One part vaudeville and one part stinging political/social satire, this place has been amusing and delighting its guests, as well as the pedestrians who pass by its front-stage windows and observe its goings-on, since the late 1970s. A troupe of multi-talented performers write, act, sing and dance their way across a broad and constantly updated comedic map that pokes fun at our elected officials, celebrity icons, and regular citizens. It is not all for laughs, though; a magical act comes on a couple of times per show to startle and captivate your senses. This is a true downtown institution.
A reservoir in the Colorado River, Lake Austin is an ideal recreation spot. When the Tom Miller Dam was constructed in 1939, this reservoir was created. Though it serves a practical purpose like generation of electricity and flood control, it is also a popular attraction in the city. You will find many restaurants nearby, and the park along its banks offers fun activities such as canoeing. Lake Austin works for those who just feel like taking a walk, those who are looking to get their exercise for the day, those who feel like chatting with others, or just those who want a bit of peace.
A famous slogan states that everything is bigger in Texas, and if one views its capitol building, the age-old phrase rings true. Standing a stately 309 feet (94 meters) and modeled after the United States Capitol in Washington D.C., the Texas State Capitol owns the distinction of being the nation's tallest capitol building. Designed by architect Elijah E. Myers and constructed using lustrous red granite, the capitol took more than seven years to complete. It was finished in the year 1888 at a total cost of more than three million dollars, an extravagant price even by today's standards. The perfectly landscaped grounds reflect the languid pace of life under the central Texan sun, inviting passers-by for a quiet stroll or a lazy day under a tree.
Set along the eastern banks of the restful Colorado River, Mount Bonnell's verdant headlands dominate Austin's western topography from an elevation of approximately 775 feet (236 meters) above sea level. Also known as Covert Park, the location is a stunning progression of luxuriant grasslands, scenic waterfronts, peaceful picnic spots and breathtaking vista points. Inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in the year 2015, the forelands are home to Mount Bonnell's Indian Trail, one of the cornerstones of the American War of Independence. Legend has it that the final 99 steps to the mount's top hold enchanting qualities; if a couple climbs the mount once, they fall in love, twice, they become engaged, and three times, they are destined to be married.
Patrons will enjoy a huge variety of activities at Zilker Park. You can check out the hike and bike trails, picnic facilities, Zilker Botanical Garden, canoe rentals, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, riverboat rides on Town Lake, concerts, festivals and even a miniature train. The wide-open stretches of grass in this park are just minutes from the downtown area. There is plenty of room and various diversions for the kids, so you can get a suntan, take long walks by the river or just curl up with a book down by the river.
Mayfield Park Cottage and Gardens is open to the public but is a favorite among the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department facilities rental division. The historic 1870s cottage is perfect for a small group. The cottage holds 65 people, while the grounds hold up to 200. Enjoy the landscaped gardens, lily ponds, peacocks and palms in this picturesque environment. Pack up the family or reserve it for your event and enjoy this sprawling estate in central Austin.
Located 30 minutes from downtown and offering boat rentals, cruises, and para-sailing. Enjoy the on-site restaurant or park your boat after a long ride. The new Water Park plays host to numerous water slides and swimming areas.Sundowner Grill offers a variety of Tex-Mex and American fare including burgers, fajitas, sandwiches, nachos, and quesadillas, along with a child's menu.
Aquaholics is a private boat rental company that allows you to explore Lake Travis on different types of boats. Take your pick from speed boats, jet skis, party barges, and pontoon boats. A barge can accommodate 70 guests for a fun party on the water. A pontoon can host 10 to 12 guests, while the speedboat can carry eight people. Whether you are a party animal, nature lover or love speed, Aquaholics caters to all of your needs.
Lake Travis is one of the largest fresh-water lakes in the city and is extremely popular with vacationers or anyone looking for a fun day out because of the wide range of entertainment options. Thrill-seekers can partake in the many water sports on offer including wakeboarding, jet skiing, para-sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, and canoeing. You can also take a boat out to the lake, drop a line, and spend the day fishing. The pristine blue waters are also great for a refreshing dip. Numerous restaurants, cafes, clubs, water parks, and shopping centers surround the lake and are perfect for some after-water entertainment.
Riviera Marina takes care of all your sailing needs while you are at Lake Travis. From parking and launching your boats to repairing them, everything is taken care of by it. What's more, it also offers boat-rentals so you can enjoy fun picnics and parties with your group. A memorable day out, Riviera Marina promises to make it a happy occasion with its special packages for upto 70 guests. Sit back and enjoy the cool blue waters and revel in a stylish evening by the lake. There are playgrounds and barbecue pits to complete the stylish setting.
If you're the kind of person who would rather board the boat than stay ashore, look up Austin's Boat Tours. Austin's Boat Tours are great fun party boat rentals, along with also offering things like flyboards, jet skis and even Scuba. The BYOB cruises are perfect for a summertime outing without all the hassle of owning (or driving) a boat. The company even offers party bus services to get you to and from the lake, as well as emergency towing service in case you find yourselves in a sticky situation.