Things to Do in Texas Hill Country
Attractions & Things to Do in Texas Hill Country
The Texas Hill Country is not quite like any other region in Texas. Limestone bluffs, natural springs, fields of lavender and bluebonnets, a thriving arts and culinary scene, and a laid-back atmosphere combine to create a one-of-a-kind place.
Blair House Inn is conveniently located near all the best things that the Texas Hill Country has to offer. Whether you are looking to get out and explore the scenic beauty, visit local wineries and restaurants, spend the day shopping, or explore the history of the area, you’ll find endless things to do in Texas Hill Country and Wimberley.
To help plan your vacation to the area, we’ve collected some of the best things to do in the area into a few suggestions to help you make it an unforgettable experience.
Our Favorite Things to Do in Texas Hill Country
The beauty of the Texas Hill Country cannot be overstated. This is in part due to the diversity of natural features of the region. For millions of years, the waters of central Texas have worked the native limestone into stunning landscapes that provide beautiful places to hike and swim.
You’ll find everything from looming caverns to sparkling swimming holes to rugged bluffs to delicate wildflowers and beyond. The ways that you can explore the Texas Hill Country are as numerous as the kinds of beauty you’ll find here—check out some of our favorites below!
Swimming Holes | Barton Springs Pool, Blanco State Park, Blue Hole Regional Park, Hamilton Pool Preserve, Jacobs Well Natural Area, Krause Springs
Hiking | Blanco State Park, Canyon Lake Gorge, Cypress Creek Nature Trail and Preserve, Natural Bridge Caverns, Pedernales Falls State Park, Zilker Botanical Garden
Tubing | Guadalupe River, San Marcos River
Lavender Fields | Becker Vineyards, Hill Country Lavender, Rough Creek Lavender Fields
Scenic Drives | Visit during bluebonnet season for a truly stunning backdrop
Arts & Culture
Over the years, Wimberley has become a haven for talented artists and craftspeople, but don’t be fooled into thinking you have seen it all after you’ve browsed the shops and the galleries in the square.
While many talented artists display their works there, a number of local artists invite you to visit them at their studios to watch them work. You won’t want to miss the hand-blown glass demonstrations at Wimberley Glass Works, the amazing glass sculpture of Bill Meek, the innovative works of Casaba Glass, the fine craftsmanship of furniture-maker Gary Weeks or Philip Morley, or the fine metal art of Perry Bernard.
Galleries | Art on 12 Gallery and Studios, Bent Tree Gallery, Casa de Linda Art Studio, Stediel Fine Art, Wandering Oaks Fine Art Gallery
Museums | Bob Bullock State History Museum, Canyon Lake Heritage Museum of Texas Hill Country, Lyndon B Johnson State Park & Historic Site, National Museum of the Pacific War, State Capitol Building
Music | Broken Spoke, Cheatham Street Warehouse, the Continental Club, Gruene Hall, Luckenbach Dance Hall, Whitewater Amphitheatre
If you are looking for a taste of Texas in the classic sense, there is no better place to visit than the Lyndon Baines Johnson Ranch. This working ranch has all the things Texas is known for- longhorns, cowboys, and a look at the life of a true Texas original. It also includes the Sauer Beckmann Farmstead which is a working farm restored to its original 1918 condition and run exactly as it did at that time.
For anyone visiting Austin, the State Capitol building is always at the top of the list. Made from local pink granite, it marvelously crafted in every detail down to the custom designed door hinges.
Whether you find yourself in Fredericksburg or Wimberley, there are eclectic shopping opportunities available to you here.
Fredericksburg is perhaps the best-known German town in the Hill Country and has several shops and restaurants along its main street, presenting a blend of old and new world style. Be sure to visit the Marktplatz while you’re here to see the Vereins Kirche!
Wimberley is a sleepy, Texas-friendly down, but don’t think that means there isn’t anything to do here. Far from it! There are a variety of unique shops and stores here selling everything from antique furniture to artisan soaps.
The novice shopper may be completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of stores, but the die-hard discount shopper will think they have gone to heaven when they visit the San Marcos outlets! San Marcos offers not one, but two outlet malls with name brand stores for every possible shopping desire. This is not shopping for the faint of heart so wear comfortable shoes, and bring your credit cards.
Wining & Dining
The favorable climate of the hill country makes it ideal for producing wine. If you are an enthusiast of good wine or good food, Texas Hill Country is just the destination for you, and if you’d like to enjoy the finest dining around, the Blair House Inn is the perfect place to stay.
Choice wines from Texas Wine Country vintners pair with fantastic dining options which makes for memorable meals. Whether you choose to dine in chic environs or outdoors under the trees, you’re sure to discover delicious fare in the Texas Hill Country.
This is just a small sample of the countless things there are to do in the Texas Hill Country. For even more suggestions on what to do during your time here, be sure to download our free vacation guide! It’s sure to save you some time planning your trip.
You may also want to try one of the favorite pastimes of our visitors–relaxing!
Enjoy a long hike around the inn grounds. Get a massage by one of our massage therapists. Relax by the outdoor pool and hot tub, or grab a book and rest in one of our hammocks under the trees. Or, simply spend some time unwinding in your luxurious room.No matter what you are looking for, you can find it in the Texas Hill Country and at Blair House Inn!