Spend the Day at the Capital of Texas Zoo in Cedar Creek, TX

When visiting Cedar Creek, you'll be treated to some of central Texas' finest wooded areas and the Capital of Texas Zoo, one of the state's many fine zoological institutions. When you approach the entrance, you won't expect much. However, what you find inside will make your day.

Capital of Texas Zoo
376 Jenkins Rd
Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 303-6675
www.capitaloftexaszoo.org

This smaller, privately owned zoo prides itself as an endangered species preserve. Offering a home to many exotic animals and Texas wonders, you'll have a memorable animal encounter. Experience the European wild boars, Quaker parrots, Himalayan black bears, mountain lions and Prairie Dog Town. It's like going around the world without leaving your Cedar Creek Inn. The zoo has a snack bar available where you can treat your family to snow cones, popcorn and soft drinks. It's open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, and sometimes longer; call or check the website in advance of your visit. Admission in 2011 costs $7.99 for those 12 and over. Children over 2 are $6.99 and under 2 are free.

Dinosaur Park
893 Union Chapel Road
Cedar Creek, Texas 78612
(512) 321-6262

After you've visited the animals of today, you may enjoy stepping into the past and visiting the animals of Dinosaur Park. Don't let the drive to the park fool you, once you step inside you'll be impressed. This outdoor museum displays life-sized dinosaur replicas designed to give visitors an idea of what the coloring and skin may have been like. Set on a nature trail, you can imagine how dinosaurs lived. You'll be impressed with the 40-foot-long tyrannosaurus rex. It's closed Wednesdays and on rainy days, so call in advance to make sure the park is open.

McKinney Roughs LCRA Preserve
1884 State Highway 71 W
Cedar Creek, TX 78612
(512) 303-5073

Perhaps it's nature that attracted you to the zoo, and to your Cedar Creek Bed and Breakfast. If that's the case, then McKinney Roughs LCRA Preserve will give you all the fresh air you could hope for. With over a mile and a half of river front running through 1,100 acres, there's plenty of room for the 9 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. Visit three box canyons and four eco-systems, which demonstrate the uniqueness of the Texas outdoors.

Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary
10808 Rawhide Trail
Austin, Texas  78736
(512) 288-1490
www.austinzoo.org

If you're a zoo lover, you may want to check out the Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary. With over 100 species and 300 animals, there's a great deal to take in. Whether you love the exotic animals such as the Barbary lions or the local fare, such as deer, you'll have plenty to see. Enjoy the petting zoo and feed the llamas, deer and goats in a safe and friendly environment. The Austin Zoo is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue of animals. Situated in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, you'll enjoy a scenic experience.