Sometimes Austin feels like a Texas version of the city that never sleeps. Every now and then, a break from the festivals, concerts, happy hours and crowds can be therapeutic. But where can you actually experience peace and quiet in a city that’s constantly buzzing? We’ve pulled together a list of places perfect for stopping to smell the roses, write in a journal or just think quietly.
McKinney Falls State Park
Nothing beat a good hike and the state park is a very short drive away from the hustle and bustle of the city. While tourists frequent the falls to swim, the park offers almost nine miles of hike and bike trails.
Mayfield Park and Preserve
Visitors can walk around the open garden spaces featuring ponds, trails and most famously, peacocks. The park is also listed in National Register of Historic Places.
Austin Central Library
?The new library is not short on crowds, but the benefit of visiting a library is the quiet time. The library has multiple outdoor spaces including a rooftop garden.
An art museum
Take in some fine art at one of Austin’s numerous museums. The Contemporary is located downtown on Congress Avenue. The Blanton Museum of Art, featuring the popular "Austin" permanent installation, is located on the University of Texas at Austin campus. For an outdoor experience, the sculpture garden Laguna Gloria is located on the shore of Lake Austin next door to Mayfield Park and Preserve. And just a stone’s throw away from Zilker Park is the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum.
Zilker Botanical Garden
The 26-acre garden features everything from streams to a Japanese garden. Visitors can see a wide array of plants including succulents, herbs and roses.