While surfing the internet, I found a “hidden” gem called Krause Springs. If you love clear water and nature, then this is the perfect spot for you. It is located in Spicewood, TX and the bonus, it is only 30-40 minutes northwest of Austin. The springs is a historical site that is family owned and operated. It is such a peaceful and serene setting, you will feel like you stepped into an Enchanted Garden. The butterfly garden is full of lush and colorful plants. This is a good place to unwind, relax, and become one with nature. Camping is allowed, however, we stayed in Round Rock for the night and spent the day at the springs.
What to do there?
Swim/float/relax in the swimming hole
Swim in the man-made pool
Stroll through the butterfly garden
Hug the trees, they’re huge
Hang out in the holes of the trees
Explore the nature
Picnic – there are picnic tables
Camp - tent or RV friendly sites
Enjoy 32 springs on property
There is a small entrance fee of $8 per person and good news, kids under 4 are free. All other fees, i.e. camping are listed here.
What to bring?
Towels, blanket, portable chairs
Water toys for the kiddos
Picnic food and snacks
Cash for the entrance fee
Pets are not allowed and it would be difficult to get down to the swimming hole with a stroller due to all the stairs.
We went in October and so it was a bit chilly out. The water is cool and refreshing, so this makes for a great summer mini get-a-way! They even do weddings or this would be an awesome place for a family reunion. If you are in Houston, San Antonio, or DFW area, this could easily be a day trip. If you are out of state or on the other side of Texas, plan a few days and enjoy nearby Austin. It is one of my favorite cities to visit in the US!
P.S. On the way to Krause Springs, we passed the Narrows. We have not yet been but it seems like it would be a great place for older kids or kids (adults) who are decent swimmers. It looks beautiful!