One of Austin's oldest tourist attractions, Mount Bonnell is also one of the highest points in the city — there is ... More
One of Austin's oldest tourist attractions, Mount Bonnell is also one of the highest points in the city — there is an incredible view of Lake Austin and the downtown skyline right by the picnic tables. Legend has it that the 99 steps to the top hold enchanting qualities: if a couple climbs the mount once, they fall in love; twice, they become engaged; and three times, they are destined to be married.
I loved this place. I just recently went for my first time, with a really good friend. It was such a beautiful view. I went during the night, which i'm sure isn't the best time since I've heard that weirdos come out around the night and scope the place for cars to break into, but we didn't have any problems and there were not that many people. There is a small trail, and I loved getting to see the area. If you're going with kids try not to take the trail as there are some places that aren't blocked off. Wear comfy shoes so you don't fall!
The view was awsome and you can get up using the stone stairs (roughly 100 steps) or the longer way with the better view on the side. Some might consider the walk a bit exhausting but it is not too bad. The only problem I had here was that I was with my 2 yr old son and we had to keep a very very tight hold of him since there were no barriers preventing a fall for long stretches. It is also far from stroller friendly so keep that in mind when you plan your trip.
A good friend of mine took me to Mt.Bonnell after a very lovely dinner for my 21st birthday. Although it was very dark, the view of the city is absolutely beautiful! It is definitely a must when you are in Austin.
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