Is Barton Springs a little too mainstream? Trek out to Twin Falls, just north of the MoPac on Barton Creek. The falls and stream are as good of a place as any to chill out and find shade, while climbing paths, walking paths, and plenty of space for pets are abound.
The Zilker Botanical Gardens on Barton Springs Rd is 22 acres of finely pruned paradise waiting for anyone wanting to tour its grounds. While there are guided tours available, there’s nothing stopping you from going in and seeing the gardens, sights, plants, and sounds of this Austin establishment.
Wooldridge Square Park houses giant chess, an Austin Parks Foundation initiative that is exactly what it sounds like: An oversized chess board with board pieces that go up to your knees. Other events frequent this space, so be sure to check their Facebook page for daily information and updates.