Pflugerville, TX


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Pflugerville, Texas, is a hodgepodge of intriguing cultures. It is part suburban boomtown and part historical German burg, with a few other influences mixed in. But visitors find Pflugerville to be quintessentially Texan. In fact, the city was a major filming location for the popular TV series “Friday Night Lights,” which focused on that top Texas passion: high school football.

Any city that once had "Between a rock and a weird place" as its motto is bound to offer unusual treats for visitors, and Pflugerville celebrates its many eccentricities. On paper, Pflugerville is a booming suburb of fast-growing Austin. The town nearly tripled in population from 2000 to 2010, with not quite 50,000 residents today. City managers have since made the slogan more mainstream: "Where quality meets life."

Pflugerville traces its roots to the late 1840s, when the Pfluger family bought 160 acres and started a farm. Virtually all early settlers were German, Prussian or Austrian, though African-American cotton farmers established a community nearby in the early 1900s. Pflugerville gained prominence in high school football in the 1950s. From 1955 to 1962, the local team won 55 consecutive games.

In 2012 Money magazine included Pflugerville in its list of 100 best small cities in America. Located just 14 miles from downtown Austin, Pflugerville has all the sights of the capital city within a short drive. But Pflugerville attractions give visitors plenty of reasons to stay put.

Among the most popular area attractions is one of the newest: Lake Pflugerville. The Colorado River was dammed in 2005 to create the reservoir and recreational area, which is now open for swimming, canoeing, kayaking and wind surfing. Lake Pflugerville also offers a 3-mile trail for running, jogging and walking, along with a boat launch for fishing. Visitors to Pflugerville on the Fourth of July can take part in the annual Pflugerville Pfirecreacker Pfestival, which offers family activities, concerts, food and, of course, fireworks.

For indoor-outdoor fun, the city is home to the sprawling Austin's Park. This Pflugerville attraction has miniature golf, bumper boats, laser tag, climbing walls, arcade games and go-karts, all of which can be enjoyed with the purchase of an all-day pass. The pass also admits visitors to an all-you-can-eat buffet. Limited passes are available for visitors who want to experience a few pastimes.

Pflugerville's Blackhawk Golf Course is designed to accommodate both novice and expert golfers. The links-style course measures more than 7,000 yards from the championship tees along a terrain of gentle hills, trees and lakes. After playing 18 holes, golfers can unwind with a drink and great food at The Hawk Grill, which overlooks the course.

Visitors to Pflugerville will find family-style chain hotels and restaurants at every turn. For something different, quench your thirst at The Water Tank, one of two such nightclub-restaurants in the Austin area. The hot spot offers live entertainment from local musicians and signature Texas cooking. The blue-gray water tank on top of the building makes it hard to miss.