If you’re looking for a quiet, peaceful place to enjoy nature, Mayfield Park provides just that. This 21-acre historic park has colorful cottages, towering palm trees, wandering peacocks and hiking trails.
Idyllic describes Mayfield Park perfectly. Here, you’ll step across the limestone stepping stones, stroll past cottages and gardens, picnic among the flowers and admire a flush of water lilies growing above swimming fish in the pond.
This is a great park for children, too. For the kids, there is a nature scavenger hunt to teach them all about the park and its plants and animals. Online there are multiple suggestions for activities kids can do while at the garden, so you’ll always have fresh ideas to help them fall in love with the garden the way you do.
The Mayfield Park is named for Mary Mayfield, whose father bought the cottage and grounds hundreds of years ago. Mary Mayfield later married Dr. Milton Gutsch and the two moved into the cottage and developed the gardens, ponds and stone walls, which have all been preserved. The peacocks you’ll see today are the descendants of the Gutsche’s, who received their first birds as gifts from friends. The City of Austin later took over the gardens and now operates it as a public park.
While some of the Mayfield Park is maintained by city crews, many parts have been developed by local volunteer gardeners who have “adopted” plots. They plant only flowers, shrubs and trees that keep with the garden’s theme and feel, so everything melds together beautifully. So while you enjoy these historic grounds, you’ll also be able to appreciate the work and expertise of local gardeners who love the garden just as much as you will.
Mayfield Park is one of a kind, and you’ll be just minutes from it when you stay with us. Come to Austin for the hustle and bustle of city life or come for the peace and respite gardens like Mayfield Park provide; Austin has it all. Call or browse our website today to reserve your next vacation with us! Enjoy the best Austin Sports!