We’re doing a deep dive into the best parks and green spaces in Austin. The city’s parks give you the perfect area to relax, play, picnic, and unplug for the afternoon!
Before we get started, we want to remind you that with the continued presence of Covid-19, it’s best to stay away from crowded spaces. We encourage you to consider the safety of yourself and your neighbors. Our park features will remain online as a reference that you can access when you are able to safely experience the location.
Here’s absolutely everything you need to know about Mueller Lake Park!
Mueller Lake Park is one of the bigger public parks in Austin. This 30-acre park is large enough for dogs, families, joggers, and more. The park is centrally located in the Mueller neighborhood, conveniently adjacent to the Mueller Visitors Center. Mueller Lake Park is big enough to host a public farmers’ market every Sunday with nearly 50 vendors selling everything from produce to honey to dog treats and everything in between. If you’ve never been to the farmers’ market, here is our helpful guide to your first visit!
Mueller Lake Park is tucked right in the middle of Mueller neighborhood. The large parks brings outdoor recreation to residents while establishing a beautiful eco-system. With the park being super accessible to the neighborhood, shops, eateries, and more, it’s easy to get outside and enjoy the park. Here is our list of fun things to do in the Mueller neighborhood.
Mueller Lake Park has a great trail for running and walking. The flat, half paved, half gravel trail is a 2.6-mile loop that takes you around the lake located in the middle of the park. The trail also features a stretching area to ensure you’re warmed up for your run or walk. The trail is conveniently located near lots of shops and restaurants, so you’re in the perfect spot to do errands or grab a smoothie after you workout.
Kids can enjoy a new, fun interactive playscape at the park with slides, jungle gyms, money bars, and more. In 2011, the playscape was voted “Best Gyroscopic Playground” by The Austin Chronicle. The playscape was recently redesigned by KOMPAN, Inc., a local, innovative playground design company in Austin. Additionally, the park has plenty of comfortable seating areas for adults to relax and watch their kiddos play.
Mueller Lake Park allows dogs, but they must be kept on a leash! All green spaces and trails are great for dogs, with plenty of poop receptacles located around the park.
While there are not any areas specifically dedicated to sports or games at Mueller Lake Park, there is plenty of green space to make your own space. Bring a soccer ball or a frisbee and invite friends to join!
Mueller Lake Park has a dedicated peninsula space for an afternoon picnic in the sun. Grab your blanket and some food from Mueller Trailer Eats food court and head to the eastern area of the lake. Additionally, there are plenty of picnic tables scattered around the park.
Mueller Lake Park is equipped with an open air amphitheater and stage that hosts live music, plays, and other fun events. The theater area overlooks the lake, so it’s the perfect setting for an evening accompanied by a live performance. In the past, the park has hosted small music festivals, movies in the park, and family days.
In 2014, Nessy the Lakeness Dragon made Mueller Lake Park her official home! This 16-feet high, 30-feet long, colorful dragon sculpture is made of beautiful, shiny mosaic tiles. Nessy joined Dixie, a 23-feet tall iron spider sculpture, plus three of art installation pieces. This incredible art installation is open to the public and completely free!
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