Thursday, August 8, 2019

Top 5 Popular Caves to Explore in the Texas Hill Country

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Underground exploration looks thrilling when watching stars like Indiana Jones travel through different caverns in movies, but did you know you can explore various caves yourself?

There are several different caves waiting to be explored in the Texas Hill Country. You can undergo many different adventures to learn more about how these caves were formed and experience firsthand what life is like underground. Check out the top 5 caves in Texas Hill Country that you can see for yourself:

cave paintings lit up along a path

1. Inner Space Cavern - Georgetown, Texas

Breakdown of the Caves- These exciting caves were found back in 1963 when workers of the Texas Highway Department started building the infamous I-35 highway. After the cave was discovered, a spelunking team dove down to explore the caverns. Upon careful examination, it was decided that these caves had a lot to offer. People knew they could interest and entertain the public, so they officially opened it for public viewing in 1966.

The History Behind the Caves- Scientists later discovered that in the Ice Age era, many animals would explore around the cavern only to eventually find themselves trapped inside. There were over 40 different species’ fossils found inside of this cave. Over 10 of the species found have currently gone extinct.

Tours Offered- When visiting the caves, you have your choice between three tours. If you explore the Adventure Tour, you can safely walk down a lit cave with a clear path as the tour guide explains everything you are looking at or are about to see. If you’re searching for a tour that offers more adventure and excitement, you can head down the Hidden Passages Tour. On this tour, you can visit a trail and pathway that aren’t developed very well or lit on their own. It’s advised you carry a flashlight along this tour due to low lighting.

If neither of those tours sounds daring enough, then the Wild Cave Tour may be perfect for you. Explore the dark, deep caves as you walk through a path that is completely off the usual trail. Be sure to bring a buddy on this tour with you, as it does get a little intimidating to go through alone.

a shaded pathway leading through natural arches

2. Longhorn Cavern State Park - Burnet, Texas

Breakdown of the Caves- If you are ready to experience all the beauty that a cave and the surrounding area in the Texas Hill Country may hold, the Longhorn Cavern State Park is an excellent choice. If you’re also searching for an adventure, these caverns are perfect for that, as well. Not only is this area home to an official National Natural Landmark, but there are different tales of treasure hidden in the cave’s walls, as well as legends of lost children.

The History Behind the Caves- The cave opened up in 1938. It was once housed by the Confederates during the Civil War. This was the best place for them to live as it held the secret ingredient they needed for their gunpowder: bat droppings. Later on, these taverns were transformed into secret speakeasies during the Prohibition era.

Tours Offered- There are even more crazy tales and stories told every day during their walkable tours. Grab a flashlight and join in the fun as you listen to your guide talk about the many events that took place inside the caves.

glowing stalactites hanging down over a pool of water

3. Cascade Caverns - Boerne, Texas

Breakdown of the Caves- These caves opened to the public in the 1930s. You can roam about these wondrous caves to learn more about their stories and histories. Sometimes though, you have to experience it to believe it. This is why these caverns also offer campsites on the land.

Come visit for a day then camp out for the night as you and your family learn more about the ground the caverns were found beneath. You’ll have a blast experiencing the gorgeous Texas Hill Country in the nighttime.

Tours Offered- These caverns were temporarily closed in World War II when it was a different type of attraction called “Peep in the Deep.” The way people could view and explore the caves was a little different than what we’re used to today. Visitors would climb in buckets and ride them down to the bottom. Luckily, the cave tours offered today aren’t as risky or dangerous. They’re offered almost every day as guided flashlight tours.

various cave features lit from below

4. Cave Without a Name - Boerne, Texas

Breakdown of the Caves- These caves are just as mysterious as the name implies. There are several different rooms available known as ‘formation rooms”. Specifically, there is one room located inside called the Queen’s Throne Room. In this room, you may have the chance to celebrate the different events hosted in the room.

The History Behind the Caves- This cave was opened in 1939. The story behind its name is incredibly fascinating. The owner decided to let others take a crack at giving these caves a name. A boy took a look at the cave himself and told the owner that it was beautiful and much too exotic to even have a name. The owner loved this idea so much that he awarded the boy with a prize and declared it the Cave Without a Name.

It was discovered when people were trying to catch a goat that ended up falling into the opening of this cave. Later on, it eventually became utilized as a distillery that sold moonshine and operated as a speakeasy during the Prohibition.

Tours Offered- Explore different guided tours that will walk you through different underground passages inside the cave. These exciting tours are approximately an hour long.

5. Natural Bridge Caverns - San Antonio, Texas

Breakdown of the Caves- These caverns are incredibly exotic and gorgeous. After a giant sinkhole had caved in years ago, a giant slab of limestone fell that stretched around 60 ft wide. This can now be found hanging across the entrance of the cave.

Touring the cave isn’t the only way you can have tons of fun here. There are other rides and attractions around the caverns that you and your family can enjoy. You’ll experience entertaining games, zip lines, fossil and gem mining, or explore the maze. There are also candy stores along the way as well as a restaurant called the Cavern Cafe inside the Visitor Center.

The History Behind the Caves- It was found by a team of spelunkers from St. Mary University in 1960. These caverns are incredibly large and very popular among people all around the Texas Hill Country area.

Tours Offered- There are several different tours available to visitors. They offer tours such as the Discovery Tour, Hidden Passages Tour, and the Lantern Tour. There are different shapes formed inside of these caves that you can learn more about while on the tour as they have a deep history about them.

By taking a trip to the caves in the Texas Hill Country area, you’ll experience a wide variety of adventures with friends and family. Discover all that these caverns and caves have to offer by going on thrill-seeking tours or exploring the historic land around the caves. You’re bound to have all kinds of fun no matter which cave you choose.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The 5 Best Texas Tourist Attractions You've Got to Visit Now

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Thinking of going on vacation either alone or with the family but aren’t quite sure where you want to visit? One destination that’s bustling with different activities for tourists to explore is located in the southern region of the United States. That’s right, the state of Texas. This is where tons of exciting adventures await you. Here are the 5 best tourist attractions you’ve got to visit now:

front door of the Alamo in the sunset

1. The Alamo - near San Antonio

If you’re a self-declared history buff, then the Alamo should be at the top of your Texas destination list. It’s an incredibly crucial historical monument that contains lots of different sites to teach you more about the significance of what took place here.

Millions of people gather around this historical area to pay tribute to the people who fought in this battle and lost their lives to the Mexican army. You’ll see buildings that have been restored. Different sections of the landmark will tell you more about the memories of the fallen soldiers and what happened there. There are different displays inside the museum with different artifacts from the battle and the weapons that were used against the Mexican army.

Several Americans, including the father of the legendary Davy Crockett, met their defeat and ultimate death while battling in this iconic fight. It was established in 1718 as a mission station, then was built more and more as the years went on to become a fort during the Texas Revolution.

Visit this attraction to learn more about this small force of people who used this landmark to build a wall in an attempt to barricade themselves in during their battle with the Mexican army.

While visiting this landmark, you’ll hear the phrase “Remember the Alamo” as this was what was cried out to the Mexicans during the fight.

aerial view of the South Padre Islands and its surrounding waters

2. South Padre Islands - south of Corpus Christi

These islands are approximately 70 miles long and are part of a conservation area inside of the state of Texas. When you visit these 130,000 acres, you’ll find all sorts of land types like beach homes, grasslands, dunes and more as you continue to venture along the beach.

If you or someone you’re traveling with think there isn’t any way you’d be able to visit the sandy beaches due to a physical disability, you, fortunately, may need to think again. These beaches are remarkably wheelchair accessible. The Malaquite Visitor Center has beach-specific wheelchairs for you to travel around in with the rest of your family or friends.

This is considered one of the most beautiful and exotic shorelines, as it provides warm waters you can swim in or instead layout on their beaches to get a nice tan. Whatever you do on the beach, be sure to take your time as you experience all the Gulf of Mexico and South Padre has to offer you.

looking down into Big Bend National Park from the canyon

3. Big Bend National Park - along the Mexico border in southwest Texas

If the wilderness and great outdoors are things you’re ready to explore, input this destination into your Maps. This incredibly gorgeous and popular vacation spot includes a giant park with a wide variety of different animals, trees and other living species. You’ll find 1,000 different plants and over 400 different types of birds flying around this beautiful area.

Wander around the park and find different trails available for hiking as well as the opportunity to boat along the water to see more of the wilderness while on land or water. This area is located in the Chihuahuan Desert and on the Rio Grande. Not only will you get to explore the wondrous park, but you’ll get to see canyons, hills, mountains and more.

If you end up loving it as much as we think you will, you'll stay a little longer. There are campsites and campgrounds available for you and your family to enjoy a night of camping out and stargazing.

4. The Houston Space Center - Houston, Texas

Do you have a child who is a huge space lover? Or maybe you’ve even claimed yourself to be a NASA nerd. No matter who is the space lover of the family, they’re sure to enjoy the Houston Space Center. This is where you can learn more about different explorations throughout space, and you can get the inside scoop on what’s happening in NASA as well as what future projects they have planned for the future.

The Johnson Space Center and Mission Control are also located here. They offer tours of both of these locations for you to learn more. Exploring the whole event takes almost a whole day. Be prepared to walk inside of replica shuttles and replica space stations as you explore more about space, the planets, and the moon.

5. Fort Worth Stockyards - Fort Worth, Texas

Get into the mind - and boots - of a cowboy by visiting the Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas. This town began in 1866, where they began sorting, storing, and shipping out their cows to different areas around the state of Texas. This is how Fort Worth became known for its giant cattle industry.

These facilities no longer operate in many areas in the United States, so these stockyards have officially become one of a kind attraction that many line up in excitement to visit. It isn’t just cattle that gather here anymore. Instead, everyone is invited to these stockyards to watch different theatre shows, concerts, rodeos, and more. There are also various shops along the area, so you can stop and buy your very own Texan cowboy hat or boots.

Whether you’re spending your day inside or outside, you can bet you’ll have a blast on your vacation if it’s spent anywhere in Texas. You can experience a day full of learning and adventure, or a weekend to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of life. No matter what you decide, you’re guaranteed to have a blast with family or friends in these exciting Texan hot spots.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Pedernales Falls: A Guide for Adventurers

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Pedernales Falls State Park is no secret among locals of the Texas Hill Country. The beautiful scenery of a river, rocks, and some falls make for the perfect spot. It is a 5,212-acre State Park located right in the middle of Texas, about 1 hour west of Austin. The park offers everything under the sun for nature freaks: hiking, fishing, swimming, and more. Pedernales Falls’ rich history paired with its uniqueness and versatility in what it offers continues to draw visitors from all over the country every year. There’s something for everyone at Pedernales Falls, whether you’re looking to relax or get your heart rate up. Pay a visit soon before summer vacation is over!

water running off the falls into a calm pool

Brief History

Due to mineral deposits and fossils, researchers have concluded that settlers have been moving through Pedernales, Texas ever since the prehistoric era. Massive deposits of limestone rock are scattered everywhere throughout the park and along the rapids, and this rock is believed to be prehistoric as well. Many believe that the name “Pedernales” was penned in the 16th century when the Spanish first arrived in Texas. Pedernales means flint rock in Spanish, and it refers to the flint rock that lies on top of the riverbed.

In the 19th century, American Indians often had quarrels over this part of Texas and went through a pattern of pushing each other out for most of the century. Towards the end of the 19th century, German immigrants settled down in the area and established farms and ranches. The actual land that is the State Park, however, was known as the Circle Bar Ranch for most of the 1900s. The state of Texas bought the land off of the ranch owner, Harriet Wheatley. Harriet and her husband bought the ranch after they made a fortune in the Western oil fields. The ranch was their investment of sorts. In 1970, the purchase of the land was finalized, and Pedernales Falls was officially a state park.

large rocks extending out into the river

The Park

Pedernales Falls State Park is essentially a natural playground. There are swimming holes, rocks to climb on, rapids, and even a beach. When you first arrive at the park, the entrance and parking lot is pretty straightforward, but then you’re going to be faced with a problem. But don't worry, this is a really good problem to have - there are so many options that you won’t know what to do first! You can swim in the river or bring a tube to hitch a ride on the rapids. Just be sure to check on the water safety levels on the State Park website beforehand. You can lounge on the beach, bring a picnic, read, or hammock. There is also a horse-riding trail. Unfortunately, the state park does not provide horses, so you’ll have to bring your own. Bird-watching is also a popular activity at this park since it boasts numerous species. Of course, what is a State Park without camping? Bring all your gear and enjoy camping in one of the most beautiful sites in Texas.

If you’re looking to do something a little more action-packed, you should definitely check out the rapids. Plenty of nearby trails make for great hikes, too. These trails range from beginner to advanced. The ½ mile Twin Falls Trail is more of an easy, scenic hike while the 6-mile Wolf Mountain trail is not for the faint of heart. This trail goes through the canyons of the hill country and leads to another creek where you can cool off. If you are a mountain biker, you will also have plenty to do at Pedernales Falls! You can either bike along the previously mentioned trails or try the 10-mile Juniper Ridge Trail. This trail is definitely for advanced bikers. Bring your canoes and kayaks for the river. Or, try your hand at the rapids, depending on how rough they are.

visitors on the rocks observing the white water

Safety at the Falls

Before you plan your trip, it is important that you know a few things about safety at the Falls. The rapids have been known to go from completely calm to turbulent in a matter of minutes. Check the Pedernales Falls State Park website or Twitter to double-check the conditions for the day. You can also call the ranger’s office in advance. If the waters are too rough, the park will close down for the day. Make sure you keep an eye on kids and weaker swimmers. Only let the strong swimmers in your family swim near the falls.

Safety is also relevant for the trails. Some of the hiking and biking trails feature some dangerous spots. Make sure you have a small, travel size first aid kit and be aware of what wild animals inhabit the area. Do your research and be prepared for the unexpected. This is especially important because you may not have a cell phone signal out where you’re adventuring.

water rushing over the falls on a sunny day

Getting There

Pedernales Falls is located in the middle of a three-highway triangle. You can use either Highway 281 in Johnson City, or highway 290 if you’re coming from Austin. The only way to get to the Park entrance, however, is to find your way to road 2766 or Robinson Rd. This road eventually turns into Pedernales Falls Rd. and signs will direct you to where you want to go from there.

The entrance fee or anyone 13 years and older is $6 and for children 12 years and under, it is free. If you plan on visiting the Texas State Parks often, you might want to consider purchasing an annual pass. This pass is $70 a year and can be purchased either at the ranger station or by phone.

Pedernales Falls definitely isn’t a secret among the locals. When the parking lot is full, the park rangers close the park. Save yourself the trouble and call ahead before you leave to make sure the park hasn’t reached maximum capacity. This is especially common on holidays and weekends.

Pedernales Falls is one of the most versatile state parks in Texas and the U.S. With so many things to do in one area, there is something for everyone in your family to do. Whether it is low-key and laid-back or action-packed, it is impossible to be bored at Pedernales Falls. Make sure you check the website or call ahead before you go to make sure that the conditions are safe. Other than that, enjoy this beautiful and historically rich state park.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The 5 Best Summer Festivals in Texas Hill Country

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Every summer, the Texas Hill Country hosts multiple festivals that are great for the whole family. These festivals range from art to food to music, all the way to the classic style fair complete with a Ferris Wheel and games. Summer in Texas is extremely hot and can feel unbearable at times. When temperatures are at their highest, the desire to go out can feel out of the question. Although these events are outdoors, you’ll be so distracted by how exciting and fun they are that you won’t even notice the extremely hot temperatures. If you live near Austin, beat the heat this summer by taking part in the numerous summer festivals happening in the Hill Country!

Kingsland Aquaboom

At the tail end of June, you’ll want to make your way to Kingsland, TX for the annual Aquaboom festival. On June 28th, this festival kicks off with an honorary dinner for military veterans and a steak cook-off. The rest of the weekend is filled with fun activities for children, live music, an exhibition for local artists, and a beauty pageant. Admission to all events is free.

The most exciting part of the festival, however, is what takes place on the water. The Kingsland Aquaboom festival is situated right on the Colorado River, where there will be boat races and rubber duckie races.

The festival goes out with a bang on July 4th with a major firework show over the Colorado River. You won’t want to miss this exciting weekend!

On July 4th, there are over 25 events in the Texas Hill Country, and every single one of them involves a firework show. These events span from parades to pageants, from hot dog eating contests to bull rides. There will be carnivals, horseshoe contests, and music festivals. Some of the most popular ones for Hill Country locals are in detail below.

red and white billowy fireworks at night

Independence Day Celebration

The classic Independence Day Celebration upholds true Americana traditions with pride. This festival on July 4th will take place in downtown Comfort, Texas. This festival pays special homage to our brave troops fighting for our freedom at home and overseas. They celebrate our freedom with a fly-over, a historical exhibition of authentic WWII aircraft, and a parade honoring our veterans. The day ends with an authentic Texas cookout, and of course a stellar firework show.

You won’t have a problem finding something to do on July 4th in the Hill Country. It might even be fun to go from town to town and check out every event.

jockeys with colorful uniforms racing horses

Pari-Mutuel Horse Races

After all the craze of July 4th, make your way to Gillespie County Fairgrounds for the Pari-Mutuel Horse Races! From July 6-7, you can take part in this exciting annual event that is complete with horse races of all kinds, live music, and food trucks. There is also an air-conditioned restaurant and bar on the premises if you’d like to take a break from the heat.

New Braunfels Texas River Fest

This music festival takes place over the weekend of July 9th and 10th. The festival will host bands and singer-songwriters of all genres like R&B, rock, folk, and indie. Over 45 artists fill the lineup, including a few DJ’s. While the music is still pumping, you can explore a hoard of food and craft beer trucks.

What makes this festival unique is you can rent a tube and float on the Guadalupe River while you listen to your favorite bands. You can feel free to grab a drink, make sure you wear your swimsuit and float along the river for a while.

Because this festival is primarily focused on alcoholic beverages and music, mostly only adults enjoy, only patrons who are 21 and older will be admitted. Before you arrive, make sure you have your license and $25 to purchase your festival wristband.

Shark Week

If you have members of the family who look forward to the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week every year, then you definitely want to bring them to the Science Mill in Johnson City. From July 31st through August 4th, the Science Mill will have an adventurous and exciting shark exhibit in honor of Shark Week.

There will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about sharks through a 3-D film screening, a dig for baby shark teeth, and see a Megalodon jaw up close. While the kids enjoy fun lectures about all the different kind of sharks in the ocean, the adults can go relax in the Lady Bird Lane Café. This would be a great choice to get the kids out of the house and stay out of that Texas summer heat!

carnival-goers enjoying the swing ride

Gillespie County Fair

The Gillespie County Fair is the oldest continuing county fair in the state of Texas. This summer will be the 131st time this festival has opened its doors. It takes place in Fredericksburg, Texas at the end of summer, on the weekend of August 22nd-25th. This festival is a local tradition, and many people look forward to going every year before saying goodbye to summer.

Like any other Texas festival, this event features a beauty pageant, a classic carnival, food trucks, races, livestock shows, and food trucks. Multiple live music performances take the stage over the weekend. This festival definitely embraces the “old-fashioned” vibe, and you won’t be disappointed.

General admission is $10 per person, and $5 for children ages 6-12. Don’t miss out on this historical landmark of an event in Texas this summer!

Lyndon B. Johnson Birthday Celebration

One of the most unique festivals in Texas takes place on August 27th at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park in Stonewall. The LBJ Birthday Celebration celebrates the life of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Exhibits honoring his work and accomplishments while he served in office will be on display as well as a free tour through his vacation home.

In addition to historically-themed events, there will be small activities for small children like jacks, tops, and stick horses. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the park when you’re not touring the grounds. Admission is free.

With all the events going on in the Hill Country of Texas this summer, it’s going to be really hard to get bored. Don’t let the Texas heat stop you from bringing the whole family along to these fun and affordable summer festivals.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Nine Top Steakhouses in Texas Hill Country

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Texas and steak. Steak and Texas. They are as synonymous as Boston and lobster. Or Cajun and etouffee.

The Texas Hill Country encompasses the Edwards Plateau region where South Texas, Central Texas and West Texas intersect. The region includes cities such as San Antonio, Austin, New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, and Blanco, to name a few. The region is highly diverse, with influences from Germany, Spain, Mexico, and the cattle drivers of the Old West.

Texas is the top cattle-producing state in the U.S., going back to the mid to late nineteenth and early twentieth century cattle-driving days. Those wranglers rode all day and then sat down for a plate of what had been standing right there in front of them. The tradition continues with “steak night” in Texas served up any night of the week.

Steakhouses abound in Texas Hill Country, but let’s dare to list the top nine.

steak topped with butter, veggies, and bourbon on the rocks

1. Myron’s Prime Steakhouse in New Braunfels and San Antonio

Myron’s is a family enterprise that consistently wins culinary awards. In recent years, Myron’s has been recognized as “Best Steakhouse” by San Antonio Magazine, “Diners’ Choice” Winner by Open Table, and Wine Spectators' "Award of Excellence". As guests step into the New Braunfels location, they find themselves in a remodeled 1924 movie theater in the downtown area, with the restaurant office located in the old projection booth. The décor is intimate and ornate, complete with stamped tin ceilings. The San Antonio location is newer with modern Texas flair, a bar with outdoor seating, and a dedicated wine bar.

And then there are the steaks: Chicago prime corn-fed USDA beef. The steaks are hand-picked and dry-aged for 14 days and then wet-aged for 28 days. This process tenderizes the beef naturally and improves the natural flavor. Smaller appetites can focus on the 8oz filet or couples can share the 24oz Chateaubriand for two. Other entrees include seafood dishes, pork chops, and chicken.

salted steak sliced

2. Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood in San Antonio

Located near the Riverwalk in a historic building, Chef/Owner Bohanan grills large cuts of Akaushi beef over fragrant mesquite wood. The restaurant is designated with the AAA Four Diamond rating as well as Wine Spectator’s "Best of" Award of Excellence. Guests overwhelmingly rate Bohanan’s “Excellent” with the highest stars given for atmosphere, service, and food.

peppered steak with a baked potato wrapped in foil

3. Jeffrey’s of Austin

Named one of the "Top 10 Best New Restaurants” by Bon Appétit Magazine, Jeffrey’s features a seasonal menu complete with a wide array of wines. Jeffrey’s grills their steaks over local live oak and then finishes them off under a broiler. There is a size for every appetite, from the 6oz petit filet to the 42oz Porterhouse. Diners can then choose from an eclectic assortment of sauces and toppings, such as traditional béarnaise to chimichurri.

tomahawk steak with asparagus

4. Humphrey Pete’s Restaurant in Early

This is a locally-owned restaurant operated by the Humphrey family. The focus is on the food, and they do a great job of it. Steaks are hand-rubbed with the Humphrey-family special spice and then cooked over a mesquite wood fire. Diners consistently rate the steak as top notch.

juicy steak with a loaded baked potato and sour cream

5. Branding Iron Restaurant in Kerrville

You will think you’ve been transported back to the Old West, but this rustic steakhouse has been awarded four consecutive TripAdvisor awards for "Top American Cuisine" and "Top Steakhouse" in Kerrville for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Located inside the Y.O. Ranch Hotel, it is best known for its 10oz or 14oz New Orleans Ribeye steak, which is marinated in Cajun spices for 36 hours.

tower, silo, and lit up sign of the Boiler House

6. Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden in San Antonio

It isn’t often guests can dine in a 130-year old boiler room but this grill and wine garden, located in the historic Pearl Brewery, is aptly named. Most of the original building and fixtures are intact, and the restaurant encompasses 6,200 square feet spread out over two levels, ready to accommodate both casual and formal affairs. Outdoor seating is also available. The beef entrees run the gamut from an 8oz Filet Mignon to a 32oz Tomahawk Ribeye for two (or one very hearty appetite).

smothered steak topped with shrimp

7. Doc’s Fish Camp & Grill in Marble Falls

So, what’s a fish camp doing on a list of the top steakhouses? It must be because they do it so well, including a large selection of steak dishes as well as combinations of seafood right beside that great steak. Doc’s is a family-friendly, casual spot, with steaks marinated in a special sauce, ready for the grill. Come for the steak and stay for the live music in the Ice Chest Bar.

a juicy steak with sauteed mushroom slices

8. Diggs Restaurant and Club in San Saba

Texans will tell you that a worthy night out involves great food, live music, and ice cold beer. Diggs will tell you they have all three and they do them all well. The ambiance may be quaint and country, but the food is top notch. Their regulars come back for the juicy mesquite-grilled steaks, as well as country, blues, or 80s music live in the bar. Service is efficient and friendly and often the subject of rave reviews.

9. 18 Oaks in San Antonio

Located in the JW Marriott Resort and Spa, 18 Oaks features locally sourced meat and produce. Local cattle ranches provide the Black Angus beef used in the restaurant. It also maintains its own 5000 square foot organic garden, producing an array of herbs and vegetables right on the hotel property. All of these fresh products form the basis of the restaurant’s exceptional meals.

Steak choices range from the 7 or 10oz Filet Mignon to the 20oz T-Bone. Or diners can feast on a 16oz classic K.C. Strip, Bone-in or Boneless Ribeye, or Coulotte steak.

When you're in Texas Hill Country, do not miss out on these excellent steaks to experience a bit of the Old West.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

7 Great Texas Hill Country Festivals

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The Texas Hill Country, stretching from Austin to San Antonio, is rich in geological features, artistic, and musical culture. Wander down one of the timeless winding dirt roads through the Hill Country and you might just stumble onto one of the many unique and authentic festivals in the area. There are many, and these are just seven that you don’t want to miss.

country guitarists playing in a small bar

Musically, Texas has a heritage that goes back for decades and includes some very talented native singers and musicians. Traditionally, the music has been country and Western. Nowadays, the music scene has become much more progressive, especially in the Austin area. Austin has recently been deemed the live music capital of the world, and its diverse sounds have spawned music festivals with a wide variety of styles and genres:

1. If you’re looking for a wide selection of quality American-made music, then the KNBT Americana Music Jam is the festival for you. It takes place in May at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, TX. It’s a little bit of everything - you can expect folk, rock, country, blues, and R&B.  The crowd is always lively, and the featured musicians are top notch.

2. The Kerrville Folk Festival is a songwriter’s festival with a long and storied tradition. Held at the Quiet Valley Ranch in Kerrville, TX, it lasts from May 23-June 9. It’s been happening annually since 1972 and the songwriting community at this festival is open and warm as they celebrate artistic expression and talent. There is overnight camping available, and the venue is family-friendly.

female musicians playing on stage in front of a crowd

latino artists playing for a crowd at night

The arts scene is also alive and thriving in the Texas Hill Country. Here are a couple art festivals worth checking out:

3. The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Tejano Conjunto Festival takes place at Rosedale Park and surrounding areas in San Antonio, TX. There are several May dates at different locations. It primarily celebrates Latin heritage, with plenty of music, dancing, food, and art-related exhibits. There will be both national and international Conjunto performers.

4. The Texas Folklife Festival also takes place in San Antonio and it’s a fun one. It’s held at the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus. This festival brings people from different backgrounds together to celebrate and appreciate the many ethnicities and traditions that abound throughout the Hill Country. It’s a great educational opportunity to learn about other cultures and their backgrounds and heritages, as Texas is truly a melting pot.

dancers dressed in traditional folk clothing

Besides music and art, Texas has festivals that celebrate a little bit of everything and everyone. Here are a few more that you definitely want to check out if you get a chance to tour the Lonestar State:

5. Being in Texas, no festival tour would be complete without going back to the real Texas roots - ranching and rodeo. Travel to Bandera, the cowboy capital of the state, to experience the Bandera PRCA Pro Rodeo in May. It’s held at the Mansfield Park Arena and it’s always exciting. You’ll experience the traditional rodeo - bucking bulls, broncos, barrel racing, and calf roping, but that’s not all. There’s also a BBQ cook-off featuring some of the best in the business. Sink your teeth into something tangy and tasty as you enjoy the excitement and action of the rodeo.

6. If you’re health conscious and into wellness and awareness, there’s a festival for you too. The Wholistic Festival is held monthly in San Antonio and it’s a progressive event with people of many ideas and backgrounds focusing on healing, mindfulness, and mind and body alignment. Some of the areas of study that are offered are in tarot, astrology, reflexology, and various yoga exercises and principles. There are over 70 exhibitors who promote healthy living. You can even learn about the different healing powers of crystals, as well as various massage techniques. This festival is held at The Holiday Inn San Antonio International Airport. Best of all, you can attend any third Sunday of the month from May through December.

7. What festival tour would be complete without great food and adult beverages? Luckily, you can get these in abundance from the Tequila, Taco, and Cerveza Festival. This is actually a traveling festival that makes various stops throughout the country, but the Texas leg is surely a favorite. Bring your appetite, because as the name implies, the festival is loaded with all kinds of delicious tacos. You can buy from the many food trucks that will be on-site, and the recipes that are made from scratch feature beef, chicken, shrimp, veggies, and more. Wash it down with your choice of tequila, and there are indeed many to choose from. There an average of forty different brands that you can sample. Follow all of that with ice-cold cerveza and you’re sure to have a great time.

The Texas Hill Country is a lush and beautiful place, and it’s been attracting both visitors and locals for a long time. With its natural springs and inviting waterways, intriguing geography, and magnificent sunsets, this is certainly attractive and soothing country. It was first occupied by American Indians, then came German settlers in the 1800s, and as Texas continued to grow in both ethnic diversity and population, it became a gathering of artistic and hardworking people from all over. It embodies the Texas country and Western culture and fuses nicely with the more progressive styles that are growing out of places like Austin. Come and visit the Hill Country, and take in some of the many festivals to join in the life celebration of a unique and inspiring place.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

12 Best Swimming Holes in Texas Hill Country

Come June, the summer temperatures become almost unbearable unless you have lined up fun activities to beat the heat. One such activity is a dip in the local swimming holes. Here are the 12 best swimming holes for you to explore in the Texas Hill Country:

swimmers floating in front of the waterfall

1. Hamilton Pool – Austin

Located about 23 miles west of Austin, off Highway 71, the Hamilton Pool is the ideal summer swimming spot both for Austin residents and visitors. Adding to the esteemed view is a jade green pool with a 50-foot waterfall.

The pool was formed thousands of years ago when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion. So besides an ideal swimming experience, you can be sure of some pretty breathtaking views.

crowds of people in the water and along the riverbank

2. Barton Springs – Zilker Park, Austin

The actual pool measures about 3.5 miles and gets its waters from underground springs. With water temperatures averaging 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit, Barton Springs is a great spot for swimming all year round.

With a record-setting up to 800,000 visitors a year, it is not much of a surprise that it has been called the crown jewel of Austin. Admission to the pool is free from November through mid-March. However, Austin residents may be required to pay a small fee of $1-$8, from March to October for entry after 8:00 a.m.

kayakers floating in the calm water

3. Guadalupe State Park – Bulverde 

Guadalupe State Park offers plenty of recreational activities, especially around the water. In addition to fishing, tubing, and canoeing, a dip into the swimming hole is what makes the experience complete.

The river is lined up with cliffs towering over 40 feet if you want to try diving. Bring your loved ones along and make some memories together.

colorful foliage mirrored in the water

4. Garner State Park – Garner

Besides the beautiful scenery at Garner State Park, it's also fun activities like swimming, dancing, and hiking that bring people back to the park. 2.9 miles of the Frio River wind through the 1,774 acres of Hill Country terrain, providing tons of things to see and do.

To take a break from the rigorous activities, rely on the Frio waters to keep you cool.

glass-like water surrounded by a rocky shore

5. Devils Waterhole – Burnet

This is a small extension of Inks Lake, which although it's surrounded by rock, provides a serene environment to make a dip – especially in the summer. The main attraction here is cliff diving. It's common to see daredevils taking the plunge into the cool waters.

6. Landa Park at Comal Springs - New Braunfels

Comal Springs in New Braunfels feels like the largest group of aquifer-fed springs in the state. Being a kid-friendly place, it is common sighting kids zooming across the zip line and dropping into the pool.

So bring the kids along for lazy tubing, climbing, and sliding experiences in the massive lagoon!

7. Colorado Bend State Park – Bend

After a day of hiking the Gorman Falls at the Colorado Bend State Park, take the Spicewood Springs trail leading to the multiple pools along the Colorado River and immerse yourself into the cool waters.

The most notable thing is that instead of one massive lagoon, there are small pools every 30 to 40 feet making congestion less of an issue.

8. Hancock Springs – Lampasas

Since this is a free-flowing pool, Hancock Springs' waters come straight from the cold artesian spring, fills the pool, and keeps flowing out the other side – right into Sulfur Creek. This keeps the waters in the pool chilly and ideal for a hot summers day.

The cool waters combined with the slight smell (usually as a result of the naturally occurring sulfur in the water) feels amazing. It is no surprise that for centuries, the pool has been believed to possess natural healing properties which are attributed to the high mineral content waters.

After a swim, you can take a walk along the grassy riverbanks to dry off.

9. Schumacher Crossing – Hunt

Located about half an hour drive from San Antonio, Schumacher Crossing is among the most popular spots in the area mainly because of its swimming hole. On weekends, it might be a bit crowded with people trying to enjoy the popular swimming spot.

The most notable thing is how this portion of the Guadalupe River remains typically clean because there are no large cities or urban areas upstream. The availability of excellent parking space explains why Schumacher Crossing has been ranked among the top ten swimming spots in the Texas Hill Country.

10. McKinney Falls – Austin

Located at the confluence of Onion Creek and Williamson, McKinney Falls offers several fun activities including hiking and swimming. Its rushing waters pour over a limestone ridge and form a lively waterfall – a spectacular view, so don't miss it.

11. Jacob’s Well – Wimberley

Northwest of Wimberley, Jacob’s Well is known to satisfy its visitors with captivating discoveries and relaxing moments. Its most notable feature is the aquifer which is actually located 140 feet below the water’s surface. Below the well is the Hill Country’s biggest underwater cave system.

12. Hippie Hollow – Austin

The fact that it is the only clothing-optional public park in Texas explains the high number of visitors throughout the year. It goes without saying that entry to the park is restricted only to those aged 18 and above. The rocky shoreline provides a spectacular view of Lake Travis.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

9 Things You Need To Do This Summer In Texas Hill Country

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The geographic setting and the historical culture embedded in the Texas Hill Country makes it one of the top tourist destinations in the entire nation. So it does not come as a surprise that over 5 million visitors are seen heading to Texas annually to enjoy some of the wonders it shares.

Come summer, the warm temperatures create an ideal setting opening up for even more fun activities. Here are 9 things you have to do this summer in the Texas Hill Country:

woman standup paddling on a kayak

1. Kayaking

The Texas Hill Country is dotted with a good number of waterways, reservoirs, and lakes perfect for paddling. Come summer, these spots become flooded with activities as visitors try to get their share of fun. After all, what’s more fun than a dip during summer’s scorching heat?

From beginner to pro, Texas Hill Country is characterized by ideal kayaking spots for everybody. Below are 4 favorite kayaking spots to hit this summer:
Acquaint yourself with the immediate surroundings of the respective kayaking spots you intend to explore so as to know the best rental companies, guides, and nearby accommodations.

youth group in inner tubes floating down a river

2. Tubing

Even with the rather unbearable summer’s heat, Texas Hill Country gives you its best vibe with multiple slow-flowing rivers for you to just float and relax in. The best part? No experience required at all… all you have to do is get in your bathing suit, grab a colorful rubber inner tube and let nature take its course by floating you around.

Well, that explains why the Texas Hill Country is one of the most recommended water recreation spots. Here are 5 favorite spots:
There’s no doubt a ton of fun activities to be enjoyed. It is, however, important you keep in mind that the Texas Hill Country expects you to adhere to the measures it has put in place to protect nature. For instance, glass and styrofoam are not allowed in waterways.

3. Historic Dance Halls

There’s a reason as to why the Texas Hill Country is described as home to some of the best jazz, rock, and rockabilly music of all time. With its legendary historic dance halls, you are bound to get a memorable experience from the music instilled atmosphere.

If you are a music fan, make sure to explore these top spots:
However, most of these spots can sometimes be crowded, especially in the peak season. Visit their respective sites to familiarize yourself with their lined up events, and book your tickets in advance.

a family enjoying a sandbar at the swimming hole

4. Swimming Holes

We all know how hot Texas can be in the summer. So, beating the heat is no arguable topic and dipping yourself in swimming holes is a great way to do that. Come summer, the temperatures add to the general warmth of these holes, but it is a cool and thus ideal experience altogether.

Some of the local favorites include:

backpackers hiking down a forested trail

5. Hiking

It is no secret that the Texas Hill Country is home to some of the best hiking trails. In summer, hiking is best done early in the morning to evade the scorching sun. If you are lucky enough, you will come across a river or swimming pool to cool off after a challenging hike. But it is always advisable that you carry with you enough water to keep you hydrated along the way.

If you are looking for a great hiking experience, we would recommend these spots:

6. Wine Tours

Ready for a romantic escapade in summer? Well, if you are in a romantic mood, the wine tours tend to provide the perfect setting. But who said it was restricted only to the couples? Whether you are single, or a couple… the stunning Texas Hill Country Wineries trail offers numerous wineries for you to explore.

Scattered all the way from Austin to Fredericksburg, and Lampasas to New Braunfels, there’s someplace new for you to explore at every turn!

7. Go Fishing

With its vast array of natural features, Texas Hill Country no doubt offers some of the best fishing spots with accompanying breathtaking views. It has numerous rivers, creeks, streams, and lakes ideal for fishing adventures.

If you love fishing, these are some of the favorite local spots:

8. Take a Wild Ride at a Theme Park

To add to the never-ending recreational activities are the numerous theme parks distributed all over the state. Challenge yourself and feel the thrill as giant coasters whisk you through the sky. In addition to the unmistakable fun, some of its parks offer lots of music and shows making the experience uniquely different altogether.

Bring your little ones along and make some memorable moments together. If you are in for a wild experience, these are some of our favorite parks:

9. BBQ

Ask any Texan and they will tell you that nothing beats barbecue in the summer. That explains the numerous barbeque joints spread throughout the Hill Country. After all, after a day full of activities, you'll have worked up a serious Texas-sized appetite.

BBQ applies to a whole lot of different kinds of slow-cooked meats spiced up with different rubs and sauces. It's an experience you should not miss. Here are some of the iconic BBQ spots worth exploring:

The Texas Hill Country is full of endless activities in the summer. This list just scratches the surface with some of our favorites.

Being a peak season, most of the recreation and fun spots might be a bit crowded. So plan ahead to ensure that you get the best out of your intended activities.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

7 Spring Activities In The Texas Hill Country

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If you think you have seen it all in the Texas Hill Country, wait till spring and experience the magical transition. With springs and rivers gurgling afresh full of life, and the alluring landscapes stroked in a variety of natural colors, there’s no better place you could wish to spend your time this spring.

The good news? There’s practically something for everyone in spring, so make sure to tag your loved ones along. Below are the 7 best spring activities to explore in the Texas Hill Country:

a yellow and black bird perched on a wooden fence post

1. Birding at Galveston FeatherFest

Over the past few years, the Texas Hill Country has been recording a gradual increase in tourist numbers who come to enjoy birding each year. This has been made possible by the fact that you can enjoy the experience all year round. But in spring, the place to get your fill is at the Galveston’s annual FeatherFest.

The Fest coincides with the spring immigration, giving you an opportunity to explore over 300 bird species as they make their way over the island. Thus birding festival includes events from all levels, ranging from beginner to pro.

Bring along your camera and join the 600+ birders and photographers who gather to capture the moment. You can also choose to attend classes such as Coastal Birding Workshop, Butterfly Study Workshop, and Raptors Uncorked! The fun is simply limitless.

the shadow of a cyclist on a dirt path cutting through the hills

2. Biking the Willow City Loop

March through May, roadways throughout Texas are usually lined up with a variety of blooming wildflowers. During this period, biking on its trails is not only breathtaking but equally exhilarating as well.

Willow City is the starting line of a 20-mile ride from where riders get to roll through hills on two wheels, as they enjoy the view of wide open bluebonnet fields. Get to explore the experience on your two wheels and enjoy the view as cows lollygag on the roadside, and cotton candy clouds drift by.

Riders are, however, advised to be on the lookout for cattle guards and low water crossings as they pedal through this picturesque landscape. Riders can stop at Harry’s at the Loop or Knot in the Loop Saloon to refuel, have refreshments, and enjoy the locally-flavored eats. If you are in for an ultimate riding experience through the alluring landscapes, make sure to explore this venue.

a large crowd gathered in the city square for a night festival

3. Attend a Festival

The onset of warm weather leaves people eager to make merry and party outdoors – and the Texas Hill Country makes sure that you get the feel of it all. Furthermore, Texas is known for its celebrations and festivities, so joining the mood only makes sense.

Bloomin’ Temple Festival is one of the most popular events in Central Texas with over 13k people reported to attend annually. Attendees get to enjoy the two-day festival (held last weekend of every April) full of musical acts, arts & craft, children activities, carnival, and family fun in historic Temple.

If you are a music fan, make sure to check in at the Old Settlers Music Festival. Located in Tilmon Texas, the festival is referred to as Central Texas’ signature of music events and features acoustic jazz, blues, local favorites, bluegrass, and award-winning artists from around the world.

Well, that is just a mention a few must-participate events. Make sure to check out the festivals and celebrations in your immediate vicinity.

4. Explore the Texas Wine and Wildflower Journey

Well, you’ve probably heard that a spring trip to the Texas Hill Country is not complete until you’ve had a taste of its rich wines. Yeah, each year, Texas Hill Country wineries welcome folks to the Texas Wine and Wildflower Journey to sip and sample their wines.

For as little as $40 (for singles) and $75 (for couples), you get to enjoy the exclusive sights and tastes offered to you by the Texas Hill Country. Your Wine and Wildflower ticket includes a full complimentary tasting at all the 44 participating wineries (with a limit of 4 per day), and a 15% discounted purchase on 3 bottle purchases at each winery.

You’ve got 17 days to explore the 44 wineries (if you take this challenge). Surely, what would be more fun this spring? Make sure to check their official webpage for more details regarding this event.

5. Take an Austin Foodie Tour on Electric Bikes

Treat yourself with a tireless tour on an e-bike with speeds up to 20 miles an hour, and get to enjoy the thrill and eats as you cruise through the city. Once you get tired of pedaling, all you have to do is twist your wrist lightly to activate the throttle – setting you back to an uninterrupted motion. Sounds fun, right?

The trips include super knowledgeable and friendly guides and advance reservations, so you don’t have to worry about waiting for food and drinks.

white and blue flowers blooming in a large field

6. Visit Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Traditionally, March is the month when flowers begin to bloom in the Texas Hill Country. So, come spring, you have all the time to explore the beauty of Texas nature and become part of it too.

Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and get to explore over 600 species of Texas native plants. In addition to the fascinating view, guests get to enjoy other numerous outdoor activities, including a tour at the Wildflower Cave – which offers families a chance to explore all things ‘creepy and crawly’. So make sure to tag your little loved ones along for this memorable experience.

7. Go for a Horse Riding Adventure at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge

It is no secret that the Texas Country is well known for its cowboy culture. But being part of it is an insanely satisfying adventure altogether. With over 6,000 acres of Natural Area, the Hill Country Equestrian Lodge (Bandera) makes sure that your horse riding adventure remains one-of-a-life-time.

Guests can choose to bring their own horses or choose a ride from horses available at the lodge. Don’t worry, your horse will be well taken care of. All you’ve to do is feed, groom, and ride into Texas Hill Country’s sunset.

Texas Hill Country is no doubt home to limitless fun and activities. Just a reminder though, loads of visitors are bound to visit the country each spring. So to evade the challenges that come with the last minute rush, make sure that you are well prepared prior to your planned visit. Visit the official websites of the venues you want to explore and familiarize yourself with the upcoming events and book yourself a ticket early.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

5 Top-Rated Tourist Destinations In The Texas Hill Country

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With its stunning natural scenes and unique culture, Texas Hill Country has been recognized as a major visitor destination for those seeking an adventurous escapade. Being the second largest state in the entire country, its diversity both culturally and geographically is simply impressive.

From its historical stories, natural parks, and coastal scenery, to its culture-embedded towns and cities, Texas State is by every means an all-around destination. If you are looking forward to exploring the Texas Hill Country, make sure to check out these 5 best-rated tourist destinations.

lit shops and diners along the river

1. San Antonio River Walk

The San Antonio River Walk, also known as Paseo del Rio is a city park with networked walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River. With its lined up bars, restaurants, nature, shops, public artwork, and historic missions, it is no surprise as to why it has repeatedly been top ranked as a must-visit destination in Texas Hill Country.

Explore by foot along the river’s walkway, or take a guided ride along the 15-mile urban waterway and get to enjoy the all-in-one treasure-packed San Antonio experience. Once in Downtown, you can choose to explore nearby attractions such as the King William Historic District, or shop at some of the local favorites along the river.

Just to give you a clear view of what to expect: the River Walk winds and loops below bridges in two parallel sidewalks lined with shops and restaurants, connects a series of tourist attractions such as the HemisFair Park, San Antonio Museum of Art, the Pearl, Tower Life Building, Alamo – just a mention of a few, yet with a uniquely different experience.

Admission to the San Antonio River Walk is free – which means that you have the option to spend your cash at the spots within.

the still-standing front of The Alamo

2. The Alamo

Located in San Antonio, The Alamo receives over four million visitors annually who come to see where Texas liberty began.

Most Americans are familiar with the phrase ‘Remember the Alamo’ which is used to refer to the few defenders who were slaughtered by Mexican troops in the 1836 Battle of the Alamo.

Today, the battlefield tour is taught by history interpreters who will guide you through the battle of 1836. You can still see where the original fort lied, and where Colonel Travis and Davy Crockett fought and heroically spent their last moments.

To get an in-depth tour, you can choose to attend the ‘After Hours Tour’ which allows you to see Alamo without any crowds. It is more personalized, quieter, and has a 45 minutes audio tour that will take you around to enjoy the sights of Alamo.

The guided tour is $15 per person and free for children below the age of eight. Military personnel (active/veteran) pay $10 per person.

a giraffe reaching down to eat food from a driver's hand

3. Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Located just north of San Antonio, the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is designed to give you a typical African safari experience. The sanctuary has zebras, elk, and ostrich roaming through the 400 acres of land. If you are lucky enough, they may sometimes poke their heads through your open car window looking for some food.

The walk-a-bout area has a giraffe barn, Lemur Island, and other numerous opportunities for a close-up interaction with animals. In this area, some animals such as peacocks, parrots, and lemurs roam freely. You can, therefore, be guaranteed a fantastic experience even when not in the car. There’s also a designated zone for kids, the ‘Petting Barnyard’ where they can chase, feed, and cuddle baby goats and other docile furry friends.

You will need to hire a car and pay a day-long entrance fee so as to explore the Ranch. But once you are set, you can take your time through the parkland while animals such as emu, zebra, buffalo, and ostrich graze around your car – with a few of them heading to your car window for a bite. You can choose to book a one-hour guided tour with an experienced animal specialist who will point you to various animals while sharing facts about them.

calm waves on the beach

4. Padre Island National Seashore

Located just a quick drive south of Corpus Christi, Padre Island National Seashore is made up of sand dunes, grassland, beach habitats, and is home to a variety of migratory birds as well as rare sea turtles.

Because of the warm weather present all year round, its beaches are very popular with typical activities such as swimming, sunbathing, windsurfing, and fishing.

Besides a weekly entrance fee of $10 per vehicle, camping on the beach is absolutely free. In addition to normal beach activities, you can also go fishing – either in the sea or the western lagoon (but with a Texas State license). However, activities in the dunes and grassland are to some extent limited so as to protect wildlife and prevent erosion.

Padre Island is home to varied bird life such as laughing gulls, geese, sandpipers, herons, and over 300 other species. The island is also home to other wildlife such as coyotes, diamond rattlesnakes, deer and rabbits living in the ruins. The endangered sea turtles are now a common sighting, and during the egg-laying season, park rangers are seen patrolling the beaches searching for any signs of activity.

5. Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Paulo Duro Canyon State Park is the second largest canyon in The United States and is located in the Texas Panhandle near the cities of Amarillo and Canyon. Besides the geological aspect of the location, the canyons are also home to numerous fun recreational activities.

With over 30 miles of varying trails, you can explore the canyons on foot, mountain bike, horse or cars. Other activities include camping, nature study, and birdwatching. In summer, you get to enjoy performances of the Texas outdoor musical drama in the Pioneer Amphitheater present in the park. Also, make sure to mark your trip with one of the souvenirs sold at the Visitor Center.

Although they are just a glimpse into the wonders of Texas Hill Country, these destinations guarantee any individual a memorable experience. A visit to the local visitor centers will provide with even more detailed information of your preferred destination to ensure you get the best out of your trip.