you don’t have to worry about the weather
(or the heat) messing up your plans!
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Road
San Antonio; 830-438-7400
Ever long to visit exciting, exotic, wild places,
but lack the money and time to do so? Now
there’s a way to scratch that itch for adventure – take a photo safari at Natural Bridge
Wildlife Ranch. You’ll get a taste of the
African Savannah, jungles of Madagascar,
the outback of Australia, the North American Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and other
wild habitats from around the world. Visitors can also see over 500 animals from six
of the seven continents, and photograph to
their hearts content as they drive through this
beautiful rolling Hill Country ranch.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort
381 E. Austin Street, New Braunfels
Open late April - late September
Unlike any other area waterpark, Schlitterbahn means cool relief from the hot Texas
summer heat for thousands of Texas families. Jump into the refreshing waters of the
Comal River, and find out what all the fuss
is about. With high tech rides, slides, pools,
inner tube floats, and kiddie parks, it is no
wonder that Schlitterbahn is consistently
voted one of top waterparks in the world,
and it is located right in Austin’s backyard.
Texas Governor’s Mansion
1010 Colorado, Austin
Home to Texas governors since 1856, the
ante-bellum Mansion underwent a major
restoration from 2009-2012, necessary
because of extensive damage by a June 2008
fire. A registered National Historic Landmark and the oldest executive residence
west of the Mississippi and the fourth oldest
in the Nation, the Governor’s Mansion is a
reminder of the dedicated leaders who helped
create the great State of Texas. Tours resumed
in April 2013 to enjoy the historic collections,
gardens, and educational programs.
Treaty Oak Park, 503 Baylor Street, Austin
between 5th and 6th Streets
The Treaty Oak southern live oak is the last
surviving member of the Council Oaks, a grove
of 14 trees that served as a sacred meeting
place for Comanche and Tonkawa Tribes.
Forestry experts estimate the Treaty Oak to be
about 500 years old and, at one time, the tree’s
branches had a spread of 127 feet. According
to legend, the oak stood as a witness to a treaty
between Indians and the Anglo settlers.
Violet Crown Cinema
434 W 2nd Street, Austin
Opened in April of 2011, the locally owned
Violet Crown Cinema is an art house theater
that brings to Greater Austin the best, and
most creatively relevant, of the world’s
movies. This venue also offers the added,
rare advantage of providing its patrons with
a bar and a café featuring great drinks and a
number of excellent appetizers and snacks that
go well beyond the usual popcorn-and-soda
movie theater fare. As icing on the cake, Violet
Crown Cinema also offers parking validation
with the purchase of a movie ticket, affectively
giving movie buffs a total of fours hours of
free parking in the AMLI Building’s attached
garage. Also, free valet parking is available to
patrons near the Cinema’s Malaga entrance.
Patrons must bring their parking tickets to the
box office for validation.
Volente Boat Club
16107-C FM 2769, Volente
Open 10am - 5pm daily (Closed Monday)
Why worry about the upkeep and expense
of owning a boat? Volente Boat Club gives
members all the benefits of boat ownership
– and none of the hassle! With service plans
for just about every level of interest, there’s
truly something for everyone. You’ll enjoy
boating on your schedule – whether you’re
an after-work or weekend boater – plus guaranteed reservations, more than 25 new boats
to choose from, and full coverage insurance.
They take care of everything – all you do is
show up and have fun!
Windsurfing at Windy Point
Bob Wentz Park
On any sunny day, you’ll find the windsurfers
at Windy Point in Bob Wentz Park. In fact,
Windy Point’s popularity with windsurfers is
the reason it has become the adopted home
to the Austin Windsurfer Club.
Zilker Botanical Gardens
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin
Twenty-two acres, forty garden clubs, and a lot
of green thumbs went into making this a paradise. The acreage now includes an Oriental
garden, a butterfly garden, cactus garden and
the Mabel Davis Rose Garden among others.
Congress Avenue Bats