I would like to digress from my normal tour of parks, and share some fun events that area regularly held at some of the more popular central Texas areas. If you are looking for some ways to get the family outdoors, these are definitely for you.
Let’s face it Texas is hot! Those summer months can be brutal. It is a great thing that there are plenty of pools in the area with natural springs. One refreshing way to cool off is by enjoying a movies while swimming in the Deep Eddy pool. It is the oldest man made pool in Texas. The park host family appropriate movies usually two times a month at dusk during the summer. Deep Eddie Pool is located at 401 Deep Eddy Avenue. There is a fee to get in, but it is well worth the few dollars to refresh from the hot summer sun. Who is ready for some Raiders of the Lost Ark?
Are you a car enthusiast? Well, if the answer is yes, then this next event may be for you. Centennial Plaza in Round Rock, Texas hosts a car show every third Saturday from 10am to 1pm. While you are there stop in and have some of those famous Round Rock donuts in the Downtown shopping area. Talk shop with like minded car buffs, or just shoot the breeze talking about the good ole days with some local residents. It is sure to be an event to inspire you to finally fix up that old Mustang sitting in the garage.
Now if you are looking to do a little local shopping, you may want to explore the Round Rock Market Days. This is held the first Saturday of every month. There is a variety of vendors in attendance each month. You may find local artisans, fresh farm goods, and local store set ups in attendance. The best part is there is free admission! This one is also held at Centennial Plaza in downtown Round Rock.
Planning a trip to the Austin area in September? Be sure to travel the charming town of Buda, just south of the city. This revitalized old town, holds an annual Fajita Cookoff each September. This year it will be hosted on September 23rd and 24th. Competing for the title of best outdoor cook holds a long standing tradition in the Lone Star State!
A special experience, near a park we mentioned earlier, is the weekend canyon tour near Hamilton’s pool. ( Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center- 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd, Round Mountain, TX) I highly recommend this tour. There is a fee of $5 for children, $10 for adult, or $25 for families. You will not be disappointed as the tour winds you through a breathtaking canyon to a 40 foot waterfall. The amazing water and bright green foliage is sure to amaze. This tour is done weekends only. Make sure to call ahead to make sure they are open 830-825-3442. If you take any nature tours, this is the one to put on your bucket list!