Day trips from Austin?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 27, 2009 7:11 AM Last Post By: crapwreck
Oct 12, 2009 7:27 PM
Day trips from Austin?Hey folks, I'm going to be in Austin for about a week next summer with a bunch of friends. We're renting a house near the South Congress neighborhood and will have a minivan to get ourselves around town and around the area. None of us has been to Texas before and we're looking forward to the 9 days we'll have to relax and explore.
Can you recommend any fun, unique, worthwhile day trips from Austin? Our list so far includes floating the river, and schlitterbahn (the one in New Braunfels, right?).
I also welcome any Austin-related advice. Like... should we rent bikes? Favorite brewery? Farmers markets? Thank you for considering my questions. I appreciate any advice you can offer.
Oct 13, 2009 8:56 AM
1Visiting the Socialist Republic of Austin eh (and SOUTH Austin to boot).
First thing that comes to mind is spending a night listening/dancing to live music at the Continental Club on South Congress, maybe eating at Güerros across the street. Check out the Sunday Hippie Church at Loca Maria's Taqueria on S. Lamar (on Sunday of course, live gospel & cold margaritas). Hike along the Barton Creek trail system. Do a night out at the Oasis on Lake Travis (salsa dancing to live band)
Day trips: North to LLano is a nice drive into the hill country - visit and hike in Enchanted Rock State Park & then back to LLano for some very good Bar-B-Que. For the adventurous, naked swimming/sun bathing at Hippie Hollow on Lake Travis. Don't forget, San Antonio is only an hour or so south (Alamo, River Walk, more good food and music).
The only other habitable part of Texas is El Paso (actually the mountains and desert outside of it), but that's too far away for you.
Y'all have fun, hear
Oct 13, 2009 1:41 PM
2Austin is the home of the "Roller Derby Girls". Don't miss that.San Antonio is a good place for tubing down the Guadalupe River.
Oct 13, 2009 11:38 PM
Oct 14, 2009 6:52 AM
4LBJ Ranch / State Park near Johnson City has a wonderful homestead/farm run as it would have been in late-1800's pioneer Texas. It also has President Lyndon B. Johnson and family history, and is a working cattle ranch with longhorns and other cattle varieties.
If you enjoy aviation, you might try to get a tour of the Mooney Aircraft factory in Kerrville.
Kerrville is also home to the Museum of Western Art, which has an extensive collection.
Oct 14, 2009 6:55 AM
5Be sure to sample the local TX ice cream - Blue Bell. You could also make a day-trip (95 miles) to tour the factory. http://www.bluebell.com/the_little_creamery/visiting_blue_bell
Edited by: Midwesterner
Oct 15, 2009 2:35 PM
6Going to second that thought about eating at Guero's. Also, you can get yourself up to Mount Bonnell for some good views of the city. You've got a car, so you can explore Texas, but personally, I'd stay in Austin and surrounding areas.
Houston....ugh....do not want. Here are some other quick ideas about places to see in Austin, hope that this helps. In my many travails across the country and across Texas in particular, I find Austin to be one of the sane places where I can actually settle back and relax for a bit. After a bad experience or two at a gas station in Amarillo, you'll come to really appreciate this place.
Oct 17, 2009 9:05 AM
7Schlitterbahn is water park that is oriented towards families and adolescents. Tubing on the Guadalupe River is more like what I think you have in mind. Google "Tubing Guadalupe River" and you will find websites of companies that offer tube rentals.
Your location is good. There are a number of good Mom/Pop Tex-Mex restaurants along South First street (about four blocks west of South Congress) that I think are better and cheaper than Gueros. This is a link to the alternative Austin newspaper that is the best online reference for clubs, bars, restaurants and music venues.
San Antonio would be a good place to spend a couple of days, as opposed to a day trip.
Oct 26, 2009 11:38 AM
8Frio Cave in the Texas Hill Country--see ten million bats emerge in the evening. It's the second largest concentration of wild mammals on earth, and truly one of the world's great natural spectacles.
Oct 27, 2009 7:11 AM
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