One of the greatest things about the summer season is getting outside, enjoying nature, and taking in some sunshine. These short, sweet months are meant for exploring, playing, and adventuring, and for residents of our apartments near Austin Landing, you’ll be happy to know that there are some amazing parks and green spaces nearby. Here are some of the best parks within a short drive from Austin Springs.
No matter your age, your friends and family will absolutely love discovering and connecting with nature at the Cox Arboretum—less than five miles from our apartments near Austin Landing. This stunning 174-acre facility has 2.5 miles of trails where you can walk amongst specialty gardens, mature forests, trees, and shrubs that delight the imagination. You definitely don’t want to miss the Tree Tower where you’ll find excellent views, the Bell Children’s Maze, and Butterfly House where you can see a variety of butterflies and moths. Visit the Cox Arboretum website to see all the activities they have to offer.
Take in the awe and glory of trees that are over 550 years old at Sugarcreek MetroPark. Trails span the 618-acre park where you’ll walk, horseback ride, or run in tallgrass prairies, woodlands, rolling hills, and wetlands. The pet-friendly park is the ideal place to spend a Saturday learning about the heritage and history of the area, appreciating the flora and fauna, or simply having a picnic al fresco. See what all the park has to offer at the Sugarcreek MetroPark website.
Oak Grove Park
Less than 15 minutes from our apartments near Austin Landing is Oak Grove Park. At the center of the park is a stand of old oak trees and surrounding it is activity after activity. This might become your favorite place to visit during the summer because of the soccer fields, baseball diamonds, tennis court, playgrounds, dog park, picnic shelters, archery range, and pond—and those aren’t even all the features! Download a map and learn more about the park on the Oak Grove Park website.
Located on the Tamarack Trail, just over five minutes from Austin Springs is the 39-acre North Park. The park might be on the smaller side compared to others, however, it has all the recreational activities you could want. Tennis/pickleball courts, soccer fields, walking trails, and a playground are all on-site. As if those amenities aren’t enough, the park also hosts a summer concert series and theatre under the stars at the North Park Amphitheater. Learn more on the North Park website.
Leading along creeks, through meadows, prairie, and wetland, Grant Park is a sprawling 189-acre natural area. The trails in the park are of varying difficulty, from a casual stroll to a challenging hike. There is also a natural play area, picnic areas, and two fire circles that can be reserved online. Learn more about the park, reserve a fire ring, and more on the Grant Park website.
There’s no better place to be during the summertime than at a gorgeous green park surrounded by wildlife and nature. When you live at Austin Springs, you’ll love having so many incredible park options nearby.