Once again, Texas’ famously warm weather is upon us which means it is time to get outside and enjoy it.
Nature in Central Texas is one of the biggest contributors to the magic and in the Lone Star State, there is a lot to see and do. From the only earthquake cave, to the oldest swimming pool, to the second-largest submerged cave in Texas, it can all be found in Austin or a few miles beyond.
Both near and (sort of) far, here are just a few of the outdoor marvels to enjoy nearby.
Built in 1915, Deep Eddy Pool is the oldest swimming pool in Texas. The pool gets its name from an eddy formed by a large boulder in the center and the concrete pool was built around it. The shallow end is currently closed until further notice but the pool is still open for lap swimming. Tickets are $5 for residents.
Whether you like to camp, backpack, hike, rock climb, geocache or stargaze, Enchanted Rock is an Austinite’s rite of passage. There are more than 11 miles to traverse, which you can explore with an interactive trails map, plus rock climbing instruction. Entrance fees are $8 for adults and no swimming or biking is allowed.
If you’re willing to make a day trip out of it, Jacob’s Well is an unforgettable natural pool experience. The second-largest submerged cave in Texas, you can gaze over the deep blue spot that stretches more than 140 feet deep and is fed by the Trinity Aquifer. Visitors brave enough might even try cliff diving into the abyss. Reservations are required for swimmers and tickets start at $5.
Opening May 14, Waterloo Adventures offers over two football field’s worth of floating waterpark activities, floating obstacles, beach games, lakeside lounges and lakeside views as far as the eye can see. Reservations are required and tickets are $63 per person.
Some of the most incredible panoramic views of the city are found at Mount Bonnell. Despite being one of the most scenic spots in the city, climbing to the peak is a very short hike and has plenty of seating at the top. Stay for awhile for a picnic or make the short trip west to the Pennybacker Bridge Trail to see it from the other side.
A hidden gem inside the nearly 8-mile Barton Creek Trail, Sculpture Falls is one of many sights to enjoy along your hike. Several small waterfalls will guide you to the much larger falls, where you can spread out on a beach towel and enjoy the cool of the pool that stays 70 degrees year-round.
Inside the famous Wonder World Park in San Marcos, a visit will take you inside the Balcones Fault Line Cave, which is reportedly the only real earthquake cave open to the public. Along the one-mile tour, visitors will see strata formations, fossilized prehistoric life and gigantic boulders suspended in time. Tickets start at $21.95 and include access to all Wonder World attractions.
Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.
There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.
All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.
🗓 All weekend
Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park
Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.
11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway