Summertime is here, are you ready for a family get away? Check out these Apparent approved family getaways in Central Texas:
Krause Springs is a perfect outing close to Austin with natural beauty and swimming holes. You almost feel as if you are in another world with the greenery draped along the cave walls. They allow camping if you want to extend your day trip into multiple days. Nearby are Pace Bend Park, Opie’s BBQ, and El Gaucho Winery.
In Marble Falls is a fantastic family getaway, there is a lot to enjoy from Johnson Park that sits by Lake Marble Falls where you can most likely find a gathering of geese and ducks waiting to be fed. A plethora of trees to climb while the kiddos snag some Vitamin D. If you’ve got an older kiddo, they may appreciate the free outdoor skate park just adjacent to the park. Nearby are Bluebonnet Café (best pies ever), Sweet Berry Farm (check out their website to see what seasonal produce they might have to pick), and the new Bear King Brewery.
Pedernales Falls State Park is a gorgeous spot for family to getaway and explore the Pedernales River. It is relaxing and serene in most parts and flows over and around beautiful limestone. Check out LBJ National Historic Park, the Science Mill (tons of fun for kids) and Pecan Street Brewing.
Blanco State Park is one of the most popular things to do in this small town. The water is fantastic and refreshing, a lovely getaway for family, but be warned, there are some slippery parts. Check out Real Ale Brewery, the Lavender farm and grab lunch at the adorable Red Bud Café (they have the best sandwiches and a chocolate chip cookie with potato chips mixed in #delish).
Inks Lake State Park is known for the infamous cliffjumping in Devil’s Waterhole. Families can also check out nearby Longhorn Caverns, and Fort Croghan Museum. Grab breakfast at Dam Grill in Buchanan, TX the scenic drive there and Carmel Pecan French Toast will have you coming back for more!
Hamilton Pool is a childhood favorite family getaway to many Austinites, this popular attraction is a stunning grotto and waterfall with swimming. Check the website for required reservations. Other spots nearby are Reimer’s Ranch, Westcave Preserve, Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead, Treaty Oak Distillery and Family Business Brewing Company (perfect spot to grab a brew under the shady trees while the kids play).
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is a dazzling beauty that all families should check out. It’s known for the massive pink granite dome, but you can also hike, backpack, camp, rock climb, picnic, bird, study nature, geocache and stargaze. (You cannot swim here or ride bikes on the trails.) Check out Wildseed Farms, grab a slice of pie at the Fredericksburg Pie Company.
Natural Bridge Caverns is a place to observe incredible stalagmites and stalactites. Great for budding geologists and those just wanting to see a cool cavern. Other spots to check out in New Braunfels are McKenna Children’s Museum and grab lunch at Krause’s.
Blue Hole is a very popular spot and is one of Texas’ best swimming holes. Once there, you’ll know why it’s called “Blue Hole” as the water is beautiful. Check out Alamo Springs Café for some delicious grub.
Lost Maples State Park is one of the most visited spots in the fall with all the changing colors, but during the summer this unique spot offers hiking, fishing, and Medina Lake for swimming along with Frio River which is so worth it, no matter where exactly you land yourself. It’s a lovely area of Texas! We highly recommend visiting the popular Garner State Park for the day or to stay, if you can get reservations. The water is cool – tubing popular! – and so pretty. There’s even a candy shop and putt putt course for the kids. You can also plan into your trip a Frio bat flight tour (or a further visit to the Devil’s Sinkhole to watch the bats fly out), the Bandera Natural History Museum (has dinosaur replicas).
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