While Austin is a fun destination in and of itself, consider an adventure outside of the city limits. Try these day trips from Austin for a change of pace and to see a different side of the region.
If you need a break from the busy metropolis then the good news is there’s plenty of half-day, overnight and day trips to discover.
Best Day Trips From Austin
1. Johnson City
Explore the numerous amounts of local breweries, distilleries, and wineries that Johnson City has to offer. Walk around one of many national and historic parks. One of its most unique attractions is the Hill Country Science Mill, built inside of a real-life grist mill. A truly fascinating experience.
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2. Marble Falls
Explore the beautiful Marble Falls, with so many family fun activities such as berry picking (depending on seasonal availability) at Sweet Berry Farm, or discover the beautiful Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Delve into the many natural water features nearby to help you cool down in the warmer months.
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3. Dripping Springs
Stroll the historic downtown district where you’ll find interesting and beautiful architecture. After seeing what downtown has to offer, drive north to Hill Country where you’ll be spoilt for choice with the number of natural pools and parks to explore. Have a dip in Hamilton Pool and wander round Reimers Ranch Park.
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4. New Braunfels
Travel back in time and explore original 1800s German buildings like Gruene Hall preserved in the Gruene Historic District. Other points of interest include; Railroad Museum, mini-golf at Landa Park, the McKenna children’s museum, and Animal World and Snake Farm.
For thrill-seekers, the main attraction is Schlitterbahn, a wild and sprawling water park much of the park is powered by natural water from the Comal River.
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Discover some of the best wine offerings in Texas. With more than two dozen wineries on offer in this region, you’ll certainly find something you like. For the history buffs, this town is a historic German settlement, founded by German immigrants in 1846, so it’s packed full of rich history and culture.
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6. Canyon Lake
Canyon Lake is also known as the “The Jewel” of the Texas Hill Country – some of its most enjoyed activities are swimming, boating, and fishing. For golf lovers, The Canyon Lake par 72 golf course will challenge even the most avid golfer.
If you’re looking for a fun-filled day trip, be sure to check out this charming town.
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7. Lake Travis
One of the most popular lakes in Texas, Lake Travis offers plenty of water activities from water skiing to sailing and windsurfing, so be prepared for an adventure-packed day!
Stretching for more than 60 miles, explore the grassy area by boat or kayak. While the average depth is 62 feet when the lake is full, the deepest part of the lake goes to a depth of 210 feet.
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