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Nothing cools you off on a hot summer day like a spring-fed swimming hole. Krause Springs in Spicewood (404 Krause Spring Road, Spicewood, 78669) is one of the best around! Located about 35 miles west of Austin off State Highway 71, Krause Springs has 34 springs that feed a man-made pool and a natural swimming area.


You can visit just for the day ($7 age 12+, $5 ages 4 – 11, free for ages 0 – 3) or camp overnight ($14 age 12+, $6 ages 4 – 11, and $14 per RV camp site). Credit cards are not accepted at this time so bring cash. Guests sign a liability waiver upon entering.


When we arrived, we took a look around the lovely garden near the office.


We thought this caterpillar was pretty interesting.


Next, we walked along the paths and saw many picnic areas surrounded by beautiful trees.


From the path, we could see the manmade pool. It is fed by very cold spring water (68 degrees according to their web site). Get ready to get chill out!


As you walk, you will be able to observe some of the springs flowing near the pool.


The boys were ready to jump in! This pool has a shallower section (about 3 feet) and a deeper section (about 8 feet).


Here’s a view of the swimming hole from an overlook.


After swimming in the manmade pool for about an hour, we were ready to head down to the swimming hole.


The stairs closest to the manmade pool are a little steep. There’s another set of stairs farther down the path.


The swimming hole has both sun and shade. It was gorgeous!


The waterfall surrounded by maidenhair fern was stunning. I haven’t seen anything else like it (in Texas at least)! The boys were fascinated by the “rainbow” that was created by the sun shining through the water as it fell. They played in this area a long time. We thought that the water here was not quite as cold as it was in the manmade pool above. When you are swimming, be aware that the natural swimming area has an uneven surface on the bottom. You can go from shallow to deep in one step.


The rope swing was extremely popular.


One thing to be aware of while enjoying the natural swimming area is that it is very slippery. Not only did we see a few people slip, my 12-year-old son hit the ground pretty hard near the end of our visit. That took the wind out of his sails. Definitely wear sturdy shoes that can keep you stable both in the water and out. To leave the swimming hole we went back up these stairs, which were less steep.


We walked some more along the paths trying to find the second waterfall fed by the springs. From the map, we could tell it was slightly northeast of the swimming areas.


We found plenty of springs!


After some stubborn searching by this mom who wouldn’t leave without seeing the second waterfall, we finally located it. We couldn’t find a way to walk down the hill to get closer to it, so I took this picture with the zoom lens of my camera. (Yes, it’s a little hard to see.) With our mission accomplished, we were ready to head back to Austin after a quick stop at Opie’s to pick up some BBQ for dinner.


Austin Active Kids Opinion: One of the prettiest swimming holes we’ve ever seen, just come prepared with sturdy shoes.
Outing Time: We stayed 2.5 hours but we might have been there longer if we’d have brought more food and drinks with us. Krause Springs could easily be a half-day or full-day outing. Since it’s got a campground, you could even stay overnight!
Don’t forget to bring cash for the admission fee since credit cards are not accepted. ($7 age 12+, $5 ages 4 – 11, free for ages 0 – 3) or camp overnight ($14 age 12+, $6 ages 4 – 11, and $14 per RV camp site)
It’s very important to bring sturdy shoes that can keep your feet stable in and out of the water.
There aren’t any lifeguards at Krause Springs. Swimming safety gear is a must for children still developing their skills. Also pack floats, sunscreen, hats, towels, and plenty of snacks and drinks. You could even bring along a picnic and take advantage of the many picnic tables provided.
While this is definitely one of those beautiful swimming holes I’ve ever seen, I would be hesitant about taking children under age 5 without the helping hand of at least one other adult. If your children are younger or still developing swimming skills, it’s probably a good idea to have a plan for how you will keep them monitored safely. Also, the natural swimming area is just that–natural. Don’t be surprised if you see fish, turtles or even a snake.
Summertime office hours are 9 am – 9 pm and the springs are open year-round. Here are some FAQs from the Krause Springs web site. It’s helpful to know ahead of time that Krause Springs has a “no dogs” policy.
Before you go, you might want to read Top Tips for Families Visiting Krause Springs by R We There Yet Mom? Here are more descriptions of Krause Springs from Austin Post, Austinot and CultureMap.
This 2012 Daily Texan article describes some of the history of Krause Springs.


If packing a lot of equipment and staying overnight are not in the cards for you but you’d still like to have a Texas state park experience, give Blanco State Park a try. This 104-acre park is located on US Highway 281 in Blanco, about 50 miles west of Austin. (The address is 101 Park Road 23 but use 29 Main Street, Blanco, TX, for GPS.) The primary feature of the park is the beautiful Blanco River.


Blanco State Park opened in 1934. You can read more about the park’s history here.


The Civilian Conservation Corps helped create the infrastructure for the park during 1933-34, including this pavilion.


Before jumping in the water, we wanted to explore the Caswell Nature Trail (shown on this park map).


The trail has its own parking area and this picture shows where to enter.


There is some shade on the trail, which is under 1/2 mile long.


When you are halfway along the trail, look for this access point heading down. Your return trip is closer to the river.


Check the events calendar for trail walks with a master naturalist. We had just missed one scheduled for the previous day.


After we finished the trail, we headed toward the eastern section of the park to explore the river. Many families were enjoying picnics and activities along the riverbank.


We then walked back toward the western side of the park, which is visible when you driving along US Highway 281. This area has a dam and a “pool” (pictured below). While the water in the pool is very shallow, the water above the dam is pretty deep. Trees along the riverbank provide some shade when you swim in that area.


Austin Active Kids Opinion: Blanco State Park is easy to get to and easy to enjoy, too!
Outing Time: About 2 hours (not including driving to Blanco) but you definitely could stay longer.
Outing Distance: About a 1/2 mile
Blanco State Park is open 8 am – 10 pm for day use visitors. Office hours are 8:15 am – 4:45 pm. To pay the entry fee for day use after 4:45 pm, look for the “iron ranger” which is a red steel post that says “pay here.” It’s on your left as you drive in, on the side of the headquarters building. The admission fee is $4 per adult. Kids 12 and under are free.
There are no lifeguards on duty at Blanco State Park. Make sure to bring your children’s swimming safety gear as well as floats, inner tubes, hats and sunscreen.
Pack plenty of snacks and drinks, especially water. There are several picnic areas throughout the park so you can bring a picnic along if you’d like.
Pets are allowed must be on-leash.
Tube and canoe rentals are available at the park.

Read more about Blanco State Park from CultureMap,, and Hill Country Outdoor Guide.

Wimberley’s Blue Hole is the perfect summer swimming spot, with cool, clear water shaded by huge cypress trees. The swimming hole is part of 126 acres of parkland along Cypress Creek preserved and beautified by the City of Wimberley along with many other partners and volunteers.


Blue Hole is located on Blue Hole Lane and there is plentiful free parking. Wristbands are sold from the office pictured below. Admission fees are: kids 0-3 free, ages 4-12 $4, ages 13-59 $8, and 60+ $4.


We took a short, gently sloping walkway down to Cypress Creek.


The boys couldn’t wait to jump in!


As you can see, the water’s so clear my son’s feet are visible. We entered the creek in a shallow area where many younger children were playing.


Blue Hole was a like an oasis from the hot Texas sun. The water was very refreshing.


This tree stump was popular with kids of all ages, especially because the water is pretty deep here.


My son had fun on the rope swings.


When it was time to rest and have a snack, we went to the beautiful lawn and relaxed in the shade.


There are a few picnic tables but they were all occupied when we arrived. Just take along a picnic blanket or camping chairs and you’ll be all set. While you can bring in your own food and drinks, glass is prohibited.


A master plan for Blue Hole Regional Park was approved by the Wimberley City Council in 2007. The thoughtful planning process is demonstrated in the beautiful facilities……


…..and extra details like this inviting scenic overlook.


In addition to the remarkable swimming hole, Blue Hole Regional Park also has a playscape, trails, basketball court, volleyball court, and athletic fields.


Austin Active Kids Opinion: Just about the most perfect swimming hole you can imagine!
Outing Time: About a 45-minute to 1-hour drive from Austin in no traffic. We spent two hours there but easily could have spent the whole day.
Reminders: There are many volunteers supporting the operations of Blue Hole Regional Park but there aren’t any lifeguards on duty. Remember to pack swimming supports for children who need them and bigger kids (and parents) would probably enjoy having floats to relax on, too! Also pack sunscreen, picnic blanket or chairs, snacks or lunch, and drinks. With your wristband, you can leave and come back until Blue Hole closes for the day. Click here for hours and admission fees.
Free Fun in Austin visited Blue Hole earlier this summer and you can read more from CultureMap,, and Texas Highways. If you’d like to make some other stops while you are in Wimberley, other attractions to consider are: Jacob’s Well Natural Area, Cypress Creek Nature Trail Park, scenic and historic downtown district, the cowboy museum or a drive along River Road.


Visiting Landa Park in New Braunfels isn’t just a day trip…’s a “stay all day” trip! This historic 196-acre park provides an array of fun options for families and features beautiful Comal Springs, the largest group of natural springs in Texas, and 14-acre Landa Lake. We arrived around 11:30 a.m. and decided to start at the playground. This playscape is for younger children.


Not many children can pass up playground equipment disguised as a fire truck.


There are two playscapes for older kids.


This one had had a lot of opportunities for climbing.


My 11-year-old son thought the zip line was a blast.


After eating our picnic lunch, we walked toward Landa Park Aquatics Complex. The kids were immediately attracted to the beautiful Comal River, which is the shortest navigable river in Texas, traveling only 2 miles before joining the Guadalupe River.


We crossed Landa Park Drive and the boys went back to the river again. This time, to hunt for crawdads.


Mission accomplished.


Now we were ready to go swimming! The Landa Park Aquatic Complex (350 Aquatic Circle New Braunfels, TX 78130) has something for everyone: a springfed pool, a zero depth pool, and an olympic pool. The bathhouse facility has restrooms, changing rooms, and showers. The complex is only open during the summer season. Hours are 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. (except Saturdays when the pools open at 10 a.m.) and fees are $4 for adults and $3 for kids age 3 and up. Hours can vary so check the schedule before you go. (For example, the olympic pool is closed on Mondays and the spring fed pool is closed on Tuesdays.) Read all the details for Landa Park Aquatics Complex here.


Closest to the entrance is a pool for young kids. The maximum depth is 2.5 feet.


Older kids will want to dive into Coach E.E. “Bud” Dallman Olympic Pool, with depths ranging from 4 feet – 7 feet.


In our opinion the “star” of the Landa Park Aquatics Complex is the natural pool fed by Comal Springs. The water stays 72 degrees year round. Built in the early 1900s, it is one of the oldest and most historic bathing pools in Texas, with depths up to 9 feet. This pool is a “natural aquatic environment,” meaning algae and aquatic life like fish are present.


Here’s the shallow end, where many young children (including my 7-year-old son) were having a blast.


This is the Wet Willie slide. It was closed for most of our visit but it looks pretty exciting!


Many older kids enjoyed climbing up this rope to the cargo net.


My 11-year-old son loved the zip line, which has a 54-inch height requirement.


There’s also a rope swing and a shaded playground.


After we were thoroughly chilled by the cool waters of the Comal, we headed to the train depot for ice cream and train tickets.


The train ride was a steal at $2.50 per person. After riding the train, we had a better idea of what we wanted to see next in the park: the wading pool.


We walked west on Landa Park Drive toward the wading pool. We saw this lovely creek and many friendly ducks and geese. (The train depot has duck food for 50 cents per bag.)


We walked north and crossed a little bridge. Looking out from the fishing pier, we could see the paddle boats.


Landa Lake was really gorgeous. As you can see, swimming and tubing are not allowed here, as the area is environmentally sensitive.


The wading pool is located right off of Landa Park Drive in the southwest section of the park. The water is cold! My kids could not resist getting wet (again). While the words “wading pool” might make you think of ankle-deep water, the water is closer to waist-high for most kids. The wading pool does not have lifeguards.


Now that we had cooled off a little, we explored the park some more. We found a tree that was perfect for climbing.


This neighboring cypress tree was pretty impressive.


To top it off, a little spring was running near the roots!


From 1756-1758, a Spanish mission was located in the area. The historical marker led us to quite a sight…..


After walking all the way to the marker, we came upon this beautiful spring-fed creek.


A gazebo provided a scenic spot to view Landa Lake. The gazebo is slated for repair as part of the Landa Park River Front Rehabilitation Project.


We were running on empty after all of our adventures but my son still wanted to take the time to say “goodbye” to his new friends before we left.



Austin Active Kids Opinion: Run…don’t walk…to your calendar and plan a day trip to Landa Park!

Outing Time: About 6 hours at Landa Park plus driving time (45 minutes – 1 hour) to and from New Braunfels. We easily could have stayed longer and taken advantage of the mini golf or paddle boats.

Outing Distance: Less than one mile walking around the playground area and the river.

Reminders: Click here for driving directions to Landa Park from Austin. Even if you get off course, the City of New Braunfels has numerous directional signs to area attractions like Landa Park. It’s probably a good idea to bring this park map or have it easily accessible on your phone.

If the Landa Park Aquatic Complex parking lot is full, you can find parking spots throughout the park including near the playground and by the wading pool.

For the aquatic complex, visitors are allowed to bring in their own food, drink, and coolers as long as no glass, styrofoam or alcohol is brought. Lawn chairs and folding tables are allowed as long as they are not staked to the ground and do not impede a walkway/public access point. No canopy tents except by city permit. Remember that the aquatic complex is only open during the summer season. If you have any questions about pool hours, just call the aquatic complex at 830-221-4360.

For your day trip, you should plan to bring: water, other drinks, snacks, picnic lunch or dinner, hats, sunscreen, floats, swimming supports (like lifejackets for kids still developing swimming skills), change of clothes, swimsuits, and towels. Camping chairs could be useful, too.

You might want to pack your items in different bags (pool bag and picnic bag) so you aren’t carrying one huge bag around the whole time. We started out with our picnic in the park. Then, we traded out our picnic bag for the pool bag before “downsizing” to the backpack for the train ride and walking around.

In addition to the train ride and paddleboats, Landa Park also has miniature golf. Click here for the hours and fees for all of these Landa Park attractions.

Around the playground, we saw many signs stating that some picnic table sections can be used by reservation only. The City of New Braunfels web site mentions that individual picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis and that park rangers will come by to collect a $10 fee. We did not encounter park staff at the playground and were not asked to pay this fee but you should be aware that is their stated policy.

Here are some other takes on visiting Landa Park from Free Fun in Austin and R We There Yet Mom?


Cypress Bend Park (898 Mather Street) in New Braunfels is a relaxing and easy day-trip getaway! This 15-acre park provides generous access to the beautiful Guadalupe River.


The park was not crowded at all when we visited on a Tuesday afternoon. What a treat!


The river is just under the trees on the left side of this picture. The tiny orange dots are kids running with tubes to the river.


The boys got in the river here. It’s a little sandy but if you wear water shoes (or just old running shoes), it shouldn’t affect you very much.


This is the view looking downstream.


We didn’t try the rope swing, but it was pretty tempting.


The cypress trees were really amazing and they provided some shade, too.


This huge tree was quite a sight!


The boys could not resist running across the beautiful green lawn.


We decided to swim over to a shallow area and look for crawdads. In this picture, you can see that the river bottom is sandy (vs. rocky) by the trail my son is leaving behind him.


As we were swimming, we noticed a little reptilian head peeking out of the water. Don’t worry: it’s just a turtle!


Here was the view as we headed upstream.


The sign lets people who are tubing know that this is the last public exit for the river.


We were nowhere near ready to “exit the river.” We were just getting started.


We saw lots of interesting creatures during our visit to Cypress Bend Park including this stately snowy egret. Too bad his distinctive yellow feet aren’t visible.


The boys played in this section of the river for over an hour.


We were delighted to spot (and get a picture of) this yellow-crowned night heron.


There was a small section of “rapids” that the kids enjoyed playing in.


They made up a complicated game with all kinds of rules about when they could use their hands, etc. to swim upstream. This section of rapids leads to an area of the river that is at least 6 feet deep. Plan ahead and bring life jackets or other swimming support for younger children or inexperienced swimmers.


Before we left, we visited the playground.


There isn’t much shade on the playground but it was still worth stopping by.


There’s a nice pavilion where you can enjoy your picnic or snacks.


While we didn’t bring our own horseshoes, if we had, there’s horseshoe pit ready to go!



Austin Active Kids Opinion: This picturesque and easy-going park is a perfect getaway for water-splashing fun!

Outing Time: 3 hours at Cypress Bend Park plus 45 minutes each way driving to New Braunfels (in no traffic).

Reminders: Cypress Bend Park’s hours are 8 a.m. to dusk. There is no admission fee or parking fee at the park. Please note that there are no lifeguards on duty.

Bring lifejackets for kids still developing swimming skills, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, towels, water toys, water shoes, and floats. We had a lot of fun with our water guns! If you plan to stay a while, consider bringing camp chairs and a pop-up shade canopy.

The park has restrooms, picnic tables, and a playscape.

We visited on a Tuesday afternoon and the park had very few visitors. We drove through the park once before when we were in New Braunfels for Father’s Day. While there were some people picnicking and celebrating, it still was not very crowded for a Sunday.

If you’re looking for more fun activities in New Braunfels, read Top 5 Things to do in New Braunfels from R We There Yet Mom?


Today we visited one of nature’s genuine masterpieces: Hamilton Pool Preserve at 24300 Hamilton Pool Road (Dripping Springs, TX, 78620) in western Travis County. The 232-acre preserve features a remarkable pool created by a collapsed grotto, beautiful scenery along Hamilton Creek, and access to the Pedernales River.


Every day around 9 a.m. the Hamilton Pool Preserve web site is updated regarding the pool’s water quality and whether swimming will be allowed. The natural pool and creek are not chemically treated and bacteria counts fluctuate. It’s important to find out this information before you go if you think your kids will absolutely have their hearts set on swimming in Hamilton Pool. We arrived around 9:15 a.m. and were a little disappointed to learn we wouldn’t be able to swim. Nevertheless, we decided to make the most of the hiking opportunity!


The boys were excited to begin exploring the trail.


Because we knew we could not swim in Hamilton Pool, we decided to follow the 0.6 mile trail to the Pedernales River.


The trail had quite a bit of shade.


There were some really interesting features along the trail!


The kids were fascinated by this Texas Giant Centipede. We stayed a respectable distance away since these critters are known to have a bite similar to a wasp sting.


The River Trail was very scenic.


Hamilton Pool Preserve is kept in its natural state as much as possible. Here you see my 7-year-old son looking down toward the creek bed. There is not a guard rail or fence so you must watch your children closely.


The boys were thrilled to find this daddy long-legs nest hidden in a rocky area.


The trail was very interesting to follow and kept us on our toes. It felt a bit longer than 0.6 miles (one way). I tracked the distance on my pedometer for the return trip and that length was accurate. If you have children who are not used to hiking or who are age 5 or younger, you might want to think twice about exploring the River Trail.


Finally, we could tell we were close to the Pedernales River!


It was a beautiful sight!


I think my sons can turn anything into a “beach.” They enjoyed playing along the river bank for about an hour, where there was a cool breeze.


We began the return trip away from the river and back toward the crown jewel: Hamilton Pool itself. The trail kept us alert and focused, as you can see by these tree roots…..


….and rocks!


It was a beautiful day to be outside!


If you look closely through this “peep hole” of rocks, you can see Hamilton Creek flowing.


We made it back to our starting point for the River Trail and took the Pool Trail, which is about 1/4 mile long.


The trail was very engaging, with a little bridge….


…..and these rocks to walk across.


When they saw the pool, all the kids could say was “Wow!”


There is a trail that winds around behind the curve of the rock.


There are some tight spots!


The view was worth it.


What an amazing place!


Once you go around the pool, you will go up these steep stairs. It’s a little slippery.


We took a break to appreciate the view.


My 10-year-old son was fascinated by these fish nests (the lighter-colored circular areas). He specifically asked that we tell you about them so that if you go to Hamilton Pool you know to try to not step on the baby perch eggs.


We had a wonderful time but we were pretty worn out. Remember to save some energy for the walk back up to the parking lot!



Austin Active Kids Opinion: The beautiful pool and its natural surroundings will take your breath away!

Outing Time: Just under 3 hours.

Outing Distance: About 2 miles covered total on the River Trail and the Pool Trail.

Reminders: Hamilton Pool Preserve is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (weather permitting). Check the web site after 9 a.m. or call (512) 264-2740 to see if swimming will be allowed for the day. Please note that there are no lifeguards on duty.

Plan to arrive as early as possible in the day to beat the crowds. The parking lot can only accommodate 75 vehicles and once it’s full, cars are allowed in only on a “one out, one in” basis. Admission cost is $10 per vehicle (no credit cards or debit cards).

There is no concession stand or store at Hamilton Pool Preserve. While there are restrooms, there is not running water, i.e. water fountains or sinks. Bring a lot of drinking water, any snacks you will need, and hand sanitizer or wet wipes.

Wear sturdy, safe shoes for the trail. Strollers and bikes are not allowed.

The Texas Department of Transportation will be working on some road improvements to Hamilton Pool Road from June 24 – July 19, 2013. This is not a major construction project and should not cause significant delays.

Free Fun in Austin visited Hamilton Pool in April 2012 and you can read even more in these articles by Austin Explorer and the Austin Post.

While this is known as a great swimming hole and tends to be an activity people think about in the summer time, it’s also an appealing place to visit year-round due its beauty and the variety of wildlife.


We visited two incredible places in East Austin that are rich in history and fun for kids, too: the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center and Rosewood Park.

The Carver Museum, located at 1165 Angelina Street, is dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, and exhibition of African-American historical and cultural material.


The 40,000 sq. ft. facility opened in 2005 and is named after George Washington Carver, prominent African-American scientist and inventor.


The museum is very inviting and easy to navigate. The Juneteenth and Austin African American Families Galleries, as well as a small art gallery, were right behind these doors.


I wasn’t able to take pictures in the main gallery. The kids were interested in the Austin African American Families exhibit, specifically a map of Austin with overlays of where freed slave communities (like Kincheonville in Southwest Austin) developed after the Civil War.


The boys’ favorite part of the museum was the Children’s Gallery, which features African American inventors and scientists.


The museum’s namesake George Washington Carver is highlighted, including this quote, “It has always been the one great ideal of my life to be of the greatest good to the greatest number of people.”


Several other well-known and pioneering African-Americans are featured, like astronaut Mae Jemison.


The Wall of Inventors was a big hit!


The top of each diamond-shaped flap shows the design sketch of an invention. When the flap is opened, you see a brief profile of the inventor.


Another interesting area of the Carver Museum is the section dedicated to the original L.C. Anderson High School, which served Austin’s African American students for decades until it was closed in 1971 during desegregation.


The vintage trophies and other memorabilia are beautifully displayed.


Next, we went outside to find out more about this historic structure adjacent to the museum.


This humble building was Austin’s first main library and it was originally located at Guadalupe and 9th Street. In 1933, it was moved to its present location on Angelina Street and was named the George Washington Carver Library, which served as Austin’s first branch library. You can read more about the library’s history here.


This building is currently not open to the public because it’s being renovated to serve as genealogy center.


While Kealing Park is right next to the Carver Museum, we wanted to check out Rosewood Park since it has a splash pad. We drove less than 1 mile east to 2300 Rosewood Avenue and parked in the Doris Miller Auditorium lot.

As you can see by this description of Rosewood Park when it was “park of the month” in 2012, this park has something for everyone: splash pad, playscape, historic structures, beautiful trees, swimming pool, picnic tables, athletic fields, and more! We headed straight for this shady area by the Rosewood Recreation Center to relax for a few minutes. The recreation center building includes the Bertram-Huppertz house, built circa 1875.


Very close to the recreation center is the Henry G. Madison Cabin, which was built around 1863 on East 11th Street, donated to the City of Austin in 1968, and moved to this site in 1973.


From our shady spot, we could see the Rosewood Pool, which was renovated in 2012. Here are the pool hours and pool fees.


We walked around to the northern section of the park (toward N. Pleasant Valley Road). The boys enjoyed running around and exploring the pavilion area.


We thought this was a really beautiful picnic spot. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a picnic lunch with us!


This sign explained why we saw such a variety of trees. The Catherine Lamkin Arboretum Trail of Trees was dedicated in 1995. It consists of 35 trees total along the Boggy Creek Greenbelt, with 19 trees located in Rosewood Park.


In the summer sun, the playscape looked a little too sweltering for us.


But the splash pad was just right!


Austin Active Kids Opinion: We had fun and learned a lot….what a great combination!
Outing Time: About 2 hours for both the Carver Museum and Rosewood Park back-to-back.
Reminders: Bring a change of clothes and towels if you plan to enjoy the splash pad at Rosewood Park. Your kids will work up an appetite running around, so also pack drinks and snacks.
Both of these locations are venues for Juneteenth celebrations in mid-June so if you are visiting in that timeframe, check community calendars like the Austin Chronicle’s in advance.
Both facilities have free parking. The Carver Museum has free admission and operating hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. It’s closed on Sundays. Rosewood Park is open to the public 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and the splash pad is in operation May 18 – September 8, 2013.
There is a public library, the Carver Branch, at 1161 Angelina if you would like to add a library visit to your outing. has also visited Rosewood Park; read their post here.