In March, the lake levels were down and the Bald Eagles were heading north, so we were scheduled to go on the "History of Old Blufton Tour". My kids and I were pretty excited to go on this tour, as the website told us we would get to see the remains of a town that had been submerged by Lake Buchanan!
One story in particular - why the cruise is named the 'Vanishing Texas River Cruise' - resonated with us. Texas has undeveloped areas (still?) that is quickly disappearing as land gets divided up and sold off. The Old Western ambiance is fading and the originators of the VTRC felt it important that we keep the history alive. The cruise does a remarkable job of pointing out islands, bluffs, and areas of the lake that "use to be" something.
My children were anxious to see the town, so we kept up with one of the tour guides as we walked over to the ruins. She told us amusing stories of characters that lived in the city, including one of a man who left his mother in the now-underwater cemetery!
As we cruised back, we tried to picture the area circa 1937. We imagined how hard it must have been to have to move an entire city up hill and then have to see where you used to live covered in water. It opened up great discussion that day. And my son later told me, it was one of his favorite things he did all Spring Break! (Score one for momma!)
Many of the nearby lakes host a variety of activities such as boating, jet-skiing, camping, picnicking, hiking, and more. (Boat License Canada)
Make it a day by taking a tour of the Longhorn Caverns State Park after a cruise. Check our review here.
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Texas Travel Facts for Vanishing Texas River Cruise:
Location: 443 WaterWay Lane Burnet, Texas
Hours: Cruises are run 3-4 times a week at 11 am - Call for a reservation: 1-800-4-RIVER-4
Admission: Adults - $20.00
Children 2-12 - $12.00
Recommended Time: 3 hours (cruise is 2 hours - get there 1/2 hour in advance)
Good to know: Wear comfortable, rubber-soled shoes as there is a bit of walking; take your camera, lunch, and sunblock; you can purchase a box lunch in advance; there is a small gift shop