With winter slowly disappearing and spring finally emerging, it’s time to rid yourself of cabin fever and finally get outside. Springtime in Texas is full of bluebonnets, warm air, and sunshine, especially in the Hill Country. Hutto, Texas, right outside of Austin, offers a variety of great activities to help you welcome springtime with open arms.
One of the best things about getting out of that winter rut is finally dusting off your sports equipment that hasn’t been touched since the fall. If it’s golf you seek, one of the finest golf courses around is Star Ranch Golf Club, an 18-hole, Bechtol-designed championship venue. The club is open to properly attired patrons and features a deluxe clubhouse to unwind, dine, and have a drink. The club hosts numerous tournaments, outings, weddings and banquets throughout the year.
About a PAR 5 away from Star Ranch is another great golf venue, Forest Creek Golf Club, named Best Public Golf Course in Central Texas. The course offers multiple tee boxes for everyone from people just learning to play for fun to those with championship skill levels. Players over 60 should be sure to join in on the Senior Game, played every other Wednesday, as it’s a great way to make lifelong friends and enjoy a regular outing with like-minded people.
A play day at Fritz Park (400 Park Street Hutto, Texas 78734) should include a picnic and a nice walk to Cottonwood Creek. There is a range of playground equipment for kids 2-5 and 5-12 years old. Play some full-court basketball or sand volleyball, and take advantage of the lighted ball fields and a clean restroom building open for all to use. Get the family together on a sunny day, pack a picnic, and enjoy all that Fritz Park has to offer.
Other great spots to bring a packed lunch and soak up the warm weather are Creekside Park, Country Estates Park, and Hutto Lake Park.
Catching a Baseball Game
Root, root, root for the home team. With spring comes baseball season, a Hutto favorite. Residents love to cheer on the Hutto High School Hippos as they challenge Cedar Creek, Killeen, Waco, Elgin, and other rival schools. Follow their schedule and catch the next home game!
And these kids can really play ball. Don’t be surprised to someday see these players at the nearby Dell Diamond, where the Triple-A Round Rock Express minor league baseball team plays fewer than 3 miles west on Highway 79. The kids will love meeting the mascot, Spike, and parents will relish seeing some of their favorite players round the bases.
Enjoying Other Quirky Fun
For those looking for some “quirky” fun, try to identify the more than 3,000 concrete hippos located throughout Hutto. As noted above, the local high school mascot is also the hippo. The lore goes that a traveling circus was stopped at a local train depot when a hippo escaped the railcar and made its way to a nearby creek to cool off. To say that Hutto is proud of its mascot would be an understatement.
The great thing about living at Star Ranch in Hutto is the fact that Highway 130 is fewer than five minutes from your front door. 130 extends to Georgetown to the north and to Interstate 10 to the south, meaning you can get to the city in no time! The best part about the area’s proximity to the city is that a Hutto resident can legally speed south on 130 at 85 MPH and be at Bergstrom International Airport in half an hour, with no traffic lights or jams.
Hutto, Texas, is a small town in Texas with no boredom in sight.