CSan Antonio is about an hour south of Austin on I35, an obvious tourist spot for the Alamo and the Riverwalk. The River Walk is a public park open 365 days a year, lined with individual businesses composed of restaurants, hotels, shops, attractions and more. The Alamo was founded in the 18th century as a Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound, and was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. You can also spend the day at Fiesta Texas Water Park or Sea World.
Brenham is situated about two hours east of Austin and is home to Blue Bell Ice Cream and Washington on the Brazos, location of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. You can visit the picturesque Washington on the Brazos State Historical Park, located on the Brazos River and then take a tour of the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory. http://www.brenhamtexas.com/
New Braunfels & Gruene is a quick 45 minute drive south of Austin. Arguably the best water park in the world, Schlitterbahn is located here. You can also go tubing on the river or spend a day on beautiful Canyon Lake, west of New Braunfels. A great American family style restaurant to visit is The Gristmill Restaurant & Bar.
Shiner - The Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner is a short two hour drive southeast of Austin. Founded in 1909 and named after the Bavarian brew master Kosmos Spoetzl, it is the oldest independent brewery in Texas, offering free tours Monday through Friday.
Krause Springs is surely one of the most magical places to swim. Located 30 miles outside of Austin, Krause hosts over 34 small springs, a waterfall, a man-made wallowing pool, and a natural swimming pool so there are plenty of ways to stay cool. If you plan to stay the weekend there are plenty of camping areas and Opie’s BBQ is just around the corner.
photo credit to: https://www.austintexas.gov/