Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Favorite Parks For Summer Fun

Bartholomew District Park
5201 Berkman Drive, Austin
(512) 974-6700

Bartholomew Park covers an expansive 57-acres and has a little bit of everything one would need to enjoy a summer day, including a splash pad and pool to help the kids (mom and dad, too!) cool down in between. There are picnic tables and BBQ pits, a playscape and many more amenities available.

Circle C Ranch Metropolitan Park
6301 W Slaughter Lane, Austin
(512) 974-6700

Many love this urban park for the nearly 6-miles of trails but there is also a playscape and disc golf available to appease park-lovers of all tastes.

Northeast Metro Park
2703 Pecan St, Pflugerville
(512) 854-7275

This park has everything - shaded play structures, soccer fields, baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball court, splash pad, a skate park, trails, picnic areas and more. We've been so often and have never had to deal with a crowd, even when soccer and baseball games are happening.   

Mary Frances Baylor Clarksville Park
1811 W. 11th Street, Austin
(512) 974-6700

Clarksville Park is a cute little park tucked away in central Austin that offers a small play area with a splash pad - again, making it one of our favorite parks with the option of having a place to cool down during playing.

Little Stacy Park
1500 Alameda Drive, Austin
(512) 974-6700

This 6-acre park in Travis Heights offers plenty of shade from massive oak trees, a pool and splash pad, playscapes, lots of wide open space, tennis courts and more.

Mueller Lake Park
4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin

This interactive playscape keeps kids entertained for hours. We love that this park has plenty of dedicated parking in a busy area, and there's a variety of things to explore once the kids do tire from playing on the playground. Visit the ducks in the lake, walk the trail, pack a picnic and set up lunch or dinner at one of the picnic tables. The park is right across the street from The Thinkery, a great option if you need a couple of hours to cool down in air conditioning.

Northwest District Park
7000 Ardath Street, Austin
(512) 974-6700

Set along Shoal Creek in the Allandale neighborhood, the Beverley S. Sheffield Northwest District Park has both tennis and basketball courts, a large Olympic-sized pool, trails, picnic spaces, a pond, and playscapes for kids of all ages. 

Mayfield Park
3805 W 35th Street, Austin
(512) 974-6700

While there is no playscape for the children, they will be just as thrilled to search for fish and toads in the ponds while counting the many peacocks who call this park home. There's quite a bit of history in this park and is a popular spot for photographs. Be sure to hike the trails just outside of the gate. It's a definite favorite for scenic places in Austin.

Patterson Park
4200 Brookview Road, Austin
(512) 974-6700

Patterson Park is an older park but offers a half pipe option for skater, a pool, playscape, and artsy picnic tables.

Image credit: Alison Fader-Brock

The Park at the Triangle
4600 W. Guadalupe Street
(855) 646-6875

Our family has spent countless hours in the green space at the Triangle, a mixed-use development in north central Austin. We like to play first - there's a playground for the kids, a splash pad, bocce ball court and a wide open space for running around. On Wednesdays, you can shop at the Farmer's Market from 3-7 pm and catch some live music, too. Once you are done playing, head over to one of the many restaurants for a bite to eat. Our favorite kid-friendly restaurants are Galaxy Cafe and Mandola's Italian Market.

Read Alison's review here.

Pease Park
1100 Kingsbury Street, Austin
(512) 974-6700

Set along Shoal Creek, Pease Park is best known for disc golf and for Eeyor's Birthday Party. But it has much to offer including lots of trail space for walking/jogging, a playscape, splash pad, beautiful green space, and it's super close to downtown.

Play for All Abilities Park
151 N A W Grimes Blvd., Round Rock
(512) 218-5540

This completely enclosed park in Round Rock offers playscapes for kids with disabilities including all ability swings, a sensory pod sandbox, a large playscape, a wheelchair swing, a complete village perfect for pretend play, and many shade structures set up for those hot days. If you have kids who love trains, the park sits across from very busy railroad line with a couple of trains passing each hour, depending on the time of day. Read more here.

Ramsey Neighborhood Park
4301 Rosedale Avenue, Austin
(512) 974-6700

This Rosedale neighborhood park has a pool, playscapes and new and improved climbing structures for kids of all ages, tennis courts and lots of space for kids to burn off some energy.

Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Metropolitan Park
400 Grove Blvd., Austin
(512) 974-6700

There's a playground and disc gold at this park but it's most well known for a little secret - follow the trail to the Colorado River and you'll come across a sandy beach also known as Secret Beach.

Springwoods Neighborhood Park
9117 Anderson Mill Road, Austin
(512) 974-6700

With ample shade from oak trees, this has got to be one of the coolest parks to play in during the summer time! There are two playscapes - one for older kids, one for younger kids. There's plenty of parking and lots of picnicking options as well. Read Skye's review here.

Zilker Metropolitan Park
2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin
(512) 974-6700

Oh Zilker, how we love thee. Yes, it's the gem of Austin. There's playscapes, soccer fields, a train, Barton Springs, events all summer long at the Zilker Hillside Theater, and lots of space to walk and explore. The playscape area has dedicated parking close by but can still be tough to find a spot at the height of playtime. This is a great park to visit during the summer months when there are less field trips from local schools. There's also a stand selling burgers, hot dogs, snow-cones and more, just in case you forget a picnic! Read Nicole's review here.

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