Georgetown: The Best Kept Secret of Texas Hill Country
Georgetown Tx has somehow managed to fly under the radar for far too long! This quaint little town has so much to offer it’s visitors that you’re sure to fall in love with it!
Hill Country has no shortage of natural swimming holes, unique places to stay, delicious restaurants to eat at, and places to explore and Georgetown easily challenges some of these bigger known cities with half the crowds and twice the natural beauty.
Located 30 miles north of the hustling and bustling big city of Austin, Georgetown is the perfect place to spend a day or a weekend swimming, eating, and exploring. Here are our top reasons why Georgetown is Central Texas’ Best Kept Secret:
THINGS TO DO IN GEORGETOWN
Blue Hole Park
Blue Hole is a beautiful lagoon located off the San Gabriel River. It is a popular destination for hiking, biking, and swimming and is often included in lists of Austin’s best swimming holes. With towering limestone bluffs and serene blue water this is the perfect place to cool off!
Location: Blue Hole is located at Second and Rock St. There is free public parking located on the corner of Rock & 3rd Street in either the parking lot or garage.
Hours: 5AM- 10 PM Daily
Inner Space Caverns, Georgetown Tx
Hidden for 10,000 years and accidentally discovered in 1963 by a Texas drilling team, Inner Space Caverns is one of the best preserved cave systems in Texas. These caverns are still living which means they’re constantly changing and taking on new shapes. The cave system is 72 degrees year round which can be a nice break from the summer’s heat or somewhere warmer to explore during the winter months.
The Adventure Tour is one of the most popular tours and runs from an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes long. The adventure tour gives you some of the best views of their largest and and most decorated formations. You can choose which tour you’d like to take as well as purchase your tickets online.
Location: 4200 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Georgetown, TX 78626
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am-4pm Saturday & Sunday: 10 am-5 pm
Tickets: Children 3 and under: Free
Children 4-12: $14.95
Friday- Sunday Children: $15.95
Stroll Through Texas’ Prettiest Town Square
Voted as “Texas’ Most Beautiful Downtown Square” this strip of restaurants and shops are a must see. Grab a coffee, visit a classic wooden toy shop, indulge in sweet treats, shop in boutiques, and stroll through the historic square of downtown Georgetown.
Some must visit stops in Downtown:
- 600 Degrees Pizza
- All Things Kids
- The Baked Bear
- Day Tripper World Headquarters
- Red Bird Mercantile
- Mikey V’s Hotsauce
- Lampost Coffee
- Historic Williamson County Courthouse
Sweet Eats Fruit Farm
Location: 14400 E. State Highway 29 Georgetown, TX 78626
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9 am-6pm
Tickets: Children under 2 are Free
General Admission: $16 per person
Sweet Eats is mostly known for it’s fall festival but it’s so much more than that! It is the ultimate family friendly fun spot to be! The kids are sure to have an absolute blast here doing all the fun activities they have to offer. You’ll definitely want to plan a full day here! Some of the main attractions are:
- Pumpkin Patch (Seasonal)
- Petting Zoo
- San Gabriel River
- Pony Rides
- Fruit Picking (Seasonal)
- Jump Pad
- Treasure Mountain
- Obstacle Course
- Apple Sling Shot
- Tire Pile and Slides
and so much more!
Watch The Sun Go Down at Lake Georgetown
Lake Georgetown is a reservoir located off the San Gabriel River. It is a beautiful blue lake that you can pack a desert for and go catch the sunset like we did!
Walk Around the Oldest College Campus in Texas
Southwestern University was formed in 1873 making it the oldest college campus in Texas. The campus is a beautiful mix of architecture and nature with swopping old trees. Southwestern University is famous for attracting well known speakers one being Hellen Keller.
Shop At A Vintage Toy Shop
While you’re visiting downtown Georgetown be sure to stop in at ‘All Things Kids’. It is a vintage feeling toy shop full of mostly wooden toys with an icecream and candy shop located in the back.
Go Mural Hunting
One of our favorite things to do in each city we visit is to find the welcome mural! Georgetown’s main mural is located at Gus’s Drug store as well as their Red Poppy mural!
Where To Stay in Georgetown Tx
Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel
The Sheraton is centrally located to so many of Georgetown’s main attractions making it the perfect place to stay while exploring the city. Our favorite part of staying at the Sheraton was the heated pool, hill country views, and the many parks located within walking distance to the hotel. There are even bikes you can ride, courtesy of the hotel, that you can use to bike down the popular trail right behind the hotel.
Where To Eat in Georgetown Tx
600 Degrees Pizza
600 Degrees has a pretty big reputation and it held up well! They had some of the best garlic bread I’ve ever had! Their hot wings and pizza were equally as good! Make sure to stop in and grab a slice here!
The Baked Bear
I can not say enough good things about this place! I’ve never seen an ice-cream shop that makes custom ice cream sandwiches! You pick a cookie, ice-cream flavor, topping and they make it all fresh right in front of you. You can even have your cookie warmed up without melting your ice-cream!
Stop in at this old timey diner and grab a traditional American style breakfast at this popular Georgetown spot! I recommend the chicken and biscuits, they were some of the best I’ve ever had! They even made mickey mouse shaped chocolate chip pancakes for the kids!