Zilker Metropolitan Park

Zilker Metropolitan Park is considered a cherished oasis in the hustle and bustle of the city by many Austinites. This sprawling 351-acre park has something for everyone, offering a variety of recreation opportunities, facilities and special events for individuals and families. The park is currently undergoing a planning process.

Austin Nature & Science Center
Since 1960, the Austin Nature & Science Center has been a place where people can come to learn about and appreciate nature. ANSC has exhibits, programs, and activities that teach about the natural world and how we can protect it. The Center is located on the western edge of Zilker Park and offers many programs for preschoolers, kids, families, and adults.

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Barton Springs Pool

Nestled within Austin’s Zilker Park is the hidden gem known as Barton Springs Pool. This three-acre pool is fed by underground springs, resulting in a refreshingly cool 68-70 degree temperature – perfect for swimming year-round. Throughout the years, Barton Springs Pool has welcomed visitors from all walks of life; from legislators working on Texas state laws to free-spirited sunbathers catching some rays during the 1970s. In fact, actor Robert Redford even learned to swim at Barton Springs Pool when he was just five years old while visiting family in Austin. Today, Barton Springs sees nearly 800,000 visitors each year and continues to be a popular spot for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Not only is Barton Springs Pool a great place to take a dip, but it is also home to the endangered Barton Springs Salamander. The pool depths range from 0′ to 18′, providing plenty of space for both experienced swimmers and beginners alike. Splash!, an educational exhibit located adjacent to the pool bathhouse, provides guests with information about the history and biology of Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer which feeds it.

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In addition to all of these great features, the Austin Nature & Science Center offers programs for preschoolers, kids, families, and adults with topics ranging from butterflies to caving and much more.

Danny G. McBeth Recreation Center

Danny G. McBeth Recreation Center and Annex provides social opportunities through quality programs that challenge, support and teach leisure skills for the citizens of Austin with differing abilities. The center offers year-round programs for youth, teens, and adults.

The Danny G. McBeth Recreation Center was named after Danny G. McBeth who was an avid advocate for the rights and services of disabled individuals. The recreation center has been providing inclusive and adaptive programs since February 1986

Fully accessible to everyone, the Danny G. McBeth Recreation Center features include a large meeting room, two activity rooms, ceramics room, kitchen/craft room, game room, exercise room, outdoor picnic areas, walking track accessible playscape and sand play area. The recreation center is located in Zilker Park and has direct access to the Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail.

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