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

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8. Take a local brewery tour

Real Ale Taps

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Sipping suds while touring a Texas Hill Country brewery will bring an air of festivity to any day. Consider a visit to Real Ale Brewing Company or one of the other local breweries sprouting up throughout the Hill Country. Beautiful scenery, beer making tips, plus local flavor make it a can’t fail kind of day. Tap room open from 11am – 5pm Thursday – Saturday. Tours happen every Friday and Saturday afternoon. Wear closed toed shoes to keep it safe.

When You Go: Reale Ale Brewing Company, 231 San Saba Court, Blanco; phone: (830) 833-2534; admission: free

9. Venture out to a local swimming hole.

10 Awesome Things to do for $10 or Less in the Texas Hill Country
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Relive your childhood at Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley. Perfect your Tarzan yell while sailing through the trees on a rope swing before plunging into the clear waters of this Texas Hill Country swimming spot. Other amenities include basketball court, volleyball court, amphitheater, hiking trails and picnic areas. Play year round in the 126-acres park. Swim season starts in May. The park gets packed during peak season and will close the swimming hole when at capacity. Get there early!

When you go: Blue Hole Regional Park, 100 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley; phone (512) 660-9111. Admission for swimming – adults $9, children (12-14) $5, children (under 3) free.

If sluicing through shimmering 70-degree water like a sleek little sunfish sounds like your idea of bliss, then consider a visit to Barton Springs Pool in Austin. Keep your eyes peeled for the Barton Springs Salamander, an endangered species that makes these springs the only spot in the world they call home. Tip your goggles to the full moon each month during a special night swim beginning at 9pm. Closed Thursday from 9am – 7pm for detailed cleaning.

When you go: Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin; phone: (512) 867-3080. Admission: free November 2015 – March 11, 2016, after that fees vary from $1 – $3 for residents based on age, and $2 – $8 for non-residents.