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San Antonio, Schlitterbahn, and Austin Itenary

May 30th, 2006, 07:19 AM
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Since they like playing int he water, how about tubing on the second day in San Antonio (http://www.riversportstubes.com/)?

In Austin, Hamilton Pool is also a good choice. Only time you really can't swim is if the bacteria levels are high due to rain. You also have to get there early and may have to wait in the car for 30 min or so if you get there late enough since they have an occupancy limit. Check out this web for pictures (http://www.texasoutside.com/hamiltonpic.htm) and this for information (http://www.co.travis.tx.us/tnr/parks/hamilton_pool.asp). You can take a quick visual tour....
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May 31st, 2006, 04:31 PM
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We just got back from Austin. If you have never been to Barton Springs, it is great. It is a natural spring fed pool so the water is always 75 degrees. It is great in the summer. You can lay out in the sun and when you are really hot, go in the water. They allow inflatable rafts so you can just lay on one and float the afternoon away. The admission is only $3. The kids will love it.
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May 31st, 2006, 07:51 PM
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I'd stay 2 days at Schlitterbahn. It will be the highlight of their trip. (But now I wonder, didyou mean THIS Wednesday, as in today??? If not, then you can stay AT Schlitterbahn. They have a hotel (or condos?) on site. We have stayed there.

H and I went to the Oasis about a month ago and had great views of the setting sun. We had to wait for a seat, but the deck is back up, there is an area to have drinks - it's small so many wait out in what was part of the parking lot, but the place was packed, they had my favorite cover band - The Eggmen (Beatles knock off band) playing.

Definitely Barton Springs. The kids can play on the playscape there too.
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Jun 1st, 2006, 05:24 AM
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I'm in the '1 day at Schlitterbahn' camp. That's primarily because I'm not a big 'wait in line' fan. Schlitterbahn is great, but after a full day out in the sun my kids and I are usually exhausted and cranky (big sunburn risk too, so plan to spend the afternoon in the older part of the park where there is a lot of shade, lazy river, slide rides, but none of the water thrill rides - visit those in the am - you need to take a shuttle bus from one part of the park to the other, as they are not connected.)

If they really like water stuff you could do a 1-2hr tube float on the comal or guadalupe rivers the day before or after schlitterbahn, or rent a boat on one of the lakes. (Canyon lake or Lake Travis maybe)

As for hotels, I like the Hyatt on the riverwalk in SA - great location near the alamo.

In Austin, The hampton inn downtown is an excellent location - 2 blocks right off congress st. so easy to catch the free 'dillo buses that run around town, to capitol, whole foods, etc.

Some people recommend the 'extended stay america as another 'lower cost' hotel downtown. The Hampton isn't cheap, and they charge $14 or so a nite for parking (valet required), plus the rooftop pool is tiny.

Me, I stay at the LaQuinta just outside town on S. Mopac - cheaper, more relaxed feeling vs. in-city hotel, but requires you to drive in/out of town (about 10min drive). Still, a pretty convenient location and a nice hotel, and driving in / around austin non-rush hour isn't a problem. King bed suite w/ sofa bed + rollaway work well for family of 4. We like the LQ location as we always walk the Barton Creek greenbelt when we visit and visit friends S/W side of town. (the creek at twin falls area was bone dry in April, so I'm sure there is not running or even standing water now, unless there's a downpour.)

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Jun 6th, 2006, 06:49 AM
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Here is a report of our trip that so many of you helped me plan. It was me, my husband, our two sons (ages 7 and 9), and our eight year old niece.

Day 1 San Antonio/New Braunfels – Started off with a quick tour and photos of the Alamo. The kids liked it, but we didn’t do a formal tour. I knew they would get antsy if we spent too much time on it. Next we went to Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, which they loved. It wasn’t very scary at all, but that made it nice for the kids. They were a bit scared, but not TOO scared. We also went to Davy Crockett’s Tall Tales, which is a 2-3 person motorized cart that goes through a bunch of animatronic sets and tell the story of Crockett. It was okay, but not great. My kids were almost too old for it. We didn’t do the Guinness thing because we have done that on previous trips. We planned to have dinner at the Rainforest Café, but even though we were there at 9:00 on a Wednesday night they said the wait was over 90 minutes. We decided not to wait and went and picked up some candy from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, which was delicious and headed on to the hotel. We stayed at the Red Roof Inn for the next two nights in New Braunfels primarily because of the price (65 dollars) and it seemed like a good location. The hotel was okay, but not great. I thought the breakfast was one of the poorest selections I had seen. No bagels or muffins, just cereal and cheap bread for toast and a box of doughnuts and some old bananas and apples. The room was really clean, but I thought the beds were pretty hard. I guess for the price, I shouldn’t complain.

Day 2 New Braunfels – Went to Schlitterbahn and stayed on the West (old) side. We really lucked out because it was overcast and rained for about 15 minutes. As a result, the park was very empty. We never waited more than 2 minutes to get on any of the rides. The kids loved it and we brought a cooler full of snacks and really enjoyed the park. For dinner, we headed to Gruene and ate at the Grist Mill. The food was much better than I expected and it was a very relaxing atmosphere.

Day 3 New Braunfels/Austin – Schlitterbahn again, but this day we went to the East side. The East side is broken up into two parts and we spent most of it at the Blastenhoff side. It was a Friday and the crowds had shown up, so there were long lines for the thrill rides, such as Master Blaster. Luckily my family seemed to enjoy The Torrent and playing around on the pirate ship, so we didn’t really wait. At the very end of the day we rode some of the thrill rides since the crowds started to clear out. We left from the park and headed to Austin to see the bats from a boat on the Lone Star Riverboat Cruise. The kids all loved it and were much more impressed than I expected them to be. We stayed at an Extended Stay America hotel, because there was a bike rally in town and almost everything else was booked up. The hotel was clean, beds comfortable, and the staff nice.

Day 4 Austin – Went to the Hula Hut for lunch, but the wait was 90 minutes so we ended up at Lucy’s Boathouse. The food was good and service was great. Afterwards, we drove around and saw UT campus, stadium, LBJ library, etc.

Day 5 Austin – Took the kids to see the capital building. They were much more interested than I expected from 7-9 year old kids! Then we went to the kid’s museum on Colorado. It was okay, but we expected a bigger museum. After that we had lunch at had lunch at Cantina Laredo, a Mexican place on Colorado. The food was pretty good, but the service was terrible. Later we got some ice cream from Amy’s on 6th Street. It was REALLY good! Then we headed home.
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Jun 6th, 2006, 08:25 AM
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texastraveler - thanks for reporting on your travels. OMG - you were in Austin for the motorcycle weekend? Yikes! Guess that's why Hula Hut had such a wait. Aren't those bats something? Who would've believed there would be so many!
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Jun 9th, 2006, 01:21 PM
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Yeah, I didn't think to check for a bike rally!!! The bats were amzing and I would recommend it to anybody visiting Austin.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 02:29 PM
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I think the bats impress everyone.... Glad you had a good time texastraveler and thanks for posting a trip report!
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Jun 11th, 2006, 03:03 PM
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Not to try to take away the Congress Avenue Bridge bat experience (I've been there and it's great), we do the same thing in Gainesville, FL at the University of Florida, where they have a large bathouse and hundreds watch them emerge each evening. There are also thousands of bats under some area bridges.

Interestingly, I've seen plenty of hawks hanging around the bathouse, too. I guess they're waiting for a meal?
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Jun 16th, 2006, 09:35 AM
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I try to sneak in 1-2 sort of educational things on each trip, and I figured the bats qualified!

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