Come to Austin
for its casual and playful nature, Austin is the
playground of Texas. Situated at the center
of the Lone Star State, it stands as the gateway to
the Texas Hill Country and the Highland Lakes. As the state
home to the University of Texas, the city supports
a politically charged and culturally rich environment.
It’s hip, trendy,
and high-tech. A large creative population—primarily
musicians and artists—enhance its eclectic nature.
a temperate year-round climate and 300 days of sunshine a
year, Austin lives for the outdoors. Nature trails, parks,
and wilderness preserves create an oasis in the heart of
the city. Town Lake bisects the center of downtown and is
bordered by 10 miles of hike-and-bike trails where devoted
joggers, walkers, and cyclists flock every hour of the day.
enthusiasts will find Austin blessed with parks and nature
preserves aplenty. Best known is Zilker Park in the center
of the city. In addition to Barton Springs and various trails,
the 400-acre lakeside refuge boasts soccer fields, a children’s
playground, Zilker Botanical Gardens, The Austin Nature & Science
Center, and a miniature train popular with the kids. Throughout
the city and surrounding hills, dozens of lakeside and creekside
parks appeal to diverse tastes.