The third installment of our 5 Free Things To Do In… series brings us to Cedar Park. Get ready to spend a lot of time outdoors. Here are our favorite 5 Free Things To Do In Cedar Park!
1. Walk, Run, Or Bike The Brushy Creek Trail
The Brushy Creek Trail (map) winds through both Round Rock and Cedar Park, but the majority of its 6.75 miles are in Cedar Park. Walkers, runners, and bikers flock here daily to do portions of the trail or the whole thing. You could spend an entire day exploring the trail and stopping by any of its 6 parks along the way. We’ve highlighted two of our favorite parks found along the trail below.
- Brushy Creek Lake Park (3300 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park) has a huge splash pad area, a shaded playground, pavilions with picnic tables, a sand volleyball court, and bathrooms, all with the hike and bike trail and Brushy Creek Lake as your view. It’s beautiful! Bring sand toys, bike or scooters, towels, snacks, and water. You can even rent canoes here and get out on the lake.
- Champion Park (3830 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park) is a great place to bring your dinosaur-loving kids. They can climb on top of dinosaur structures and dig for dino bones in a shaded sand pit (remember to bring your shovels and brushes). If you get too hot, there’s a small splash pad area that runs Friday-Sunday during the summer months.
2. Stroll Through The Cedar Park Sculpture Garden
The Cedar Park Sculpture Garden (1435 Main St, Cedar Park) can be found by following the walking trail at the Cedar Park Recreation Center. This outdoor showcase of sculptures by local artists changes annually.
3. Burn Off Some Energy At Brushy Creek Sports Park/Skate Park
Brushy Creek Sports Park (2310 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park) has so much more than just baseball and soccer fields. The Brushy Creek Trail runs along the back of the park, so if you’re on the trail you can stop off for some fun. There are public restrooms, water fountains, disc golf, a playground/obstacle course that’s fun for both kids and adults, and even a 15,000 sq ft. skate park!
4. Shop Local At The Texas Farmers’ Market at Lakeline
The weekly Texas Farmers’ Market at Lakeline (11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park) operates every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. rain or shine all year long! You can find locally grown produce along with local honey, kombucha, freshly baked pita bread, and more. There’s almost always some sort of family entertainment happening like live music or a clown making balloon animals. The market is technically free, but you may have a really hard time not spending any money there.
5. Explore Elizabeth Milburn Park
Elizabeth Milburn Park (1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park) has something for everyone–several playgrounds, a BMX track, a hike and bike path, a public pool, playing fields, sand volleyball courts, a rock-climbing wall, and more. The park hosts free events year-round, such as movies in the park, concerts, 4th of July fireworks, a splash jam, a Veterans parade and ceremony, Christmas tree lighting and Santa’s workshop, Easter egg hunt, and more!
Bonus Fun That’s Not Free (but still cheap!)
Veterans Memorial Pool (2525 W New Hope Dr, Cedar Park) is so much fun (and so cheap!) that we had to include it in this post. Admission is only $2-5 and kids 3 and under are FREE. It has so much to offer! There’s a zero-depth entry point for the littlest ones, fountains, a giant dump bucket, a high-dive-like platform and drop slide, many shaded pavilions, lounge chairs, water basketball, and even a water rope course. We spent 5 hours there and my boys still didn’t want to leave–totally worth the low price of admission! If you’d like to explore more of Veterans Memorial Park, you can find a huge dog park, Memorial Hill, amphitheater, basketball and tennis courts.