I am always looking for fun things to do with family around the Austin area. And as much as my family loves to Zip-line, I was surprised it took us so long to get out to try the zip-line eco-adventure tour at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours! This hidden gem, located southwest of Austin is a perfect way to have some family fun.
Cypress Valley Canopy Tours is located in Spicewood, Texas, about 30 miles west of Austin. I love the drive out there. The winding, hill country roads always seem to make me relax.
Owners of this gorgeous property, David and Amy Beilharz wanted to share it’s beauty in a fun way, that didn’t cause any drastic changes to the land. After experiencing a zip-line tour, they felt they had a unique opportunity to show guests the land from high above. Thus, they created a zip-line eco-tour.
A typical canopy tours last about 2 hours and consists of 5 zip-lines, 2 sky bridges, and a rappel down at the end. After a brief lesson, the group heads out on the eco-tour with 2 guides, one in the front, and one in the back. Fun & personable, they are there for your safety and I was impressed with how much care they took to ensure everyone had a great time.
We have been on many zip-line tours as a family, and this one was different than most. During the tour, the guides point out various trees, plants, & animals, teaching you about conservation of the land, and inspiring us to be more ecologically conscious. This was great for my kids to hear, as it made for a fun, yet educational experience – learning in a fun way!
The fun isn’t over after the tour. The property also has a cool swimming hole complete with a zip-line & rope to swing out on. By the edge of the hole is a nice grove of trees with picnic tables & hammocks. Bring a snack or sack lunch to enjoy in the shade.
Overnight Treehouse Stay
Another really cool experience can be had at Cypress Valley. Guests can stay overnight in one of 4 tree houses. The whole family can enjoy the outdoor experience in The Nest, which features 2 bedrooms and a kitchen. Or if you are looking for a fun getaway with your significant other, check out The Lofthaven, Juniper or Willow. I can only imagine hearing the gentle sounds of the forest as you drift off to sleep high above ground. Sounds like such a unique experience, doesn’t it?
I am so happy that we have unique experiences such as Cypress Valley Canopy Tours to do as a family. It’s moments such as these that create the lasting memories. We put down our electronics, we explore something new and we enjoy each others company – the way we should as a family. I encourage you to put Cypress Valley Canopy Tours on your to-do list for this Spring or Summer!
While you are out in Spicewood, plan a trip to Krause Springs too.
Texas Travel Facts for Cypress Valley Canopy Tours:
Location: 1223 S Paleface RR, Spicewood TX, 78669
Hours: Tours are by reservation only. They are generally open 9 am Thursday through Sunday during the spring. The summer season will begin Memorial day.
Admission: $75 per person.
During the Summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays, one child (17 and younger) can zip for free with each paying parent or grandparent. The Kids Fly Free discount applies on Fridays during Spring and Fall.
Recommended Time: 2-3 hours
Good to know: Kids ages 10 and up (minimum 70 lbs), wear longer shorts & closed-toes shoes, you may take pictures on the tour and they will provide you with a satchel to carry a camera safely in, if you use a GoPro, bring a helmet harness.