Take a trip to Mount Bonnell, the highest point in Austin.
At the peak you will find Covert Park, with 360-degree views that include the city skyline and Lake Austin. This free Austin experience attracts locals and tourists from around the world and offers a variety of activities. Visit Mount Bonnell and try one of these ideas:
to Visit Mount Bonnell
1) Celebrate milestones:
Mount Bonnell’s elevated views of Austin present a picture-perfect backdrop for engagement photos, family photos, pregnancy reveals, proposals and even an intimate wedding. Bring along a photographer to capture life’s most important moments.
2) Get some exercise:
Although the climb to the peak is only about 102 stairs and no hiking is required, it is still a great spot to get outdoors for some exercise. You can run the stairs for cardio, and then finish with a workout and stretch at the pavilion. Or, bring your mat and practice yoga on the plateau. Fresh air and a stunning view will surely get your body moving.
3) Combine business and pleasure:
Does your staff need a break from the office? Plan a team-building day at Mount Bonnell. There is plenty of room for team-building activities at Covert Park, and do not forget to pack a cooler for a potluck lunch. The park also provides a great setting for motivational videos for your business.
4) Make it educational:
There is a lot to learn about the history of Covert Park and the area that surrounds Mount Bonnell. The Frank Covert monument can be found at the viewing deck and another plaque explains a long history of the landmark that dates back to the early 1800’s.
5) Tap into your creative side:
Set up a tripod to develop your scenic photography skills, or zoom in to capture photos of the nature that you find along the trail. If you prefer, panoramic views of the city, lake, and nature will inspire beautiful sketches and paintings.
6) The perfect date:
Keep it casual with a playful adventure during the day, or step it up with a romantic walk at night. The twinkling lights of the city create a dreamy ambiance that you will not even find at the chicest candle-lit restaurant in the city.
7) Picnic with friends or family:
Pack a cooler and head to the peak with friends and family. The stone pavilion hosts the perfect picnic spot to lie out a blanket and enjoy lunch with a view.
8) Family fun
The quick hike only takes about fifteen minutes, so it can be done with small children. Mount Bonnell is dog friendly, so make sure to bring your furry family member, too!
9) Nature stroll
In addition to the stretch of the Colorado River that runs through Austin, you will find a lot of nature along the way. Keep a close eye out for Texas wildlife that includes trees, cacti, and botanical beauty.
10) Enjoy the sunset or sunrise:
You will not find a sunset or sunrise view like this anywhere else in Austin. The bold, brilliant and fiery sky creates Instagram-worthy scenery, but it is best enjoyed in person.