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The Riverfront State Park Near Austin That You’ll Want To Visit Time And Time Again

The emerald pools look like something from a classic painting 

Pack up your bags and gas up the car. A fabulous natural getaway awaits you. Full of shimmering water and colorful hiking trails, Garner State Park continually dazzles visitors. A scenic, three hour drive southwest of Austin will lead you to a tranquil oasis. You’ll want to visit this riverfront state park time and time again. 

Nearly three miles of the gorgeous Frio River runs through this land, and it was meant to be enjoyed. Visitors can wade in the crystalline waters and canoe across the streams. Avid fishers love searching for their next big catch

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Things Only Locals Know About Austin

If you’re going to become an Austin local, you’ll want to know the inside scoop that current locals have had years to learn about. A newbie or a tourist wouldn’t know about things like the major lake life scene at Lake Travis or the best place to get a vegan meal.

People look at Austin and think they have us all figured out, from our Texan country roots to our interest in politics as the capital of the state. What they don’t see is our fit lifestyles, our amazing green spaces, our love for the water, and our love of food. Take a closer look at the things only locals to Austin know so that you can feel a part of the scene as soon as you arrive.

We love good food

One of the things that might surprise people that have never been to Austin is that we love to eat. Obviously,...

Top Things to Do in Austin for December 2018

December is a busy month with plenty of things to do, places to go, and events to attend. With the holiday season in full swing, there's certainly something on the calendar you'll enjoy. Here's a look at some of the top things to do throughout Austin for December 2018.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar - November 23rd to December 24th

With all types of original work on display and for sale, the Blue Genie Art Bazaar is one of the top spots to find a unique holiday gift. You'll be supporting local artists when you head out to shop here. Many of the items are handmade and provide excellent gifts.

You'll find plenty of paintings, jewelry, clothing, glassworks, ceramics, prints and so much more. The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is found at 6100 Airport Boulevard in ...

Top Spots to Get Your Austin Christmas Tree

It's that time of year again and many will be looking for the right place to pick up their Austin Christmas tree. Whether you want to cut down your own tree or you're searching for an artificial tree, there are plenty of places to go throughout the city. Here's a look at some of the best choice for your Christmas tree this year.

Brungot Farms Christmas Trees

The trees found at Brungot Farms Christmas trees show up just days after they were cut from a mountainside field. They come in a refrigerated trick and they are stored in a 2,000-gallon water pit. These trees actually come from New Hampshire and North Carolina.

In addition to the trees, this farm provides handmade Fraser Fir wreaths, Christmas tree stands and more. You can find the farm at 204 East Little Elm Trail in Cedar Park and at 100 North Brushy Street...

Which Parks are Best in Austin, Texas?

Austin is filled with parks. When you're trying to choose a new neighborhood to call home, finding one with a park or near a park may be a priority. Here's a look at some of the best parks you will find all throughout the Austin area.

Katherine Fleischer Park

Found in North Austin, the Katherine Fleischer Park is right in the heart of Wells Branch. It's a park with a very popular playground and playhouse. There's a pool here and plenty of sports courts, as well.

Odom School Park

A location in South Austin, Odom School Park was recently renovated. It offers a new shade structure and plenty of fun equipment for the kids. This park even has musical play equipment to enjoy.

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Where can you Get a Great Snow Cone in Austin?

The summer may over, but that just means the heat gets dialed down a little bit in Austin. It will still remain a bit hot and a refreshing snow cone can still be found.

When you just cannot live without that perfect snow cone, you need to know where to go. Austin has plenty of great choices for excellent snow cones all throughout the city. Here are a few of the top options.

Bahama Buck's - 105 East Stassney Lane

They call it shaved ice, but it's a snow cone and it's delicious. Bahama Buck's offer a great choice for your craving with plenty of original flavors to choose from. They have 91 total flavors all unique and not found anywhere else.

Along with snow cones, Bahama Buck's offers...

Top Choices for an Austin Staycation

Sometimes, you don't have the time or money to leave your hometown and go on vacation. This is where the staycation comes in. You can go right down the road in Austin and find plenty of great places to stay and things to do. Why not create a staycation to get away from your regular day-to-day life?

Whether you're trying to go out with a group or just relax yourself, there are staycation options in Austin. Here are some of the top choices to consider.

An Adult Staycation

If you want a staycation just for you or for you and some adult friends, the Kimpton Hotel offers a good choice. This boutique hotel is a great choice with a convenient location on Rainey Street. It won't attract many families or children, so you can enjoy an adult trip by staying here.


Top Things to Do in Austin for September 2018

Every month, there are several great things you can do and enjoy throughout Austin. New events come and go, but when one goes, another is coming. Here's a look at some of the top things you can do in Austin for September 2018.

Unplugged at the Grove - September 6th, 13th

Held at Shady Grove in Austin, this event will feature all types of free live music. It will also include plenty of food and plenty of fun. As the longest running free concert series in Austin, this is one of the best free things to do in September.

Waterloo Music Festival - September 7th to 9th

Held at Carson Creek Ranch, this amazing music festival will feature some of the very best jam bands and musical acts in Austin. It's a three-day festival...

Top Football Rivalries Near Austin

Football season is right around the corner and if you're new to Austin, you may be curious about the area football rivalries. There's no shortage of rivalries throughout the area. Here's a look at some of the biggest football rivalries in Austin.

Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners

The State Fair of Texas will start and three weekends in, the Texas vs. Oklahoma game will take over the fair. It's a huge game called the Red River Showdown and it's played at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. This rivalry is over a century old and has been instrumental in deciding plenty of seasons for both teams.

Some of the most historic games have been a part of this rivalry. This is a very big event in the state of Texas and currently, the Longhorns hold the series...

Top Water Parks in the Austin Area

With summer in full force and the heat bearing down, it's time to take the family to one of the Austin area water parks. There are several great choices you can check out to help keep your family cool and have a little fun at the same time. Here's a look at some of the top water parks found near Austin, TX.

Rock 'N River Waterpark

A great choice in Round Rock, the Rock 'N River Waterpark offers four new waterslides, a drop slide, water basketball, water volleyball, a 12-foot jumping platform and a rock climbing wall with a waterfall. They also offer a leisure lagoon and 13 covered swim up concession seats. Of course, you can walk up to the concessions areas, as well.


Top Things to Do in Austin for July 2018

July is a big month with Independence Day and plenty of other things going on. If you're looking for the best things to do in Austin during July, look no further. Here are some of the top things to do this July.

Cactus Pear Music Festival - July 5th

Held at Chapel in the Hills, the Cactus Pear Music Festival offers a showcase of great chamber music. You can enjoy five programs with 18 world-class musicians and 4 hosting cities as a part of this festival. The Austin festival will happen on July 5th in Wimberley, Texas.

Live Music at the Oasis - July 7th

The Oasis Restaurant holds live music often and July 7th will be one of those weekends. You can enjoy local Austin bands with all types of different genres coming to the restaurant. They also offer free salsa lessons every Sunday.

Unplugged at the Grove - July 5th, 12th, 19th,...

Closest Texas State Parks to Austin

State parks offer plenty of great outdoor recreation for everybody to enjoy. Whether you love to hike, swim, fish or camp, the state parks closest to Austin, Texas will keep you busy year-round. Here's a look at some of the best state parks found near Austin.

McKinney Falls State Park

Found less than 10 miles from Austin, McKinney Falls State Park is the closest of all the state parks to Austin. It's on the southeastern edge of the city near Williamson and Onion Creeks.

The park offers beautiful cypress trees and wildflowers throughout. Two creeks run through the park and you can enjoy several great activities at the park. McKinney Falls State Park offers fishing, swimming, hiking, camping and more. It's also home to one of the oldest bald cypress trees in...

Where to go in Austin for Free Summer Concerts

Austin, Texas is known as the capital of the world for live music and that's not by mistake. The city heats up in the summer and as the days get longer; it's time to check out the many free concerts held throughout the summer. Here's a look at some of the top summer concerts in the city.

Concerts in the Park

If you want to enjoy performances from the Austin Symphony Orchestra, this is the free concert series for you. There will be several performances ranging from light classical to pop to jazz with several film scores and so much more. Enjoy the music as you take in the views of Lady Bird Lake and the skyline. This is a great choice if you want to hear live music and enjoy a picnic with family and friends.

The Concerts in the Park will be...

Top Austin Summer Camps for 2018

The school year is coming to a close and you need to get your children signed up for summer camp. Austin, Texas is home to a number of summer camps for 2018. Here's a look at some of the top choices.

For the Younger Children (age 3 to 10)

If you have younger children, you can send them to summer camps in Austin to enjoy plenty of fun this year. There are several options for ages starting as low as three. Some of the top choices include:

  • Jump! Gymnastics (age 3 to 12) - A day camp filled with fun and games, Jump! offers gymnastics, arts and crafts and so much more. Each week features a new theme, such as under the sea, superheroes and the Olympics.
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Gaining Access to the Barton Creek Greenbelt

If you live in Austin and you want to gain access to the popular Barton Creek Greenbelt, you need to know where to go. This beautiful greenbelt offers limestone cliffs, shallow creeks and beautiful trees all throughout. It's a great place for an adventure, whether you enjoy rock climbing, swimming, kayaking, tubing, mountain biking or just hiking.

Barton Creek covers about 7.25 miles and it's found just minutes from downtown Austin. The greenbelt can be a bit confusing, especially for those new to the city. Here's a look at some of the best access points found throughout the city.

Bull Creek Access

Found at 300 Old Spicewood Spring Road, you can access the greenbelt from the Bull Creek Access point. This is a great place to enjoy hiking, the many...

Best Places for Indoor Fun in Austin

Do you find yourself dreading a rainy day in Austin? Where will you take the kids when the pool is closed and it’s too rainy for one our beautiful swimming holes? Summer is over and your favorite park concerts are done of the season while the rain is preventing you from enjoying a beautiful walk in nature, a day at the playground, or a picnic by the lake.

The good news is that Austin has provided you with many excellent options for indoor fun that can turn a rainy day into one of the most memorable. Not only is this perfect for a rainy day this fall in Austin, but it’s perfect during the gloomy winter months, when it’s too hot in the summer, or when you need a break from being outside in the sun. Take a look at some...

Best Places for Paddle Board Rentals in Austin, TX

One of the best things to do outdoors in Austin is to take advantage of the water with a day of paddle boarding.  This activity is the latest take on kayaking, canoeing, or surfing. Paddle boarding gives you the opportunity to strengthen the muscles of your whole body, enjoy your surroundings at a slower pace, and get the chance to stand up on your watercraft rather than to sit or float along.

You’ll paddle with your arms on this device, and you’ll have the option to kneel or lay on the board when you need a break from standing. Take a look at the best places to rent one of these and you’ll be able to hit the water in Austin in a whole new way.

Congress Avenue Kayaks – 74 Trinity Street, Austin

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Best Places to Explore the Outdoors in Austin, TX

Are you looking for some fun ways to get outside now that fall is here and the weather is becoming more bearable? Austin gets the opportunity to enjoy so many outdoor activities all in one town, whether it’s a dip in a swimming hole, hitting the water by watercraft, hiking a beautiful trail, or getting in touch with nature through a wilderness preserve.

Austin makes you want to get outside and explore with all of the beautiful places to go and almost any time of year is perfect to do so. Whether you’re ready to your body moving or you want to find a place to sit and relax with nature, here is a look at the best places you can explore the outdoors in your hometown of Austin.


Where can you Go for Free Music in Austin This Summer?

Its summertime in Austin and that means more live music than ever. The best part about the Austin music scene is that you can often enjoy shows for no charge. That means it’s easier than ever to get out there and take in your favorite or brand new live music and enjoy the show with friends all season.

You can’t beat free entertainment and it’s hard to beat the music you are going to find exclusively in Austin. Here is a look at some of the exciting outdoor concerts you’ll be able to see this summer and the beautiful settings you’ll be able to enjoy them in.

Zilker Park – 2100 Barton Springs Rd.

This summer you’ll likely be spending time at...

Best Places for Water Fun in Austin, TX

Looking for the best places to cool off this summer? Austin has you covered. There are some fun places to take the whole family for some water fun, whether you want to take a dip in the pool, hit a water park, or cool off at a splash pad.

Of course, Austin has secret swimming holes that you won’t find anywhere else, as well as some amazing staycation options for water parks and amusement parks. Take a look at the best places for some fun in the water this summer in Austin.

Rock’N River Water Park – 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock

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