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Texas Olive Industry Orchard Tour in Dripping Springs
"At the gate we discuss how the Gambini's & the Mensik's got started and the current state of the Texas Olive Industry. We take a short walk into the orchard to look at the trees and discuss the different olive varieties grown onsite as well as planti Light or Pure olive oil. After the tour the tasting bar is open for everyone to get a taste of our Award Winning Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Premium Balsamic Vinegars. We also have a gift shop wine bar & bistro that visitors can enjoy.""""This tour is a short drive outside of Austin Texas. Get an insiders view of the growing olive oil industry right outside the bustling city. Topics include History of the Orchard State of Texas Olive Industry Farming Methods
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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
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Austin Street Art Segway Tour
"You will meet your guide in downtown Austin and go through a safety orientation and individualized training on the segway before leaving for your street art tour of the city. Then you'll take in the sights of the Capitol and explore the area of t you'll journey down one of Austin's busiest roads Congress Avenue as you stop to take in the Austin Street Guitars constructed to show a blend of the art community and the city's status as Live Music Capital of the World.You'll also explore the hip 2nd Street area and say hi to Willie Nelson himself as you pass by his statute in front of the Moody Theater home to ACL TV! Finally the big stop will be at the Hope Outdoor Art Gallery Texas' largest outdoor graffiti wall. Started with help from famed NYC artists
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Aquarena Springs Tips (3)

Skip Aquarena Springs and just enjoy the river...

The old Aquarena Springs on Spring Lake that boasted beautifully manicured & landscaped grounds with a well managed program that controlled non-native plant growth in the lake is history. The Texas State University, ( then SW Texas State University) purchased the property under the ruse of utilizing it for a convention center and Aquatic Biology study center. Under GROSS mismanagement, this former gem of San Marcos & Central Texas has been reduced to a rat infested stinkhole. Misinformed students still offer glass bottom boat rides in the one or two boats that can still operate. You will venture about 30 - 50 ft into the lake, hear some misinformation about the lake and city history and return to the dock..for $9. The wonderful restaurant, the Inn on the Lake, the visitor center that really did have historical information as well as correct information on native aquatic life are in disrepair and smell of filth and improperly cared for fish tanks and student projects. The lake is being allowed to return to its "natural state" which will be anything but natural with the introduced aquatic plants. It is shameful, wasteful and borders on criminal misuse of public funds and the public interest. Skip it and Enjoy the river below the falls of the "Old Ice House" which has been any of a number of restaurants. You can't swim there anymore. You'll have to go below the University owned "park" that butts against the headwaters. Rio Vista Park is beautiful but has become so crowded it's difficult to get there. You can go to City Park and shuttle there or float down from City Park and shuttle back. The river is beautiful and clear. One of my favorite childhood & college memories. You can canoe from Rio Vista Park to Pecan Park in Martindale, Tx or if you're up to it, all the way to Luling, Tx some 18-20 miles down river. Great fun but requires some porting around dams. I'll never forgive the University and the Aquatic Biology Dept for decimating Aquarena Springs, however.

larrydoyle
May 07, 2012

Aquarena springs

This is the park that everyone hangs around at when the weather is nice. It is a spring-fed river, very fast-moving and full of interesting colors. There are grassy hills all around and you can go in the water if you don't mind some algae and seaweed. It's very close to the school, there is a Joe's Crab Shack right across the street as well.

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yelli
Mar 01, 2005

Visit Aquarena Center for a...

Visit Aquarena Center for a glass bottom boat ride. They also offer environmental educational tours, exhibits, a tour of General Burleson's log cabin (the first home in San Marcos) and a gift shop.
Aquarena Springs is the fresh water source of the San Marcos River and home to several endangered species. I haven't visited since I was very young and at that time it was more like an amusement park. Now, Southwest Texas State University owns it and Ralph(i think that was her name) the swimming pig is gone. We really miss that pig.

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Aug 26, 2002
 
 
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San Marcos River

The town got its name from the San Marcos River which got its name because it was discovered on the day of the Catholic Feast of St Mark. The river starts at large natural spring and flows through...
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Guadalupe River

River Sports Tube Rentals - I will NEVER use this tubing service again. A recent trip cost us $75 for 4 of us, and 2 in the group had their own personal tubes. We were charged a "personal equipment...
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Schlitterbahn Waterpark

December is NOT the best month to visit SCHLITTERBAHN WATERPARK, but we were curious about this popular summer destination. Even in the rain, the park looks like something from a child's fantasy as...
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Faust Street Bridge

The bridge is now part of a pedestrian / bike path leaving the older part of town towards the east. However calm and serene it may be now, it was once a busy thoroughfare. It was built in 1887, as...
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Landa Park

This is a wonderful area for recreation in the town. We were visiting and looking for something to do while our son was at work. They have swimming pools, mini golf, miniature train that takes you on...
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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson and Actress Helen Hayes founded an organization in 1982 to protect and preserve North America's native plants and natural landscapes. First as the National Wildflower Research Center...
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921 Aquarena Springs Dr. San Marcos, TX

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