1. The Austin Steam Train
Come join us on a fantastic journey through the Austin Hill Country. Our Hill Country Flyer and Bertram Flyer run nearly every weekend of the year providing riders with a memorable journey on Austin’s greatest rail adventure! Remember to check our Special Rides for not-to-be-missed theme adventures from Thomas The Tank Engine for the youngsters, to our always popular Murder Mystery night trains. Seating is limited and goes fast, so reserve your spot today. Visit www.AustinSteamTrain.org for more information.
2. Cedar Park Center
Cedar Park Center is a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment arena located on the corner of 183A and New Hope Drive in Cedar Park, TX. Legendary country music artist George Strait performed in front of a sold-out crowd at Cedar Park Center’s Grand Opening celebration on September 25th, 2009, and since that time, Cedar Park Center continues to draw popular entertainers, groups, and performers. Home to Texas Stars Hockey and Austin Toros Basketball, the Center is a place you don’t want to miss. Visit www.CedarParkCenter.com for complete schedules and ticket information.
3. Brushy Creek Trail
The Brushy Creek Trail is a 6.75 mile trail with extensive landscaping and scenic views to enjoy. The trail has six parks which lie along it, which provide many different amenities accessible to walkers, runners and bikers. Together, the parks have a collaboration of splash pads, swimming areas, climbing rocks, fishing docks, canoeing and kayaking, disc golf, restrooms and multiple picnic and pavilion areas. For more information, you may view map, or take a look at all parks in the area at http://www.cedarparkfun.com/parks
4. Visit Caves
Why not schedule a trip to experience the Cedar Park “Cave Days”? There are over 750 known caves within Williamson County. Visitors will be able to hike several cave preserves, visit and enter Avery Ranch Cave, visit and enter Dies Ranch Treasure Cave and visit a 100 – year old log cabin. You may also see where the local Indians lived! If you can’t make “Cave Days” this year, the Texas Cave Conservancy has placed forty educational signs at the caves located in the Westside Preserve. Signs at each cave have information on endangered species…cave life, plants, and bats that make their home in the caves. Visit these caves year-round during daylight hours to learn more about these interesting features! Visit www.texascaves.org to learn more.
5. Splash in Lake Travis
Just eight miles from Cedar Park you can enjoy nature’s gift to the Hill Country: the Highland Lakes. The Highland Lakes of Central Texas consist of six lakes (Lake Travis is the lake near Cedar Park) along the Colorado River starting 85 miles northwest of Austin and ending in Austin. Whether you are into hike and bike trails, fishing, boating, or just having a good time at the lake, Lake Travis is the place for you.
6. Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
Located just north of Lake Travis, the primary purpose of the refuge is to conserve the nesting habitat of the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo. Visit www.friendsofbalcones.org for events, trail maps, festivals, and hiking guides. Carefully managed hunts, bird watching, and hiking are all available at the Refuge.
7. Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Park offers something for everyone! The 8,500 square foot outdoor family aquatic facility includes a large zero-depth (beach) area and playscape with a huge dump bucket for kids. Two lanes to accommodate lap swimmers, and a large dive platform and drop slide add to the fun. Many pavilions are available for rent throughout the facility for groups large and small. The park also features a 5-acre dog park with pond, showers, dog water fountains, and a separate park for small dogs. There is also a Memorial Hill, an amphitheater (rentable), a group pavilion (rentable), and basketball and tennis courts. Veterans Memorial Park is located at 2525 New Hope Drive. For information, please call 512-401-5500
8. Skate Park
For those with a different type of fun in mind- why not visit the Skate Park at Brushy Creek Sports Park? A custom-designed, in-ground skate park features mini bowl, large bowl, and a modern street course. The park is a nicely landscaped, family-friendly location at 2310 Brushy Creek Rd.
9. Williamson County Regional Park
Williamson County Regional Park offers eleven soccer fields, two softball fields, a football field circled by a 400-meter track, eight tennis courts, six basketball courts, a disc golf course, and a playscape. There is also a crushed granite hike and bike trail along the perimeter of the developed parkland for serious exercisers, or, you can take a ride on the Cedar Rock Railroad miniature train to view the landscapes and habitat the park has to offer, (www.cedarrockrailroad.com). Kids can also enjoy the new water splashpad with waterfalls, cannons, and sprays!
10. 1890 Ranch- Shop, Eat, and Relax
Visit the 1890 Ranch complex at the corner of Hwy 183A (Toll Road) and FM 1431 for a complete shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. With everything from spa experiences to movie theaters, restaurants, live music, and ice cream…the 1890 Ranch area provides visitors a variety of entertaining options.