Things to Do
While Visiting the Texas Hill Country
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Longhorn Cavern State Park is a limestone cave formed by the cutting action of an underground river that receded thousands of years ago.
Before the cave became a tourist attraction, it was used over the years by Native Americans, Confederate soldiers and outlaws, including outlaw Sam Bass.
In the late 1920s and early 30s the cavern was used by area residents as a nightclub with shows being broadcast via radio back to San Antonio. Performing musicians would entertain through the night. The popular spot was known as Sherrard's Cave before it was dedicated as Longhorn Cavern State Park in November 1933.
Congress Avenue is one of Austin's major thoroughfares. Take a walk down SoCo and window shop while grabbing a slice at HomeSlice. Then spend the sunset watching the bats emerge from the Congress Bridge and then go listen to some amazing jazz and blues at The Elephant Room.
Inner Space Cavern
Inner Space Cavern is a solutional cave located in Georgetown. It was discovered in 1963 by the Texas Highway Department during the construction of the I-35 overpass. The Cavern is estimated at being between 20-25 million years old.
Enchanted Rock State Park
If you can wake up early enough nothing beats the sunset from the top of Enchanted Rock. Given its name by the moaning sound this pink granite mountain makes while it heats up under the sun; Enchanted Rock is a prime Texas location for bouldering and amazing views.
Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Old-time German residents often referred to Fredericksburg as Fritztown, a nickname that is still used in some businesses. The town is also notable as the home of Texas German, a dialect spoken by the first generations of German settlers who initially refused to learn English.
Take a walk through downtown and sample what Texas Hill Country Wine and Distilleries have to offer while getting a glimpse into small town Texas lifestyle.
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Inks Lake State Park
Inks Lake State Park is great for a day trip or a weekend getaway. The landscape of the park is hilly, with many cedar, live oak, prickly pear cacti, and yuccas. The ground is rocky, mainly consisting of gneiss rock. Because the lake is fed by the Colorado River and filled via the Buchanan Dam the water level usually stays constant year-round. Don't forget to take a dive at Devil's Waterhole if you are brave enough!
McKinney Falls State Park
Visit one of our favorite Austin hideaways and take a swim, fish or travel the many hiking trails while escaping the craziness of our overpopulated city.
McKinney Falls State Park opened on April 15, 1976 and is named after Thomas F. McKinney, a businessman, race horse breeder and rancher, who owned and lived on the land in the mid-to-late 19th century. This small park boasts two beautiful waterfalls and 9 different hiking trails with amazing views.
Take a day trip out to Gruene or stop by on your way back from Schlitterbahn and visit the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas. This small honky tonk has boasted headlining musicians such as George Straight, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, and many others along with jump starting careers of Nanci Griffith, Lucinda Williams, and Bruce Robinson.