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Mount Bonnell

3800 Mt Bonnell Dr, Austin, TX
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Ranked #19 of 180 attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset, Walking
Description: Beautiful park looming almost 800 feet over Austin.
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Austin, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Going up Mount Bonnell to enjoy the sunset has been an Austin tradition for decades. It's an easy walk, it's gorgeous, it's peaceful, it's family-friendly. A great way to spend an evening.

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9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

There is nothing special about this place. It is around 10 minute walk up the stairs and you reach the hill. You can view Lake Austin from there and downtown. Thats it !!!

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Southern US
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Climbing the stairs up to the peak with 4- and 6-year-old boys was no problem. There are even a few picnic tables up there for a snack and drink. The kids loved exploring the little paths around the top, and I didn't worry about them other than the accidental brush against a cactus. Nice view of both downtown Austin in... More

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San Marcos, TX
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

A little 5 minute hike up the hill and you get a GREAT view of west Austin and the 360 bridge. Once you take in the view, there's nothing else to the place. It's worth a quick stop, or a photo op, but that's really about it.

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Austin, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Nice gem of a place that can be visited during 3 seaons. I am yet to brave it in the winter. will post an update next year. The view is phenomenal, the climb is fun. You can be adventurous and trod off the beaten path. My 8 yr old was on a roll and finding new trails all by herself.... More

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Baytown, Tx
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I really liked Mount Bonnell. It was easy to find, and cool to drive up those winding roads. We chose the stairs route, but you can also walk up a path. There are picnic tables at the top. Gorgeous view.

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Toronto, Canada
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136 reviews 136 reviews
107 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The trek up was a little daunting for the kids but once up it was amazing. Watched the sunset and a wedding up at the top. Beautiful place with views of the city that are mind blowing. Go in the evening.

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Houston, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

It doesn't take that long to reach the top of Mount Bonnell, and it wasn't awfully steep either. It's not really much of a hike at all. Once you reach the top, there's a small "park" with some benches that you can view the sunset from. Always pretty clean every time I visited, but could be rather crowded.

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Austin, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is a super short, nearly all vertical "hike" up to the top of the "mount"... but at the top there is a gorgeous, worthwhile view of the lake and the city so it's worth the trip to get awesome pictures. But, just don't expect a real hike if that's your purpose.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
34 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Nice view of downtown in the distance and the river in the foreground. A small park sits at the top of 106 steps from the parking lot. Worth a 1/2hr stay one evening. Obviously quite popular from the rubbish bins piled high with trash. Could be maintained a little bettr but maybe it wasbecasue we went just after the 4th... More

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