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Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary
10808 Rawhide Trail
Austin, TX 78736 Directions
Take a walk on the wild side at the Austin Zoo. The zoo's inhabitants represent about 100 animal species and include farm animals and a few exotic creatures as well. Don't skip out on attractions like pony rides and train rides!
Just west of downtown Austin, the Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary provides a safe and caring home for abandoned exotic and domestic animals. The nurturing environment creates a haven for animal lovers and children who come to visit and learn about the more than 300 animals that call the Austin Zoo their home.
Austin Zoo began as a goat ranch. As the ranch started rescuing other types of farm animals, it became the Good Day Ranch in 1990. At the time, most of the tenants were goats, pigs, deer, donkeys and ponies, along with a few exotics.
Today the Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary has become a full-fledged rescue zoo, with its animals representing more than 100 different species.
A petting zoo section encourages children to get up close and feed the deer, goats and llamas. A bag of feed at the gift shop costs only $1. Pony rides and train rides also make it a visit to remember.
The unfortunate growth of "roadside zoos" and the proliferation of exotic pet ownership has kept the zoo busy, and the facility is forced to turn down about 50 requests per month to take in additional animals.
Visitors to the zoo help support the mission to provide a safe and caring home for new residents, from lions to llamas, prairie dogs to pygmy goats. Animal families represented at the zoo include big cats, monkeys, reptiles, amphibians, birds and domestic animals.
4200 Smith School Rd
Austin, TX 78744 Directions
View exotic wildlife by visiting Birding Sites in and around the Austin area. There's no mistaking the incessant squawk of the wild green Monk parakeets who have set up residence around the area. The traditional outdoor viewing spot is by Krieg Field in Town Lake Park.
Cathedral of Junk
4422 Lareina Dr
Austin, TX 78745 Directions
The Cathedral of Junk stands quietly in the backyard of a small house on a suburban street on the south side of Austin that blends with its neighborhood, from the street, it's invisible. Vince Hannemann, built the Cathedral with a hollow framework of improvised trusses, around and within which he has wired and packed with lawnmower wheels, car bumpers, kitchen utensils, ladders, cables, bottles, circuit boards, bicycle parts, brick-a-brack, and a lot of stuff that is unidentifiable.
Cypress Valley Canopy Tours
1223 S Paleface Ranch Rd
Spicewood, TX 78669 Directions
Fly through a canopy of old-growth cypress trees with Cypress Valley Canopy Tours. Trained adventure guides will show you the ropes as you glide on steel zip lines from platform to platform high in the treetops.
Emma Long Park
1600 City Park Rd
Austin, TX 78730 Directions
Swim, hike, picnic, bike, jog, water-ski - if it's an outdoor sports or recreation activity, you can do it at Emma Long Park. The park is one of the largest and most popular in Austin.
One of the largest parks in Austin, the Emma Long Metropolitan Park is a 1,150-acre park on the shores of Lake Austin. Oak and juniper trees shade the popular Turkey Creek Trail, which is an off-leash haven for dogs and their owners. Bikers and hikers also enjoy 2.75-mile trail that criss-crosses the creek in its first mile and a half.
Austin's fitting nick name, "A City Within a Park," means that Emma Long Park is a virtual metropolis, bustling with activity during the week and on weekends. A large sandy beach meets the shores of Lake Austin, and includes a designated swimming area, sand volleyball courts and boat ramps for pleasure and ski boats.
Restroom and shower facilities bring the best of civilization to the outdoor oasis. Overnight and RV camping is popular here, with 20 camping sites available with water and electricity hookups. For a back-to-basics experience, 46 tent camping sites with available water create the perfect overnight getaway under the stars.
Another unique feature of Emma Long Park is its motocross track, which hosts plenty of recreational riders along with big local races.
Emma Long Metropolitan Park is named after Austin's first woman to serve on the council of a large city in Texas. When she was elected in 1948, Emma Long reactivated the then-empty Parks and Recreation Board. Emma Long also was an effective advocate for civil rights, proposing some of the first civil rights ordinances in the city of Austin and serving as an advisor to the United Nations.
Other park amenities include: 68 barbeque Pits, 151 picnic tables, 12 miles of trails, 4 volleyball courts, 3 reservable areas, a fishing pier and a basketball court.
5019 Capital of Texas Hwy N
Austin, TX 78746 Directions
Take a drive across the scenic Pennybacker Bridge, otherwise known by locals as the 360 Bridge. The weathering steel bridge is said to blend perfectly with the natural environment of Austin and has won several architectural and engineering awards. The bridge is located on Loop 360, south of FM 2222.
Rock About Climbing Adventures
3505 S Lamar Blvd #1005
Austin, TX 78704 Directions
Reach new heights in the Lone Star State with Rock About Climbing Adventures. This rock climbing tour company offers lessons in several locations throughout Texas, including Austin's popular Barton Creek Greenbelt, Reimer's Ranch, Enchanted Rock, and other destinations. Courses offered at Rock About range from the basics for beginners, to advanced lessons for climbers with experience; private lessons are available. Experience the triumph of rock climbing and see the beauty of Texas from a new perspective with Rock About Climbing Adventures.