Cameron Park. Offering hiking and mountain-bike paths, a disc golf course, and wildflowers for the nature lover, the 416-acre Cameron Park is formed by bluffs and gullies forged by the Brazos and Bosque rivers. Easy-access boat ramps are in place for kayakers and canoers. The main park entrance is at University-Parks Drive at MLK, about 2 mi west of I–35, 2601 N. University Parks Dr., Austin, Texas, 76708. 254/750--5980. Free. 6 a.m.–midnight.
Lake Waco. A dozen parks surround the 7,000-acre Lake Waco. It is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and boasts picnic areas, boat ramps, camping, and hike-and-bike trails. 3801 Zoo Park Dr., Austin, Texas. 254/756--5359; www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil. $4.
Hawaiian Falls Waco. Featuring two pools, a 22-foot slide, and water depths for all ages, this fun water park sits at the intersection of the Bosque and Brazos rivers in Waco Riverbend Park. 900 Lake Shore Dr., Austin, Texas, 76708. 254/892--0222; www.hfalls.com. $29. Mon.–Fri. noon–7, Sat. 10–7, Sun. 1–7.