Austin Texas Vacation

Austin is the state capital of Texas and home to the University of Texas flagship campus.  Its a city bordering the Texas Hill Country region.  Austin is known for its creativity, as well as, its lively music culture centered around country, blues and rock.

Hamilton Pools

It has numerous hidden gems such as parks and lakes.  It has many areas in which one can get exercise such as hiking, biking, swimming and boating.

When to Go:   Peak Season is February to April, September to November Spring and Autumn are the best times to visit.

Peak Season: February to April, September to November Spring and autumn are the best times to visit. Temperatures hover in the 70s and 80s.

Off Season: July to August, December to January – Lots of greenery and pools to cool off.

Food:  All kinds of food to eat in Austin.  Tex-Mex, Barbecue, American, and ethnic.  Get referrals from your friends or ask us.

We love spending time together as a family.  Two of our travels this summer was to Austin Texas.   

Austin is like a mini Los Angeles. It has a lot of hills with houses on top, which reminds me of California.  Don’t forget your Triple A card for discounts

I’m adding some links from my YELP profile.  If anyone is in the area and would like to visit these places, then you have an idea of what we thought about it.

Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural pool that was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago. The pool is located about 23 miles west of Austin, Texas off Highway 71.  It is beautiful so it’s a must see.  You MUST make reservations before going to the Pool Preserve.

Reservations can be made online and the booking fee is $10, but you also have to pay $15 when you get to the Preserve to hike and tour the pool.   

Use the restroom before you get to the location.  There are a couple porta pottys when you get to the start of the trail, but none when you get to the pool.  

They do provide life jackets at times when are able to get in the water. 

There is a section where you can get sticks to assist with walking on the rocks,  but you must return them.

However, it was an extremely slow day and there were no sticks — so bring your own walking cane if you need extra stability.

You cannot drive thru the trail. Only walking is allowed.  Emergency vehicles do have a driving trail. 

Wear good tennis or hiking shoes. It is bit of a trek to get to the pool. There are some steep rocky sections so be prepared.  

Take a backpack on the trail. Include the following inside your bag:

  • Camera or cell phone
  • Sunscreen
  • 2 Cold water bottles

 They do not accept credit/debit cards so ONLY cash or local check. 

 There is a TEXACO gas station nearby if you need to go get cash.

This trail IS NOT handicapped accessible.  

The Oasis Restaurant: Tex-Mex food.  Small menu.  Nachos, salads & margaritas on tiered outdoor decks overlooking Lake Travis.  Phenomenal scenery.  Great place to hang out with your friends and family.  Lots of Picture Opps.  On Lake Travis.  Here is my review on YELP:

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