Live Oak Vistas is just 5-minutes from the charming town of Goldthwaite, Texas, so running out to grab groceries, a quick bite, or whatever else is on your list is quick and easy! Goldthwaite is known for being a great place to live and a nice place to visit, since it’s in the middle of everywhere! Small town values, guided growth, preservation of historical, cultural, and natural heritage are just a few of the core principles that make the City of Goldthwaite a wonderful place to call home. Come explore the town’s beautiful welcome center, spend the day at the Mills Country Historical Museum, or take a stroll through the magnificent Texas Botanical Gardens. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy the local city parks, swimming pool, and golf course for some family fun and outdoor recreation. The City of Goldthwaite also offers a wide range of events, from outdoor concerts, seasonal festivals, and sports competitions.
Proctor Lake is located in Comanche, Texas, an easy 51-minute drive from Live Oak Vistas. This beautiful outdoor paradise offers a number of recreational opportunities including boating, swimming, fishing, hunting, camping, hiking trails, parks, playgrounds, and more. Not only does Proctor Lake provide enjoyment to families on and around the water, but it also helps with flood control and water conservation, through a resource management program by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, for the North Central Texas area. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers focuses on conservation of natural resources to provide public recreational opportunities that contribute to an increased quality of American life, now and for the future.
Situated in the heart of Texas, Lake Brownwood State Park is a beautiful legacy to the Civilian Conservation Corps workers’ years of devotion in creating this natural masterpiece. Stay in a historic cabin, hike the nearly 6-miles of scenic trails, relax overnight on one of the lakeside campsites, or spend the day playing on the shores of the 7,300-acre lake. While there’s so much to explore off the lake, on the lake is where many visitors prefer to spend their days. Boat, ski, paddle board, fish, jet ski, swim, and more on the sparkling waters of Lake Brownwood. One thing is for sure, your family will never tire of things to do or experience at this one-of-a-kind state park.
Nestled in the heartland of Texas, Waco offers a prime location on the I-35 corridor between Dallas and Austin and is just an hour and a half from Live Oak Vistas. Waco’s the place to stop for plenty of shopping and restaurants in the charming downtown area. It’s also the birthplace of Dr. Pepper, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Waco is also home to the Waco Mammoth National Monument, a 100-plus acre stretch of wooded parkland along the Bosque River. The site provides a glimpse into the lives of Columbian mammoth bones discovered in Waco along the Bosque River and is part of the National Parks System.
Waco is not only brimming with Texas history, economic opportunity, and a rich variety of cultural experiences, but it is also a major seat of higher learning with three major colleges in its city limits including Baylor University, Texas State Technical College, and McLennan Community College.
The city boasts one of the biggest and best municipal parks in Texas - Cameron Park. The 416-acre park is located in the heart of Waco, next to downtown, situated on the Brazos and Bosque Rivers. It hosts numerous races, triathlons, boat races, and more throughout the year.
Austin is known as the "Live Music Capital of the World," but that's just the beginning. This vibrant and eclectic city is not only home to amazing music, but also a wonderful ballet, world-class museums, one-of-a-kind shopping, and beautiful outdoor spaces. You can just as easily spend your morning paddling the lake as you can strolling through a celebrated history museum. It is also home to unique attractions, world-class museums and beautiful outdoor spaces.
There's a reason Austin is often ranked one of the fittest cities in the country. From cycling to stand-up paddle boarding, water-biking to leisurely canoe-paddling - Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities. With 300 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 68 degrees, being active in Austin comes naturally. The Austin Golf Trail has assembled some of Austin's finest golf courses. Combining diverse topography, big name designers like Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones, Austin is the perfect setting for year-round golfers. GOLF Magazine has even deemed Austin as "The Best Golf City in America!" It's only fitting that the hometown of Lance Armstrong have some pretty killer bike trails, and Austin does not disappoint. The city was even ranked the 13th best city to bike in the United States by Bicycling Magazine. Austin's Parks and Recreation Department oversees more than 16,682 acres of land, which contains 206 parks, 12 preserves (sanctuaries for native plants, native animals, and unique natural features), and 26 greenbelts. These areas are open to the public daily and offer a great escape from the bustling city lifestyle.
Events, Food & Drink
Find something that speaks to you while browsing Austin's unique shops. Or make plans to partake in one of Austin's many events or festivals throughout the year. The Austin Marathon draws 20,000 runners from around the world. The Austin Food & Wine Festival showcases the best innovative cuisine. "Fun Fun Fun Fest" is known as the nation's best underground punk and alternative music festival; and Fantastic Fest, which features sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and other genre films, has become a favorite of film buffs and celebrities alike. Even literary fans aren't left out with the Annual Austin Book Fair featuring over 100 renowned authors from around the globe. SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals expand every year and the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park has performances by more than 100 bands. Our menus are memorable thanks to celebrated staples like breakfast tacos, as well as Tex-Mex treats paired with top shelf pitchers of margaritas at off the beaten path places. And let's not forget about the out of this world queso, which is a staple favorite of locals. Then there are the water-front locales on Lake Austin or Lake Travis. Or get yourself some BBQ at laid-back locales. And, no Austin visit is complete without a park-and-eat experience at any of our many personality-plus food truck and trailer venues.
Education & The Arts
The University of Texas at Austin offers continuing education degrees and opportunities, as one of the largest public universities in the United States and the largest institution of The University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, the university has grown to a 350-acre main campus with 17 colleges and schools, about 24,000 faculty and staff, and more than 50,000 students. More than 3,500 master's and doctor's degrees and 8,700 bachelor's degrees are awarded annually in more than 170 fields of study and 100 majors. Austin is not only home to some world-class museums like the Blanton, with the nation's largest University-owned collection on exhibit, and the Harry Ransom Center, featuring the First Photograph and Gutenberg Bible, it is also home to plenty of artists themselves. Austin has a growing art scene and is becoming more of a breeding ground for creative minds. You can explore the work of designers, painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, dancers and musicians here, at any time of year, any day of the week, in a variety of venues. With Oscar nominated filmmakers like Richard Linklater and blockbuster filmmakers like Robert Rodriguez calling the city home, Austin is even making its mark in the film industry. MovieMaker Magazine once ranked Austin #1 on their list of "Best Cities in the U.S. to Live, Work, and Make Movies."