You don’t have to go far to see some amazing places in Central Texas. One tank of gas can take you all the way back to an 1800s ghost town or lightyears away into space. It won’t cost more than $25 to get to each of these places, so there’s no excuse to spend your day off at home. Central Texas is waiting to be explored. Here are 10 places to visit near Austin.
1. Jester King Brewery
At Jester King Brewery, delicious beer knows no bounds. Their sour beers nearly have a cult following, and their fans will drive over state lines just to try a new flavor. Even if their wild yeast doesn't suit your palate, the stunning views surrounding you will fill you with joy.
2. Palmetto State Park in Gonzales, Texas
Palmetto State Park is a beautiful place to cast your line in the water and fish. They also offer canoe rentals so you can float along the peaceful water.
3. Mayborn Science Theater in Killeen, Texas
The Mayborn Science Theater planetarium will take you out of this world. In addition to showcasing the night's stars, this facility also shows movies and light shows like you've never seen before.
4. J. Lorraine Ghost Town in Manor, Texas
Explore through a town of outlaws and bandits. This attraction has recreated the famous J. Lorraine that used to act as a neutral territory in the 1800s.
5. Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool, Texas
The refreshing water and gorgeous views make Lost Maples the perfect camping destination. Bring your camera! The birdwatching in this area is stunning.
6. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Stonewall, Texas
At the LBJ Historical Park, visitors can go inside the former president's airplane hangar and listen to his taped conversations with Martin Luther King. Take a tour and explore the grounds! The "Texas White House" has most of the original furniture from the 1960s.
7. Inner Space Cavern in Pflugerville
Plunge in the depths of this spooky (and beautiful) cave located just north of Austin in Pflugerville. The stalactites and stalagmites form stunning structures that will take your breath away.
8. Bluebell Creameries in Brenham, Texas
See how the scrumptious Blue Bell ice cream is made at their factory in Brenham, Texas. Of course, you must try a new flavor at the ice cream parlor once you're there.
9. Newman's Castle in Bellville, Texas
You don't have to travel far to find a medieval style castle. Mike Newman built this castle in 1998 and has
been delighting visitors ever since. After you tour the royal grounds, grab a tasty treat at the bakery!
10. The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio
Over 20,000 works of art are on display at the McNay, and the building could be considered one of them. The tranquil courtyard is as gorgeous as the French paintings.