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How to Stay Cool in Central Texas This Summer

It's no secret; Austin gets hot during the summer time. All those myths about frying an egg on the blacktop come true when summer hits Central Texas.

The heat doesn't have to cause you to retreat into your air-conditioned home every single day, however. The children will want to get out and play and most adults really prefer to be outside, too. Here are some of the best ways you can stay cool this summer and enjoy Central Texas.

Lake Travis

Take a trip to the lake and enjoy some time swimming and doing other things in or on the water. Lake Travis is one of the most popular places to go during the summer and offers...

Which Texas State Parks are Near Austin

Living in Austin has its advantages and one of those is having access to some incredible state parks. There are several excellent parks in the central part of the state offering a beautiful outdoors experience where you can experience stargazing, hiking, and wildlife.

You can reach McKinney Falls State Park within 10 miles or take a drive to one of the parks an hour away that offer even more. Take a look at the state parks near Austin that you’ll love visiting when you live here.

Bastrop State Park

Located between 10-30 miles from your...

What will you Discover at Saint William Catholic Church?

At Saint William Catholic Church, you can discover pretty much what you would expect to discover: A family who cares deeply about each other and a loyal group of followers who are connected by faith and their love for Jesus.

The History of This Parish

Saint William of Vercelli was born in 1085 AD. This precious Saint passed on to heaven in June 25, 1142. He was just 15 years old when he decided the things he was looking for could not be found within the world he lived. It was the moment that he sat aside his plans that God was revealed to him. In that moment, he learned how he could best serve God.

The Saint William Catholic Church is part of ...

Which Segway Tours can you Enjoy in Austin, TX?

Ever head of Segway? Put it simply, Segway is basically a battery powered vehicle consists of two wheels that is able to balance by itself without human intervention. The rider only needs to shift their body weight forward to move the vehicle while doing the otherwise to move backward.

If riding a Segway sounds like fun, you should try one of the top 3 Segway tours currently available in Austin, TX. Any of these tours will take you around the most popular spots in the city. 

Austin Segway Tours by Gliding Revolution

If you have no past experience in riding Segway, do not be afraid! The friendly tour guides in ...

What will you Find at the Texas Farmers' Market?

Have you been to the amazing TX Farmers’ Market yet? The Texas Farmers’ Market takes place all year round, rain or shine with a producer-only market. You can find it in Central Texas at Lakeline, Mueller and Domain on weekends only.

The Texas Farmers’ Market is actually organized as a non-profit corporation to provide farmers and ranchers of the area a direct-marketing opportunity while providing consumers of Central Texas a variety of locally-produced food in a convenient location. Here is a look at these three farmers markets and what you’ll find...

What will you Find at Veterans Memorial Park?

Veterans Memorial Park is found in the city of Cedar Park, Texas. It’s a place to honor veterans from the past, the present and the future. It’s the Crown Jewel of Cedar Park featuring customized brick pavers, bronze leaves with soldiers’ names engraved with their dates of service, and a pathway leading up to Memorial Hall.

It’s one of the top attractions in Cedar Park located at 2525 West New Hope Drive. It’s a great place to spend some quiet time, take the kids or walk the dogs and check out the memorial....

Golf Course Spotlight: Twin Creeks Country Club

A private, championship golf course awaits at Twin Creeks Country Club. The course was designed by Fred Couples and measures over 7,000 yards from the back tees. It's set on 195 acres of beautiful rolling terrain with 100-year-old pecan and oak trees throughout.

The course provides water elements on 13 of the 18 holes, along with many other challenges. As the name suggests, the course has two creeks running throughout. There are six sets of tees making it the perfect place for golfers of any skill level.

More than Just Golf

The Twin Creeks Country Club offers more than just golf. You can also enjoy:

Golf Course Spotlight: Lago Vista Golf Courses

Lago Vista Golf Courses is a beautiful golf course in Texas Hill Country consisting of two challenging courses with incredible play and breathtaking views. The thirty-six holes of golf are found between the Lago Vista course and the Highland Lakes course.

The golf club is located on the peaceful peninsula on the north shore of Lake Travis and is considered one of the best kept secrets of Texas for the last thirty years. Whether you are a returning member or a guest, the experience at Lago Vista is intended to be casual, memorable and fun by the staff. Here is a look at what you...

Should you Take the Family to the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center?

Family fun shouldn't have to be hard to find, and with the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, it doesn't have to be. Welcoming big and small, old and young and anyone that wishes to have some great outdoor fun, the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center provides many activities for the family to do together, while also learning more about the world around them.

What Does This Discovery Center Offer?

Tours that take you along the trails, to learn more about the environment and preserves around you is what you’ll find many times during your visit....

Golf Course Spotlight: Crystal Falls Golf Club

Located on the outskirts of Austin near Lake Travis, the Crystal Falls Golf Club celebrates golfing with a short but challenging course. Home to the Annual Hill Country Amateur Championship every June, this club revels in golf.

It also features a full driving range perfect for limbering up before heading out or for practicing your long shots. Crystal Falls also offers a small grille for snacks or a light breakfast or lunch. Beer is also served.

What Does the Course Look Like?

The course splits...

Golf Course Spotlight: Avery Ranch Golf Club

Established in 2002, Avery Ranch Golf Club was designed by Andy Rugust who was a former Jack Nicklaus designer. He presented a course that combines beauty and skill. All levels of golfers will benefit from visiting Avery Ranch Golf Club. One of the most well known courses in the Austin, Texas area.

The course presents a beautiful landscape, which includes natural limestone caverns, mature oak trees, slopes and valleys, and creeks and lakes. This 18 hole course will present a challenging front 9 holes, and the last 9 holes will have you taking risk and reaping the rewards. There are 3 par 3’s,...

Find Adventure at Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

Want a little adventure in your life? You should try out Lake Travis Zipline Adventures. A Zipline tour is the perfect way to take in the scenery while getting your adrenaline pumping. Tours have you dangling in suspense and wonder. With Lake Travis Zipline Adventures, you will get breathtaking views of canyons and Lake Travis inlets. Adventures last for 3 hours, and includes 5 different Ziplines that span from 250 feet to over 2800 feet.

When gearing up for the next Zipline, you can take in the stunning landscape of Lake Travis and the Texas Hill Country. Each guide is trained to maximize your experience, and will present informative and daring hikes. You will...

Which Austin Summer Camps are the Best for 2015?

Summer camps can be an enriching, fun experience for children of all ages. Provide your kids with a little something fun to do during the summer months when school is out of session. Find out which Austin summer camps are the best for 2015, and sign up so your kids can have the time of their lives.

Austin Children’s Academy

Through the use of many different topics, children can find one that interests them the most. Including archeology, writing, art, food, science and fashion, as well as many others. ...

Golf Course Spotlight: Balcones Country Club

Do you think you have the game of a professional or just enjoy playing a few holes? Well you may want to think of obtain a membership at Balcones Country Club. Why Balcones Country Club? Balcones is literally the club of all clubs because it is not only focused golf. This member’s only club offers something for everyone.

How Do I Become a Member?

This Arnold Palmer Managed Golf Club is invite only! Running underneath the viewpoint of collaborating with their affiliates in order to help assist in the accomplishment of the Members’ image for their Club. Yes, you must be invited to join. How are invites decided? You are either nominated for an invitation or must be sponsored by an existing member.

What Can You Expect as a Member?

There are...

What will you Find when you Shop at 1890 Ranch?

The 1890 Ranch is the place to go for all of your shopping needs in Cedar Park, Texas. There are over 80 great shops, entertainment and dining opportunities here. You can even catch a flick at the Cinemark Theatres and you’ll have free parking throughout the shopping center. 1890 makes it easy to access stores, services, restaurants and entertainment in one area.

Check out stores like Super Target, Hobby Lobby, PetSmart and you’ll be adjacent to the new Cedar Park Regional Medical Center and Texas Hill Country. Whether you’re ready to shop or you’re looking for the right area to live, work and play, 1890 Ranch...

What is the Thirsty Oaks Wine Trail?

The Thirsty Oaks Wine Trail is a wine trail through Texas Hill Country. It’s your chance to see beautiful wineries and vineyards on scenic back roads of Texas Hill Country. You’ll stop at four spots along the way to try wine, enjoy a picnic and relax in the sunshine overlooking views of the vineyards.

The experience includes five wineries within a 90 mile stretch starting and ending in the Austin metro area. If you’re ready for a daylong adventure with wine, relaxation and the beautiful Texas Hill Country, check out Thirsty Oaks Wine Trail located in Florence, Texas.

What to expect

You’ll get to experience your five favorite wineries, take in fresh air and enjoy wine...

Golf Course Spotlight: TeraVista Golf Club

TeraVista Golf Club is Round Rock’s favorite place to golf and relax. It’s an award-winning public course with some of the best course conditions in the region. Along with golf and a fantastic clubhouse,

TeraVista is the home to the perfect place for your next event rental whether it be a corporate meeting, a family reunion or a wedding. The 18-hole course is challenging and exciting for all skill levels while the event venue offers great views. Here is a look at everything you can enjoy at the TerraVista Golf Club.

About TerraVista

The golf club has an 18-hole course featuring beautiful views of the Hill Country.  It’s a 7,200-yard layout with 5 different sets of tees offering a challenge to golfers of all ages and skill levels. They feature a membership...

Things to do Outdoors in Austin, TX

There are plenty of things to do outside and the city of Austin is even ranked as one of the fittest cities in the country. Whether you enjoy cycling, water-biking, canoeing, paddle boarding or many other outdoor activities, you will find them here.

Since Austin receives about 300 days of sunshine and has an average temperature of 68-degrees, it's a great place for those enjoying the outdoors. Here are some of the things you can enjoy outside in Austin.

Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail - First Street Bridge at Lady Bird Lake


Attraction Spotlight: Texas Trail Rides

Texas Trail Rides are one of the best ways to experience Texas. It’s your chance to ride on horseback in Austin, Texas for people of all ages and skill levels. They offer exciting Ranch Adventures and Ranch Venues for families, couples, companies, and any group.

Located just minutes from downtown Austin, the Texas Trail Rides are easily accessible no matter where you live in the city. With rides available seven days a week, there is no excuse not to try this family-friendly and fun activity. Here is a look at how you can experience Austin’s beautiful hill country by horseback.

About Texas Trail Rides

Texas Trail Rides offer a safe way to enjoy horseback trail rides for all ages to try. They have equine excursions, skeet shooting, ranch rodeos, fishing and hunting opportunities....

Attraction Spotlight: The Hills Of Lakeway

The Hills of Lakeway is a secluded retreat off the shores of beautiful Lake Travis in the heart of the Texas Hills Country. It’s a private club offering golf, tennis, swimming, tennis and wonderful social amenities. This is a private getaway for members to enjoy exceptional recreational facilities, fun for the family, and an environment to enjoy social activities.

There is also a rejuvenating spa, a fitness center to help you stay in shape practice facilities to improve your golf skills. Here is a look at why everyone wants to become a member of The Hills of Lakeway.

The Hills Country Club & Recreation

There are some great recreational facilities offered at The Hills Country Club. There are four prestigious Hills of Lakeway ...

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