Things to see and do in Austin include a visit to Crowe's Nest Farms, the Inner Space Caverns, where stalactites and stalagmites form awe-inspiring shapes, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to see the native and perennial plants of the Hill Country. The Austin Steam Train chugs around the city on daily excursions. Visitors take cruises around Town Lake on the Lone Star Riverboat, an old-fashioned, double-decked paddle wheeler.
From March to November, residents and visitors can easily spot the harmless Mexican free-tailed bats, North America's largest urban bat, as they nest under the Congress Avenue Bridge over Town Lake. The Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farm contains exhibits illustrating farm-life in the 1880s. One may learn to milk a cow or how to churn butter on Farm Family Days.
Parks & Recreation
Pflugerville is located about 150 miles from the Gulf of Mexico in Central Texas in Travis County. Travis County Parks offer all kinds of recreation, from sailing to scuba diving. The county's parks offer picnic areas, hiking trails, campgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, swimming, boating, sunbathing, fishing, nature study and bird watching. Many of the parks are located on lakes, including Bob Wentz Park on Lake Travis. This park is a favorite with windsurfers and scuba divers. A 150-acre area that abuts the shoreline area is preserved for wildlife and native plants. Cypress Creek Park is also located on Lake Travis, and is a favorite place for boating, fishing and picnicking.
Hippie Hollow Park is another park on Lake Travis. The only clothing optional public park in Texas, sunbathers and swimmers enjoy the freedom the park allows. There are great views of Lake Travis from the park's steep rocky shoreline. Splash Day is held twice each year at Hippie Hollow, first to mark the beginning of spring and then at the end of summer. Mansfield Dam Park is adjacent to the main part of Lake Travis. The park provides a launch ramp that is a primary access point for boaters. Mansfield Dam Park is a favorite with scuba divers, swimmers, boaters, picnickers, and nature lovers. Pace Bend Park covers nine miles of shoreline along Lake Travis. A seven-mile vehicle accessible loop road circumvents the park while the interior area is reachable only by foot, bicycle or horseback.
There are 285 miles of trails, paths and roads for hiking, biking, walking, and jogging in nearby Austin and its surrounding areas. World-class bicyclist Lance Armstrong, seven-time winner of the Tour de France, lives in Austin. The Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail runs through the Hill Country from Zilker Park to Lost Creek.
Rugged beauty awaits hikers and mountain bikers who venture along the trail. The Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail provides three, four, five and 10 mile loops around Town Lake. The trail stretches from the MoPac Expressway to Longhorn Dam. The pedestrian bridge is an excellent place to watch the sun set. Other hiking and biking trails can be found at McKinney Roughs, Westcave Preserve overlooking the Pedernales River, and Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. McKinney Falls State Park has camping areas, picnic grounds, and playgrounds. Homestead Ruins, a rock shelter used by Native Americans, a cabin, gristmill and two waterfalls can be reached by trails.