Summer is here and Texas' furnace like heat is upon us. While it's a great time to get outside and soak up the sun sometimes you just want to get away from it. To help with that we've got some ideas that are great for the kiddos and adventurous grownups alike.
Longhorn Caverns and Inner Space Cavern
If you're in Central Texas there is a ton of limestone underneath your feet. The underground rivers that flow through the area have carved an intricate maze of caves that are available for you to explore, many including guided tours. One of the biggest cave systems is the Longhorn Cavern State Park in Burnet, a 60-mile drive from Austin. For something a little closer to home, check out the Inner Space Cavern, a privately owned cave system in nearby Georgetown. Both of these are rife with natural beauty, an approximately 80-minute guided tour, and a climate consistently at a merciful 70 degrees.
Texas Union Bowling Alley
The bowling alley in the basement of the Texas Student Union on campus is a secret long held by UT students, but did you know that the general public can join in on the subterranean action. The alley is a great place to hang out, with fun blacklights and 8 lanes it's easy to spend all day here. Keep in mind that the alley has recently started closing to non-students after midnight.
Texas Union Bowling Alley: www.universityunions.utexas.edu/texas-union/scene/underground/facilities-and-rates
On Congress Avenue, you will find a neon sign and an unassuming staircase leading down. Inside you'll find yourself transported to a club with a golden age of Jazz feel. Featuring live music every night at 9:30 pm and a well-stocked bar you're sure to have a good time grooving the night away.
Elephant Room: www.elephantroom.com
La Condesa’s Flour House
La Condesa is an excellent Mexican restaurant located in Austin's 2nd Street District. The restaurant is built on top of a neat piece of Austin's history. Originally created in 1860 by a German immigrant hoping to open Austin’s first brewery, the underground space was paved over and forgotten until it was rediscovered in 1999. Nowadays, The Four House Basement can be reserved for private and group dining and drinking.
La Condesa's Flour House: www.lacondesa.com
This one's a bit off the beaten path but is so unique it's an absolute treat. Built underground the unassuming building consists of a winery, cellar and tasting room. Visits to this winery are by appointment only but assure an informative and personal experience every time.
Calais Winery: www.calaiswinery.com
Do you know of any other great subterranean hideouts? Let us know in the comments and until then see you underground.