Just around the corner from Zilker Park, you’ll find a magical oasis dedicated to the works of renowned American sculptor Charles Umlauf. Umlauf taught at the University of Texas in Austin for 40 years and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1981. In 1991, the city of Austin dedicated four acres to create a garden that showcases dozens of bronze and stone pieces given to the city by Umlauf. Today, these amazing pieces are perfectly set in the shady garden surrounded by native plants, ponds, waterfalls, streams and towering oak trees; be sure to visit the museum on the grounds where you can view a video of Umlauf’s life and works.
The best thing about Austin is the great outdoors: filled with trails, lakes, parks and gardens that offer space to enjoy the state’s perpetually sunny weather. Without them, Austin wouldn’t be Austin: ATX’s swimwear and flip-flop-loving residents would simply be lost without kayaking on Ladybird Lake, playing ball on Auditorium Shores, or catching rays after a dip in Barton Springs. For tourists and locals looking to enjoy the town’s best green spaces, you’re in luck: we’ve plucked the 10 most scenic parks and gardens in Austin, ideal for spreading out in the company of a good book, a charcuterie platter, or a handsome date. From the heights of Mount Bonnell and the shores of Lake Austin to wildflowers stretching as far as the eye can see, here are the top spots to soak up Bat City nature.
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