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Top 5 Eastside Parks

The City of Austin has some of the best national and local parks within bussing distance. Here at Smart Trips Austin, we believe that some of the best urban getaways are hidden in plain sight East of the highway. Check out our list of the Top 5 Eastside parks, specially recommended by our local Smart Trips Eastside Ambassador. Austin: come for the music, stay for the parks!

 

 

Govalle Neighborhood Park –  Entrance at 5200 Bolm Rd

Govalle Neighborhood Park is 26 acres of pure outdoor bliss. The park features athletic fields, a pool, picnic tables, BBQ pits, and a playground!  If you are more interested in walking, running, or biking, the park also features the entrance to the 7.3-mile long Southern Walnut Creek trail. If somehow you manage to find a way to get bored of paradise, the East Boggy Creek Greenbelt and the Govalle Neighborhood Park are connected.

Here are some bus routes that stop at near this park: 

350



Southwest Greenway
Entrance at 2501 Tom Miller St

The Southwest Greenway is part of a series of parks, trails and open spaces that flow through the Mueller neighborhood. According to the Mueller community website, Southwest Greenway is a restored Texas blackland prairie that incorporates native plants. The park was built in partnership with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. This park is great for soaking in the Summer air while checking out some cool sculptures.

Here are some bus routes that stop near this park: 

20, 335, 350



Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Metro Park –
Entrance at 400 Grove Blvd

Take a hint from Fido and head over to Roy G. Guerrero to cool down. The park is popular spot to play baseball, soccer, volleyball, disc golf, and hike! This park gives you everything that Lady Bird does without all the hustle and bustle. A fun-filled ride down Pleasant Valley towards Cesar Chavez will land you right into the park.

Here are some bus routes that stop near this park: 

4, 17, 300, 311, 350



Boggy Creek Greenbelt –
Entrance at 1114 Nile St

Do not let the name fool you, the Boggy Creek Greenbelt is an oasis hidden on the east side of town. Like most greenbelts, Boggy is best known for its hiking trails, bike trails, and picnic space. But coming in at 89-acres of sweet serenity, Boggy Creek begs for you to do more. If you start to get a little hot while at the park, take a couple minutes to walk or bike to Rosewood Neighborhood Park–it has a pool!

Here are some bus routes that stop near this park: 

2, 6


Edward Rendon Sr. Park – Entrance at 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach in Town Lake Metropolitan Park Try (wooh! try saying that one three times fast) may last on our list but it is definitely not last on our minds. This park is the smallest and most intimate park recommended by the Smart Trips Austin ambassador. As you can see in the above image, it runs along the Colorado River and offers great spots to do 80s style calisthenics. You can catch locals on the weekends having picnics, playing ultimate frisbee or just laying in the grass enjoying the breeze.

Here are some bus routes that stop near this park: 

7, 20, 322, 680

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 Check out AustinParks.org and City of Austin Parks and Recreation to find out how you can get involved with your local park.

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