I was provided complimentary hotel stay and activities for review purposes. The opinions are my own. I was not financially compensated for this post.
2020 has seen us trading in big trips for quick camping getaways and exploring more of our local Austin sights. Recently we spent a weekend exploring the outdoor activities in Bee Cave, Texas. Located 17 miles west of Austin, TX, between downtown Austin and Lake Travis, the City of Bee Cave is a beautiful, family-oriented and thriving community located at the gateway to the nature and adventure experiences in the Hill Country. This is the perfect recipe for our family, as we love exploring the outdoors! If you’re looking for things to do in Bee Cave, Texas, you’ll want to pin this post and see what all the buzz is about in Bee Cave. If you’re coming from out of town (or want to do a local staycation) I’m sharing hotel recommendations in addition to a list of things to do in Bee Cave, TX.
Where to stay: Hotels in Bee Cave, TX
Sonesta Bee Cave
Sonesta Bee Cave hotel is located at the heart of the city beside the Hill Country Galleria, and is a perfect respite after a busy day of exploring the outdoors. This contemporary chic, yet laid-back hotel welcomes guests with unmatched style and Texas charm. In addition to being within walking distance from some of Bee Cave’s top attractions, Sonesta Bee Cave hotel is home to the upscale rooftop bar and restaurant, Meridian 98. The location, service, cleanliness, and comfort are all reasons to stay at Sonesta Bee Cave if you’re looking for hotels in Bee Cave, TX for a vacation or an Austin staycation.
Things to do in Bee Cave, TX: Outdoor activities
Lake Travis is just minutes from Bee Cave and offers swimming, picnicking, hiking, boating, and more. I recommend spending a few hours of your evening with a sunset cruise charter with Sail Austin. BYO drinks and snacks and enjoy a beautiful evening in the open air. Our family had such a great time on our cruise, and rank this activity towards the top of things to do in Bee Cave, TX.
For a different view of the lake, try an aerial experience with Lake Travis Zipline Adventures. This thrilling outdoor experience is one of the coolest things to do in Bee Cave, Texas. Three of the five zip lines at Lake Travis Zipline Adventures are the longest, fastest zip lines in Texas, soaring over Lake Travis with unmatched views of the lake and nearby countryside.
If you’re looking for things to do in Bee Cave, TX, Hamilton Pool Preserve is a must. Located 20 minutes from the Sonesta Bee Cave hotel, Hamilton Pool’s lush grotto with its blue-green natural swimming hole is one of the most beautiful natural spots in the area, if not all of Texas. Be sure to check their website for swimming status and make your entry reservations early.
Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
Westcave Preserve, not far from Hamilton Pool, includes beautiful nature of its own. You can hike to the canyons and caves in The Grotto or do a family-friendly nature hike on the Uplands trail. Local flora attracts lots of local fauna and provides for a lovely and relaxing way to spend a few hours. Westcave is also the perfect spot for those trying to see the beautiful Texas wildflowers in the spring. Reservations are required currently.
Explore the art of Bee Cave at the Sculptures of Bee Cave park. Trails weave through a peaceful 7-acre park featuring a natural pond, native plants and a truly stunning array of rotating and permanent sculptures crafted by local artists.
With unobstructed views of the night sky, Bee Cave is a great destination for those hoping to get a glimpse of the stars without excessive light interference. To protect the City’s night sky, Bee Cave is pursuing a a Dark Sky Community designation by the International Dark-Sky Association.
Hill Country Galleria
It would be impossible not to include the Hill Country Galleria in a list of things to do in Bee Cave, TX. This sprawling outdoor mall includes the best shops and boutiques, several amazing restaurants, and other family entertainment opportunities.
Jester King is a family-friendly brewery with great food, games, and farm animals for children to enjoy. More than just delicious ales await you on this 165-acre ranch.
More things to do in Bee Cave, Texas
For more things to do, including sample itineraries and restaurants in Bee Cave, TX, check out the Visit Bee Cave website.
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