PARKS | WATERWAYS
Like the outdoors? Check out Austin’s Jay C. Hormel Nature Center for its wonderful Interpretive Center and walking trails through over 500 acres of land; the Sola Fide Observatory for night sky-watching; 28 city parks with pavilions, playgrounds, baseball/softball diamonds, disk golf courses, and even a dog park with separate areas for small and large dogs, water faucet, and shelter area. And despite being in one of only 4 Minnesota counties without natural lakes, Austin has great opportunities for water-related activities – kayaking and canoeing at the Nature Center or on the Mill Pond or East Side Lake, or on Dobbins Creek. The Cedar River State Water Trail, part of Minnesota’s state water trail program, offers 25 miles of fishing canoeing, and kayaking opportunities between Lansing, north of Austin, all the way south to the Iowa border.