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Entertainment and Recreation

Westlake offers a variety of entertainment and recreation options fit for the entire family. Nestled west of Austin in the rolling hills, the terrain provides some exceptional opportunities for hiking adventures along the Barton Creek Greenbelt or in the 227 acres of forest and trails in the Wild Basin Creative Research Center. The hills of Westlake also present one of the most spectacular scenic overlooks of downtown Austin. Located less than two miles north of Bee Cave Road, the overlook is on the east side of Capital of Texas Highway/Loop 360 and provides ample parking. Whether you’re looking for some quite time, artistic inspiration or a phenomenal backdrop for a family portrait, this spot won’t disappoint.

For live music and the performing arts, One World Theater is a stunning venue with panoramic hill country views and an intimate theater setting with only 300 seats. With its mission to educate and in-spire children and adults with innovative and exciting multicultural arts and entertainment programs, One World Theater is one of the area’s premier venues. Another opportunity to take in live performances is at the Westlake Community Performing Arts Center at Westlake High School. The state-of-the-art facility hosts year-round performances including the annual Nutcracker Spectacular and is a rental house as well as a place for students of Westlake High School to showcase their talents.

If you’re looking to learn more about the history of the Eanes Community here in the Westlake area, you will find it at the Eanes History Center. Located in the Old Rock School House in the middle of the Eanes Elementary School campus, the Center has many exhibits that archive the history of this long-standing community.

Another gem of the Westlake community is West Lake Beach, a seasonal recreational area that has been providing fun for residents since 1954. The beach is a privately owned park on Lake Austin, but it’s open to the public for spectacular summer fun from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend. With a small admission fee, the entire family can soak in the sun and enjoy a full day of play. You can test your skills on the volleyball court or horseshoe pit, grill out using the BBQ grills and picnic tables, and cool off in the swimming area. If peace and quiet is more your style, there is a dedicated area for fishing. The park does rent out for private parties, so be sure to call ahead to ensure it’s open.

In addition to the above, the Westlake area features the area’s finest golf courses including Lost Creek Country Club, Austin Country Club and Barton Creek Country Club. Speaking of the finer things in life, Hotel Granduca Austin, reminiscent of a private Italian villa, is the area’s only luxury hotel. The hotel continues the tradition of exceptional service, fabulous suites, splendid dining and luxurious amenities.

Being so close to downtown Austin, you are not more than 10 minutes away from the variety of entertainment, museums, nightlife, parks and so much more that Austin has to offer.

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