Zilker Park in Austin - One of the best Parks in the city which hosts 'Austin City Limits Music Festival' & 'Zilker Park Kite Festival'

I walked to Zilker Park from Texas Capitol which is approx 4 miles if you are walking around the Lady Bird Lake to reach the park and I have shared about this walk on my blog. I highly recommend this walk to explore Austin town well and get the vibe of Austin town, especially on a weekend when lot of families come to this part of the town for their jogs, walks, runs, & family picnics. In this blogpost, we will focus on Zilker Park of Austin and why it's so popular in this part of the state.

I walked to Zilker Park from Texas Capitol which is approx 4 miles if you are walking around the Lady Bird Lake to reach the park and I have shared about this walk on my blog. I highly recommend this walk to explore Austin town well and get the vibe of Austin town, especially on a weekend when lot of families come to this part of the town for their jogs, walks, runs, & family picnics. In this blogpost, we will focus on Zilker Park of Austin and why it's so popular in this part of the state. 


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I was there in the month of March and the park was looking a little dull after fall but soon it will be looking great in summers.   Zilker Metropolitan Park is a recreational area in south Austin city of Texas state at the juncture of Barton Creek and the Colorado River. Zilker Park comprises over 350 acres of publicly owned land. It is named after its benefactor, Andrew Jackson Zilker, who donated the land to the city in 1917. The land was developed into a park during the Great Depression in the 1930s. Today the park serves as a hub for many recreational activities and the hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake, both of which run next to the park. The large size of the park makes it a capable venue for large-scale events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Zilker Park Kite Festival.   Related Blogpost - Best Walking Trail in Austin, Texas - A Beautiful walking-trail along the Colorado River, from Congress Bridge to Zilkar Park in Austin

I was there in the month of March and the park was looking a little dull after fall but soon it will be looking great in summers. 

Zilker Metropolitan Park is a recreational area in south Austin city of Texas state at the juncture of Barton Creek and the Colorado River. Zilker Park comprises over 350 acres of publicly owned land. It is named after its benefactor, Andrew Jackson Zilker, who donated the land to the city in 1917. The land was developed into a park during the Great Depression in the 1930s. Today the park serves as a hub for many recreational activities and the hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake, both of which run next to the park. The large size of the park makes it a capable venue for large-scale events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Zilker Park Kite Festival

In addition to general purpose lawns, sports fields, cross country courses, historical markers, concession stands and picnic areas, the park includes numerous public attractions. The Zilker Botanical Garden features several independently maintained gardens located near the center of the park and hosts the Zilker Gardens Festival every spring. Please note that visiting Zilker Park is free but there is entry ticket for Zilker Botanical garden and you need to get your online ticket in advance. I was there and didn't have ticket. When attempted to buy ticket online, the app was getting stuck due to connectivity issues.   Related Blogpost - The Texas Capitol - This stunning place is must visit around Austin city of Texas state in USA

In addition to general purpose lawns, sports fields, cross country courses, historical markers, concession stands and picnic areas, the park includes numerous public attractions. The Zilker Botanical Garden features several independently maintained gardens located near the center of the park and hosts the Zilker Gardens Festival every spring. Please note that visiting Zilker Park is free but there is entry ticket for Zilker Botanical garden and you need to get your online ticket in advance. I was there and didn't have ticket. When attempted to buy ticket online, the app was getting stuck due to connectivity issues. 


I spent quite some time walking and sitting around the park. With time, the space was filling up fast and I could imagine that park must have been full of people by evening.   The Austin Nature & Science Center offers ecological exhibits, nature hike trails, and children's educational programs. The Umlauf Sculpture Garden adjoins the southeast end of the park, displaying sculptural works by artist Charles Umlauf and others.   The Zilker Hillside Theater hosts regular performances by local theatre companies, including free "Shakespeare in the Park" every May and an annual summer musical.   Related Blogpost - The Beautiful Cathedral of Saint Mary - A brilliant architecture in the middle of the Austin downtown, Texas

I spent quite some time walking and sitting around the park. With time, the space was filling up fast and I could imagine that park must have been full of people by evening. 

The Austin Nature & Science Center offers ecological exhibits, nature hike trails, and children's educational programs. The Umlauf Sculpture Garden adjoins the southeast end of the park, displaying sculptural works by artist Charles Umlauf and others. 

The Zilker Hillside Theater hosts regular performances by local theatre companies, including free "Shakespeare in the Park" every May and an annual summer musical. 


Barton Springs Pool adjoins the park on the east, offering public swimming, other water activities are available in Barton Creek. The Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center by Barton Springs Pool offers exhibits about the natural history of the Edwards Aquifer that feeds Barton Springs. Every winter the 155-foot (47 m) Zilker Holiday Tree is illuminated, along with a Trail of Lights display.


Barton Springs Pool adjoins the park on the east, offering public swimming, other water activities are available in Barton Creek. The Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center by Barton Springs Pool offers exhibits about the natural history of the Edwards Aquifer that feeds Barton Springs. Every winter the 155-foot (47 m) Zilker Holiday Tree is illuminated, along with a Trail of Lights display.


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Zilker Park's amenities and wide open spaces allow it to host a variety of large events each year. Most notably, the Austin City Limits Music Festival fills the park for two weekends each fall with numerous live musical performances by prominent artists.    Related Blogpost - Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue - One of the popular tourist attractions around Lady Bird Lake in Austin City of New Mexico, USA


Zilker Park's amenities and wide open spaces allow it to host a variety of large events each year. Most notably, the Austin City Limits Music Festival fills the park for two weekends each fall with numerous live musical performances by prominent artists.


So Zilker Park is certainly one of the recommended places in Austin to visit, especially if you like spending time at peace and like walking. 


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