Mayfield Park, widely known for the vibrant peacocks that roam the grounds, is a historic, public park in the city. It’s free to visit, easily accessible from the Lake Travis area and a fun place to take children or out-of-towners.
The first time we went with the family I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d heard of the peacocks, but have to admit I was skeptical as to whether we’d actually see one. I didn’t know if they were out all the time, how many we were talking (2 peacocks? 100?) or if you could even get close.
So I prepared the kids, telling them we might see a few at this park as we pulled up. As if they’d heard me, a peacock greeting crew met us in the parking lot. In fact, there were tons roaming the grounds. We even saw several in trees and a couple hanging out on the roof of a cottage. I didn’t even know they could climb. Clearly I have a lot to learn about peacocks.
But of course, while the peacocks are a highlight, Mayfield Park has plenty of other great things going for it. The gorgeous gardens and lily-covered ponds make for a beautiful stroll.
There are a number of small plots “adopted” by local residents, with signs acknowledging the person or family responsible for each one. It’s a neat concept and contributes to a real sense of community. People donate their time and resources to nurture and grow something beautiful that everyone can enjoy. The park has regular workdays the second Saturday of every month where volunteers gather to tend their gardens. They also regularly host other events, such as their annual Trowel and Error spring event coming up on Saturday, April 5th.
Mayfield Park also has a pretty interesting history. On our last visit we struck up a conversation with one of the workers who told us the tale of the peacocks. According to her, back in the 1930s a lady who lived in the cottage on the property received two peacocks as a gift, and most of the peacocks roaming the grounds today are descendants of those two.
Another thing you might like about Mayfield Park is its proximity to Mount Bonnell. It’s less than 1 mile away from one of the best views in the city, making it easy to visit both in a single afternoon.
If you’re in the mood for peacocks, or simply want to stroll through a beautiful garden, Mayfield Park is a perfect spot. And because the large trees create a natural canopy and perfect light filter, it’s a popular place for photographers and a perfect setting for your next family photo. It’s also a popular place for weddings and other events so be sure and check for park closures due to private events by calling 512-974-6797 before your visit … especially if it happens to be on a weekend!
Hours & Location
Open on a daily basis and closed between 10pm and 5am
3801 Old Bull Creek Road Austin, TX 78703 (map)
**no pets are allowed in the park