We typically think of spring as the time of new beginnings. But this time of year is also full of fresh starts and opportunities for adventure right where we live. As September’s temperatures start to cool down from summer’s heat, it’s a great time to embrace the changes and enjoy what’s waiting right outside your door. Take a look at just a few ways to stretch your legs, take a breather and enjoy our beautiful surroundings.
Camping and hiking
Fall is the perfect time to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city – and daily life – to connect with nature. Located at 1600 City Park Rd., Emma Long Metropolitan Park boasts campsites and picnic areas along the water. It’s our own slice of nature’s bounty right where we live! Single-day passes are available for purchase. Weekend passes for camping must be ordered in advance online. Be sure to check out the park’s availability as you are making plans. Click here for details.
McKinney Falls, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, calls itself “Austin’s backyard,” and it certainly is! Visitors can participate in planned events like Geocaching 101, the Prehistory Walk, fishing in Onion Creek, or enjoy adventures of their own including hiking and biking the nine miles worth of trails within the park. Whether you’re planning a day trip, a picnic or just an afternoon getaway, both parks are a great addition to your fall bucket list.
For even more biking and hiking trails – 12 more miles, in fact – Barton Creek Greenbelt in South Austin is definitely worth exploring. The main access point with parking that is typically ample is at 3755-B Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 36), but there are also trailheads with highway parking and some residential neighborhoods with limited parking along the way.
Texas Book Festival
Downtown Austin is home to the 26th annual Texas Book Festival. This year the event is embracing a hybrid model that includes in-person and online events for children, teens and adults. Events from Oct. 25-28 will be held virtually, and the remaining days, Oct. 30-31, will be onsite at Symphony Square and Austin Central Library. Keep your eyes open for the in-person events scheduled to drop during the first week of October, as RSVPs are required in advance and are first-come, first-serve. Keep an eye on the event’s social channels for upcoming details of author lineups! Here are links to TBF’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels.
University of Texas at Austin Football
Last but not least, we all know that football and fall go hand-in-hand. Whether you are a sports fan or not, catching a University of Texas at Austin game is something everyone who visits our area should experience. It’s not just about watching the team. It’s about the atmosphere, the food, the fun and the memories. Take tailgating to a new level by reserving a spot around the stadium spaced out 40 feet from other groups with an option for full-service catering. For some, though, the food prep is THE most important part of the tailgating experience. No worries! You can also go the traditional tailgating route where you BYO food and drinks – no need for the catering option.
The Austin area is truly an amazing and beautiful place. Celebrate all it has to offer by taking some time to enjoy it! If you have any questions about the area – property management or otherwise – we’d love to help! Give us a call anytime: 737-270-7700