By James Waterson
Soar high above beautiful Lake Travis on the fastest zip line in Texas. Marvel at an ocean of bluebonnets as you relish the warmth of the spring sun. Take in all the beauty of the Texas Hill Country as you play through a picturesque golf course. These are a few of the ways you can savor spring in Cedar Park, a town perched on the northwestern side of the Austin area. Home to three professional sports teams, the Austin Steam Train Association, and a wealth of ways to get outdoors, there’s no end to the things you can do here. Read on to find out more.
Editor’s Note: In addition to the following items, Cedar Park also hosts a few springtime festivals you won’t want to miss, including the Cedar Park Heritage Festival (early April) and Jazz & Art on Main (late April).
Admire the Blooming Bluebonnets
As any Texan will tell you: there’s no such thing as spring in the Lone Star State without bluebonnets. To get your fix of Texas’ most iconic flower, head to Brushy Creek Lake Park any time through late April. Gaze at a sea of bluebonnets, with yellows and reds of other spring blooms mixed in, as you hike or bike throughout the 90-acre park. Bring your camera for some eye-catching, Instagram-worthy photos, or simply kick back and enjoy the view.
Besides gazing at the fields of bluebonnets, there are many other ways you can soak up the sunshine at Brushy Creek Lake Park. Kayak and hook a fish or two in the 38-acre lake, play a few games on the sand volleyball courts, and let your kids run wild in the water playscape. An urban oasis, Brushy Creek Lake Park is a must visit this spring.
Be a Sports Fan
What does professional basketball, hockey, and indoor football have in common? You can find them all at Cedar Park’s state-of-the-art H-E-B Center throughout March. Get a first look at some of the top prospects in basketball and hockey at an Austin Spurs or a Texas Stars game. The minor league affiliates of the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Stars, respectively, both teams are in the thick of the end-of-season push for the playoffs in the spring.
For some hard-hitting football, look no further than the Austin Wild. In their first year in town, the Wild will take on the best of the American Arena League from mid-March through mid-June. If you’re a sports fan, don’t miss out on the chance to see three professional teams in action right here in Cedar Park.
Enjoy a Sunny Ride on a Vintage Steam Train
Everyone loves a good day trip, but there’s nothing quite like a ride with the Austin Steam Train Association. Climb aboard a vintage train and watch as wildflower-covered hills washed in spring sunshine roll by your window. The Austin Steam Train Association has several tours you can choose from, such as the Hill Country Flyer and the Bertram Flyer. The former is a popular 66-mile, six-hour excursion out to Burnet, where you can explore the historic town square before heading back to Cedar Park. If you’re looking for a shorter jaunt, opt for the Bertram Flyer. This three-hour tour takes you out to the historic Bertram Depot that was built in 1912 by the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad.
Along with these tours, the Austin Steam Train Association does offer special excursions as well. The Spring Break Flyer (mid-March) is a special mid-week trip out to Bertram, while the Bluebonnet Festival Flyer (Mid-April) transports you to Burnet for the annual Bluebonnet Festival. Tickets for all of these tours are available on the Austin Steam Train Association’s website.
Soar Over Lake Travis
Feel a rush of adrenaline and the wind across your face as you fly high above the blue waters of Lake Travis on the longest and fastest zip line in Texas. Riding the lines at Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is a fantastic way to see the lake’s stunning natural beauty, from its limestone cliffs to its tree-covered hills. This three-hour experience takes you on five zip lines ranging from 300 to more than 2,800 feet in length and includes roughly one mile of hiking through the Hill Country between each line. You’ll also get to hang out on a private beach where you can swim in the lake, and kick back in a hammock; the perfect way to unwind from all the high-flying adventure.
Play a Round of Golf in the Warm Spring Sun
Breathe in the aroma of fresh-cut grass as you glance down an evergreen fairway lined with verdant oak trees. Spot a few wandering deer as you line up your tee shot to put yourself in the best position to approach the green. This is a glimpse at what you’ll experience when you play through one of the three public golf courses in Cedar Park this spring. These courses combine the beauty of the Texas Hill Country with challenging 18-hole layouts that serve up captivating afternoons of golf for players of all skill levels.
Marvel at the magnificent panoramic views and conquer the gently sloping fairways at the Avery Ranch Golf Club, home to “the best finishing hole in Austin.” Along with teeing up a great playing experience, Avery Ranch provides a truly awesome way to get around the course: the GolfBoard, an electric vehicle similar to a surfboard. Meanwhile, the 18 holes at Crystal Falls Golf Club wind through thickets of oaks and high enough to afford looks at the towering hills beyond the course. Tee off at the championship par-72 Lago Vista Golf Course that overlooks Lake Travis. Tee times for these courses are available on their respective websites.
These are just three of the many golf courses in Cedar Park. Click here to see your other options.
While all of this will keep you busy this spring, it is by no means all Cedar Park has to offer. Relax with a craft beer, treat yourself to something delicious, and listen to some live music once the sun sets. Get to know some of the other possibilities in Cedar Park here.
About the Author: James Waterson is the head writer and content specialist for Tour Texas. When he isn’t writing about the many great places in the state of Texas, he’s planning his next epic adventure in the Lone Star State.