Top 5 Things to Do in Austin, Texas
The Austin Zoo
Although most people claim that Austin itself is a zoo, we do have a legitimate place to go visit animals.
The Austin Zoo assists animals in need. They rescue, rehabilitate and educate people on the wonderful animals that we share the planet with.
The southwest edge of of Austin off of Highway 290 West and Circle Drive once was a goat ranch. This shows how weird our city is as all the cattle ranchers hated goats. There are about 100 species at the zoo today and about 350 animals.
How to Find the Austin Zoo
Texas Swimming Holes
Barton Creek pool is known far and wide for its crisp and refreshing spring fed water. The Native Americans of the area enjoyed the natural swimming hole here.
But there are some other wet areas in and around Austin that are almost as famous:
- Hamilton Pool
- McKinney Falls
- Krause Springs
- Deep Eddy Pool
- Lake Travis
- Hippie Hollow
- Blue Hole in Georgetown
- Inks Lake and Campgrounds
Deep Eddy Pool, Austin, Texas
Circuit of the Americas
New to the Austin area is the Circuit of the Americas race track featuring Formula One cars from all over the world.
COTA features world class motor sports and entertainment venues.The track is located on 1,500 acres of prime real estate not too far from downtown Austin.
Casual visitors can take a tour, either by shuttle or by walking. The tours cover the amazing Tower, Track, Grandstand, Garages, Grand Plaza, and Austin 360 Amphitheater.
To get there, take Highway 183 South to Burleson Rd.(Left). Burleson Road becomes Elroy Road at the entrance to COTA.
There are three amazing museums located in Austin, all within driving distance of each other.
- The Bob Bullock Texas History Museum with changing exhibits and an IMAX theater.
- President Lyndon B. Johnson's Memorial Museum
- The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin
There are more museums, but for a day outing, these three can probably be visited all in one day. It's not too difficult to find parking either. Especially during the summer when school is out.
The Bob Bullock Texas History Museum
A Hill Country Resort
Wondering what to do for Valentine's Day? Here is a wonderful day trip for Valentine's Day. The Canyon of the Eagles Valentines day Sweetheart Special!
Spending a night in the Texas Hill Country is pure heaven. Get out of town, watch the Eagles that come here during the winter and stay for Valentines Day. Take a stroll at night and look at the millions of stars that just can't be seen in the light pollution of the city. The Canyon of the Eagles Resort takes care of everything for you.
Chocolate covered strawberries await you in your room when you check in for the Valentines Day Sweetheart Package available from February 10th through February 15th. The package also includes:
- A double queen guest room with a down comforter and pillows, bath amenities, an exterior guest porch with rocking chairs and a coffeemaker
- Chocolate covered strawberries in your room
- A Glass of Champagne to toast in front of the Fireplace at the Eagles Nest Lounge
- Valentine's day dinner for two
- Resort amenities such as WIFI, star gazing at Eagle Eye Observatory, a romantic movie “under the stars” (weather permitting), hiking, bird watching for wintering Bald Eagles, and daily nature-based programs
The Canyon of the Eagles Resort is located on Lake Buchanan, one of the Highland Lakes that flow towards Austin, Texas. The nearest town is Burnet, TX. The resort is about a 1.5 hour drive from North West Austin. (See Map).
The resort is located in 940 acres of prime nature preserve managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority, which controls Lake Buchanan and the lower section of the Colorado River. That is the Texas Colorado River, not to be confused with the Colorado Colorado River.
Guided tours and educational programs are available to guests of the lodge. The 16 building resort is designed to blend in with the natural wooded surroundings. There are adventures to be had on Lake Buchanan as well as quality hiking trails through the nature preserve.
Getting away from the stress and strain of daily life includes sitting in the rocking chairs on the porch. Relaxation is a must.
All this for one low package price! Even your dog gets to spend the night for free!
Canyon of the Eagles Resort
16942 Rural Route 2341, just North and West of Burnet, Texas toward Lake Buchanan.
Bats and Caves
There are public caves, such as the Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown. This cave was discovered while they were building Interstate 35 which runs right through downtown Austin. As far as caving goes, this a a nice friendly family cave, with a popular gift shop.
Another little known cave in the area is Longhorn Caverns near Burnett, Texas. It's a fantastic cave and one of the best caves in the state. The Army Core of Engineers helped to excavate and clear this cave and the surrounding area. It's definitely worth a trip.
The famous bats of Austin can be seen nightly from various locations around town. The most popular place to watch the nightly bat show is from the banks of the Texas Colorado river or from the Congress Avenue Bridge.
Austin Congress Avenue Bridge
Austin is known for its food. And sometimes the food is a little weird. Our slogan is to "Keep Austin Weird", so we do things a little differently here.
Just listing my favorite restaurants would take a whole hub, so I'm just going to do the 'must eat' foods available here.
- The County Line on F.M. 2222 - This restaurant is the top of the line for service and food.
- Franklin's BBQ - Voted best in the U.S.A.
- Black's BBQ in Lockhart, Texas - If you can't make it to Franklins, or if they run out (a frequent occurrence)
- The Texas Chili Parlor - You will have to hunt for this place. It's hard to find, but this is where they have the real deal. Hint: It's at 1409 Lavaca St.
- Chuy's Tex-Mex - The kind of Mexican food for Austinites.
© 2012 Austinstar
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