106 Hasler Blvd
Bastrop, TX 78602
Phone: (512) 321-3303
Fax: (512) 321-3004
A huge park encompassing 50 acres (20.23 hectares), this one is the biggest in Smithville. Located at Highway 71 West, it is frequented by locals from across the city. Featuring a softball field, a pavillion and several volleyball courts, the park is a favorite choice, when it comes to playing outdoor games. 19 campsites are also present in the park, where you can chill throughout the day, and enjoy in the beauty of nature.
Just east of Austin, this park boasts some of the most popular activities for the outdoor enthusiast, including boating and fishing. Spend an afternoon taking leisurely hikes while enjoying this Audubon sanctuary. Bank and boat fishing are available along with open space, picnic areas, tables, grills and restrooms.
Located to the east of Austin, Green Gate Farms gives visitors a glimpse into the farming lifestyle. A historic farm was restored to its former glory by Erin Flynn and Skip Connett in 2006. Educating people about sustainable agriculture and contributing to the community has been the driving force behind the establishment of the Green Gate Farms. The New Farm Institute is the on-site educational center, that provides workshops and conducts classes on farming. Tours around the Green Gate Farms are also organized. You can also host your celebration here and make it a memorable one.
Manor Downs is a quarter horse race track and just ten minutes from Austin off Highway 290. Each spring, horses fly down the track while excited onlookers hoot and holler for their pick of the race. Simulcasting is offered Wednesday through Sunday and on holiday Mondays year round. Up to fifteen live races are broadcast daily from other premier horse and dog tracks in America. They can be viewed on one of the monitors scattered under the Manor Downs grandstand or at the Turf Club. The club offers a full bar service in two large viewing rooms (one smoking, the other non-smoking).
The McKinney Falls State Park, located in southeast Austin, at a short distance from the downtown area, is the ideal spot for a fun day out with family and friends. Whether you're into fitness and recreational sports, or just want to lounge about and have a leisurely day, this park is for you. This day park offers a number of activities such as hiking, biking, picnicking, as well as fishing and swimming in the Onion Creek. The park also has a 500 year old cypress tree that is worth a visit. The park visitor center can provide you with all the required information.
Several Austin restaurants and bars have Live Oak brands (including Big Bark Amber Lager, Live Oak Pale Ale and Live Oak Pilz) on tap. Beer-enthusiasts will appreciate not only the rich malt flavors they find in the tasting room, but also the process behind the brew. The two owners of this company traveled to Prague to learn ancient techniques, and then developed their own unique process. The guided tour, which explains how decoction mash, open fermentation and secondary lagering make Live Oak beers unique, takes about two hours. Free samples follow every tour.
This fully functional organic farm has won many awards for its urban farming techniques. Purchase fantastic fresh vegetables on Wednesday and Saturday mornings (9am-2pm), or let your kids experience real farm life right in the heart of the city—animals and tractors are some of the biggest attractions for the little ones on market day. While shopping for produce, take a peek at the historic farmhouse, noted as one of the oldest existing buildings in Austin (built in 1838).
Lockhart City Park is a centrally located public park in Lockhart. It is managed by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Lockhart, and is one of the biggest stretches of park lands in the heart of the city. Take a leisurely stroll down the verdant greens in the evening or take a refreshing dip in the attractive pool. One of the busiest of city parks, it hosts a variety of community events like the Lockhart Little League Expo Day, Fourth of July Fireworks Display, District High School Cross Country and so on. Visit website for more information.
Hops and Grain is an eco-friendly brewery that crafts delicious beer. Not only is their brew sold in easily recyclable aluminum cans, the company also gives 1% back to non-profit or environmental organizations. Take a tour of the 2,000 square foot tap room to see how this tasty brew is crafted. Make sure you pick up some of their dog Brewery Briskets, this pet treat is created with spent brewing grains allowing the brewery to use grains that might otherwise been thrown away.