Just twenty minutes from Austin, the little town of Buda, Texas, also known as the “Outdoor Capital of Texas,” is a great place to raise a family. A pocket of country charm, away from the bustle of the city, it provides easy access to plenty of summer outings, too! Clark Wilson Builder, a home builder Buda families trust, offers some suggestions for Texas family fun that may be wet, may be wild, or maybe a little of both.
- Aquarena Center offers glass bottom boat tours to delight all ages. From 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, boats leave every thirty minutes, to glide across the crystal clear waters of Spring Lake at Aquarena, offering a serene experience and glimpses of the lake’s inhabitants. From bluegills and sunfish to channel catfish, soft shell turtles and the native plants surrounding the lake, Aquarena Center is a nature lover’s dream. There is even an exhibition center, where you and your family can learn more about some of Texas’s endangered fish and reptiles. From Buda, Texas, Aquarena Center is an easy twenty minute drive to the headwaters of the San Marcos River.
- The San Marcos River offers many opportunities for family recreation. With water that stays at a comfortable seventy-two degrees, the river has long been a favorite of families, allowing them to enjoy nature while having refreshing fun. Tubing down the San Marcos has been a favorite activity for Buda, Texas families for years, and now the river chute at Rio Vista Dam has been revitalized, repairing the dam naturally to create new rapids for added excitement!
- Wonder World Park is a unique attraction, a theme park built around a natural wonder. For over one hundred years, families have enjoyed visiting the Balcones Fault Line Cave, the nation’s only earthquake formed cave, but modern visitors have many more options from which to choose. Explore the devastation left by the quake, deep underground, before riding high to the Tejas Observation Tower. The Anti-Gravity House is an amazing place to visit, where even water flows uphill, and a train ride takes visitors through the waterfalls of Mystery Mountain, before delivering them to the Texas Wildlife Petting Park. Open year round, with gift shops, free parking, and picnic grounds, Wonder World is the perfect place to spend the day with your family.
- The rugged, wild beauty of Fossil Rim is an exciting break from everyday life. With over seventeen hundred acres, divided into different pastures, Fossil Rim offers the opportunity to observe and even interact with numerous exotic or endangered animal species, including zebras, cheetahs, and giraffes. There are guided tours, a scenic drive, and food is even provided, to drop on the ground in order to attract the animals. Now, the Crack O’ Dawn tour offers a chance for visitors to enjoy the cool of the early morning, when the animals are most active. Because their town is only twenty minutes away, Buda, Texas residents are ideally positioned to enjoy this 7:30 a.m. experience.
- What else is there to say about Schlitterbahn other than is is a Texas Hill Country standard? Once a river accommodation called “Landa Resort,” Schlitterbahn began as a few waterslides meant to entertain resort guests. By the early 1990s, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort stretched over 65 acres (260,000 m2) and featured hundreds of resort rooms, dozens of water slides, children’s water playgrounds and miles of inner tube chutes. It’s the reigning winner of the Golden Ticket Award for Best Waterpark and has been since 1998. By 1996, Schlitterbahn had achieved national recognition when it was voted the nation’s number one waterpark by the readers of Inside Track magazine. Definitely an attraction not to miss!
There is much more to do, in and around Buda, Texas. If you and your family are ready for a change of pace, a move to a quieter town, with plenty to recommend it, Clark Wilson Builder can help you create the home of your dreams. A distinguished local builder with a reputation for quality homes and over thirty-five years of experience, Clark Wilson Builder is committed to excellence in customer service. Visit the website to learn more, or join the online community on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest.