Day Trip From Austin: Cedar Creek, Texas

Cedar Creek is a small community a little more than 10 miles west of Bastrop, southeast of Austin. If you are looking for a little adventure without venturing too far, give this tiny town a visit.

Dinosaur Park

Visit the Dinosaur Park‘s realistic life-size dinosaur replicas that range in size from the 2-foot long Compsognathus to the 85-foot long Brachiosaurus. The statues show skin and color variations to give a better understanding as to how they looked when they were alive rather than seeing their bones in a traditional museum setting. The dinosaurs sit back from a tree-lined trail, situated among plants, trees and rocks, making it easy to imagine real dinosaurs in a natural environment. Additional activities include a fossil-dig, playground, picnic area and a Dinosaur Store stocked with a variety of gifts sure to please any dinosaur fan!

Hours: Daily 10am-4pm (except Mondays)

Cost: $7/person, under 24 months FREE

Location: 893 Union Chapel Road, Cedar Creek

Phone: (512) 321-6262

Capital of Texas Zoo

Visit with over 500 animals including everything from turtles to zebras, tigers and the newest resident, a hippo. The zoo is set up in an intimate setting allowing enough time to visit the animals without feeling rushed to move on.

Hours: 9am-5pm daily

Cost: $9.99 ages 12 and up, $7.49 for ages 2-11, under 2 FREE

Location: 376 Jenkins Rd, Cedar CreekAdvertisement
Phone: (512) 303-6675

Image credit: Hunter Evans

McKinney Roughs Nature Park

This day-use park is set on 100 acres of nature where characteristics of four ecosystems — Post Oak Savannah, Blackland Prairie, East Texas Piney Woods, and a riparian zone — converge to create an unusual blend of natural resources. Visitors can explore close to 18 miles of trails at McKinney Roughs by foot, take a river ride down the Colorado river or enjoy many events and activities they host throughout the year. Download the Natural Science Program here.

Hours: Visitors Center open 8am to 5pm Monday through Sunday. Trails open 8am to sunset seven days a week, weather permitting.

Cost: 13 or older $5; 12 and under FREE; Seniors (65+), Military and Disabled $2

Location: 1884 Hwy 71 West, Cedar Creek

Phone: (512) 303-5073


Hungry? Stop by Berdoll Pecan Farm on your way back to town for some Texas Pecans. Family owned and operated for 33 years, this pecan farm sits on 340 acres and has 15,000 trees in the orchard. You’ll find everything from fresh pecans to candied pecans, pecan pie and fudge with pecans! Be sure to take your picture with Ms. Pearl the Squirrel!


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