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Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

Address: 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs/Round Mountain, Austin, TX 78663 (Formerly Westcave Preserve)
Phone Number: +1 830-825-3442
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Ranked #33 of 400 things to do in Austin
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Owner description: Prepare yourself - the majestic beauty of our unique Texas Hill Country nature preserve will leave...
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Hours:
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.
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Dallas, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Had never heard of Westcave but when in Austin for a wedding we had time to kill so thanks to TripAdvisor this popped up as a top attraction. I've been to Austin several times previously but had never heard of this place. Wow! What an impressive facility and the staff was so enthusiastic, competent, and pleasant. Casey was our tour... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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55 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Great visitor's center and our guide was knowledgeable. Volunteer run but well organized and clean. Take the $10 tour. Interesting stuff.

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Harlingen, Texas
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12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We decided to go here after checking out what attractions were in the Austin area that we have not been to. This one came up and the reviews were very good so we decided to go. There were a choice of 4 tours of the cave today. We arrived more than the recommended 30-45 min before the tour. We selected... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Really enjoyed the guided hike. Took my seven year old along, and although she got tired towards the end, she enjoyed it as well. There were quite a few steps, and it was pretty hot. The cave and grotto were worth it, but there is also a nice prairie hike and great views of the hills and valley. Lots of... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The guided tour was informative and was done at a leisurely pace so everyone could keep up. The caves and the grotto are beautifully preserved, and it is definitely worth seeing. We were even able to see a hibernating brown bat! If you get there early enough before you take the guided tour to the cave, you can take a... More 

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Austin, Texas, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

$10/person for a guided tour which takes you down a short trail, then down stairs into an area by the creek and the cave. Great fun for whole family: lots of nature to see, we saw birds, deer, squirrels, really old trees and the small cave tucked in the back, where there was a bat hibernating.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

It was sooooo cold, in the 30s and wet. Wasn't sure we should even attempt to do this (especially with a two year old). It would have been a huge mistake to have missed out on this and once we got moving on the trail, we warmed right up. Do not let the weather discourage you from seeing this amazing... More 

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Miami, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We were lucky enough to meet Otis the brown bat as well as not see any snakes! The landscape is truly breathtaking and it's amazing how nature has taken back her land from such destruction.

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Austin, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This place is absolutely beautiful! Great to combine Hamilton pool (get there early) and then head to WestCave for a tour (weekends only). The grotto is beautiful and the staff is knowledgable. If you have extra time, head to Reimers for hiking, rock climbing and/or mountain biking. This is an extremely beautiful part of Austin for the outdoor person!

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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Been many times in the nature but never felt that people take care to preserve the nature like in this place. It should be a must visit to all visitors of the nearby Austin. But then it might become overcrowded. So be in time to visit otherwise they won't let you see this beautiful place and get aware of the... More 

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