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Cedar Park is a major suburb of Austin, located just 16 miles north of downtown Austin. Home to almost 80,000 residents, Cedar Park is a bustling suburb that is great for families to settle down without the expensive home price of Austin or the busy traffic.
Here’s everything you need to know about life in Mueller.
Eat and Drink:
The Lakeline Mall area in Cedar Park is a great spot for tons of different food. If you’re a fried chicken fan and want to step your game up, check out Donkey Mo’s inside of H Mart Asian Grocery Store for Korean Fried Chicken. Our favorite sauces are the Soy Garlic and Sweet & Spicy. Spice fan? Try the Holy Donkey sauce, but don’t say we didn’t warn you first. Nancy’s Sky Garden is an Asian-fusion restaurant with a focus on vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. The portions are huge and everything is incredibly fresh. Our favorite dishes are the Sweet Potato Noodles and the Poke.
If you’re a ramen fan, we recommend EurAsia Ramen for a laid back dining experience with delicious ramen. Order the Black Tonkatsu, dumplings, and sushi to get a great variety of the different dishes this eatery serves.
Pig out and get your BBQ fix at Cedar Pork Smokeyard and Mexigrill! We love their Carnitas Quesadilla and basically any breakfast taco. But we recommend you get their early as Cedar Pork is known to sell out within about two hours of opening.
Lasagna, pizza, cannolis – all your favorite, hearty Italian dishes in one spot. Niki’s Pizza & Pasta is a casual Italian restaurant offering all your favorite classic foods, with the convenience of a drive-thru. Pro tip – their lunch special is a great deal. $9.99 for an entree, salad, and a drink.
For a sweet treat, head to Scoop & Score, a local ice cream and frozen yogurt joint. All the ingredients are super fresh and this spot was named one of Food Network’s “Top 5 Ice Cream Flavors in America” for their Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip.
If you’re looking for a drink and a snack, Zero Degrees serves bubble tea, coffee, tea, and small snacks. With specialty drinks inspired from Thailand, the Philippines, Mexico, and the Caribbeans, you’ll feel like you’re tasting flavors from around the world. Pair with their Carne Asada Fries and an Elote Cup and you’ve got yourself a great afternoon snack.
Breweries and Wineries:
Austin is full of breweries, like practically one on every street corner. But did you know Cedar Park has their own brewery as well? Whitestone Brewery opened with the idea that they wanted a space where people can enjoy quality, craft beer with friends and family, enjoy live music, and be able to bring your dog and sit on a patio. With a large variety of beers, you’re sure to find a brew for your taste. Try out multiple beers with a flight and grab a taco from the taco food truck on site. There’s plenty of space outdoor on their patio so you can bring your pup.
If beer isn’t your drink of choice, check out Bent Oak Winery in Cedar Park. Established in 2015, this local winery and tasting room sources grapes from Texas and California , offering educational tastings, full bottles, and more.
If you’re looking for tons of shopping all in one place, head to the Lakeline Mall. Shop around in their million-square foot indoor shopping center, grab a bite to eat at the food court, and see a movie – all in one spot!
The Parke is Cedar Park’s newest outdoor shopping center featuring a 365 by Whole Foods, a more moderately priced version of Whole Foods. For more outdoor shopping, check out 1890 Ranch for brand-name stores, boutiques, and a movie theater.
Brushy Creek Lake Park is perfect for all things outside. Enjoy a playscape for the kids, volleyball courts, water playscape, canoe launch, trails, and plenty of green spaces. With 90 acres, there are tons of spots for exercising, picnicking, bird watching, and more. The lake allows fishing and non-motorized boats like canoes and paddle boards.
Check out Sculpture Garden in Cedar Park for an exhibit or sculptures that are on an annual rotating display. While the park is completely free, donations are encouraged to help support public art.
If you’re seeking a little more thrill, check out Lake Travis Zipline Adventures. Located just about 20 minutes from Cedar Park in Volente, you can zipline, play, swim, and relax. The park offers five zipline courses as well as access to a private beach where you can swim, picnic, play games, or simply relax.
Splash Shack is an indoor water park for kids (or adults!) that features over 10,000-square feet of interactive water play structures. Whether your kiddos is riding down one of the water slides or splashing around under the water wheels, you can see them wherever they are in the park. While you cannot bring in your own snacks or cooler, Splash Shack has their own snack bar with a variety of pre-packaged snacks and drinks.
For a truly unique experience, check out Austin Steam Train Association. This one-of-a-kind experience will leave your locomotive-obsessed kiddo in awe as they ride on full-size trains. Choose from eight different train excursions featuring different routes and seating sections. Riding on any of these trains is like riding in a museum. Trips range from three to six hours, with layovers to visit local restaurants to grab a bite to eat. Austin Steam Train Association hosts special train ride events like the North Pole Flyer and A Day Out With Thomas. While most train cars allow all ages, there are two lounge cars that are adults only, as well as trips to Burnet’s own Wedding Oak Winery.
Cedar Park is home to the Texas Stars, the feeder hockey team for the Dallas Stars. All games are played at the HEB Center, where there is not a bad seat in the house. Food and beverage options are a plenty, with local, craft beer options. Parking is free and games are very family-friendly. Occasionally, the Stars will host themed nights, like Back to the Future Night and Super Heroes Night. Pro tip: be sure to bring a sweatshirt! Even though it may be 90 degrees outside, the arena is still cold.
For those raising kids and starting a family, Cedar Park is the perfect suburb to live in. While the housing market in Cedar Park is still extremely competitive, the average sale price of a home is much lower compared to Austin proper. According to Redfin, the average price of a home in Cedar Park is $365K which is up 14.3% from last year. Most homes are only on the market for about nine days. The public schools in Cedar Park have very high ratings, which is why this suburb is such a prime location for families. With five elementary and middle schools, and four high schools, there are plenty of good schools to choose from.
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