With nicknames such as "Bat City", "Waterloo", "City Of The Violet Crown", "The Capital City", "Hippie Haven", "Blueberry in the Red State", "Live Music Capital of the World", and "River City", and with its unique and ever popular slogan "Keep Austin Weird", is there really any reason to vacation any place else? Austin is a one of a kind gem. There's just nothing else like it. Its diverse culture, landscape, events, original and quirky attractions, phenomenal food, and laid-back energy make it an ultimate staycation location for just about any single, couple, or family.

Whether you're new to the area, or were born and raised here, Austin offers so much to see and do. And if you're looking for some Austin staycation ideas to experience on your next…

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When you are a kid, summer is all about fun. School is out, and there is no homework! However, after a few days of just lounging around the house, everyone will be bored and will want something new and different to do. This is where you, as a parent, can score big points by sending your kids to any number of fun camps around the Austin area.

The Austin Parks & Recreation Department has a large number of summer programs for children five to 12 years of age and a few programs for teens. These programs run the gamut from outdoor adventures to cultural activities. The cost of the camps vary, and parents can apply for financial aid. The Austin Parks Summer Playgrounds Program is a free, supervised recreational program that takes place on different…

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Are you looking for somewhere to cool off this summer or just looking for something to do with the kids? Break out your swimsuits and sunscreen, the dog days are finally here and Central Texas is the best place to enjoy the summer sun!

Krause Springs

Take a dip in the blue waters of Krause Springs in Spicewood, a small town only 30 miles from Austin. Visitors can swim under waterfalls, explore coves, and swing into the water on a rope swing. Krause Springs is on private property but tickets are available for a fee of $5 for kids 4-11 or $8 for adults. This summer paradise is the perfect way to beat the heat!

Hamilton Pool

Central Texas has no shortage of pristine natural water holes, as Hamilton Pool Preserve shows. This natural pool was…

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