Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, Austin

4.5
#3 of 6 in Wildlife in Austin
At our core, we are advocates for protecting and taking pleasure in nature. Our preserve in southwest Travis County serves as an outdoor classroom, for visitors to come explore, discover and appreciate our extraordinary natural surroundings. By doing so, we inspire a bond between individuals and nature. But we don’t stop there. We go further.

Our leadership of the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CiNCA) ensures that from an early age, kids learn to feel comfortable in nature. That they have access to it and understand its importance. That they have fun outdoors. And that their connection to the natural world turns into an essential part of their daily lives, both as kids and later as adults.

Our partnership with El Ranchito summer camp continues our mission and serves as a shining example of connecting youth to nature. We believe wholeheartedly that frequent interactions with nature result in happier, healthier and smarter kids.

Ours is a complete approach to advocacy. And it presents our complete commitment to nature and conservation for today and the future.
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  • This is one of the best kept secrets in Austin I think. Take the Guided Canyon Tour. I hate to spoil the ending, it's magical. It's like you stepped into a fantastical dream!  more »
  • This place is amazing!! The hike is very much for beginners and easy for young kids! The staff had ways been very friendly and knowledgeable. My kids learn every time we go.  more »
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  • This place is absolutely stunning just like the pictures. I reserved the spot with 2 adults and 2 kids (age 9 & 5). The trail only takes less than 30 minutes to get to the cave. It took longer going in because of the tour guide will provide some information about the nature. It is a very educational trip and the walk is nice and short for kids. I would 100% recommend this place for everyone (but not toddlers or infant). Make sure to reserve the spot online first.
  • 100% need to go. This was great! They now have an online reservation system and it was easy to operate. Staff was welcoming and friendly. Our 10am tour was on time and waited for others to use restroom/check-in. Our guide, Megan, was exciting and knowledgeable. She was great with all ages. Although hot, it cooled off as you hiked down the trail. Fair warning, there are a ton on steep stairs (which you also have to climb back up to leave). The waterfall area was so pretty. You even get to walk behind it and visit the neighboring entrance cave. Tour was about 2 hours long. Tips: Get the tour- it's worth it. Bring a camera. Wear good walking shoes. Be ready for stairs. Bring water.

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