1. 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.
For schedules and ticket information, www.CedarParkCenter.com
2. 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.
Reserve your seat, www.AustinSteamTrain.org
3. Zip Across Lake Travis
The Lake Travis Zipline Adventure has five zip lines ranging from 250 feet to the longest zip line in Texas – over 2000 feet. While waiting between each zip, you will enjoy amazing views of Lake Travis and the Texas Hill Country. Your professionally trained tour guides offer education and fun throughout your challenging hikes and nature walks. For the grand finale, imagine launching off a cliff 20 stories high and zipping over 2000 feet across beautiful Lake Travis.
Reserve your adventure, www.ziplaketravis.com
4. Visit the Texas Museum of Science and Technology
Cedar Park is home to the first and only science & technology museum in Central Texas. The Austin Planetarium opened as the Texas Museum of Science & Technology (TXMOST) in an interim facility located in the former SoccerPlex building just off Whitestone Boulevard (FM 1431) and Parmer Lane, on 1220 Toro Grande Boulevard. TXMOST will open with traveling exhibits developed by world renowned museums and research institutions. They will increase their own permanent collections as time goes on, as well as adding a planetarium before the end of the year.
Discover more, www.txmost.org
5. Veterans Memorial
The Cedar Park Veterans Memorial is The Crown Jewel of Cedar Park. It honors all veterans—past, present and future. Customized brick pavers and bronze leaves engraved with soldiers’ names and dates of service line the pathway leading up to Memorial Hill, where a 22 ft.- tall, black granite obelisk sits atop a 12-ft.diameter gray granite base of 6 ft.- tall panels. The monument was designed by artist Gregory Beck of Fort Worth, and has some special references to Texas. The base panel honoring the Navy depicts the George H.W. Bush Aircraft Carrier, and the panel for the Air Force shows a B-1 Bomber stationed at Dyes Air Force Base in Abilene. Veterans Memorial Park is located at 2525 New Hope Drive.
For information, www.cedarparkfun.com/veteransmemorial
6. 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 information, http://www.cedarparkfun.com/parks
7. Tour the Sculpture Garden
The Cedar Park Sculpture Garden is located next to the Cedar Park Recreation Center at 1435 Main Street in Cedar Park. The Sculpture Garden is an exhibit of sculptures that are on an annual rotating display. This year’s new collection features 12 sculptures by Texas artists. Most works of art on display, with the exception of one that is part of the City of Cedar Park’s permanent art collection, are on loan from the artists and are available for sale. However, the artists have agreed to leave their works on display in the Cedar Park Sculpture Garden for a period of at least one year. The City of Cedar Park will periodically issue a Call to Artists to submit their work to be considered for display in the Sculpture Garden.
Discover art, www.cedarparkfun.com/sculpturegarden
8. Thirsty Oaks Wine Trail
The Thirsty Oaks Wine Trail offers the perfect itinerary for your next day trip, complete with spectacular Texas scenery and magnificent wines. Visit four beautiful wineries and vineyards nestled along the scenic back roads of the Texas hill country. At each stop, we invite you to take your time and savor the wine, bask in the warm glow of the sunshine, enjoy a peaceful picnic, and surrounded yourself with the stunning views of our vineyards. All four wineries are located within a 49 mile radius, therefore you will have plenty of time to linger and tour each vineyard. The Thirsty Oaks Wine Trail cordially invites you to come experience an extraordinary day of Texas beauty, tranquility, and fine wines.
Wine, please! www.thirstyoakswinetrail.com
9. 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.
10. 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. Carefully managed hunts, bird watching, and hiking are all available at the Refuge.
Nature buffs, www.friendsofbalcones.org