Top 5 Places to Visit in the Texas Hill Country
October 30, 2009
The Texas Hill Country is part of the State of Texas, known for its rugged, hilly terrain. Some say that it’s the most beautiful part of the State of Texas. The Texas Hill Country actually goes into parts of two major metro areas of Central Texas, San Antonio’s northern suburbs and the western half of Travis County, which ends west of downtown Austin, Texas.
The Texas Hill Country is certainly a beautiful place to visit. Once you come here, you may actually end up staying for a while: The San Antonio, Texas metro area was recently named one of the best overall economies in the United States. There are lots of things to do, lots of area attractions, and other unique things to do in the Texas Hill Country. Here is our list of the best places to visit in the Texas Hill Country.
1. Austin Zoo – The Austin Zoo has more than 300 animals across more than 100 different species. The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary is a private, non-profit zoo that rescues animals and serves the Austin, Texas community. The Austin Zoo is located in the beautiful Hill Country just outside of Austin.
2. Schlitterbahn Water Park – This sixty five acre waterpark resort has been called the #1 waterpark in the world by the Travel Channel. Plus, not only is Schlitterbahn the most popular summertime waterpark in the United States, but is also ranked as the #1 Kid-Friendly destination in the state of Texas. The park is located on the banks of the spring-fed Comal River in New Braunfels, just North of San Antonio.
3. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Lady Bird Johnson, our former first lady, and actress Helen Hayes founded an organization in 1982 to protect and preserve North America’s native plants and natural landscapes. First as the National Wildflower Research Center and later as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, this special place exists to introduce people to the beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native plants. Every day, the Wildflower Center brings life to Mrs. Johnson’s vision in its public gardens, its woodlands and sweeping meadows as well as in internationally influential research. In 2006, the Center became an Organized Research Unit of the University of Texas at Austin.
4. Great Grape Stomp – The spirit and excitement of harvest season on the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail comes together every year for this annual event when Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard hosts the their annual Texas Hill Country Wine Trail Championship Grape Stomp. This annual event allows couples to test their foot stomping and juice grinding abilities.
5. Outlet Shopping in San Marcos – If you are a shopper, the Texas Hill Country is not lacking in its shopping deals. There’s some great outlet mall shopping to do in San Marcos, Texas. In fact, it’s the third largest tourist destination here in Texas. This sprawling outlet mall has over 200 stores, featuring the world’s most famous brands.