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Rancho Sienna News

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12 August . 2016

5 Reasons to Love Cedar Park

One of the fastest-growing small cities in Texas, Cedar Park was called Running Brushy and Bruggerhoff before it got its present name in 1887.

Whatever you call it, Cedar Park offers culture, adventure, history and great dining just a few miles from Rancho Sienna. Here are our Top 5 picks for Cedar Park fun.

H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. With approximately 8,000 seats, depending on the configuration, this state-of-the-art sports and entertainment arena hosts more than 130 events a year. H-E-B Center is home of Texas Stars Hockey and Austin Spurs Basketball, and events include everything from rock concerts to family friendly musicals. www.hebcenter.com

Vintage trains. Cedar Park is home to Austin Steam Train Association, which offers a wide variety of Hill Country excursions on its vintage trains. Departing from the Cedar Park depot, passengers of all ages can enjoy the Cider Flyer, the Princess Flyer, the Murder Mystery Train and many other themed rides. The North Pole Flyer is one of Austin’s favorite holiday events. www.austinsteamtrain.org

Texas’ longest zipline.  For a thrilling experience, the Lake Travis Zipline Adventure offers the longest zipline in Texas, gliding more than 2,000 feet across Lake Travis and the Hill Country. Four shorter ziplines start at 250 feet long. All tours last about three hours and include expert guides and beautiful nature walks. The most adventurous can launch off a 20-story cliff overlooking Lake Travis. www.ziplaketravis.com

Tasty dining. NerdWallet named Cedar Park as the No. 1 best city in the United States to start a new restaurant last year, and that bodes very well for the city’s growing scene for fine and casual dining. NerdWallet says the number of restaurants in Cedar Park doubled over five years, partly in response to a surge in new residents. Recent additions include In-N-Out Burger and Sushi Fever. Blue Corn Harvest Bar & Grill, offering sustainable farm to table dining, is another notable newcomer. To savor the flavor, check out Yelp’s Top 10 Cedar Park restaurants.

Holiday bonus. We promised five reasons to love Cedar Park, but we can’t help throwing in just one more. During the holiday season, be sure to check out the majestic 400-year-old Heritage Oak, located on the Quest Boulevard median, across from Scott & White Clinic. Its decorated with 30,000 lights for the holidays, making its 57-foot height and 80-foot spread even more amazing to behold.

This article is part of our “5 Reasons to Love” series. See our other articles on Georgetown, Liberty Hill, Leander, & Round Rock.