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“Fantastic Experience”

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
Ranked #47 of 339 things to do in Austin
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Owner description: Prepare yourself - the majestic beauty of our unique Texas Hill Country nature preserve will leave you breathless! Our expert-guided tours take visitors from an arid savannah through a limestone crevice into a sheltered canyon of lush plant life. At the head of the canyon stands Westcave, with a stunning 40-foot waterfall replenishing the emerald pool below. (Canyon Tours offered every Saturday & Sunday - weather permitting). Self Guided Hikes Tuesday - Friday 9:30 - 1:30pm (no Canyon Access weekdays without prior reservation)
Reviewed 12 March 2018

Went on a Sunday morning. Arrived at 9:20 a d was car #8 at the gate. Got on the 10 o'clock tour. It was full by 9:35 so arrive early if you want the first tour. Our guide was Laura. She did a great job of explaining the flora, fauna and geology in layman's terms. Just a great experience.

1  Thank Anthony T
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

This was really enjoyable. Got there at 1:00 and wandered around the upland trail and looked at the exhibits in the building while waiting for the 2:00 tour. Guide was informative and trail was easy to traverse. There are quite a few steps, but it is not especially strenuous. The huge cypress trees, cave, and grotto were all fabulous to see. My teenagers even liked it. Definitely bring a camera.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Visited in January. Be sure to take the tour that is on the weekend-led by friendly and knowledgeable people to an area not open to the public.

1  Thank Sue M
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

We went on the weekend when the tour was available and a very knowledgeable and friendly guide took us into the canyon to the grotto and cave. Interesting scenery, a few birds, and a fantastic look at a special area-the pool and grotto. and the interior of a limestone cave that is actually still growing stalactites and stalagmites. Not an easy walk, not suitable for strollers. The visitors center is interesting too, and we walked the savannah areas and visited a nice bird blind that was quite active. They also have picnic tables available and good restrooms. Highly recommend visiting, but watch the hours and watch for the weekend $15.00 tour. Worth the money.

3  Thank sethelm
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

West Cave is one of those places where our visitors can't believe they are in Austin. They usually come here thinking they will see Texas scrub bush desert. Are usually surprised to see our hills. And, then when we visit a West Cave tour they can't believenthat they are in the southwest. A must-go location for your visitors!

Thank Alan F
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