one of the most beautiful and is the signature park of Austin.
2. Barton Springs Municipal Pool
2. Barton Springs Municipal Pool
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370 local reviews
2131 William Barton Drive, Austin
+1 512-867-3080
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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…
Ashley
This natural springs was converted to a public swimming area in the 20's. With miles of nature trails, plenty …
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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370 local reviews
2131 William Barton Drive, Austin
+1 512-867-3080
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…
Ashley
Ashley
This natural springs was converted to a public swimming area in the 20's. With miles of nature trails, plenty of parking and top optional ru…
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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164 local reviews
Lady Bird Lake, Austin
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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…
Kevin and Mindy
Family / stroller friendly. You can route your own path, and go 1 - 3 - 14 miles, depending on your energy lev…
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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164 local reviews
Lady Bird Lake, Austin
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…
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…
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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44 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 …
Aaron
The Greenbelt offers great hiking, climbing, kayaking, caving, and rock climbing. Its an easy bike ride away a…
4. Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
4. Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
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44 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…
Aaron
Aaron
The Greenbelt offers great hiking, climbing, kayaking, caving, and rock climbing. Its an easy bike ride away and a safe trail will get you t…
5. Mount Bonnell
5. Mount Bonnell
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197 local reviews
Mount Bonnell, Austin
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Cari
This is the highest peak in Austin! The staircase to the top provides a great little workout. The view from th…
Virginia
Great scenic overlook and view of Downtown Austin. Great for sunsets and nice uphill stair case that arrives …
D-Meryl
Great sunset view overlooking the Colorado River, and can see the downtown skyline to the left! Hiking trails …
5. Mount Bonnell
5. Mount Bonnell
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197 local reviews
Mount Bonnell, Austin
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…
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 …
D-Meryl
D-Meryl
Great sunset view overlooking the Colorado River, and can see the downtown skyline to the left! Hiking trails as well, or to just get into n…
6. Kung Fu Saloon
6. Kung Fu Saloon
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13 local reviews
716 West 6th Street, Austin
+1 512-469-0901
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Joe and Susan
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.
Stephanie
Full bar (including their signature sake bombs) plus old-school video games, foosball & Skee-Ball.
6. Kung Fu Saloon
6. Kung Fu Saloon
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13 local reviews
716 West 6th Street, Austin
+1 512-469-0901
Joe and Susan
Joe and Susan
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.
Stephanie
Stephanie
Full bar (including their signature sake bombs) plus old-school video games, foosball & Skee-Ball.
7. Austin Nature & Science Center
7. Austin Nature & Science Center
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8 local reviews
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Laurel
Quiet, good exhibition of native wildlife (this is a rehab facility), nature trails for hiking, and a fossil s…
Margo
Great for kids. Explore nature. Good indoor and outdoor facility.
Eliot
A free nature center where the kids can see animals and dig up "dinosaur bones"!
7. Austin Nature & Science Center
7. Austin Nature & Science Center
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8 local reviews
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…
Margo
Margo
Great for kids. Explore nature. Good indoor and outdoor facility.
Eliot
Eliot
A free nature center where the kids can see animals and dig up "dinosaur bones"!
8. Barton Creek Greenbelt
8. Barton Creek Greenbelt
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82 local reviews
3755 South Capital of Texas Highway, Austin
+1 512-974-6700
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Mary
This is a really nice hiking trail that is inside the city. Lots of trees and nature. Easy to get to and well…
Jiri
Hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, swimming,... Great nature getaway close to downtown. Main entry is ne…
Kaleigh
This strip of nature nestled in the city has many access points. It's great for a quick escape or for a longer…
8. Barton Creek Greenbelt
8. Barton Creek Greenbelt
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82 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.
Jiri
Jiri
Hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, swimming,... Great nature getaway close to downtown. Main entry is near the Barton Springs Pool, wi…
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…
9. Cedar Door Patio Bar and Grill
9. Cedar Door Patio Bar and Grill
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5 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!
9. Cedar Door Patio Bar and Grill
9. Cedar Door Patio Bar and Grill
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5 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!
10. Doc's Motorworks
10. Doc's Motorworks
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18 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…
Anthony & Hayley
With a Texas sized beer selection, plenty of signature cocktails, and mouth-watering food and appetizers, Doc'…
10. Doc's Motorworks
10. Doc's Motorworks
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18 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…
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…
11. McKinney Falls State Park
11. McKinney Falls State Park
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45 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…
Lu & Em
Amazing park for a hike or some nature time!
Joel
This state park is a short 15 minute drive away. You can go for the day and enjoy hiking, swimming, picnicking…
11. McKinney Falls State Park
11. McKinney Falls State Park
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45 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…
Lu & Em
Lu & Em
Amazing park for a hike or some nature time!
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.
12. Key Bar
12. Key Bar
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4 local reviews
617 West 6th Street, Austin
(512) 236-9389
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Angelina
Cocktails, Beers and signature popsicle drinks at this chill outdoor hangout with all day happy hours.
Patrick
Cocktails, beers and signature popsicle drinks at this chill outdoor hangout with all day happy hours.
Ron & Hattie
Cocktails, beer & signature popsicle drinks at this chill outdoor hangout with all-day happy hours.
12. Key Bar
12. Key Bar
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4 local reviews
617 West 6th Street, Austin
(512) 236-9389
Angelina
Angelina
Cocktails, Beers and signature popsicle drinks at this chill outdoor hangout with all day happy hours.
Patrick
Patrick
Cocktails, beers and signature popsicle drinks at this chill outdoor hangout with all day happy hours.
Ron & Hattie
Ron & Hattie
Cocktails, beer & signature popsicle drinks at this chill outdoor hangout with all-day happy hours.