Serene Hills residents truly get the feeling that they’re away from it all in the Hill Country. One of the many perks of the neighborhood is being able to disconnect from the hustle and bustle while also being an easy drive away from some incredible communities.
Austin, Lake Travis, and the up-and-coming Dripping Springs area are all within 20 miles of our neighborhood, and none of them lack family-friendly activities throughout the year. This fall alone our residents have easy access to unique activities.
1. Pioneer Day (Sept. 21)
Experience Texas history in a unique and family-friendly environment at Pioneer Day in Dripping Springs. Kids and parents can take in the 5-acre grounds at The Pound House Farmstead and see civil-war era patriots in full regalia, visit the petting zoo, and take rides in a horse-drawn carriage. You’ll also be treated to live Bluegrass music and have cool drinks and BBQ. Tickets are $5.00 online, $7.50 at the gate.
2. Volente Beach (Sept. 21-30)
Located on the northeast corner of Lake Travis, Volente Beach is a family-friendly lakeside water park with rides, pools and more. The kids can enjoy the slides and pools while parents can relax on the beautiful Lake Travis shore. A fantastic close-to-home getaway for the whole family, this park allows you to take advantage of the warm Texas weather all the way through September.
3. Austin Music Scene
You can’t live within 20 miles of Austin without taking in the brand that helped make it such a popular destination. Austin City Limits Music Festival and Austin City Limits Live both have options that the entire family can enjoy this fall. At the fest (Oct. 5-7 and 12-14), along with a number of kid-friendly performers on the main stages, families can enjoy Austin Kiddie Limits (kids under 10 get in free with parents). The cool, shaded AKL promises to provide your kids a rocking good time, “guaranteed to make them move, groove and sing-along”. Also, check out the fall schedule for Austin City Limits Live to see if your family’s favorite artist is visiting town soon.
There are a ton of options for families whose idea of fun is an evening in the stands cheering on their favorite team. There is the state champion Lake Travis Cavalier football team that plays a number of games within a quick drive from the neighborhood. Or you can join 100,000 college football fans at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium to watch the University of Texas Longhorns compete for Big 12 and national titles. Racing fans can also visit Austin’s Circuit of the America’s track to take in the unique Formula 1 racing weekend on Oct. 19-21.
5. Songwriters Festival (Oct. 19-21)
If ACL is either too much or not enough for you music lovers, take the family over to Dripping Springs in late October for the 5th Annual Songwriters Festival. Listen to singer/songwriter showcases perform their finely-crafted songs and meet the talented folks who wrote them in a much more intimate environment than ACL.
6. Serene Hills Oktoberfest (Oct. 20)
Stay in the Serene Hills community for an afternoon of BBQ, beer and whiskey tasting, cigar rolling, poetry and more. Attendees will tour homebuilder models, each featuring a unique pop-up demonstration, tasting and event in each home. See the beautiful homes available in the community while enjoying exclusive Oktoberfest entertainment.
If you’re looking for a fun day of kid-specific activities, there’s no shortage of options in our slice of heaven. Visit the Austin Zoo (just 12 miles from our neighborhood) and see 350+ animals. In Austin you can take the kiddos to Thinkery, a children’s museum for “why” and “how”. Finally, to help bolster your kids’ enthusiasm for reading, you can attend the Texas Book Festival Oct. 27-28. The free annual book fair, held on the grounds of the State Capitol Building, is one of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country.
8. Turkey Trot (Thanksgiving – Nov. 22)
For active families looking for a way to be involved in the community while also working off the big meal ahead of you on Thanksgiving, Austin’s annual Turkey Trot is just the thing for you. The 5-mile run through downtown Austin is more about fun than the competition (1-mile walk, and a Kids K routes are also options). Proceeds from the run go to Caritas of Austin, a local nonprofit aimed at ending homelessness.
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