Mayfield Park and Preserve is a beautiful park located near the heart of the city. Situated on 21 acres, the park is a former estate that was gifted to the city in 1971 and is included on the National Register of Historic Places.
The park itself includes an historic cottage, 2 acres of gardens, water lilies, and brilliant peacocks who roam the grounds, while the neighboring preserve includes a wildlife habitat and walking trails.
One of the major attractions of Mayfield Park is that beautiful peacocks freely roam the grounds. The birds are amazing to look at and are truly a spectacle to enjoy so close to downtown. Tip: parents of little ones might want to note that peacock cries can be quite loud and to make sure that their children are aware of that ahead of time.
Educational Fun: The park offers a great page of educational resources including a suggested tour, a printable plant map, and several nature hunt worksheets. Check out the fun educational resources here.
Mayfield Park and Preserve is beautiful gem tucked away in central Austin. With its acres of shaded walking trails, picnic area, tranquil gardens, and brilliant peacocks roaming the grounds, the park is a peaceful way to spend a few hours right in the heart of the city.
For more information, visit the Mayfield Park website.
A big thanks to Hike It Baby for sharing photos of Mayfield Park. Hike it Baby is a parent group focused on getting families outside together, enjoying nature in a safe and supported way. Join the free Hike It Baby Austin Facebook Group, and get to exploring the great outdoors!