What better time to make a bucket list than when summer break is right around the corner? In this post I have created my summer 2017 “Hill Country” bucket list. I will be living in Austin this summer (possibly my last summer I will spend living at home
so crazy), but I hope to venture out of Austin and explore other areas that I haven’t before and learn some new things! Feel free to comment if you are inspired by any of my bucket list items, or if you have any ideas for things I should add! Of course my overall Bucket List is much more extensive, but for this I will list just 10 places and things I hope to experience in the Hill Country area this summer.
- Float The Guadalupe River
Floating the Guadalupe River is a must-do in Texas. How sad is it that I have been living in Texas for 10 years and NEVER floated the Guadalupe!? I absolutely need to do this over the summer. There are multiple places to rent tubes along this river, I checked out WhiteWater Sports in New Braunfels, Texas, which also shares property with the Whitewater Amphitheater; a great music venue that I have been to a couple of times. Whitewater sports has shuttles at every drop-off/pick-up point, so walking far wouldn’t be an issue, it is also affordable ($24 per person), and seems pretty well-organized and legitimate. I would love to take a day to float the river and then catch a country music concert afterwards.
2. Explore Krause Springs in Spicewood
Krause Springs is a beautiful property that has been owned by the Krause family for many years. It is 115 acres with 32 springs to swim in. There are also relaxing gardens, picnic areas, and camping sites! The scenery looks so beautiful and inviting, and the springs look especially appealing for a hot summer day. Visitors are required to pay a fee upon entering the property, it is $8 for adults and $5 for children for the day. Check out their website to see more photos and find out more.
3. Visit Garner State Park
Garner State Park is located in Concan, Texas and offers 1,774 acres of the gorgeous Hill Country Landscape. Visitors can rent paddle boats, kayaks and inner tubes to enjoy the Frio River that winds through the park. There are miles of hiking trails throughout the park that I would love to explore. There is also a multitude of attractions to entertain visitors, from a museum to geology and bat tours. This place is perfect to bring friends and family! Check out their website to learn more and see more photos of the park!
4. Picnic at the top of Mount Bonnell
Mount Bonnell is located in Austin, literally 10 minutes away from my house… So I honestly don’t know why I haven’t gone up there before! It is claimed to be the highest point in Austin, but only a brief set of stairs will get you to the top. From there, you get a perfect view the downtown Austin skyline and Lake Austin below. This quick hike is perfect for a clear day! I would love to picnic at the top on a sunny day to truly enjoy the sights and the fresh air.
5. Learn to Wake board at a Cable Park
Chris wake boarding at Quest ATX Cable Park
One of my goals for this summer is to get better at wake boarding. My boyfriend, Chris, and some of his friends are into it, and I think it’s really cool! I have tried learning at a cable park before (if you haven’t heard of a cable park
it is basically a large pond with an overhead cable system, a rope is attached to the cable and pulls you around the park while you wake board), but I did not do very well… haha! It is challenging but I definitely need to try again. A popular cable park in the area is BSR Cable Park, located in Waco, Texas. This park has a large pond for wake boarding with an island in the middle (there are also lemurs on the island, how awesome is that) and other additions such as the famous Royal Flush; three massive slides that attract hundreds of visitors you may have seen a viral youtube video of people shooting down them! I think it would be really fun to take a day trip to this park, but there are also a couple of local Austin cable parks like Next Level Ride and Quest ATX. Each one is unique in their own way!
6. Hang out at Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley
Wimberley, Texas is one of my favorite Hill Country towns. I think it is such a charming and unique town full of natural beauty. The Blue Hole Regional Park is 126 acres and offers access to Cypress Creek, hiking trails, and recreational areas. Admission into the park is $9 for adults and $5 for children. Check out their website for more information. This place is perfect to bring friends and family for a fun summer day. The swimming areas along Cypress Creek provide an escape from the Texas heat. Wimberley also has great places to eat and shop, so it is the perfect town to take a day trip to!
7. Go on a weekend getaway to Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg, Texas is a historical German town that is FULL of fun things to do. There are tons of shops, restaurants, parks and trails to experience. You can easily spend a weekend here and never get bored! This town has such a unique atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else. It appeals to families with young children or adults looking to get away
there is something for everyone! See their town website to find out more and plan an itinerary. I would love to stay at an Inn or Cottage for the weekend and venture out to some of their parks to do some hiking or running and enjoy the town’s gorgeous Hill Country scenery.
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8. Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga With Breath and Body Yoga
See their video from one of their Stand Up Paddle Yoga Classes.
One of my goals for this summer is to start doing yoga. I have always been interested in yoga and have taken a few classes here and there, but I really would like to get better. I also feel like it will be good for me
I tend to overthink a lot of things and get stressed easily so think it will be a good way to regularly clear my mind. But while doing my research on studios, I came across Stand Up Paddle Board yoga by Breath and Body Yoga. Classes are $45, but I think it would be worth the experience. I have seen SUP yoga before on Lake Austin and Travis, so there may be cheaper classes out there! Either way I would love to try this! It seems like a challenge, but also a fun way to get a good workout.
9. Hike the Barton Creek Greenbelt
Hiking the Barton Creek Greenbelt is a popular activity in Austin. I have hiked it before, but it’s been a while! The greenbelt is about 800 acres with trails along Barton Creek. There are multiple places to access the trail, but it begins at Zilker Park in downtown Austin. The greenbelt is gorgeous and provides a lot of shade and swimming areas to escape the heat. Check out this article to find out more about this trail and see a trail map. I think it would be fun to go for a morning run on one of the trails and then take a dip in the creek afterwards!
10. Swim at Jacob’s Well
Jacob’s well is located between Dripping Springs and Wimberley. I always see posts by people at this swimming hole, and I’ve always wanted to visit! I don’t know very much about it, but I know it’s a pretty popular spot to spend a warm summer day! Check out this article to find out more. The entrance fee is $9 for adults ($5 for Hays county residents) and $5 for children. Many people jump off a rock into the spring, as you can see above! This looks like a good hang out spot to relax and enjoy the sun.
Be sure to comment what you think. I hope I have inspired some of my readers to go out and enjoy the outdoors this summer!!
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