Parks and Recreation

We at Adkor know that when you are looking at Austin Real Estate or San Marcos Real Estate or any of the other communities that make up the Central Texas area, you’re not simply buying bricks and mortar.  Rather you are looking at the communities and what each has to offer you in the way of a quality of life.  If you are like us, you are trying to decide if you can picture yourself, your family, living here and being happy.  You are likely checking out information about the schools, golf courses, parks, sports, restaurants, recreation and the myriad of cultural events the area has to offer in order to get a better feel of what living here would be like.To help you we pulled together some info/links to help you on your way.


If you like parks and recreation you’ve come to the right place. 

Central Texas is full of natural beauty.  Everyone knows we have some gorgeous lakes in the area.  Head west of downtown a-ways and on any given day you’ll see the gorgeous blue of Lake Travis.  Lake Travis parks  are all around the Lake But in addition to the lake parks there are tons of others parks in the area to enjoy, far too many  to mention them all here.  So we’ll just highlight a few of our favorites.  Be assured if you check some of the links we provide here, or ask around you’ll discover that outdoor life abounds in the area. 

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department oversees more than 16,682 acres of land containing 206 parks, 12 preserves (sanctuaries for native plants, native animals and unique natural features), and 26 greenbelts (parkland on creeks and canyons).  


Zilker Park

2100 Barton Creek Rd
Austin, TX 78704

One of the most popular spots in the area is Zilker Park.   Zilker is a 351 acre park is home to a variety of recreation opportunities and special events for the individual or the whole family.  You can take in one of the many outdoor concerts, have a picnic, or walk the gorgeous botanical gardens.  While in Zilker you can take a dip in one of the wonders of Austin, Barton Springs Pool. Three acres in size, the pool is fed from under ground springs and is on average 68 degrees year round. You have to check it out!  

Maybe a nice jog along Town Lake sounds like a good way to start your day.  Then afterward you may feel like kicking back and relaxing by going tubing on the river in San Marcos.  Then when you get your energy back you can head over the  largest water park in the country in nearby New Braunfels.  You name it and you can be pretty darn sure you can find it in the Austin and San Marcos area has it. 


Austin Zoo

P: 512-288-1490

10807 Rawhide Trail
Austin, TX 78636

Austin Zoo is a rescue zoo and provides sanctuary to displaced animals from a variety of unfortunate and often neglectful situations.

When they first started the zoo, the animals consisted mostly of goats, pigs, fallow deer, donkeys and ponies ... with a few exotics. Nowadays, the zoo has about 300 animals and about 100 species. Over 90 percent of the animals are rescued.


Wonderworld Park

P: 512-392-3760

1000 Prospect Street
San Marcos, TX 78666


Wonder World Park is a Texas Historical Site. The unique attractions are entertaining and educational for the whole family. Enjoy guided tours through the nation's only earthquake-formed cave. Exit by elevator and catch a breathtaking view of the fault line's drop-off point from atop the Tejas Observation Tower. Play in the crazy Anti-Gravity House and take a train ride through the waterfalls of Mystery Mountain to meet and feed the friendly animals in the largest petting park in Texas!

With a wide variety of clubs and restaurants, festive atmosphere and bustling street life, Sixth Street often draws comparisons to New Orleans' Bourbon Street. More than 30 dining options and another 50 or so nightclubs and bars within a short walking distance of downtown hotels make this one of the city's most popular destinations. Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Colony.  From April through October, this bridge over Town Lake is home to North America's largest urban bat colony. Dusk is the time to view these Mexican free-tailed bats as they leave the bridge to feed on insects. August is the prime viewing month. The best viewing locations are the upper bank of Town Lake at the southeast corner of the bridge or from the sidewalk atop the bridge. State Capitol Complex.  The complex houses 46 acres of landscaped grounds and State offices. The Capitol was completed in 1888 from granite mined locally and is topped by the Goddess of Liberty. A Visitor's Information Center in the rotunda offers information on points of interest in Austin and Texas, including highway trail maps. The Drag and The University of Texas campus "The Drag," or Guadalupe Street, runs between Martin Luther King Boulevard and 29th Street. It features shops, restaurants and businesses. The People's Renaissance Market, on 23rd Street west of the Drag, is a seasonal outdoor market for handmade arts and crafts. East of the Drag is the 357-acre main campus of The University of Texas with its landmark UT Tower, sports venues, museums and art galleries. Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum.  The museum contains exhibits relating to Johnson's presidency, highlighting campaign memorabilia, gifts from foreign heads of state, a replica of the Oval Office and changing exhibits. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.  The unique story of Texas plays out at this popular museum in downtown Austin. Exhibits and films recreate the days of the first settlers to the moon landing. Manor Downs


Horse Racing at Manor Downs

P: 512-272-5581

9211 Hill Lane
Manor TX 78653

We even have horse racing at Manor Downs.  This features live quarter horse racing Saturday and Sunday. The fall season runs from the end of August through mid-December and the spring season runs from mid-February through June.


Texas outside website

If you like the outdoors in general and just want to get an idea of your options, click here to go to the Texas outside website


Area Tennis

If you’re interested in finding out more about area Tennis this link provides a good starting point with maps of area locations, associations etc. 


Area Golf

If you’re interested in finding out more about area Golf this link provides a good starting point with maps of area locations, associations etc.


Other Helpful Links

Below are some additional  links to give you more information on the city parks and programs in the area.   

So call us today at 512-449-6070.  Let us help you with your Austin Real Estate needs.  Find out why Adkor is truly…A Different Kind Of Realty!