01 April . 2016
5 Reasons to Love Leander
Few towns of any size have as many fun associations with their names as Leander. Founded in 1882, Leander was named in honor of Leander “Catfish” Brown, a railroad official responsible for completing the Austin & Northwest Railroad line on which the town was located.
Second, there’s the “Leanderthal Lady,” a skeleton estimated to be 10,000 to 13,000 years old. She was found near Leander in what is described as one of the earliest intact burial sites in the United States.
Today, Leander is one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas, offering a great quality of life with everything from parks to trendy restaurants. Here are a few of our favorite things to do.
Southwest Williamson County Regional Park. The Quarry Splash Pad, with its super fun water slide and other water features, is one of many attractions at this popular 800-acre public park. There’s also the Cedar Rock Railroad miniature train, 11 soccer fields, eight tennis courts, a playscape and much more.
Take an Old Train. Not exactly in Leander, but a few miles south in Cedar Park, the Austin Steam Train Association offers crowd-pleasing train excursions through the Hill Country in 1920s vintage passenger cars. The Hill Country Flyer travels to historic Burnet in the Highland Lakes area, with a layover for lunch and shopping. The shorter Bertram Flyer travels to quaint Bertram. Many special trips are offered, including the Bluebonnet Festival Flyer, the Wine Flyer and the holiday North Pole Flyer.
Take a New Train. Leander Station is the northernmost station for CapMetro’s Red Line light rail line. Hop on one of the sleek modern train cars for a stress-free trip to Lakeline, Downtown Austin and UT. Leander Station could see some exciting mixed-use development in coming years as the surrounding Transit Oriented Development (TOD) becomes a reality. Austin Community College has already purchased 100 acres for its future Leander campus in the TOD.
Farm to Fork. Part of a wave of new farm-to-table restaurants featuring organic, sustainably grown foods, Farm to Fork is a standout in the Austin area. The menu is based on simple Texas homestyle comfort foods with a bit of French flair. Cooking classes, private parties and meals to go are offered.
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures. This popular Leander attraction offers five different ziplines, each providing a three-hour adventure whizzing over canyons and inlets along Lake Travis. Heights range from 250 to 2800 feet.
This article is part of our “5 Reasons to Love” series. See our other articles on Cedar Park, Round Rock, Liberty Hill, and Georgetown.
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