Anne Marie

Anne Marie is a mother of 2, a resident of Austin, and the main author of the Austin top 50 site since 2011.

Lakeway Pool

As summer creeps on, the temperatures creep higher and kids start becoming bored with the same old routine.   To spice it up, try out a different pool in Austin! We recently visited the Lakeway pool, located in… you guessed it, Lakeway :o) This pool is perfect for the wee ones.  In addition to its…

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Wakeboarding at Quest ATX

Austin now has its first ever cable wakeboarding park!  If you haven’t been, you really need to try it out!  It is a great experience for every skill level, from beginner to expert. Quest ATX opened its doors in September of last year and has been fully up and running this summer, including morning day…

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Blazer Tag

When the temperature is 108 degrees, even we have to start looking for entertainment indoors! One of my boys’ favorite indoor entertainment places in Blazer Tag – a game of hide and seek with lasers.  Every player is given a “laser” gun and a jacket to wear.  The jacket has a collection of lights that blink if…

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Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool Preserve, located in Dripping Springs, about 30 miles from Austin, is a historic swimming hole where Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to create a 45 foot waterfall. The pool’s water level stays pretty constant, even during periods of drought. If you have never visited Hamilton Pool, now is the time to…

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Blue Hole in Wimberley

The Blue Hole, spring-fed by Cypress Creek, has long been known as a beautiful and refreshing swimming hole in Wimberley.  In 2005, the town of Wimberley purchased the land and has converted this spot into an incredible regional park.  The Wildflower Center worked with the city to landscape the park, and it shows, because it is just beautiful!  Phase II…

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Hot Lava Obstacle Course

<<Note added January 2023:  Unfortunately, this place is no longer open for business.  Very disappointed, as it was one of our favorites.>> We added Hot Lava to our Top 50 list this spring and finally made it out to the place this week.  I have to say, this may just be our new favorite indoor…

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Brushy Creek Lake Park

Brushy Creek Lake Park in Cedar Park is a wonderful park, with something for just about everyone.  Where ever you live in Austin, it is well worth the commute for a full summer day.  And one of the best parts is that it is all free!! The park, acquired in 1987, is 90 acres including a 38…

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Krause Springs

With words like, “Check this out, Mom. It is so beautiful” and “I am totally Indiana Jones”, this place was obviously a huge hit with my boys! Krause Springs is a small, privately owned slice of heaven just about thirty mintues outside of Austin in the town of Spicewood. Visitors can come for the day to…

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