Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Day at Zilker Park

This past weekend, we headed downtown to visit Austin's "most-loved park". Zilker Metro Park covers over 350 acres and offers a variety of activities for local residents. We visited Zilker during the Kite Festival last year and spent an afternoon riding bikes around the lake earlier this spring but Sunday was our first chance to really take in the sights.

What little person wouldn't love to enjoy a ride on the Zilker Zephyr miniature train? The train travels around Town Lake, giving you a chance to sight-see a bit. When your train ride comes to an end, you can spend time playing on the large playscape located next to the depot. I'm looking forward to taking Connor back and spending the morning on the playscape.


Barton Springs Pool is a natural spring-fed pool with a year-round average temperature of 68 degrees. The pool has a small wadding area that is perfect for someone Connor's size. He had a blast stomping, splashing and watching the everyone enjoy the cool water on such a hot summer day. What you don't see if him slipping on a rock and getting completely drenched.


Austin Nature and Science Center offers a variety of programs for children and adults. Unfortunately, for us, we weren't able to go inside the center as it didn't open till noon but that didn't stop us from checking out the surrounding area. Connor enjoyed climbing, walking and just discovering all he could. He loves exploring and the landscape outside of the center allow him to smell flowers, find rocks and see a (freakishly) large lizard. Our little guy loves nature!


We spent close to 2 hours just walking the grounds, checking things out. Connor is still young enough that birds and trees and rocks hold his interest. Give him a place to run and climb and you'll find yourself enjoying the day with the happiest boy in Texas.


 

16 comments:

  1. A park with a train ride?! That's so awesome! Great photos of C man too! I love that one of the tile wall behind him. :)

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    1. I plan to visit that tile wall again. I have some great ideas for photos.

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  2. It is so true, they don't need anything fancy...just some place to run around and look at animals and nature. That makes for a great day! And, that sounds like a crazy fun park! And huge. And a train! All things fun. I'm jealous.

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    1. If it's too fancy, Connor actually acts up. Like too much structure ruins things for him. Makes structured events a little messy but we are working on that.

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  3. I can't get over how adorable your son is! :) How cool that you guys went to spend some time at the park. And it had a train ride? I am jumping on the jealously train with my fellow bloggers here! :)

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    1. Thank you Nancy! He is a cutie. And I'm not saying that just because he's mine. I mean, he is one suave baby boy.

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  4. My three year old son looked at your pictures of your son with me and I must say he is very jealous he can't go to 'that park' too!

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    1. It's very popular with the little ones. I mean, I really enjoyed myself and I'm 31!

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  5. That sounds like an amazing park! What fun!

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    1. Austin has parks... EVERYWHERE! It's great when you have a little one that can't be contained.

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  6. That park! That boy! Maybe this clan needs to plan a trip to TX? I mean, it only seems fair. :)

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    1. Winter is awesome here but I'm sure it's great in SoCal as well. Either way, we will leave the light on for ya.

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  7. Awww what a cutie!! Love the picture in front of the color wall!

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  8. That looks like so much fun! The beauty of it is that kids can walk around for hours not even looking at anything exciting and have the BEST time!

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    1. The only thing we spent money on was the gas for the day. He loved just walking around and discovering things.

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