Located in historic Central Fire Station No. 1, the Austin Fire Museum features 19th to 21st Century uniforms, photographs, and memorabilia from the firefighters of Austin. Operated by the Austin Fire Museum Hook & Ladder Society.
Since 1960, the Austin Nature & Science Center (ANSC) has provided hands-on nature exhibits, educational programs and recreational activities for countless visitors, teachers, and children of all ages that increases awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Programs for preschoolers, kids, families, and adults include topics that range from biology, astronomy, paleontology, and more. Centrally located in Austin on the western edge of Zilker Park, the ANSC is dedicated to the exploration of the natural world.
Within Zilker Park's 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin - Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. Over the years, Barton Springs Pool has drawn people from all walks of life, from legislators who have concocted state laws there to free-spirited, topless sunbathers who turned heads in the 1970s. Robert Redford learned to swim at the pool when he was five years old while visiting family in Austin. Today, Barton Springs still attracts a diverse crowd of people and has seen record setting numbers of visitors nearing 800,000 in recent years.
The Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of programs for youth and teens, adults and 50+/seniors at our Community Recreation Centers. Out of school time (OST) programs include After School, Summer Camp and Youth Sports. Teen programs, adaptive recreation and 50+/senior programs are offered at select centers. Athletics and fitness, enrichment classes and seasonal events are offered year-round. For more information, please select a center from the list below or view class information online.
Due to DAC programming, the Dougherty Arts Center parking lots will be closed on the following dates, except to program participants:
5/10, 5/11, 5/13, 5/16, 5/17, 5/19, 5/20, 5/24 5/26, 5/28
6/5, 6/6, 6/7, 6/8, 6,10, 6/17, 6/21, 6/22, 6/23, 6/24, 6/25
Eastwoods Splash Pad is a splash pad located at 3001 Harris Park Blvd. in Austin, Texas. View all City of Austin pools and splash pads.
The Elisabet Ney Museum is the former studio and portrait collection created by 19th century sculptor Elisabet Ney. The museum offers a range of educational programs, exhibits, special events, workshops and lectures throughout the year.
Emma Long Metropolitan Park (City Park) is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 7:00am to 10:00pm. A gate is locked during the night hours.
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation, and promotion of the cultural arts of Mexican Americans and other Latino cultures. Sign up for our Newsletter!
Lake Walter E. Long located in Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park at 6614 Blue Bluff Road. Walter E. Long Reservoir contains excellent populations of largemouth bass and hybrid striped bass. Largemouth bass in the 8-10 pound range are commonly caught, but the reservoir is primarily noted for producing good numbers of slot sized (14-21 inch) bass. Hybrid striped bass are stocked annually, and fish larger than 5 pounds are prevalent. Channel and flathead catfish are present in low numbers. This reservoir has a good population of bluegill and redbreast sunfish. Many of these sunfish are more than 8 inches in length.
As its residents know, Austin boasts a culture all its own. Surround yourself with the City's unique culture by visiting one of its museums and cultural centers. You'll be glad you did!
The Old Bakery & Emporium is a historic building located in Downtown Austin. The Bakery operates as a Consignment Shop, Visitor Information Center, Art Gallery exhibiting local artists 50 or better and houses the Lundberg-Maerki Historical Collection.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department currently operates two skate parks - one in Mabel Davis District Park and the Heath Eiland and Morgan Moss BMX Skate Park at 1213 Shoal Creek Boulevard next to Austin Recreation Center.
Southern Walnut Creek Trail is a nature lover’s delight. Located in East Austin, this beautiful twisting and turning maze of trees and foliage is the city’s newest recreation resource for hikers, joggers and bicyclists.
The Parks and Recreation Department maintains several types of trails for hiking, biking, skating and other activities. View the trail directory to see the location and usage types of all City-maintained trails. Use the Parks GIS Viewer to find a trail near your location.
The Zilker Botanical Garden is ideally located in the center of Texas' capital city. The gardens are on parkland that is magnificently endowed by nature with handsome trees, natural grottoes and aquatic features that have been integrated into a design of spectacular beauty and tranquility.
The Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater is located across from another of Austin’s celebrated wonders - Barton Springs Pool.
Zilker Hillside Theater has been home to engaging events, shows and concerts for over 50 years. The Hillside is host to many beloved annual events such as Shakespeare in the Park, Zilker Theatre Production's Summer Musical and The South Asian New Year hosted by the Texas Bengali Cultural Alliance. For more information please call 512-974-4045.
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 individuals and families.