Links, helpful resources, places of interests in Central Texas
Helpful links for planning your trips, whether arriving in or departing from Central Texas:
Texas Parks and Wildlife –
A database of all State parks in Texas with links to each one to include amenities, activities, and RV accommodations (if available), and much more (see a few parks around Central Texas below)
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Home Page
- TPWD Facebook Page
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine App – with free Fishing & Hunting Guide
- Texas State Parks Official Guide Mobile App – The free mobile guide to all 95 Texas State Parks.
- To name a few of the beautiful state parks within a weekend driving range of Austin include McKinney Falls State Park, Bastrop State Park, Garner State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Inks Lake State Park, Pedernales Falls State Park, Colorado Bend State Park.
- The above parks include all or most of the following activities:
- Swimming or Floating
- Horseback Riding
U.S. National Park Service / National Parks in Texas
- U.S. National Park Service Home Page / Facebook Page
- U.S. National Park Service – Parks in Texas
- There are 14 National Parks, 46 National Historical Landmarks, 20 National Natural Landmarks, 1 World Heritage Site, and many more branches of the US National Park Service in Texas. Included in that count are Big Bend National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Site, Fort Davis National Historic Site and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.
RV Overnight Parks and Campgrounds
- Texas Campgrounds – by the Texas Association of Campground Owners
- www.texasoutside.com – a link to the MANY things to do, places to go and so much more in Texas
- www.recreation.gov – a one stop shop for planning your next trip, recreation.gov is a collaboration between 12 agencies. 7 partner agencies include the Army Corps of Engineers, Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Archives
Points of Interest – Places to see in and around Central Texas
Austin, the Texas Hill Country and a little beyond has over 50 wineries to amaze you with their unique beauty
Austin and surrounding areas also have a multitude of breweries
Is tequila your drink? Or, perhaps you prefer vodka or whiskey. No matter what your preference, you will not be disappointed touring the distilleries in and around Austin.
- Austin Distilleries – A guide to Distilleries in Austin and Central TX
- Map of Austin Area Distilleries: From Garrison Brothers to Deep Eddy Vodka
Austin is the “Live Music Capital of the World.” It is a guarantee that you can see one of your favorite artists at any given time of the year in Austin and surrounding venues. Google “live music near me” and find some of the best music in the country.
- World-Class Music Festivals
- ACL Music Festival
- SXSW Music Festival
- Fun Fun Fun Fest
- World-Class Music Festivals
Amazing Resorts & Spas
You will never lack for sports in Texas or Central Texas between the most competitive college sports in the nation to minor league baseball and hockey, to professional basketball, baseball, football, and hockey all within 200 miles or less of Austin. Not to mention the lush green professional golf courses across the region and state. Email or call for specifics.
Much, Much More
Art, Museums, Universities, Aircraft Carriers and Battleships, Space Shuttles @ NASA, and Architecture are a few more things that Texas has to offer.
Landscapes of Texas
You can see almost every geographical landscape in the state of Texas. The topography of Texas ranges from mountains, to valleys, plateaus, hills, oceans, lakes, streams and rivers, forests, coastal plains, marshes, fault lines, sands and dunes, and to grasslands, to oak and on.
- Below all of this amazing land across Texas, the geology of Texas is just as amazing with an abundance of resources. While predominantly sedimentary rock, oil can be found in the east, the Permian sediments in the west, and along the Gulf coast and out on the Texas continental shelf. Volcanic rock can be found as well although there are no known active or dormant volcanoes in Texas anymore.
- The abundance of natural resources in Texas due to it’s rich geology lead to the production of oil, cattle, sheep, cotton, as well as poultry, eggs, dairy products, greenhouse and nursery products, wheat, hay, rice, sugar cane, and peanuts, and a range of fruits and vegetables. Asphalt, cement, clay, coal, and lignite occur in certain areas of the state. Flourite leads to the production of aluminum, glass, steel and flourocarbons. Gemstones such as agate, jasper, cinnabar, fluorite, topaz, calcite, opal, petrified wood, and tektites can be profitable finds. And, the list continues in vast quantities.
Events in and around Central Texas:
- Check out our Events Calendar for the multitudes of events to attend throughout the year.
- Click here for the link to out Events Calendar.
Links or information for everything else:
Austin and Central Texas are known to have the some of the best food in the country. Countless chain restaurants across the country were once small hole in the wall joints in this region. While many have grown state-wide and nationally, some of the best restaurants in the country can still ONLY be found in Austin or a surrounding small town.
This area is best known for the world’s greatest BBQ. “It’s no secret Texas, now with over 2,000 barbecue joints across the state, has developed a cult following for ‘cue aficionados from across the globe. Foodies plan trips to Austin just to eat their way through the city’s best, standing for hours in line at Franklin Barbecue, La Barbecue, John Mueller Meat Co and more, while 250,000 people flock to the small town of Lockhart each year to enjoy barbecue from Smitty’s Market, Kreuz Market and Black’s BBQ.” – Zagat (Why Texas Barbecue is the Best in the Country)
Food trucks have been a common sight for quite a while, but in the last few years they have gotten national recognition. They are a huge part of Austin’s foodie culture. Top recommendations include Garbo’s Lobster Truck, Micklethwait Craft Meats, Nutter Buster BBQ and Comfort, Gourdough’s and Chi’Lantro according to CBS Los Angeles in 11 Reasons to Make Austin, TX Your Next Vacation
While BBQ and food trucks appear to be downright opposite of anything upscale, it doesn’t stop Austin from keeping in the rankings of upscale food as well. In fact, Uchi – a Japanese restaurant ranked tops among more than 3,200 restaurants in the city, Uchi’s sister restaurant Uchiko, Eddie V’s Edgewater Grille and the Driskill Grill in the landmark Driskill Hotel are top ranked restaurants.
Mexican Food / Tex-Mex
While Mexican/Tex-Mex may not rank as high with the number of nationally recognized restaurants, Tex-Mex is immeasurable to the Mexican food in other states. In the words of Lyle Lovett, “Never eat Mexican food east of Mississippi or north of Dallas.” No truer words were ever spoken.
Texas State Capitol
Lower Colorado River (lakes listed from West to East) – also known as the Highland Lakes
- Buchanan – Lake Buchanan is the largest of the Highland Lakes, it covers Burnet and Llano Counties
- Inks – Inks Lake runs through Burnet, Texas and is where Inks Lake State Park is located.
- LBJ – Lake LBJ runs through Granite Shoals, Kingsland, Horseshoe Bay, Highland Haven, and Sunrise Beach
- Marble Falls – Lake Marble Falls runs through the town of Marble Falls
- Travis – Lake Travis is the 2nd largest of the Highland lakes – Austin, Volente, Leander, Lago Vista are a few cities that touch Lake Travis
- Austin – Lake Austin covers West Austin
- Lady Bird (formerly Town Lake) – Lady Bird Lake runs through Downtown Austin
Historical Dance Halls
- Mercer Street Dance Hall – Dripping Springs, TX
- London Dance Hall – London, TX – Texas legends, like fiddler Johnny Gimble and Hank Thompson played here
- Anhalt Dance Hall – Spring Branch, TX – Home of Oktoberfest
- Kendalia Halle – Kendalia, TX – Texas originals like Gary P. Nunn, Jason Roberts and other favorites performed here
- Albert Dance Hall – Stonewall, TX
- John T. Floore’s Country Store – Helotes, TX – Musical greats, including Elvis, Hank Williams Sr. and Patsy Cline have performed at this iconic dance hall
- Luckenbach Dance Hall – Luckenbach, TX – Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker are among the origiinal few that performed in Luckenbach. Willie Nelson held his 4th of July Picnic in Luckenbach from 1996-1999.
- Broken Spoke – Austin, TX – popular stage for Texas’s country legends, from Bob Wills to Dale Watson
- Gruene Hall – Gruene, TX – a popular historical and current venue for many small and big acts
- Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall – Coupland, TX – just 30 minutes outside of Austin, it remains a historical icon and can still draw great artists and quite the crowd
Comal and Guadalupe Rivers
VERY popular locales during the summer for camping and floating (tubing) down the river