This is Juliette. My husband, my 7-year-old and I usually review kid-friendly restaurants in Houston but we are branching out today. We spent a few days on a family vacation at The Antlers in Kingsland, west of Austin just north of Marble Falls.
It is right along LBJ lake and the best thing is you can sleep in a caboose! Oh yeah, it is as special to adults as to kids! We booked the yellow one and our son loved it.
We had reserved a real caboose on real train tracks and it is attached to two others. Inside, it is surprisingly comfortable and spacious. There is a love seat, a bunk bed ( fitted with Thomas the Train sleeping bags) a well-equipped kitchen (including a dishwasher!), a queen size bed and a cupola, a little nook with 2 seats!
As much as you enjoy the inside of your caboose, there is plenty of fun outside: just a huge expanse of grass to run around and play fun games and the lake. My son spent hours jumping off one of their three docks. There is a canoe and a row boat you can borrow as you please and lots of life jackets for everyone.
The next day, we drove for about one hour to Enchanted Rock at Enchanted Rock State Park. It was our first time climbing this huge granite rock for all of us and we really enjoyed the experience. We went early in the morning because it gets quite hot up there and the climb was just strenuous enough to make it an adventure but with good shoes and water, it was a good trek. Please, check their website for more information. After all this walking, the lake was just a perfect way to cool off.