Runners cross the Zilker Park Bridge over to the Town Lake Hike & Bike Trail.jpg
Runners cross the Zilker Park Running Bridge over to the Town Lake Hike & Bike Trail. Zilker Metropolitan Park is considered "Austin's most loved park." This 351 acre park is home to a variety of recreation opportunities and special events for the individual or the whole family. Ride the Zilker Zephyr miniature train or canoe on Town Lake. Play on the large multi-age playscape, hike and bike trails and lunch in large full-service picnic areas. For the swimmer, Zilker Park offers Barton Springs Pool (below), a natural spring-fed pool with a year-round average temperature of 68 degrees. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the sand volleyball courts, a nine-hole Disc Golf Course, 9 Soccer Fields, 1 Rugby Field, 2 Multi-use Fields. The park is home to the Zilker Botanical Gardens (below), which includes the Taniguchi Oriental Garden and the Austin Area Garden Center.The Zilker Hillside Theatre hosts concerts ranging from Jazz to Country. Additionally, the theatre is the site of the Zilker Summer Musical and Shakespeare in the Park. The Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, home of the collection of work by sculptor Charles Umlauf, is located on the south end of the park.