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					        110 Great Things to Do at Barton Creek and the Surrounding Area
At Barton Creek Resort & Spa
1. Play the most beautiful holes in Texas. Call Golf Central to reserve your tee time at ext. G-O-L-F.
2. Stay in. Rent an in-room movie and order room service. Call in-room dining at ext. 4530.
3. The Barton Creek Tennis Academy offers drop-in clinics or sign-up for a private lesson. (512) 329-4008
4. Let our exceptional therapists knead out stress knots and tension with a couples’ massage at The Spa. Ext. 4550.
5. Try the best Sunday Brunch around in the Hill Country Dining Room. Ext. 4527.
6. Polish tips and toes at the newly renovated Spa Salon. ext. 4550
7. Take a spin, in the heart-pumping spin classes offered in the Fitness Center.
8. Hit the hardwood for one one-on-one basketball, or join a pick-up game, lower level of the Fitness Center.
9. Wanna look great on the course? Shop for a Barton Creek signature golf shirt at the Crenshaw Pro Shop.
10. Grab an afternoon coffee and sit on the patio outside the Barton Creek Coffee Market.
11. Play Nature BINGO. Visit the recreation table in the Fitness Center for more information.
12. Pick up a book from our lending library, located in the breakfronts in the guest hallways.
13. Have breakfast in bed. Call In-Room Dining to have your selections delivered at the time of your choosing.
14. Hungry? Eat as much as you care from the breakfast buffet at Hill Country Dining Room.
15. Practice your swing on the driving range. See the Crenshaw Pro Shop for more information.
16. Bulk up with our extensive collection of free weights and Kettelballs, in the Fitness Center.
17. Take a scenic “drive” out to Palmer Lakeside. Dial ext. “GOLF” for tee times.
18. Get some personal attention with a certified personal trainer in our 14,000 sq. ft. Fitness center.
19. Take a morning walk on the Nature Trail and see nature awake for another glorious day.
20. Enroll the kids in Camp Barton or our Kids’ Club for a full or half-day of fun!. Call ext. 4009 for Kids‟ Club
21. Take the kids on a walk to see the real tipi along the Nature Trail
22. Challenge the family to 18-holes of mini golf, located by the Nature Trail.
23. Need rental clubs? We‟ve got you covered. Stop by the Crenshaw Pro Shop for more information.
24. Balance the mind and body with a yoga class offered in the Fitness Center. See the group exercise calendar for
    times and location.
25. Challenge your family to a game on the Wii® gaming station in our Family Game Room. (Seasonal)
26. “Love” the game and challenge your family to a match on one of our 11 hard surface lighted tennis courts.
27. Relax in serenity with a cocktail on the Hill Country Dining Room Veranda overlooking our backyard.
28. Sample locally-grown Texas wines and other regional favorites at the 8212 Wine Bar & Grill.
29. Browse for therapeutic items at the Spa Shop. While you‟re there, schedule your next appointment.
30. Let stress melt away. Take advantage of our steam room, located in the Spa locker room.
31. Clear pores and revive skin with a personalized Barton Creek facial at The Spa. Call ext. 4550 to reserve your
32. Enjoy AAA Four Diamond dining at the Hill Country Dining Room. Call ext 7923 for reservations.
33. Improve your game with some of the most respected golf instructors in the state at the Barton Creek Golf
    Academy. (512) 306-5805
34. Enjoy a light lunch and ice-cold cocktail poolside.
35. Shoot a game of pool at Bartons, adults only after 6pm.
36. Take the family out on a Nature Scavenger Hunt. Visit the recreation table in the Fitness Center for more
37. Play a game of life-sized chess by the Resort Pool. (Seasonally)
38. Enjoy S’mores and cocktails by the firepit, by the porte cochère (Seasonal).
In Austin
39. Bring your GPS and enjoy a day of geocaching. Many caches throughout the Barton Creek Greenbelt, and are easy
    enough for the whole family to find. Visit to download coordinates for the 78735 ZIP code.
40. Lions, tigers and North American Black Bears, oh my! The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary has more
    than 300 animals from 100 different species.
41. Roll down the windows and take a scenic drive through the Texas Hill Country.
42. Ascend all 106 steps of Mt. Bonnell and enjoy the beautiful view of the Texas Hill Country at one of the highest
    points in the city.
43. Enjoy the fruits of our labor, at the weekly Farmer’s Market, where farmers from surrounding areas bring their
    finest to sell. Saturdays, 4 th Street and Guadalupe.
44. Shhhhhh, it‟s a library. The most visited presidential library, the LBJ Library and Museum is located at 2313 Red
    River on the University of Texas campus.
45. More than 10 miles of trails border Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin and serve as a social hub for runners,
    walkers and cyclists. Not for those who are afraid of dogs.
46. Texas Rowing Center offers kayak and canoe rentals on beautiful Lady Bird Lake. (512) 467-7799
47. Swim in the constant 68º waters of Barton Springs, a spring-fed swimming hole in Zilker Park. (512) 867-3080
48. Deep Eddy, the state's oldest swimming pool, offers lap swimming, a wading pool and pool-side summer movies.
49. Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop is seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong's cycling and coffee shop.
    Bike rentals available. (512) 473-0222
50. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is a habitat for native flora and fauna on the Balcones Fault Line which divides
    Texas' prairies and the rolling Hill Country. (512) 327-7622
51. Zilker Botanical Gardens- a botanical showplace for native foliage, roses, ponds, Oriental gardens and 100-
    million-year-old dinosaur tracks. (512) 477-8672
52. Alamo Drafthouse at The Ritz is a unique combination of theater and restaurant. The Alamo shows the best first-
    run and independent films and offers an extensive menu beyond typical movie fare.
53. Allen’s Boots is an anchor of the SoCo district and one of the few places in Austin to find authentic western wear.
    South Congress Avenue (512) 447-1413
54. Hey Cupcake! on South Congress, serves delicious cupcakes out of an Airstream® coach! Ask for a Whippet.
55. Antone's Nightclub has hosted such blues "greats" as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and countless others.
    5th Street and Lavaca
56. Lowbrow Emporium, Don‟t let the name fool you, this place if chock-full of high-end, old-school long boards and
    decks. The boys in your household will thank you for adding this to your “must-see” list. Oh, groovy girl-friendly
    gifts are also available. 2708 S Lamar Blvd. (512) 462-3739,
57. Austin Children's Museum exhibits and programs range from a unique "Austin Kiddie Limits" music set to
    robotic dinosaurs. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. (512) 472-2499
58. Austin Duck Tours is a fun, narrated, amphibious tour of downtown Austin that ends with a splash on Lake Austin.
    (512) 477-5274
59. The Austin Museum of Art presents and organizes contemporary exhibitions of work by international, national and
    local artists. (512) 495-9224
60. The Austin Visitor’s Center has a large selection of Texas-themed gifts. (512) 478-0098
61. See a performance at Ballet Austin offering both classical and contemporary ballets.
62. Blues on the Green is a series of free summertime concerts at Zilker Park. Bring a blanket and the family for some
    live music from our favorite artists. Seasonal
63. The Bob Bullock State History Museum features three floors of dynamic exhibits, and Austin's only IMAX
    theatre. (512) 936-8746
64. Dust off your dancing boots at the Broken Spoke, the last of the true Texas dancehalls, with live music & country
    dancing Tuesday through Saturday nights. (512) 442-6189
65. HEB Central Market offers fresh produce, specialty food items, baked goods and imports from all over the world.
66. Enjoy another culinary tour at Whole Foods Market’s flagship store. Feel good about your purchase, everything
    in the 80,000 sq. ft. store is certified organic. Call ahead and sign up for a cooking class. Phone 512.542.2340
67. County Line on the Hill has been servin‟ up legendary „cue for more than 25 years. Sit on the deck and dig in.
68. Drive the scenic Capital of Texas Highway across the award-winning Pennybacker Bridge. Stop by the Barton
    Creek Coffee Market and grab lunch for picnic on the cliffs overlooking the lake.
69. Go to Hills Café for the free Texas music concert series and hang out under 100 year old Spanish Oak trees.
70. Austin Rock Gym offers almost 10,000 square feet of indoor climbing areas.
71. Watch the University of Texas Longhorns play football and other sports. Seasonal.
72. See traditional and contemporary Mexican and Latin American art and culture at the Mexic-Arte Museum.
73. Read a good book at the local favorite bohemian-style coffee house, the Spider
74. Take a tour of the University of Texas campus.
75. Spend First Thursday on South Congress Avenue window shopping and people watching.
76. Hike at Turkey Creek on City Park Road.
77. Tour the state Capital building.
78. Tour the famed soundstage of Austin City Limits at the KLRU-TV studio each Friday at 10:30 a.m. (512) 475-
79. Feel the rhythms of Latin sound and salsa dance at the Copa. (512) 479-5002
80. The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is to increase the sustainable use and conservation of
    native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. Visit her legacy. (512) 232-0100
81. The Blanton Museum of Art is recognized among the country's top university fine arts collections featuring
    contemporary Latin American, Renaissance and Western art. (512) 471-7324
82. Gliding Revolution provides exciting Segway™ tours in downtown Austin.
83. Visit the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas to see an authentic Guttenberg Bible, dated 1455.
84. Read the Austin Chronicle, a weekly alternative newspaper full of activities and events around town. See the
    Concierge for a copy.
85. Attend an educational class at Ballet Austin.
86. Find out who‟s playing where in the Live Music Capital of the World and go have a listen. See the Concierge for
    suggestions and recommendations.
87. Zilker Park is Austin's most popular park with lush green meadows, miles of trails and a miniature train.
88. Try an enchilada plate at Maria’s Taco Express, featured on Food TV Network‟s “Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.”
    And on Sunday take the family for the Gospel Brunch/Hippie Church, again another reason Austin is weird.
89. Visit one of the most funk-a-dellic shops in Austin, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds, specializing in costumes, on
    South Congress.
90. Find toys from your childhood at Toy Joy on “the Guad” near campus.
91. Hike out to Twin Falls at the turn around on South MoPac.
92. A memorial at Lady Bird Lake honors the late bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan. First Street Bridge at Lady Bird
    Lake, downtown.
93. Congress Avenue Bridge shelters the largest urban bat colony in North America. More than 1.5 million bats take
    flight near dusk. March through October. Call the Batline at (512) 327-9724.
94. Cruise scenic Town Lake on the country's largest electric paddle wheeler or smaller boats for dinner, cocktails, bat
    watching or sightseeing.

In the Austin area
95. Hamilton Pool Preserve- this idyllic, natural pool west of Austin is surrounded by a stunning grotto. Dripping
    Springs (512) 264-2740
96. After a day on the golf course, celebrate sundown at the Sunset Capital of Texas, the Oasis. (512) 266-2442
97. Wander the Texas Wine Trail in the Hill Country and sample locally-produced wines.
98. Take a ride on the Austin Steam Train from Cedar Park, 20 miles north of downtown Austin.
99. Boggy Creek Farms is a historic farmhouse and organic garden with fresh produce available year round.
   (512) 926-4650
100.   Drive out to the home of the movie ‘Hope Floats’ and antique shops on the streets of Smithville. Approx. 45
   min east of Hwy 71.
101.   Head out to Round Rock for a baseball game.
102.   Ancient formations are still growing in Texas' largest cavern at Natural Bridge Caverns. near New Braunfels
   (210) 651-6101
103.   Enchanted Rock State Park is one of the state's premier rock climbing sites. This massive pink granite dome
   rises 425 feet above the surrounding terrain. Fredericksburg (830) 685-3636
104.   Listen to music legends in Texas‟ oldest dance hall, Gruene Hall, just 45 minutes from Barton Creek in New
105.   Explore Inner Space Caverns comfortably with easy trails and a 72-degree year round temperature.
   Georgetown (512) 931-2283
106.   Schlitterbahn Water Park has more than 65 acres of thrill, spills and floats to entertain your family for the
   day. New Braunfels (830) 625-2351
107.   Take in the historic German town of Fredricksburg, where cafes, antique and curio shops line the streets.
108.   For the best „cue in the state, stop by Dripping Springs and visit The Salt Lick, for pit-smoked meats and some
   delicious sides. Stop by the Barton Creek Coffee Market and pick up a few brews to take with you, they don‟t serve
   alcohol, but you can bring it in.
109.   Between April and June, the state‟s highways are abloom with millions of wildflowers. Bring your camera and
   stop along side the road for some breath-taking family pictures. Call toll-free at (800) 452-9292 for wildflower and
   fall foliage sightings across the state.
110.   Reserve your next stay at the breathtaking AAA Four Diamond rated Barton Creek Resort & Spa.