Adventure

Are you going stir crazy during the winter months? Why not beat the boredom and plan an action-packed fun adventure trip in the Texas Hill Country! We came up with the top adventure trips located around the Texas Hill Country!

Helicopter Rides
Hop onto a Zulu Helicopter and tour the Hill Country from above. Zulu Helicopters is based out of the Gillespie County Airport in Fredericksburg Texas and serves all areas of the Hill Country.  You can even arrive in style by getting picked up by a limousine and then off to fly in a helicopter! Rides start at only $75 per person! To find out more about Zulu Helicopters call (830) 998-7433 or visit http://www.zuluhelicopters.com/index.html.

Rock Climbing
Check out Rock About if you are looking for some high adventure! You can learn how to rock climb through several training courses or even sign up for rock climbing adventure trips.  Rock-About’s system of guiding and coaching aids new and seasoned climbers toward complete success on the rock and future outdoor adventure. To find out more call (512) 415-0804 or visit http://rock-about.com/

Race Car Driving
Have you ever wanted to jump inside a race car and blow off some steam racing around a track? Well you’re in luck! Only a short drive away, On Track Xperience is Central Texas’ premier racing facility, located in Kyle, Texas. It is the only place where you and your friends can get behind the wheel of our high powered ProKarts with speeds in excess of 65 mph! Experience real side-by-side oval racing using their race prepared Honda-powered karts known at Naskarts. If you still want more, you can join a competitive league! For more information call (512)828-6478 or visit http://ontrackxperience.com.

Adventure Park
Want a little taste of it all? Why not take the family to an adventure park where there’s a little bit of everything for everyone! Hidden Falls Adventure Park in Marble Falls is a 3,000 acre family outdoor adventure park offering a variety of activities and 200 miles of off-road trails for family fun. With 200 miles of off road trail systems for motorcycles, ATV, UTV and full size vehicles from stock 4×4’s to rock crawlers. Bring your own horse or rent a horse and hit the trails horseback riding on 300 acres, 4.5 mile equestrian trails. There is also a full- service shooting club and paintballing for the fun at heart! Call (830)798-9820 or visit www.hiddenfallsadventurepark.com.

Zipline
Prepare for highflying fun as you harness up and glide through the air on this thrilling, action packed zipline adventure located in Wimberley. Experience a rush as you soar over canyons and creeks with breathtaking 15-mile views of the Wimberley Valley. Your adventure will begin with trained guides leading you on an educational walking tour. You’ll learn about the local ecosystem of plants and wildlife, local history, and other interesting area facts. Your adventure continues as you experience Texas Hill Country beauty as never before while soaring through a series of eight zip line crossings. For more information visit http://www.wimberleyzipline.com/.

Indoor Skydiving
You don’t have to be a daredevil to experience indoor skydiving. The experience of indoor body flight mimics the exact experience of free fall skydiving without the parachute or the risk. Opening in early 2013, Austin will be the first city in Texas to land an iFLY indoor skydiving facility. iFLY Austin will be the 24th vertical wind tunnel built by Austin-based iFLY and will boast a 14′-diameter wind tunnel capable of speeds of up to 160 mph. For more information call (512) 674-9200 visit, http://www.skyventure.com/

Dig for Topaz
In big cities, you have to go to the mall to buy jewels. In the Hill Country, you find them lying on the ground. Topaz, the state gem of Texas, is found only in Mason County, about an hour’s drive from Fredericksburg. Clear or blue-tinted stones are generally located close to the surface around granite outcroppings in creek beds and ditches. Hunt all you want at Lindsay Ranch (325) 347-4052. http://lindsayranch.net/rock_hunting_information

Kayak the Medina River
Winding through tunnels of towering bald cypress trees on its way to Bandera, the Medina River doesn’t get the crowds that flock to the Guadalupe River. So you have most of it to yourself as you spend a couple of hours of bliss in a kayak rented from the Medina River Company, (830) 796-3600.

Hike to Gorman Falls
To reach Gorman Falls, Colorado Bend State Park’s main attraction, you take a 1.5-mile-long hike through rugged ranch country. The last 100 yards is a rocky descent down a steep path to the misty chill of half a dozen cascades that spill from a 60-foot-high limestone cliff into a moss- and fern-draped grotto. To find out more information about the hike visit Colorado Bend State Park, (325) 628-3240, http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/colorado-ben.

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