How to enjoy Earth Day in Austin

It’s the only planet we have. Since 1970, April 22 has been set aside as an annual day to celebrate nature and environmentalism.

Looking for ways to honor the Earth? Hoodline crunched the numbers, using both Yelp data and our own methodology to produce a ranked list of the best parks, botanical gardens and vegetarian eats around Austin.


Venturing outside is the basic start to an Earth Day celebration. Get inspired with these top-rated parks near you.

1. Emma Long Metropolitan Park

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Topping the list is Emma Long Metropolitan Park. Located at 1600 City Park Road, the park is the highest rated park in Austin, boasting four stars out of 84 reviews on Yelp.

2. Zilker Park

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Next up is Barton Hills's Zilker Park, situated at 2100 Barton Springs Road. With 4.5 stars out of 206 reviews on Yelp, the park has proven to be a local favorite.

3. Mayfield Park

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Mayfield Park, located at 3505 W. 35th St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the park 4.5 stars out of 167 reviews.


Cutting down on meat is a good place to start reducing your footprint, not to mention a healthy choice for most people. Get a taste for vegetarian fare at these top veggie-forward eateries.

1. Mr. Natural

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Topping the list is Mr. Natural. Located at 1901 E. Cesar Chavez St. in Holly, the vegetarian and gluten-free spot is the highest rated vegetarian restaurant in Austin, boasting four stars out of 331 reviews on Yelp.

2. Juiceland

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Next up is Hyde Park's JuiceLand, situated at 4500 Duval St. With 4.5 stars out of 111 reviews on Yelp, the vegan and vegetarian spot, offering juice and smoothies and more, has proven to be a local favorite.

3. Counter Culture

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Holly's Counter Culture, located at 2337 E. Cesar Chavez St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the vegan, vegetarian and raw food spot 4.5 stars out of 706 reviews.


Get a closer look at the wonders of the natural world by hitting a local botanical garden. For extra credit, don't forget a sketchbook.

1. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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Topping the list is Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Located at 4801 La Crosse Ave., the botanical garden is the highest rated botanical garden in Austin, boasting 4.5 stars out of 143 reviews on Yelp.

2. Zilker Botanical Gardens

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Next up is Barton Hills's Zilker Botanical Gardens, situated at 2220 Barton Springs Road. With four stars out of 218 reviews on Yelp, the botanical garden has proven to be a local favorite.

3. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

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Zilker's Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, located at 605 Azie Morton Road, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the museum, botanical garden and event space 4.5 stars out of 77 reviews.


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