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 Austin
There 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.
Austin Duck Adventures offers a combined land and water tour of Austin sights with amphibious vehicles. It's the ultimate Austin adventure.
Top Golf in Northwest Austin has reinvented the driving range turning this location into an active nightlife destination fit for the whole family.
Watch the Austin Bats nightly departure into the evening skyline. The Congress Bridge Bats are the largest urban bat colony in North America and depart nightly from the bridge over Congress avenue as it passes over Lady Bird Lake.
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.
Nestled on the shores of Scenic Town Lake at the Hyatt Regency, Capital Cruises offers bat watching, dinner cruises, party boats, sightseeing tours, boat rentals and group events and outings!
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).
Lake Austin Riverboats offers private party barge rental on Lake Austin for groups up 90 people. Schedule a party today!
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.
Barton Springs Pool in Austin's favorite swimming hole. Located on the edge of Zilker Park its a great place to escape the heat and enjoy the outdoors.
Austin Overtures 90 minute tour of Austin is the premier sightseeing tour for those who want a quick and entertaining tour of Austin.