Some of the best things to do in Austin can be found outside, thanks to the city’s beautiful parks, best hikes and outdoor activities. But while you can always count on Zilker Park, Mount Bonnell and the Barton Creek Greenbelt for a good time, you may be looking for something a little quieter and lesser known known after making your way through the best parks and gardens. When you want to escape the crowds, take in the sunshine and great outdoors at one these hidden parks around town.
The 10 best hidden parks in Austin
Enjoy beautiful Austin parks that are off the beaten path, from sculpture grounds to lakeside retreats
Hidden Austin parks
Tucked away from Highway 71 and across from the Bee Cave police station is Bee Cave Sculpture Park, a seven-acre park with a mix of permanent and rotating sculptures ranging from the fanciful to the abstract. Visitors are free to wander the grounds, which include a spring-fed pond, and check out the eclectic art, and there are tables and chairs available for those who want to set up a picnic. While small, this hidden spot makes for a relaxing retreat, especially if you’re already in the area shopping at the Hill Country Galleria.
Ramsey Park is a beloved fixture in the Rosedale neighborhood—and for good reason. Recently renovated, this park is small but mighty: It has everything for a fun family outing, including multipurpose fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds, barbecue pits and a swimming pool. One of its best features is a large jungle gym, and there’s a limestone amphitheater where you might catch a Shakespeare performance put on by Something for Nothing Theatre Co.
An entertaining spot for the little ones, Champion Park is in Cedar Park, sandwiched between Brushy Creek Lake Park and the Brushy Creek Greenbelt. The most notable features of the place are a large, covered discovery sandbox (where kids might just dig up some “dinosaur bones”), a dino-themed playscape, larger climbing boulders and a whale’s tail sprayscape where kids can cool off. Along with its picnic pavilion, Champion Park makes for a great location for a family fun day or a kid’s birthday party.