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Old 03-25-2008, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Wesley Chapel
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If your starting point is Capital of Texas Hwy and 183; where is the closest park to take kids for a few hours of play time? Also, is the Austin Nature and Science Center open to the public all the time? Their website wasn't that helpful in answering that question. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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There are lots of small parks that I probably don't know about, so you might try Google Earth, but as for some of the bigger ones:
Northwest park has some great swings and such, as well as a large city pool, tennis, and lighted basketball. It is kind of hard to explain directions to it, so you might have to google map it or something, but geographically, it is near Far West and MoPac (although it is not accessible directly from MoPac or FW).
Up at Lamar and PArmer (a little bit of a drive) is Walnut Creek Park. Large park with really nice mnt bike trails and baseball/softball/soccer fields. Not sure about playscape stuff, but I am sure there is some there, I just haven't paid attention .

I am sure there are many other parks (Zilker isn't really that far from 183/360 during non-rush hour, too).
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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The Nature Center is open every day, I believe. Their pond is closed at the moment for renovation, but everything else is open.
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Old 03-25-2008, 04:59 PM
 
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Take em to Bull Creek Park - they'll have a time in the water.
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Old 03-25-2008, 05:03 PM
 
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It might only last an hour, but the park/green space at the Arboretum is right next to you and has the cow sculptures to climb on, plus Amy's ice cream in case you get a bit warm.....
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Old 03-26-2008, 08:09 AM
 
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This should help: City of Austin - Austin Parks and Recreation Department: Park Directory
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