Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Mayfield Park and Preserve is a free nature preserve in Austin that allows you to get up close and personal with peacocks. The peacocks strut around, showing off for the peahens, who ignore them completely. It's pretty entertaining to watch the males shake their feathers and follow the females around, trying in vain to command some attention.
Mayfield Park and Preserve is 21 acres of walking trails, gardens, ponds and wildlife. After spending some time with the peacocks, there is still plenty of park left to explore!
My kids were excited to spot koi in the murky water. In the summer, delicate water lilies will bloom.
The area by the park entrance is stroller and wheelchair accessible. But the walking trails are rugged and better suited to those who can climb without assistance.
The park is open daily, from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking is free and admission is free. Pets, bicycles and fishing are not permitted. For more information, visit the website.
3505 W. 35th Street
Next to Laguna Gloria