If you are walking around the convention center area and are not hungry for some delicious Iron Works BBQ, I would still take the time to see some of the history involved in the building. It is a true immigrant story, and the iron works inside the store are really unique.
Well, in Egypt, I learned that the Pharoahs believed that hippos were the root of all evil, and that the heiroglyphics depicted hippos as evil characters... but I do not believe they are considered the same thing at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden.
If you like peaceful, serene walks in nature, you will love this place.
The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum is a non-profit organization founded around the work of American sculptor Charles Umlauf. Our work is dedicated to providing educational experiences that encourage the understanding and appreciation of sculpture.
In 1985, Charles and Angeline Umlauf gave their home, studio, and 168 pieces of Umlauf sculpture to the City of Austin. Six years later, in 1991, a new museum was built on adjoining city property with private funds raised under the leadership of Austin arts patron Roberta Crenshaw.
Visit Wimberly, Texas. Not too far from Austin. Sometimes you can catch glassblowing demos, or walk around the downtown spot with great shopping. Handmade items galore! There's also a really pretty stream nearby which runs through the back of a restaurant (don't remember the name) - beautiful.
Ginny's Little Longhorn Bar on Burnet Road is a good place to cool off and enjoy some beer. They open early everyday and on Sunday Dale Watson provides live music. This is place has been here for years and is a great place to get a real idea of Austin
If you like shopping at cute/cool/unique places, take about an hour drive to Fredericksburg, off of 290 east. I am from Houston--where you can buy/have every shop imaginable and I think Fredericksburg has the cutest stores there that sell everything---they even have some places men would find interesting, my husband thinks Fredericksburg is ok.
Pace Bend is 30 miles West of Austin on Lake Travis. The park has multiple "coves" in which to swim, dive from limestone cliffs, rock climb (gear free-if you fall, you land in the water), sunbathe and relax. There are grills and campsites on site. Day use is $8 per car. The park is very scenic. The layout is a 7 mile loop. If after entering the park you go right, it will take you to family swimming aeas, picnic tables and camp spots. If you take the road to the left, this will bring you to a series of secluded coves.
One of the best swimming holes in Central Texas. Most locals don't even know about this place! Water temperature is 70 degrees year round. There are 2 springs, both prismatic and beautiful! To get to the main pool is a little treachorous down very steep and wobbly stairs. Sunbathing and relaxing is done on the many large boulders surrounding the spring. This is private property and the owners charge a small fee for day use and camping.
To get there go West on 71. When you arrive in Spicewood, look for the Exxon station. Take a right at the station (Co rd 404) Krause Springs is on the right hand side-look for the sign.
If you go on a weekeday-chances are you will have the place to yourself!
If you like having a beautiful park all to yourself-City Park during the week is for you. Park yourself under a huge shade tree and watch the ski boats go back and forth. The lake is freezing and has a gradual sandy drop off, perfect for water frisbee. Take Mopac to 2222 and go West. Cross under the 360 bridge and take your 1st left on City Park Road. Take this road for about 5 miles and you will dead end into the park.
This restaurant is located about 20 minutes away from Austin and it's truly worth the detour (check the Web site for directions). The Oasis was nearly completely destroyed by a fire in June 2005 so when we were there they could only offer a limited menu but who cares, really, when you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Travis from one of the restaurant's decks located on a cliff 450 feet above the lake?! It truly is one of Austin's greatest attractions! The place can get very crowded in the evening as it's a great place to go to watch spectacular sunsets, so my advice would be to go at the end of the afternoon to grab a good spot and make sure your meal lasts until sunset. Thanks to their delicious strawberry margaritas, it shouldn't be too difficult to spend a couple hours at The Oasis!
Who knew there was a bit of England smack in the middle of the Texas Hill Country?! As you follow the directions given below and drive further and further into the country side, you'll hardly believe your eyes when you'll stumble upon this rather formidable Stonehenge replica. Inspired by a slab of limestone somewhat similar to the British Stonehenge altar, Al Shepperd and Doug Hill went about to build this 2/3 replica of the original located in Salisbury, England, and threw in a couple of Easter Island statues for good measure. A truly unique attraction!
Take Interstate 10 to about 5 miles north of Kerrville.
Take Exit 501 and head south on Goat Creek Road (Ranch Road 1338).
After about 2 miles, turn right onto Goat Creek Cutoff Road.
Turn right onto State Route 27.
Bear left onto State Route 39.
Turn right onto Ranch Road 1340.
Follow the bend and it will be on your left.
One of the long standing arguments in American Political History is the question of what the Civil War was actually fought for. Many historians argue it was for the abolishment of slavery, but every Southerner grows up knowing it was for States Rights. Austin during the Civil War, flew under the flag of the confederacy, and so included in our history are many instances of the Confederate States, including this tribute to the people who died fighting to protect their states rights.
Beautiful Casa De Luz is one of my favorite spots in Austin. There is a feeling of calm and serenity as soon as you walk through the gates...for an unusual dining experience, a yoga class, bellydancing and more, this is the place to go. Check out their website for upcoming events or sign up with their weekly newsletter.
1701 Toomey Rd. Austin, TX 78704-1033
It seems as if the city of Austin plays host to many musical and arts festivals. It is a hive of culture and eclectic fun.
During my visit there was a music festival, the Red Bull Flugtag and a chalk sketching competition. Do not forget the annual Pun Off in memory of O Henry!
Le Fun and Einstein Arcades are a couple of places to get rid of time and money while on "the drag," a street also known as "Guadalupe," across from the University of Texas. Most of the games are pretty cheap, sometimes they have quarter or fifty cent specials. In both of them, you can sometimes find strange games (like one about babies fighting eachother to the death) or active ones like this boxing one. It even has a calorie counter!
One of the greatest events in the history of former NASA engineers was the Red Bull Flugtag that appeared in Austin in 2003. It was hard to picture that many crazy former Rocket scientists propelling themselves off a 30 foot drop off into Town Lake down in Austin!
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