Emma Long Metropolitan Park, named after the first woman to sit on the Austin City Council, is one of Austin's largest city parks. It is located near 360 and 2222 along the banks of Lake Austin. Follow the long and windy City Park road until it ends and you'll find yourself in the park!
The park has large grassy fields with huge trees shading the banks of the river. Several sand volleyball courts were available (though none in use during the heat of the day!) And plenty of picnic tables and barbecue pits.
There is a nice roped off swimming area with two docks perfect for jumping off!
On the day we visited, families were playing water baseball in the shallow water, boys were catching balls as they jumped of the dock, and young children were splashing in the shallow water! Something for everyone!
After hiking the Turkey Creek trail, K and I decided to cool off with a swim in the park. We found a shaded picnic table to enjoy our picnic lunch and then cooled off while floating in tubes. For most of the afternoon, the park was full from a bus load of camp kids, but after they left, the park was mostly empty!
Tips and Thoughts
* The shallow waters of the swimming area are perfect for young children, with areas roped off according to depth
* Bring along some buckets and shovels. While there isn't a real 'beach' area, there is a section in front of the swim area that is pefect for digging in!
* A nice tube or float makes the afternoon perfect!
* If you want to try camping within the city, the park allows primitive camping for a small fee
* Dogs are required to be on leash for this section of the park