Austin's Mount Bonnell is one of Austin's oldest tourist attractions being documented as far back as 1850. It is the highest point within Austin City Limits at 785 feet, but is actually smaller than Mt. Larson directly across from Mt. Bonnell but located in West Lake Hills. A wonderful place to picnic in the sun, Mt. Bonnell contains views of Lake Austin and the Pennybacker or 360 Bridge as well as wonderful vistas of downtown. The area is a short hike from the road and there is no entrance fee. It's a great place to catch a picnic and enjoy some amazing views!
A Romantic Side Note About Mt Bonnell AustinThere is a legend that Mount Bonnell was once called Antoinette's Leap, named after a damsel who leaped to her death to avoid capture from Indians that killed her lover, who fought to his death to defend her. Now generally considered safe, Mount Bonnell is one of the most romantic locations in Austin. Lovers: keep your heads clear and avoid walking too close to the cliffs! Parents should keep an eye on their children as well.
2 Cool Ways to See Austin
Haunted Limo Tours & Scavenger Hunt Pub Crawls
One of the cooler ways to check out Austin, is in a limo tour from Haunted ATX. With a 1979 Cadillac Hearse that has been converted into a luxurious limousine, owner/operator Chris English has created one of Austin's best set of tour options. The Haunted tour features 15 destinations around Austin that are reportedly haunted including the Driskill Hotel and nearby cemetery. The scavenger hunt and pub crawl takes you 3 distinctly different areas of nightlife in downtown Austin where you stop in for a quick scavenging of clues, brews, and bites. It's a great way to see Austin, get to know the cities nightlife culture, and kickstart your night. Chris can even drop you off at your next destination if you like. You can learn more about Haunted Limo Tours on Video City Guide here.
Austin Duck Adventures Land and Lake Tours
One of Austin's most popular tours, Austin Duck Adventures offers tours all year long. The tour consists of a spin around downtown Austin in an amphibious vehicle that drives right into Lake Austin making a big splash that the kids love. You get to see historic 6th street, the state Capitol, Lake Austin and some the nicer homes in Austin in Westlake Hills. There are also some great views of Lady Bird lake on the way back. Get the details about Austin Duck Adventures on Video City Guide here.
Hamilton Pool has been providing Austin residents with a fantastic watering hole just a short 30 minutes outside of town.
Austin's latest addition to high-end fashion and ambiance, The Domain features 700,000 square feet of fabulous fashion, restaurants, and nightlife. Located in North Austin near the intersection of Hwy 183 and Mopac (Loop 1).
Come kayak with Live Love Paddle for a variety of Austin kayak tours and rentals. We offer daily kayaking tours to view the Congress Ave Bats! We also offer guided tours on local rivers, overnight trips, team building adventures, kayak rentals!
The Congress Bridge Bats in Austin are the largest urban bat colony in North America! Learn about fun ways to watch the Austin Congress Bridge Bats nightly departure that include boats, kayaks, segways, and more.
Austin's Lady Bird Lake winds 10 miles through downtown Austin featuring spectacular views, photo opportunities, and a great place for some exercise!
Austin Duck Adventures offers a combined land and water tour of Austin sights with amphibious vehicles. It's the ultimate Austin adventure.
Gliding Revolution provides a fun and revolutionary experience in touring Austin. With 7 years of experience, we offer our celebrated guided segway tours as well as our guided bicycle and kayak tours.
South Congress Avenue near downtown Austin (aka SoCo shopping district) is known for its Bohemian energy. Supporting the Keep Austin Wierd motto, you can find hip new stores, funky restaurants, and groovy bars.
McKinney Falls State Park in south Austin, is a 744.4-acre park acquired in 1970 from private donation and opened to the public in 1976.
Just 25 miles south of Austin, Central Texas Speedway is the ideal outdoor venue for racing and live music. We featured a race track rock karts, full bar, and live music on the weekends.