Once an electric substation, the aptly named Sparky Park is a small, artsy pocket park in the Central Austin/Hyde Park area. It all came to be when the City of Austin commissioned local artist Berthold Haas to design a wall that would mask the unsightly electrical machinery. The Gaudi-influenced grotto wall is a mosaic made from glass, marbles, seashells, petrified wood and other found materials, and its whimsical design serves as the perfect backdrop for a quirky photoshoot or a nice pit stop on your walk around the neighborhood.
When it comes to the best things to do in Austin – which includes the best hikes and outdoor activities – it often seems like everyone else in town has the same idea. The crowds during the summer weekends can be heaving, making it problematic to find a quiet patch of grass to park on and enjoy lunch on. Yes, Austin is all about live music events, rooftop bars and fun in the sun, but sometimes even the most social of us need a respite. If that’s the case, then we suggest skipping past Zilker Park, Mount Bonnell and Barton Creek Greenbelt...and wandering off the beaten path.
Whether you’re planning on a romantic date on a picnic blanket, a nap,or just a few uninterrupted hours with a good book, here are some lesser-known natural spots in Bat City that’ll give you that much-needed breathing space to just be.
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