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Posted on July 29, 2020 at 12:23 PM by Lysa Gonzalez
The experience of Garison Park is not a typical one. The address isn’t public, there is no sign designating the entrance, and the only way you can get there is if you know the right people…which is us! Once you are inside the grounds, you will pull into an open field, but just walk 50 yards from the entrance and you will feel like you are in the middle of a Texas forest. You will be surrounded by lush green vegetation and tall heritage oak trees that you can see all the way to the slight glisten of water from Onion Creek. With over 40 acres of untouched nature, you will have plenty to explore in this hidden gem.
Explorers can enjoy over a mile of carved out hiking trails with plenty of natural features to get you in the hiking spirit. Pack your tackle box to enjoy a long afternoon fishing from the spring fed creek either on the shore or from your kayak. (Please note, to motorized watercraft are allowed and you enter and exit the water from the Garrison Park property only.) For the bird watchers out there, this park is located in the Edwards Plateau Ecoregion which is home to 431 species and if you are lucky you might spot a rare bird!
The parkland was purchased back in 2015 because of its beautiful amenities and potential for connectivity to City Park and Stagecoach Park. Plans for development will enhance the natural features by adding a fishing dock, a kayak launch and designated swimming hole. (Please note, at this time there is no swimming allowed.) What you see today is thanks to the hard work from volunteers and the parks staff who worked to carve out the best path for you to enjoy.
Ready to get out and explore!? To get access and directions to the park, you have to make a reservation here. The park is only open to 50 people per day, but you have 7 days a week from dawn till dusk to get your slot. See you on the trail!
Posted on July 25, 2020 at 6:08 PM by Gabriela Moore
Buckle up and take a drive into your next movie experience. Doc’s Drive In Theatre brings old school recreation into the 21st century with two drive-up movie screens, a full kitchen and beer and wine selections from the rooftop bar. Though a popular comeback during these socially distant times, to understand what makes Doc’s such a special place to visitors and locals alike you have to get to know the owners Chris and Sarah Denny.
With a genuine passion for putting smiles on every member of the family, they created Doc’s Drive In Theatre so that everything catered to families. From the movies they play to the themed tiny homes they have on site, there is something for fans of all movie genres.
“When we think of Buda we think of friends and family, so that’s why we built the drive in here,” Denny said. “You feel like your family out here whether you’re going Downtown to old Buda or even walking into Cabela’s. Everyone is just nice and friendly and we wanted to add to it.”
As if the open environment wasn’t enough, their crafted food is delicious! Doc’s Diner offers a wide range of your favorites like brisket nachos and unique hot dogs. Not a meat eater? They also serve up some delicious vegan and vegetarian options like their vegan chicken wings. And of course, you can indulge in all the movie theatre popcorn and candy you like. We can’t forget Mama Merlots, their rooftop bar, serving a selection of beers and wines to enjoy with your movie.
Insider tip: Want to bring more outdoor fun to your movie experience? They offer s’mores kits with your own little fire to make right at your car slot!