Festival Beach

I’ve heard about Festival Beach for years and today was the perfect day to visit! Officially designated Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach, this 500-acre park is an inviting place to stroll and relax.

The area is called “Festival Beach” because it was the primary venue for Austin Aqua Festival, which was held in Austin 1962-1998.

The park’s address is 2101 Jesse E. Segovia Street. We parked at the corner of East Avenue and Nash Hernandez Sr. Road (near the green arrow on this map), in the shadow of I-35.

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The boys couldn’t wait to explore!

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The trees are amazing.

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We walked east along the trail, which was not crowded at all on Saturday afternoon.

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This cypress tree deserved its own snapshot.

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Across the lake, you can see the beginnings of the new boardwalk. And our cute dog!

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We enjoyed this little deck. Another park visitor was fishing here.

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Along the trail, you will find this memorial to Tejano legend, Nash Hernandez, Sr.

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I couldn’t quit taking pictures of the trees!

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This bridge was one of the park’s best features, according to my 10-year-old son.

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When we came to a fork in the trail, we decided to take the “scenic view” route.

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The trail is narrower here.

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Clearly, we had arrived at the end of the trail. The total distance covered at this point was about one mile. Behind the sign, you see the old Holly Power Plant, which is being demolished.

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On our return trip, we stopped to enjoy the view and rest for a few minutes.

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We crossed the bridge again to get back to where we started. You can see downtown in the background.

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We plan to return to Festival Beach soon….toting a picnic basket!

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The City of Austin is developing a master plan for this park so it will only get more more beautiful in years to come.

THE RUNDOWN:
Austin Active Kids Opinion: A relaxing and scenic spot in the heart of the city.
Outing Time: About 1.5 hours
Outing Distance: Just under 2 miles
Reminders: This park has restrooms, water fountains, and picnic tables. We saw many people picnicking on blankets. There were lots and lots of squirrels running around which could be a problem if your dog is obsessed with them! It’s a good idea to check community calendars like these by the Austin Chronicle, Austin360.com, and the City of Austin before you visit to make sure a major event is not scheduled.

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