10 Things to Do in Austin  

by Pool Builders on 05-08-2014 in Articles

Okay, I know, it's official name is Lady Bird Lake. What can I say, I've lived here a long time, and it will always be Town Lake to me!

Whatever name you want to call it by, it is a great place to spend an afternoon!

Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail
I am so incredibly excited!!!! On June 7th at 10am will be the grand opening of the newly completed hike and bike trail. This $28 million project, begun in October 2012 is a 1.1 mile boardwalk that will complete the 10 mile loop around Town Lake. No more scurrying across I-35 and no more sidelining it along Riverside Drive. I truly can't wait for the trail to open!!

The only location on Town Lake that rents sailboats! Austin Sailboats brings the joy of sailing to downtown Austin on easy to operate dinghy sailboats, day sailor sailboats, and Hobie Mirage Adventure Islands.

Or check out their new Surrey bicycles and explore the newly extended Hike and Bike Trail!

I went paddleboarding a few years ago, and thought it was a lot of fun, and a great way to get some exercise. I think the boys would really enjoy it, and I hope to take them this summer!

SUP ATX is credited with introducing and popularizing the sport of Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) in lakes, rivers and surfing areas throughout the United States and around the world beginning in 2008.

2 ------ Indulge Your Need for Speed by Go-Carting
We tried go-carting for the first time in December and the boys had such a great time, I am sure they will be wanting to go back this summer.

Central Texas Speedway
Race your friends side-by-side, bumper-to-bumper around the banked oval track. Hitting speeds up to 65 mph, sitting just one inch off the ground, gives you the speed sensation of going 100 mph+.

Powerful Honda GX270 powered Go-Karts are available to rent! All drivers must be able to reach the pedals comfortably (approximately 5ft in height) in order to race.

K1 Speed
K1 Speed offers enthusiasts and amateurs alike an authentic and genuine racing experience in a safe, comfortable, accessible and perhaps most importantly, unique environment. Utilizing advanced European electric karts and indoor asphalt tracks, K1 Speed quickly developed a reputation as being fun and exciting.

3 ------ Swim in Austin's natural springs and pools

Okay, I know that this is my new 2014 list, and I still have "Austin's natural springs"' as one of my top options. But when I asked the boys what they'd like to do again this year, they first places they listed were the one below! So, here it is again, for another year:o)

Austin has a number of natural pools that are just perfect for cooling off during the hot Texas summers. Since these pools are spring-fed, they often are wet when all other pools are dry! Below are four of our favorites.

Hamilton Pool
Hamilton Pool Preserve is a historic swimming hole where Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to create a 50 foot waterfall.

The pool's water level stays pretty constant, even during periods of drought.

After cooling off in the pool, take a nice short (.6 mile) hike out to the Pedernales river for a change in scene.

Krause Springs
Krause Springs is a well-known camping and swimming site located in Spicewood, Texas approximately 30 miles west of Austin.

There are 32 springs on the property, and several feed the man-made pool and the natural pool which flows into Lake Travis.

Go and enjoy for the day or bring camping gear and spend the night!
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Barton Springs Pool

Three acres in size, the pool is fed from underground springs and is an average 68 degrees year round. With all the beautiful trees, clear water, and diving board, this is certainly a favorite!

Be sure to bring a mask and snorkel to check out all the fish life.

Moss makes the bottom a bit slippery for young children and non-swimmers.
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Blue Hole in Wimberley
The Blue Hole, spring-fed by Cypress Creek, has long been known as a beautiful and refreshing swimming hole in Wimberley.

In 2005, the town of Wimberley purchased the land and has converted this spot into an incredible regional park. The Wildflower Center worked with the city to landscape the park, and it shows, because it is just beautiful!
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Swing into Camp Ben McCulloch

Located near Driftwood in Hays County, this privately owned campground hosts a prime swimming hole with a rope swing.

After a rainy season, the river flows pretty quickly, so bring a raft and play by the river.

The camp also has a nice playscape and tables for a picnic lunch

Entrance is free

4 ------ Take a Ride on Austin's only Steam Train

Take a step back in time as you step on board a vintage passenger car for a relaxing journey to the past.

Enjoy the 66 mile round trip on the popular Hill Country Flyer, with a 2 and a half hour layover in Burnet for lunch and wild west shootout! Or hop on board the Bertram Flyer or the new Capital City Express for a shorter 3 hour adventure.

Remember to check out the Special Rides from the annual Day Out With Thomas (returning to Burnet in September 2014) to the North Pole Flyer which pulls into town in late November.

5 ------ Try Parkour at Hot Lava

I have just heard about this place, so I don't really know much. But it seems like a perfect way to wear out my teenage boys while having a great time! We are going to have to try it out this summer! I'll be sure to write up a review once we have been.

Flip, balance, jump, and climb. Hot Lava has a gymnastics spring floor, lots of obstacles, a pipe slide modeled after the pipe slide in (American) Ninja Warrior, slacklines, a ring forest and a 5000 cubic foot Lava Pit.

6 ------ Go Ride a Horse
There isn't much more "Texan" than horseback riding, so what a great thing to do this summer. When I mentioned it to my youngest son, he was super excited!!

Maverick Horseback Riding

Try out their Buffalo Ride, an approximately two hours mounted (total lesson time 2.5-3.5 hours) that is ideal for both locals and visitors who want to travel to see mini donkeys, pigs, llamas and of course the buffalo.

Texas Trail Riders
Texas Trail Rides takes pride in offering safe, family friendly, horse back trail rides, equine excursions, ranch rodeos, skeet shooting, fishing and hunting.

7 ------ Check out Austin's Weirdest: The Cathedral of Junk
The Cathedral of Junk is most definitely one of Austin's weirdest. Plunked down in a very normal South Austin neighborhood, this structure is something to behold!

Since this is located in someone's backyard, you need to call ahead to make an appointment to check it out!

Gather a big group of friends, and enjoy climbing through the structure!

8 ------ Check out a different pool!

There are lots of really fun pools in and around Austin, and most of them have very low admission fees. For a change of pace, make a plan to try a new one!

Bartholomew Pool
Austin's newest pool is opening June 7th! The swim facility will contains three different pools, an L shaped pool with a diving board (and my boys love diving boards!), a recreational pool with what looks like a killer slide, and a zero entry pool /splash pad for the wee ones.

Rock n River Aquatic Pool in Round Rock More info
A newer pool in Round Rock, this swim center includes a fun water playscape, two large slides (for those over 48 inces), a baby area and a lazy river with tubes. Most areas are are less than 4 feet, so this is a great place for younger children!

Deep Eddy Pool The huge shallow end, cool water, and massive cottonwood trees make this place a family favorite. Lap swimmers have their own pool, so the kids can frolic to their heart's content without getting in the way of the serious

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