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10 Awesome Things To Do For $10 Or Less In The Hill Country

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3. Mountain Bike at Reveille Peak Ranch

Reveille Peak Ranch

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Want to check out the Texas Hill Country and get your blood pumping? Then grab your bike or your running shoes and cruise out to Burnet. With 62 miles of trails to wander, this granite dome hollers out for exploration. Can’t get enough? Hunker down overnight in a tent for an extra fee. Loads of trail running and bike races are held at this location so be sure to check out the event calendar before heading out. Open mainly during the weekends and by appointment.

When You Go: Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 CR 114, Burnet; phone: (512) 755-4417. Admission: adult day pass $10, children (12 and under) $5.

4. Get a wildflower education


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We are all familiar with the painter’s palette explosion that washes over the Texas Hill Country each spring. Learn all about our native landscape, plants, and wildflowers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Educate yourself on endangered species and how best to keep our unique THC flora alive and well. Check out a Discovery Pack when you arrive complete with hand lenses, scavenger hunt info, books and binoculars to make your trip a true treasure hunt.

When You Go: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin; phone: (512) 232-0100. Admission: adults $10, children (5-17) $4.

5. While away the day at Wimberley Market Days

wimberley market days
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Okay, so when you’re trying to keep things cost friendly, tempting you with a shopping extravaganza probably isn’t nice. But Wimberley Market Days belongs on every shopping lover’s bucket list and it is free to get in. Antiques, arts and crafts and DIY’ers rejoice, you’ll find a little something for everyone here. You don’t have to buy anything. Browse the vendors and pick up some ideas for your own projects. Lion’s Club sponsored food booths and local music make this an easy all day experience.

When You Go:Wimberley Market Days, 601 Farm to Market 2325, Wimberley; phone: (512) 232-0100. Admission: free with $5 parking fee.