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4 Central Texas spots that are magical in winter

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Mayfield Park and Preserve in West Austin has long been a popular destination for a quiet stroll and an up-close look at the 20 peacocks and peahens that roam the grounds. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Sure, it can get chilly in Central Texas in winter.

But while we may have seen a snow flurry or two this season, most days are relatively mild, making it an ideal time to head outdoors before the scorching temperatures — and mosquitoes — of summer return.

In fact, many Central Texas spots are stunningly beautiful, and amazingly uncrowded, this time of year.

Why not throw on a jacket and head outside?

Visit to learn about four places that are magical in winter.