Welcome to Zilker & Barton Hills
Maximize comfort and take advantage of outdoor recreation
Zilker and Barton Hills are home to 350 acres of outdoor fun in Austin, Texas. These neighborhoods are considered metropolitan in style and offer access to one of the largest parks in Austin. Zilker and Barton Hills are prime locations for walking, working out, and enjoying a sunny day. Both neighborhoods also boast many coffee shops, boutiques, and delicious local restaurants.
What to Love
- Ease of access
- Live music, sports, and games
- Sculpture gardens
- Hiking and biking trails
In Zilker, convenience and a sense of peace await you. With walkable destinations, the neighborhood boasts charming streets full of leafy-green views and is ideal for those who love the outdoors. From coffee shops to sports events, both Zilker and Barton Hills are very community-oriented. The area is among the most desirable in all of Austin, solely for its green space and laid-back atmosphere.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Tex Mex takes on an entirely new meaning when you dine at Chuy's in Barton Hills
. The restaurant blends kitschy with retro vibes and has a delicious menu with large portions. To make things even better, you can choose to dine in, order curbside pickup, or request delivery for those extra busy days.
Known as the "jewel in the heart of Austin," Zilker Metropolitan Park
offers 350+ acres to swim, paddleboard, and catch unbeatable views of the skyline. The park even has a botanical garden with pre-historic dinosaur sculptures.
For swimming at the park, Barton Springs Municipal Pool
fills with water from natural springs in the area and is the fourth largest spring in Texas. It's located within the channel of Barton Creek and is open until 10 pm each night. The water is the perfect place to relax when you're in the mood for a refreshing yet cold retreat.
Looking to catch up on the next big movie or rewatch some classics while you enjoy a few cocktails? Alamo Drafthouse
is the place to be! This dine-in cinema blends movies with beer, film, food, and events.
Things to Do
For music lovers of every genre, the Austin City Limits Festival
is an annual two-weekend event hosted by the producers of Chicago's Lollapalooza. Each year there are over 100 artists that come to perform on the event's stages, bringing some of the best acts to perform locally. The event is held at Zilker Park and invites over 450,000 people to attend each year. You can buy 1-day or 3-day tickets to catch all your favorite acts and enjoy discounted foods from some of Austin's best restaurants.
Not a fan of music festivals? No worries, the Zilker Kite Festival
comes to town each spring and has become quite the tradition for the area. Running for over 92 years, you can partake in flying your favorite kite as high as possible or indulge in concessions as you watch kites take over the sky. The event is free and hosts a few friendly contests.
Don't see any artists you like performing at the Austin City Limits Festival or are you interested in another great concert event to attend? Blues on the Green
is a newer summer festival that's completely free. The concert happens over two days in both the month of June and July. The music starts at 7:00 p.m. and is hosted by Austin City Limits Radio.
As artistic as Zilker can be, the Zilker Hillside Theater
offers lawn seating and spectacular performances. Every summer, the theater brings a new musical to the stage and invites everyone to indulge in the excitement.
Education in the area is some of the best in the nation, with Zilker Elementary School at the top of the list.
- Zilker Elementary - K - 5th Grades - Ranked #289 out of 4,600+ public elementary schools in Texas.