Here is some helpful information for our out-of-town parents/families bringing their child to camp.
Where do I stay?
If you’ve enrolled your child in Day Camp, aren’t from the Austin area and don’t have relatives your child can stay with, then we know you’ll need to have plans to stay somewhere, hopefully both nice and convenient, during camp week. We think that one of the best areas to stay is in the Northwest side of Austin, near US Hwy 183, TX-183A (Toll Road) and Ranch Road (RR) 620. As well, near Ranch Road (RR)1431 (also known as Whitestone Blvd) and TX-183A in the Cedar Park/Leander communities.
These areas are exploding with restaurant, shopping, theater and hotel development. The whole area is a very good place to stay in that you’re halfway between Iron Horse Country Ranch and the city of Austin and Lake Travis – in the middle of everything. Shopping includes premium stores at 1890 Ranch and The Parke as well as the more traditional indoor Lakeline Mall. There is also lightrail service running from downtown Austin to stations in both Cedar Park and Leander – you can park your car and hop the train for a relaxing ride to see the sites of Austin.
We are located 25 minutes north of this area, if you want to plan actually driving your camper to us. Lake Travis is 20 minutes away and downtown Austin is about 25 minutes as well. Austin has much to see, do and taste! To name a few: the Bob Bullock History Museum and Imax Theater, The University of Texas’ Natural History Museum, the LBJ Library, the entire UT campus itself, Ladybird Lake, South Congress Street (“SoCo”) area for eclectic shopping and eating, delicious Mexican fare, bike, scooter and canoe rentals, Zilker Park…it’s endless. At night, there’s that famous Austin live music scene on 6th, 5th and Rainey Streets to name a few of the areas.
Depending on your budget, Lakeway Resort Hotel, right on beautiful, clear Lake Travis, is the place to stay. You will have tremendous views of the lake, be near a high-end outdoor shopping village called The Galleria and not far from a nice hill-country drive down West Hwy 71 across the Pedernales River to Llano. Lakeway area families use our Steiner Ranch Elementary shuttle which is 15 minutes from Lakeway Resort.
Another thought, based on actual parent feedback, is staying in Burnet, Texas which is a 15 minute drive to the ranch. One parent stayed several years in a guest house rented through AirBnB that had a pool. Burnet has its own attractions nearby including Inks Lake State Park, Lake Buchanan and Damn, Longhorn Cavern State Park, Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park, antique shopping and Hill Country Motorheads, a motorcycle museum for heaven’s sake! Who knew!
Burnet is a hop, skip and jump away from Marble Falls, Texas where there is more shopping and restaurants, a winery, Lake Marble Falls, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and nice shops and restaurants.
In sum, most out-of-town parents enrolling their children in Day Camp, stay north of Austin, drive out to camp on the first day, let their kids come back into town on the shuttle for the convenience factor and then use the shuttle the rest of the week. On the last day, “Parent Day” or “Show Day”, the kids come on the shuttle but leave with the parents after the show, which is between 1 and 2pm.