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Small-Group Tour of Austin and Texas Hill Country
"Meet at the Austin Visitor Center 20 minutes before your chosen departure time and hop in an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz van equipped with large windows for sightseeing. On a fully narrated 1.5-hour tour travel through historic downtown Austin and pass more than 40 top sites including Lady Bird Lake the Texas Capitol the haunted Driskill Hotel the University of Texas Moonlight Tower
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Heart of Austin Bicycle Tour
"The two hour tour starts at 9:00am and it is recommended that guests arrive 15 minutes early for an orientation before hitting the road. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes for biking and it is suggested to bring a bottle of wate stopping to talk about it's long storied history and it's connection to the formation of Texas. On the way to the University you'll stop at one of the last remaining moon towers that lit up the night in the late 1800's and that was made famous in Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused. Upon arrival on campus you will visit the Tower made famous by the Charles Whitman mass shooting before heading to see the Santa Rita oil well and talk about how oil played a roll in the university's history. The tour will then head to Sholtz's beer garden where you will learn you will coast through the State Capital grounds stopping to talk about Texas' inception and Austin's role in it.You'll have the best seat in the house to experience Austin from a perspective that you just can't get any other way. Your informative local guide will not only teach you about the h
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Austin Capitol Segway Tour
"This capitol tour is led by an enthusiastic Austin guide that will be prepared to make your experience memorable. Your trip begins with an orientation of the tour and the segway human transporter you will ride to explore the city. After training you will be off riding single file or two-by-two around Austin. Your first stop will be the Driskill Hotel where you will get to walk around the interior investigating ghost stories relayed to you by the front desk staff. Your adventure will continue up to the Capitol where you will be delighted with interesting and historical information about Austin. Your s and your guide aims to make it the best tour you have taken in your life!""""This Segway adventure will include historical information about Austin with a focus on the State Capitol of Texas 6th Street
From $79.00

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Beautiful View

Breath taking view of Mount Bonnell, Austin, Texas.
It can be a short hiking. Be aware of wet area. Stones can be so slippery.
I thought there was a cave where George W. Bonnell hid himself back then.
Remember to bring your camera :)
https://youtu.be/xRw3R_UU6KY

LastCamerai
Sep 05, 2016

Mt Bonnell - Mountain in Texas????

Yes a mountain in Texas. This place is beautiful. My husband and I are sure to make this a stop every year. We always go to Whole Foods, get some food from their deli, and head to Mt Bonnell for a picnic. There is a look out area, after you climb the never ending stairs, that is perfect to eat and relax at. There are always people there. Oh, and wear tennis shoes, you will need them. I can sit for hours and just gaze at the view from the top.

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hope6481
Mar 21, 2008

Enjoy the view at Mount Bonnell

At 785 feet above sea level, Mount Bonnell offers a beautiful panoramic view of downtown Austin, the Colorado River, Lake Austin and the surrounding Hill Country. There's a road that leads almost all the way to the top, and there's plenty of parking space available. All you have to do after that is climb the 99 steps to the top of Mount Bonnell. So not much of a hike, but a great place for a picnic or for watching sunset.

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Jefie
May 14, 2006

Mount Bonnell

This is one of the highest places in Austin, and some of the most beautiful scenery. It's also a great spot for a date, a picnic, hiking, etc. Most people will go to the front entrance and climb alllll those stairs, but there's also a side entrance with no stairs at all. You can look below on the river and see all the boats, or directly below, the aereal view of houses, or across the river, more nice houses. Also you can see the skyline of Austin not too far in the distance.
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The Scene
Opened in the 1850s, this is the oldest tourist attraction in Austin. It's said that if a couple climb the 100 stairs to the top of Mount Bonnell once, they fall in love; twice, they'll become engaged; and after three times, it's inevitable they'll get married. In addition to its mysterious romantic influence, the park has picnic tables and a pavilion.

The Background
The origin of the park's name is the subject of some debate, but most accounts say that the site is named after George W. Bonnell, a man with a reputation as big as Texas. More sentimental historians recount the story of Golden Nell and her hubby, Beau. The pair jumped off the 785-foot peak to avoid capture and torture by Native Americans.

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Aug 09, 2004
 
 
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Mount Bonnell

Austin's Mount Bonnell is one of Austin's oldest tourist attractions being documented as far back as 1850. It is the highest point within Austin City Limits at 785 feet, but is actually smaller than Mt. Larson directly across from Mt. Bonnell but located in West Lake Hills. A wonderful place to picnic in the sun, Mt. Bonnell contains views of Town Lake and the Pennybacker Bridge as well as wonderful vistas of downtown. The area is a short hike from the road and there is no entrance fee.

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ATXtraveler
Jun 15, 2004

The View Atop Mt Bonnell

Apparently, there is a local legend about lovers throwing themselves off the top and falling to their death. I don't advise this. You will definitely get your name in the paper, but there are better ways to doing that! At ~780 feet above sea level, the afforded those who brave the hike look like this...

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Jmill42
Jun 13, 2003

Mount Bonnell

Rising 200 feet over the surrounding area, Mount Bonnell offers visitors a great view of downtown, as well as, Lake Austin (which is really part of the Colorado River). It is a bit of a hike to the top from where you park, but the view is worth it. It is open 5 AM - 10 PM.

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Jmill42
Jun 13, 2003

Mount Bonnell

The highest point in Austin, Mount Bonnell is a dedicated park with many small hiking trails and a nice view of Lake Austin. It's free, and open youear round. There is a curfew though, so you have to leave once it gets dark. There is a viewing pavillion on top, with good photo stands. It is an Austin tradition to take your date up to mount bonnell and have sex in the bushes off the trail, then you can tell all your friends "We had sex on top of mount bonnell" therefore if you are walking around and encounter some people in one of the many secluded spots you should just walk on by.

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On top of the world - Mt. Bonnell

Mt. Bonnell has a great view of the river, the Austin skyline, and the gorgeous homes that line the river. At 785 feet, it is one of the highest places in the city. Although it was a busy spot, it never feels crowded. The first stop is at the stairs to the top, which most people take. We kept driving and parked near the slope, which was less crowded and had a better view. We loved the huge houses that line the river and the walk up the slope provides a great view into the yards.

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kimberbakos
Sep 23, 2002

Mount Bonnell

This is an excellent vantage point for simply looking out over the city. The hike to the top is moderately demanding. The phone number and website are for Austin Parks and Recreation.

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Tom_Fields
Sep 28, 2006

Mount Bonnell

Mount Bonnell overlooks a vast expanse of Austin. It is located right off the lake, so it's very serene and relaxing. The sunsets are INCREDIBLE.

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Aug 25, 2002

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Getting to Mount Bonnell

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3800 Mt Bonnell Rd., Austin, TX 78731

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