Whether you are a nature lover or urban dweller the city of Marble Falls is a small hamlet in the Texas Hill Country and a great place to get lost for the day or linger for the weekend. With just over 6,000 people, this charming Burnet County city is part of the Highland Lakes recreational area on the Colorado River. Opportunities for outdoor fun abound along with a plethora of dining options and green spaces and places that make it the ideal family destination.
Starting your journey from the community of Travisso heading west down FM1431, you’ll pass the town of Lago Vista. Soon thereafter the highway reaches new heights. Rolling hills for the next several miles offer spectacular views and beautiful hues if you are driving through during dawn or dusk. The 42-mile scenic route is doable even with a carload of kids in the backseat wondering when you’ll arrive. By the time they get around to asking, you’ll already be there.
Fishing, swimming, exploring, OH YEAH! To help you jump-start your adventures in Marble Falls here’s a few ideas.
For Nature Lovers and Outdoor Adventurers
Visit Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Though Balcones Canyonlands is 21 miles from the official city limits of Marble Falls, it’s not to be missed. We suggest stopping there first. This federally run nature preserve is the spring home for two species of birds—the Black-Capped Vireo and the Golden Cheek Warbler. Bird watching, wildlife viewing, hiking trails and photography are mainstay activities worth the trip. Free.
Have a picnic at Lakeside Park. This serene and welcoming park located on Lake Marble Falls is the perfect setting for family get-togethers, or a quaint picnic for two. It includes an on-site barbecue pit, pavilion, and covered picnic tables. Basketball and tennis courts, a boat ramp and a swimming pool, too. Public access is free.
Photograph Texas Bluebonnets at Turkey Bend Recreation Area. Every spring travelers and bluebonnet lovers alike are smitten with the area’s fragrant smell of Texas’ state flower. Turkey Bend, according to reviews on traveling posts, boasts some of the best groves of these wild blue wonders anywhere. Its peaceful, natural setting sets the stage for some great photo ops. It’s also an awesome place to set up camp, roast hot dogs, eat s’mores and sing around the campfire.
Boat, fish and water ski on Lake Marble Falls. It lies between Lake LBJ to the north and Lake Travis to the south. Lake Marble Falls is also one of seven lakes in the Highland Lakes region in the central Texas Hill Country. And is a popular destination for boating and waterskiing. Mark your calendar for Lakefest 2020, two days of nonstop fun with the infamous Drag Boat Races taking center stage. This year’s event takes place July 25-26.
For the Kids
Explore Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum. For a hands-on lesson of Central Texas history, this local museum is a great way for kids to learn the heritage of the people that settled here in the 1850s. Fort Croghan was established in 1849 by the U.S. Government for the safety of settlers against the Comanche Indians. Today, it’s the perfect place to stop for a mid-morning or afternoon excursion. A self-guided tour includes a 150-year-old log cabin, blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse and antique farm equipment. Hundreds of artifacts are carefully preserved for viewing visitors. The 2020 season runs from Thursday, April 2 through mid-October. It’s located on HWY 29 west of downtown Marble Falls. Admission is free.
Skate away the day and perfect your moves. Falls Creek Park and Skate Park is located at the corner of Yett and Main Streets. You can picnic, barbecue, or launch a boat. But it’s the 12,000 square-foot concrete granite skate park that’s the main attraction. Kids can hone their skating skills with unique features such as the Parthenon Loop, the Double-Dorito Hip, the Bowless Corner, and the Rainbow Rail.
Discover a world down under at Longhorn Cavern State Park. This natural Texas Hill Country wonder beckons wannabe Huckleberry Finn types that yearn to delve into the world below and all its beauty. Known as the National Cave of Texas, this unique destination was created by the dissolving and cutting action of an ancient river. Taking a guided walking tour is the best way to learn more about the caverns. On the tour you’ll go 130’ below the surface. The walking is easy and the scenery is breathtaking. The tours run 364 days a year. Tickets can be purchased online.
Taste wine and take a winery tour. Your stay in Marble Falls won’t be complete without a visit to a winery. At Flat Creek Estate Winery and Vineyard there’s no shortage of fun on the agenda. And did we mention there’s also award winning wines. Among rolling hills and amazing scenery this popular winery offers wine tasting, winery tours, an outdoor café, an 18-hole disc golf course and a place to hang your hat if you want to spend the night. Find other wineries worth exploring in the Highland Lakes area by clicking here.
Quench your thirst with a craft beer. Do you like to drink craft beer and help others? Well, so does the owners and producers of Save the World microbrewery. It’s the first microbrewery to open in America that gives 100 percent of its proceeds to international, national and local charities. The brewery offers up some great tasting ales but also has bottles available for those on the go. Marble Falls is also home to other breweries such as Bear King Brewing Company and Double Horn Brewing Company.
Visit Travisso today and see why it’s an Austin area favorite
Travisso is close to Austin’s major tech employers, shopping and entertainment, and is just 30 minutes from downtown. Get away from the hustle and bustle and put roots down in a hill country setting without paying Austin prices. And with award-winning builders there’s a home to fit every lifestyle. Explore Travisso today and discover over-the-top amenities, fabulous home designs and why new homebuyers are calling Travisso home. For more information call us at 512-243-8583.