View exotic wildlife by visiting Birding Sites in and around the Austin area. There's no mistaking the incessant squawk of the wild green Monk parakeets who have set up residence around the area. The traditional outdoor viewing spot is by Krieg Field in Town Lake Park.
The Cathedral of Junk stands quietly in the backyard of a small house on a suburban street on the south side of Austin that blends with its neighborhood, from the street, it's invisible. Vince Hannemann, built the Cathedral with a hollow framework of improvised trusses, around and within which he has wired and packed with lawnmower wheels, car bumpers, kitchen utensils, ladders, cables, bottles, circuit boards, bicycle parts, brick-a-brack, and a lot of stuff that is unidentifiable.
Stop and smell the wildflowers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The Center's outdoor gardens display the native plants of the Central Texas Hill Country, South and West Texas.
Reach new heights in the Lone Star State with Rock About Climbing Adventures. This rock climbing tour company offers lessons in several locations throughout Texas, including Austin's popular Barton Creek Greenbelt, Reimer's Ranch, Enchanted Rock, and other destinations. Courses offered at Rock About range from the basics for beginners, to advanced lessons for climbers with experience; private lessons are available. Experience the triumph of rock climbing and see the beauty of Texas from a new perspective with Rock About Climbing Adventures.
Stroll through the gorgeous Zilker Botanical Garden, where you'll find 30 acres of themed outdoor gardens Rose, herb and Japanese landscapes are interconnected by streams, waterfalls and Koi-filled ponds.
Located on 31 acres in the heart of downtown Austin, the Zilker Botanical Garden is often called "the jewel in the heart of Austin." The garden was established in 1995 and greets more than 400,000 visitors per year.
As the centerpiece of Zilker Park, the Zilker Botanical Garden takes advantage of its location on the banks of the Colorado River. Its beauty lies in the interconnected flow of featured gardens, natural grottoes, streams and waterfalls.
Themes among the gardens are as varied as nature itself. There's a Japanese garden and koi pond, a rose garden, herb garden, butterfly trail and garden, and a cactus garden among the selections to tour. Another unique feature is the Hartman Prehistoric Garden, which recreates the habitat of local dinosaurs.
Visitors can tour the gardens for free and take home a Texas succulent or majestic orchid, among the many offerings. In the spring, the Zilker Botanical Garden holds its annual garden festival.