Dubbed the Fastest Growing City in America by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2016, Georgetown is becoming a very popular place to live. It was named one of the Best Places to Live and Launch by CNN Money and is known for having one of the most beautiful town squares in Texas. As Austin grows, locals, entrepreneurs, families, and seniors are choosing to move to the suburb, which is located 26 miles north of the state Capital. Access to fun activities and amenities is always a concern, and ‘entertainment’ isn’t exactly the first thing to pop in our head when we think of Georgetown. However, there are actually a ton of activities available now-a-days, from nature parks to shopping and dining, to splash parks and playscapes. We’ve curated some of our favorites here!
1. Inner Space Caverns: The Inner Space Caverns is one of the best preserved caves in Texas, hidden underneath Highway 35. Once inside, there are several caverns ranging from extremely small to cathedral-sized, filled with stalactites, stalagmites, and all kinds of beautiful rock formations. Tours are available every 20 to 30 minutes on a first come first served basis and will cost you less than $20 per person (and about half that for a child). It’s definitely worth seeing, especially if you are a nature-buff.
2. Georgetown Winery and Vineyard: This local winery offers daily wine tastings, wine by the glass, and bottles to take home. They also sell cigars and other gifts. Come tour their 127-year-old building where they produce some of their award-winning Texas wines. Inside the winery they also make their own flavored oils and flavored balsamic vinegars, so visitors can really get a little taste of Italy in the Lone Star State!
3. Dell Diamond: Home of the Round Rock Express, the Dell Diamond is a great place to catch a ball game with the family. Their state-of-the-art facility is one of the top in Minor League baseball. There are also concerts, expos and festivals held at the Diamond, and you can find a schedule of Dell Diamond events from Do512 here.
4. San Gabriel Park Creative Playscape: This massive enclosed playground’s main attraction is their huge structure for climbing and playing on. Remodeled and re-opened in 2014, everything on the playground is pretty new. There are lots of things to climb on with stairs, ladders, rock walls and slides! There is also a shaded patio with benches and grass, although the playscape itself is in full sun. There is even a small pre-school area for the super young’uns!
5. Lake Georgetown: There is a lot to do on and surrounding Lake Georgetown, such as walking and biking trails, kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding! Georgetown Paddle Company is open daily 9AM to 7PM and offers rentals for stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes. They even have SUP (stand up paddle) yoga sunrise classes available!
6. Blue Hole Park: This park is located along the San Gabriel River, and is one of the more beautiful places to take a swim in the Georgetown area. The park has picnic areas, restrooms, and wading areas, and is the perfect place to take the kids on a hot summer day. The park is clean, safe, and relatively quiet even on the more popular swimming days of the year (although parking can be tricky on these more crowded days). Great dining options are right around the corner and the Bonner Trail is steps away.
7. Jim Hogg Park: Jim Hogg Park is also located on Lake Georgetown, but has its own distinct entertainment options. There are picnic areas, group shelters for gatherings, a swimming beach, and boat ramps. There is also a 26.5-mile hiking trail that surrounds the lake. Visitors can camp on the property as well, making it a fun area for a camping staycation!
8. Hawaiian Falls Water Park: Right near Georgetown in Pflugerville is Hawaiian Falls, a water and adventure park combination that offers summertime water fun as well as family experiences all year long. They offer rides, slides, and wave pools where your family can relax or experience some adrenaline. Tickets are also super affordable at $35 for adults and $25 for kiddos.
9. Georgetown Challenge Course: Who says adults can’t have fun outside too? This challenge course is the perfect activity for workplace team-building, as it requires a combination of teamwork, skills, and individual commitment to complete. The folks at Georgetown Challenge Course believe that growth takes place when people are active physically, socially, intellectually and emotionally so they created an opportunity to do so through the course. Visitors can participate in a low challenge (4 hour) course, or a low/high challenge (6 hour) course, and are encouraged to go as a business group.
10. Visit the town square: Dubbed one of the most beautiful town squares in Texas, Georgetown square includes boutique shops, restaurants, and even a fully functioning 100-year-old courthouse! It’s a great place to spend the day visiting antique stores, wineries, jewellers, museums, or the theatre before indulging in some southern style food. They even have an open-air market every 2nd Saturday where visitors can browse local vendors, and live music in front of the courthouse on Friday nights. How cute is that?