Just 20 minutes south of Austin, Kyle is a picturesque little city with a huge amount of charm. It's an ideal spot for those seeking a more relaxed pace, but still super close to the big city and all its surrounding attractions (think San Marcos, Gruene, and historic downtown Buda).
But if you find your dream home at Crosswinds — the new master-planned community with designs from Highland Homes, Meritage Homes, and Pacesetter Homes — you'll discover there are plenty of fun things to do, right in town. At Crosswinds, families gather at the Windy Point amenity center to splash in the swimming pool, run around the playground, kick a ball across the open lawns, and hike and bike on the nearby trails.
A huge part of Crosswinds' appeal is the city in which it's located, so here are six attractions in Kyle that you shouldn't miss.
1. Kyle Market Days
Every second Saturday, from April through September, head to the historic City Square Park for an abundance of hometown goods. You'll find fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers, along with handicrafts, antiques, collectibles, and other handmade items. Be sure to make your calendar for October 13, when the Founders Parade coincides with the market to celebrate the founding of Kyle.
2. Lake Kyle
From sunrise to sunset, you can enjoy the glistening waters of this conservation preserve, which helps protect the area's original natural habitat. Secure a license and bring your rod to take advantage of the excellent fishing (pick up some bait at the lake's official office), or pack up some chairs and blankets and enjoy the free Movies at the Lake, which play after sunset on a 26-by-15-foot screen through August. Check the most recent schedule here.
3. Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
Built in 1890 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, this building is the childhood home of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Katherine Anne Porter. Today, it's a renovated museum that also houses Porter's books and hosts readings by up-and-coming authors.
4. Plum Creek Golf Course
Finesse your swing at this 71 par, 18-hole championship golf course that's set on 200 beautiful acres. The course's banquet hall and conference center is also a prime place to host events, while the yearly Kyle Independence Day Celebration and pre-fireworks festivities also happen here.
5. EVO Entertainment
The whole family can bowl, play games, eat, and watch movies at this all-in-one outpost for nonstop fun. Aim for a strike on one of the 14 bowling lines or try your luck at Ski-Ball or other arcade games. Take a break from scoring points at the full-service bar and eatery, then catch a flick one the floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall cinema screens, which are bolstered by Barco 4K digital picture and Dolby Atmos sound.
6. Cross Plants and Produce
Husband-and-wife owners Nathan and Jennifer Cross make each visitor to this unique plant nursery and produce market feel like one of the family. Rather than a get-in, get-out experience, shoppers are encouraged to stay a while, with picnic tables, swings, and even a kids' playhouse providing a warm welcome. Pick up Texas-native plants and farm-fresh produce, meats, dairy, and other fare from local farms and patrons. Later in the year, be sure not to miss the fall pumpkin patch and Christmas tree display.