In addition to the suburban benefits and recreational hub, the communities of Lake Travis are a short drive from the booming culture and arts of nearby Austin. Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin’s music reflects the varied and unique landscape of the city itself. A well-balanced combination of diverse cultures, social attitudes and political viewpoints converge in this high-tech city. Surrounded by sparkling lakes and rolling hills, Austin is a lush, green “city within a park” with a fondness for the outdoors.
Recreation/Points of Interest
With several recreational possibilities, Lake Travis residents can enjoy guided lake tours of the 270 scenic miles of shoreline, dip into the several fish coves and take off from multiple launching ramps. The area also offers natural surface hiking and biking trails on the Barton Creek Greenbelt, cool caves in the incredible Inner Space Caverns or a trip to Zilker Park, Austin's largest, most popular park offering swimming, trails and a miniature train. Just 20 miles from Lake Travis sits McKinney Falls State Park. McKinney Falls provides camping, hiking and mountain biking options, picnic spots and fishing holes.
Lake Travis' education is supported by its own independent school district. The district is comprised of five elementary schools (Bee Cave, Lake Pointe, Lake Travis, Lakeway, and Serene Hills), two middle schools (Lake Travis and Hudson Bend), and Lake Travis High School. Lake Travis High School is known for its strong academic curriculum and athletics program; the Cavalier football team is the only Texas high school football team to win five consecutive state championships (2007-2011).
The district has earned several distinctions including "Exemplary" by the Texas Education Agency in 2011. Starting in 2013, the Texas Education Agency released a new set of ratings that include "Met Standard," "Improvement Required," and "Not Rated" based on thorough evaluations in Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness. The Lake Travis Independent School District received "Met Standard" in all four areas.
Several higher education opportunities are available to residents, including the University of Texas at Austin, Huston-Tillotson College, Austin Community College and St. Edwards University.
Lake Travis holds the annual Crystal Ball as the profits support area schools. Residents can enjoy the Annual Fall Carnival in Lake Pointe, or attend community events with Lakeway’s Friends of the Park. Nearby Austin offers several special events including the infamous South by Southwest, an interactive film and music festival and conference; the Austin Marley Festival, the Annual Pecan Street Festival, showcasing local arts and crafts; the biggest biker rally in Texas, the ROT Biker Rally; and the Bat Fest, celebrating the treasured animals of the area with music, the arts and fun in September.
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