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entertainment: Austin's Famous Hidden Pond: Cambell's Hole - 09/07/09 03:06 AM
There are many greenbelts in and around the creeks in Austin, and the Barton Creek Greenbelt is one of the most well-known. The greenbelt begins at the south shore of Lady Bird Lake and continues all the way to Loop 360, with starts and stops along the way. Most of the greenbelt is adjacent to the creek itself and Barton Springs while it meanders through the Zilker Park area, and one of the best places to swim under the trees and among the rocks and trails is called Campbell's Hole.
Campbell's hole is actually just an area where the (3 comments)
entertainment: Star of Texas Rodeo in Austin - 07/25/09 04:49 AM
This is the time of year when Austin's residents head down to Auditorium Shores for a full, Texan Cowboy Breakfast with all the fixings, the prelude to the Star of Texas Rodeo. Every spring, during the first weekend of March, many Austinites head to the shores of Lady Bird Lake to get a belly full of biscuits and gravy, bacon and sausage, eggs, and various other kinds of grub, including grits and hash browns, and with a full stomach, make plans to attend the rodeo.
This weekend, this extremely exciting event will begin at the fairgrounds: the 72nd Annual (0 comments)
entertainment: Mount Bonnell : Austin History, Legends and Views in one Spot - 07/04/09 03:57 AM
It may seem a little crazy to go hiking in the hot Texas summer, but if you can stand the heat the summer months can be a perfect time to visit an iconic Austin spot without any crowds. Even though it is 780 feet above sea level, the climb up to the top of Mount Bonnell is not a serious hike, especially with the stone steps along the way.
Mount Bonnell, like so many favorite Austin spots, is full of history as well as legends. The peak is named in honor of George W. Bonnell, a Texas publisher and Commissioner (1 comments)
entertainment: Pecan Street Festival - 05/02/09 12:16 AM
The "Pecan Street Festival" has been a part of Austin for 31 years. The festival hosts over 250 arts and crafts venders, musical and performing artists. There are also art classes, dance classes, a scholarship competition, a petting zoo and a carnival.
The Pecan Street festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd. All the fun starts at 11:00 am each day and runs until 10:00 pm on Saturday and 8:00 pm on Sunday.
The festival will have five stages with some of the most eclectic performances around. Tommy Tutone is scheduled to open the (0 comments)
entertainment: Tips on How to Save on Entertainment - 04/15/09 04:02 AM
Just because the economy has tanked and has put Americans on tight budgets, does not mean that you can't entertain your family. You just need to know how to do it on a tighter budget. Here are a few tips on how to keep your family happy and still have fun, even if you are trying to save a few bucks.
If your family loves going to the movies, you know how expensive it can be. Even on discount night at the movies. If you buy two tickets for the matinee, which is usually around $14.00, and you want drinks (1 comments)
entertainment: Office Space Cast Reunites for 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Paramount - 02/12/09 03:39 AM
Director Mike Judge, along with many of the cast members, descended on Austin this weekend for the 10th Anniversary showing of their cult-classic late nineties workplace comedy, "Office Space" Austin's own historic Paramount Theater played host to the movie mogul and his cast members including just about everyone except Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston. Fans lined up well in advance of the 8:00 p.m. curtain time, and the excitement was palpable.
For many, "Office Space" has become a classic the highly quotable script and oddball characters earned roars of laughter throughout the showing, as whole lines of the film were (0 comments)
entertainment: Central Texas Profiles: Dripping Springs Texas - 01/17/09 03:15 PM
"The Gateway to the Texas Hill Country," Dripping Springs has rolling hills, rock bottom creeks, and beautiful wild life. Dripping Springs is located about 30 miles west of Austin on Highway 290. It is a quite little town of about 1,500 people.
Dripping Springs was named after a natural spring, and was a popular gathering place for the Tonkawa Indians. The springs are located near the end of Mercer Street. It is a beautiful site and worth the time to stop in and visit.
Dripping Springs is also famous for its Bar-B-Que. The Salt Lick Restaurant is world renowned (0 comments)
entertainment: Family Day Trips In Central Texas - 01/05/09 02:46 AM
There is always somewhere interesting to visit in and around the Austin area. If you are looking for a day trip somewhere nearby to entertain your family, then Austin and the surrounding area is the place to be!
Inner Space Caverns
Just up the road in Georgetown, is the Inner Space Caverns. It is located just off of interstate 35. It was discovered in 1963 by the Texas Highway Department while they were drilling through 40 feet of solid limestone. The cave had been hidden for over 10,000 years.
Tours are available for groups of you (0 comments)
entertainment: Central Texas Profiles: Texas Caverns - 12/31/08 03:30 AM
Cascade Caverns is the only cavern in Texas that has a 100 foot underground waterfall, and it is in our own back yard! Located in the hill country, in a little town named Boerne, take exit #543 off of Interstate Highway 10 to Cascade Caverns Road, just minutes from San Antonio.
This cavern is an amazing place to visit. The cavern is about 140 feet deep and a half mile long. On the amazing hour long tour visitors will see amazing rooms, rock formations, and glistening water dropping from the ceiling of the cave. The cave even has a rain (0 comments)
entertainment: The Town of Lakeway on Lake Travis - 12/21/08 12:27 PM
Lakeway is the name of a scenic lakeside community in western Travis County, and it is a wonderful place to live. Lakeway is a reasonably new city, and the city was formed around the original Lakeway Inn, a 48 room hotel built in July of 1962. Honored guests at the grand opening celebration were Lady Bird Johnson and former Governor John Connally, and the hotel opened in July of 1963..
Lakeway has a total area of 6.1 miles, and in the 2000 census the population of Lakeway was reported to be 8002 residents. At the time of the census, (0 comments)
entertainment: Christmas Time in Austin - 12/08/08 11:43 PM
There are several places families can go to hear and sing along to your favorite Christmas songs and see beautiful lights and celebrate Christmas in Austin. The Austin Symphony has a wonder free concert every year. This year it is "Ring-a-ling, hear them ring, soon it will be Christmas Day." Each December the symphony conducts a free Christmas concert for the public. This year it is being held at the Riverbend centre, and is being conducted by Carlton Dillard. This year's line up will include Frosty the Snowman, Dr. Suess' The Grinch, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and no Christmas (0 comments)
entertainment: The Trail of Lights at Zilker Park - 11/30/08 02:46 AM
What a magical time of the year, Christmas! Young and old enjoy this wonderful celebration. What can make it all more magical? How about the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park, everyone can find something magical at the display. This year the Trail of Lights will begin on December 14th and run until December 23rd 7:00 pm. until 10:00 pm nightly. The trail is over a mile long, about 1.25 miles to be exact, and all along the way you can see everything from Santa's house to reindeer. The display also has many displays on canvas. You can see many (0 comments)
entertainment: Birthday parties in Austin, Texas - 11/07/08 12:12 AM
Unlike childhood birthday parties of yesteryear, which revolved around a birthday cake and a small gathering of mostly family and a friend or two, today's parties require a bit more. Generally, all of your child's acquaintances from school are invited to the party, which should at the very least have a theme if not an exotic locale. What is a parent to do when faced with the monolithic task of planning the party of the century for their toddler, without the time or even energy to begin thinking about doing so? Fear not, Austin offers plenty of kiddie-party options. If (0 comments)
entertainment: The Historic Moonlight Towers in Austin - 10/18/08 02:21 AM
Most visitors to Austin notice the unusual streetlights strategically located throughout the city known as the moonlight towers, but most are not aware of the history of the towers. Probably the most well known of the moonlight towers is the one in Zilker Park which is used every year to represent a huge Christmas tree, when it is encircled with multi-colored lights and can be seen from miles away. There are actually 17 moonlight towers in and around Austin, including the Zilker tower, and these lights have been in use since the late 1800s, when Austin purchased the lights from (0 comments)
entertainment: Austin Area Restaurantes With Patio Dining - 09/19/08 10:57 PM
One of the most attractive parts about life in Austin is our ability to be outdoors almost the entire year round. Austin's restaurants reflect this outdoorsy aesthetic, with many of them providing attractive and fun al fresco dining. Here are some of the best patios to be found around Austin. Old Alligator Grill - This casual South Austin staple has a large, wooden patio. Specializing in oysters, shrimp, and other Cajun delicacies, the OAG even has live music periodically. The patio, although adjacent to the parking lot of a mall, features enormous trees for shade, and the people watching is (1 comments)
entertainment: The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary - 09/15/08 04:07 AM
The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary is home to over 100 different species of animals, and there are over 300 animals living at the zoo. The zoo is located west of Austin on Rawhide Trail, which can be found by turning off of Highway 290 West shortly after its intersection with Highway 71 West, onto Thomas Springs Road, which intersects with Rawhide Trail a few miles down the road The Austin Zoo includes educational facilities and beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens, as well as habitats for bears, lions, and numerous exotic birds and reptiles. A petting zoo allows visitors to (0 comments)
entertainment: Mount Bonnell Park - 09/04/08 03:52 AM
Mount Bonnell is one of the most historic as well as highest parks in the Austin area, and has been a popular spot for hikers, nature lovers and campers since the mid-1800s. The "mount" for which the park is named is a natural limestone formation and the park is also called Covert Park and is situated alongside and above Lake Austin, and offers panoramic views of the lake and the city from its numerous cliffs overlooking the lake and hills below. Mount Bonnell has been considered one of Austin's most well known tourist attractions for years too, and is one (0 comments)
entertainment: Austin City Limits: Where the Music World Comes Together - 09/01/08 02:48 AM
Every year, during the sweltering late summer months, bands from across the country converge on Austin, Texas for one weekend of music, food and hot, sweaty fun. Thousands upon thousands of people, young and old, flock to Austin each year for the massive music event that is the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Some of the biggest names in music show up every year. The festival's eight stages, spread out across Zilker Park, host more than 100 bands over the course of the weekend, each playing for sold out crowds. In recent years, music legends such as Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, (1 comments)
entertainment: Austin Originals: The Alamo Drafthouse - 08/19/08 04:32 PM
Interested in seeing a movie in Austin? If you're not going to see it at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, you are truly missing out. One of the city's beloved Austin originals, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas (or simply the Drafthouse, as many Austinite's call it) have been around since the late 1990s, when the first opened downtown on Colorado Street, as a second-run theater. To date, there are nine Drafthouses in all, with four in Austin (the newest having just opened at the historic Ritz Theater on 6th Street), one each in Houston, Katy, San Antonio, and Rio Grande, Texas and even (0 comments)
entertainment: Town Lake - Lady Bird Lake - 08/19/08 04:29 PM
Known previously as Town Lake, Lady Bird Lake is actually the portion of the Colorado River that runs through the center of Austin, dammed on either end to create a peaceful waterway with plenty of boating opportunities. The Town Lake Corridor, surrounding the water, is full of hike and bike trails, parklands, sports fields, music and festival locations - with views of the Austin skyline competing with the serenity of river's vistas. The Town Lake Corridor includes both north and south banks of Lady Bird Lake, bounded by Cesar Chavez to the north, and the appropriately named Riverside to the (0 comments)
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