Geocaching in Austin, Texas

*Somewhere for the weekend* Top 12 Geocaches in and around Austin, Texas…

 

Two things immediately sprang to my mind when I decided to take this week’s issue of ‘Somewhere for the weekend’ to Austin, Texas. Firstly, the music scene, and secondly, the food. I guess I must have been peckish and listening to Janis Joplin at the time… 😉

 "Austin Texas" CC 2014 Jeremy Keith

“Austin Texas” CC 2014 Jeremy Keith

Where to go in Austin, Texas…

There are a number of ‘must-sees’ whilst in Austin, I’m gonna start with 6th street, if you love music this will be your little spot of heaven whilst you’re here. No matter what music you like you’ll find it, with everything from punk to hip-hop, country to jazz, 6th Street has something to keep your ears smiling and your toes tapping. It’s also great stop off for food, think tex-mex with philly cheese enchiladas, fajitas and burrito’s. Yummy!

After you’ve hit up 6th street why not head off for a swim at the Barton Springs Pool an outdoor pool kept warm all year round by underwater springs. There is a free visitor centre called Splash! right opposite where you can learn more about the Edwards aquifer which has helped to make the Barton Springs pool what it is today.

Or maybe you’d prefer to get a birdseye view of Austin from the UT tower where you can get a brief history of the city and a great view from the 27th floor! Booking is essential though as it’s very popular.

From here you could scoot on over to South Congress Avenue, if you’re lucky enough to be visiting on the first Thursday of the month, expect a block party, perfect for something a little out of the ordinary whilst you’re out shopping. 🙂

Stroll a bit further down South Congress Avenue and you might just stumble upon North America’s biggest bat colony where you’ll see an estimated 1.5 million bats flying out of the Congress cave on nights between March and November.

And if your legs are still up for more walking after all that then why not head downtown and check out one of Austin’s spooky Ghost Tour’s…guaranteed to send chills down your spine!

For more ideas on what to see and where to go check out this Visit Austin website which is jam packed full of great places to eat, things to do and itineraries for your stay. It also has a useful link to when the popular music festivals like SXSW and Fun, Fun, Fun fest are happening, so be sure to have a look at that before you book your trip!

And so, to the Geocaches…. 🙂

12 of the best Geocaches in Austin, Texas…

 

12.

Austin History Virtual Cache – GC2C00 by Dan, Kim and Ryan 

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Virtual

Cache Location: Close to The University of Texas at Austin

Current number of favourite points: 57 

A sad piece of Austin’s history is marked by this cache, a fitting place for people to pay their respects and remember those who were lost in the terrible incident that occurred here.

11.

The Tree That Wouldn’t Die – GC8A81 by unclerojelio 

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Virtual

Cache location: Between West 5th and 6th St off North Lamar Blvd

Current number of favourite points: 58 

Another virtual here and one that celebrates one of Earth’s natural celebrities! Very cool.

10.

Mt. Bonnell – GC1WHVV by Tank and Spaz 

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Earthcache

Cache Location: Right next to, you guessed it…Mount Bonnell 😉

Current number of favourite points: 58 

A cache to get that ticker pumping, go check out the views from Mount Bonnell to find this one!

"Austin Texas" CC 2011 Ed Schipul

“Austin Texas” CC 2011 Ed Schipul

9.

Historical Homes Tour of Bastrop – GC3XR91 by thenkengrene

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Wherigo

Cache Location: East of Austin in Bastrop

Current number of favourite points: 59 

For real estate lovers and historians this one, a wonderful Wherigo around the homes of Bastrop. Consider it a free tour 🙂

8.

Line Of Sight – GCHPDT by Inspector Gadget, Lignumaqua and Banda

Difficulty 3.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Puzzle (Unknown/Mystery)

Cache Location: South West of Austin in Circle C Ranch Metro Park in Slaughter Creek

Current number of favourite points: 67 

There’s a high number of favourite points on this one for being highly innovative which sounds good to me. Although watch out for the snake who lives nearby, he’s been spotted a few times by the Geocacher’s out there and he’s quite big!

7.

Take A Nap – GCHFQP by Essiar (Adopted by the Outlaw)

Difficulty 4 – Terrain 1

Cache Type: Traditional

Cache Location: Between East 53rd and 54th St off Airport Blvd

Current number of favourite points: 70 

Check out the difficulty level here, some tricky camouflage on this one has meant that quite a few cacher’s haven’t found it on their first attempt. Although looking through the logs most have been successful on their second go! 🙂

Head on over to page 2 to see what’s at number 1!

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