505 Agnes Street
Bastrop, TX 78602
Phone: (512) 321-3377
Fax: (512) 321-4767
See many wonderful native and exotic animals, birds, and reptiles while at this amazing zoo that also offers animals shows and educational programs.
This full service library offers a large variety of books, cemetery maps and records, over 50 periodicals, and the Smithville High School Yearbooks from 1945 to the present.
Built for Mr. Burleson, one of the founders of Smithville, this Early Classical Revival, 18-room house features double wraparound columned porches, seven fireplaces with handcarved oak mantles and beveled mirrors. The house is built with rich caramel colored pine woodwork, and a handcarved, ornate white front staircase.
A huge park encompassing 50 acres (20.23 hectares), this one is the biggest in Smithville. Located at Highway 71 West, it is frequented by locals from across the city. Featuring a softball field, a pavillion and several volleyball courts, the park is a favorite choice, when it comes to playing outdoor games. 19 campsites are also present in the park, where you can chill throughout the day, and enjoy in the beauty of nature.
One the grounds of this park is a restored MKT depot as well as a museum featuring many early railroad artifacts, logs, and ledgers related to railroad workers. A children's playground and gazebo are also on the grounds.
Great family park offering 7.7 miles of hiking trails, area wildlife and plants, and fishing on Buescher Lake. Also it's great for bird watching with over 250 species of birds being sighted here. Facilities include restrooms with and without showers, campsites with water and electricity, screened shelters, picnic sites, 7.5 miles of hiking trails, a playground and group picnic pavilion (for day use only). A recreational hall (for day and night). Limited Use Cabins (sleeps 4) with 2 sets of bunk-beds, a table, chairs, AC/Heat, microwave, refrigerator, kitchen counter top, and a state park store.
Just east of Austin, this park boasts some of the most popular activities for the outdoor enthusiast, including boating and fishing. Spend an afternoon taking leisurely hikes while enjoying this Audubon sanctuary. Bank and boat fishing are available along with open space, picnic areas, tables, grills and restrooms.
Located to the east of Austin, Green Gate Farms gives visitors a glimpse into the farming lifestyle. A historic farm was restored to its former glory by Erin Flynn and Skip Connett in 2006. Educating people about sustainable agriculture and contributing to the community has been the driving force behind the establishment of the Green Gate Farms. The New Farm Institute is the on-site educational center, that provides workshops and conducts classes on farming. Tours around the Green Gate Farms are also organized. You can also host your celebration here and make it a memorable one.
Manor Downs is a quarter horse race track and just ten minutes from Austin off Highway 290. Each spring, horses fly down the track while excited onlookers hoot and holler for their pick of the race. Simulcasting is offered Wednesday through Sunday and on holiday Mondays year round. Up to fifteen live races are broadcast daily from other premier horse and dog tracks in America. They can be viewed on one of the monitors scattered under the Manor Downs grandstand or at the Turf Club. The club offers a full bar service in two large viewing rooms (one smoking, the other non-smoking).
The McKinney Falls State Park, located in southeast Austin, at a short distance from the downtown area, is the ideal spot for a fun day out with family and friends. Whether you're into fitness and recreational sports, or just want to lounge about and have a leisurely day, this park is for you. This day park offers a number of activities such as hiking, biking, picnicking, as well as fishing and swimming in the Onion Creek. The park also has a 500 year old cypress tree that is worth a visit. The park visitor center can provide you with all the required information.
Several Austin restaurants and bars have Live Oak brands (including Big Bark Amber Lager, Live Oak Pale Ale and Live Oak Pilz) on tap. Beer-enthusiasts will appreciate not only the rich malt flavors they find in the tasting room, but also the process behind the brew. The two owners of this company traveled to Prague to learn ancient techniques, and then developed their own unique process. The guided tour, which explains how decoction mash, open fermentation and secondary lagering make Live Oak beers unique, takes about two hours. Free samples follow every tour.
This fully functional organic farm has won many awards for its urban farming techniques. Purchase fantastic fresh vegetables on Wednesday and Saturday mornings (9am-2pm), or let your kids experience real farm life right in the heart of the city—animals and tractors are some of the biggest attractions for the little ones on market day. While shopping for produce, take a peek at the historic farmhouse, noted as one of the oldest existing buildings in Austin (built in 1838).