Just 25 minutes up the I-35 from Austin is the charming town of Georgetown. Best known for it’s beautiful, friendly community and dedication to preserving its heritage, the town offers up plenty of fun things to do for locals and out-of-town visitors alike.
VISIT THE GEORGETOWN TOWN SQUARE
With its revitalized courthouse and surrounding Victorian-era storefronts, Georgetown’s town square has earned its reputation of being the most beautiful in Texas. But as locals know, the square is more than just a pretty face — visit to find a variety of outstanding restaurants, boutique shops, wineries and family-friendly entertainment options.
WE RECOMMEND: Getting your morning brew at local favorite 309 Coffee. Pair the house espresso with a tasty breakfast sandwich.
GRAB A BITE AT THE MONUMENT CAFE
A traditional Texas roadside diner, The Monument Cafe is best known for using local, seasonal and organic ingredients in all its food, and for having served celebrities like Matthew McConaughey and Guy Fieri. Stop by on the weekend for live music in the beer garden.
WE RECOMMEND: Trying Matthew McConaughey’s favorite: the King Ranch Chicken Casserole.
EXPLORE THE INNER SPACE CAVERN
Hidden for over 10,000 years, the Inner Space Cavern is one of the best-preserved caves in Texas, and the fourth largest in the state. Expert tour guides make cave exploration an unforgettable experience, and for young explorers, a playground, mining area and several fossil displays are all on-site.
WE RECOMMEND: The Classic Adventure tour, where you’ll learn about the history and discovery of the cavern.
GO FOR A SWIM AT BLUE HOLE
Bordered by limestone bluffs along the South Fork of the San Gabriel River, Blue Hole Park is home to a scenic lagoon that’s loved by local residents. Be sure to do as the locals do and try cliff jumping, or pack a picnic to enjoy lunch after exploring some of the park’s many walking trails.
WE RECOMMEND: If you have little ones in tow, be sure to bring a tube so that kids can have fun sliding down the lagoon’s small waterfall.
Step back in time at the Williamson Museum
Whether you’re a history buff or a curious tourist, the the Williamson Museum is home to a variety of exhibits that’ll let you engage and interact with Georgetown’s heritage. Learn about the history of law and order in Williamson County, discover the women who helped transform the area into what it is today, and marvel at local artist Devon Clarkson’s portraits.
WE RECOMMEND: Calling all cowboys! Keep kids entertained by visiting the Willie the Longhorn Kids Corral cowboy exhibit.
Images courtesy of City of Georgetown via Facebook (town square); The Monument Cafe (cafe); The Flash List Entertainment Guide (cavern); Visit Austin (Blue Hole Park); Wikipedia (museum).