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Sensational Summer 2019

Looking for some unforgettable fun in the Hill Country this summer? Look no further than Dripping Springs, TX for entertainment for the whole family! Take a dive into spring fed swimming pools to cool off from hot summers days, make a stop at one of the many family friendly wineries, breweries and distilleries in the region or check out some of the many community events taking place all Summer long.

Springtime in the Texas Hill Country is known for abundant wildflowers along roadsides and in fields, but once temperatures start climbing towards the 90s and beyond, it’s the crystal-clear rivers and creeks that are the real crown jewels of the Hill Country.

Photo: Eat. Drink. Texas 

Swimmin' Spots:

The most popular and highly coveted place to swim in Dripping Springs is Hamilton Pool Preserve. The pool, a geological masterpiece was formed by thousands of years of water erosion which created a collapsed grotto, the canyons and a staggering waterfall. Reservations are required to get into Hamilton Pool and must be made online beforehand. Reservations are tough to get because of the popularity of the pool but if you can snag one of the limited reservations, you are in for a treat.

All along the Pedernales River are prime spots to take a dip in the delightful cool water, or just post up in a lawn chair with a local brew in hand. For public access, swim at either the State Park,Pedernales Falls or at Reimers Ranch, a Travis County Park. This easy going river is cool, clear and a great destination for an afternoon picnic with the family.

Located off 1826 across the street from Salt Lick BBQ is Camp Ben McCulloch and flowing through Camp Ben is Onion Creek. This spring fed, crisp and clean little creek flows particularly well after a spring rain and is a popular destination for local folks. Hop in a tube or sit back and watch kids fly off the rope swing and enjoy the delicious smells wafting from across the road at the best little BBQ joint in Texas.

Go for the burger and stay for the splash pad at Route 12 Filling Station. Route 12 is a relatively new restaurant located off of RR12 in Dripping Springs and already has become a very popular place for families. The splash pad is fairly large and there is also a playscape adjacent to the water feature. Perfect for taking your younger kiddos for a fun afternoon in the sun wile enjoying a great bite to eat!

Head to Founders Memorial Park for Summer fun. Located on the grounds is a walking trail, the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead (more on the Pound House later), a massive playscape and the Founders Memorial Pool. After splashing around in the junior Olympic sized pool, you can grab a quick snack from the concession stand while enjoying all the fun under the sun.

Camp Lucy and The Liney Moon, two local lodging companies in the area, are also opening their pools, for a fee, to folks to enjoy over the Summer. Check out their websites for fees and availability.


LOCAL PLACES TO GRAB A SWEET TREAT:

Cool off with a sweet treat like a snow cone or an ice cream cone in Dripping Springs this summer.

Located in the Pig Pen Station Food Park is Voodoo Ice, among other delicious food trailers. Specializing in some really unique and delicious flavors like Butter Beer and Picadilly, Voodoo Ice serves up the perfect Summer treat in the form of delicious shaved ice.

Down 290, closer to the Belterra neighborhood is Frozy’s Shaved Ice. With over 45 flavors to choose from, load up on one flavor or several at this New Orleans style snowball joint.

Whether it’s in a cone, a bowl, drizzled with chocolate over a sundae or blended into a creamy milkshake, you can get your ice cream fix at the Ice Cream Shop located within Almost Grown Play Café. Watch your kiddo engage, play and create while you can sit, chat or work while keeping a close eye on the little ones.

Family Friendly Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

Photo: Eat. Drink. Texas 

Wineries, breweries, and distilleries attract visitors from all over and are a great place to enjoy an afternoon in the Hill Country. Most also host tours and offer a highly educational, in-depth look into the production and creation of some tasty Texas beverages.

Several wineries, breweries and distilleries in the Dripping Springs area are family friendly and have awesome playscapes for the kids to play on. Vista Brewing, 12 Fox Beer Company, and Jester King Brewery are a few breweries that are perfect for a family trip.

For an exceptional glass of wine and a place that is also welcoming to the kiddos, head to Bell Springs Winery, Fall Creek Vineyards, Westcave Cellars, and Duchman Family Winery.

If you’re looking to hit up one of the many distilleries in the Dripping Springs area with the family this Summer, your best bet is to visit Treaty Oak Distilling. Yard games, music on the weekends, and a fenced in playground make this Hill Country distillery the most ideal option for a family outing.

Other Fun Activities:

Photo: Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center 

A visit to the Hill Country Olive Company and a tour through their olive orchard will have you feeling like you’re on a Tuscan vacation. Stop by the amazing gift shop, eat a bite at their delicious bistro, sample a glass of wine and make sure to snag one of their tasty olive oil cookies.

RoadRunner’s Kitchen and Spirits is a destination where everyone will have fun. On the menu, you’ll find classics like burgers, chicken sandwiches, hotdogs, and of course a robust menu of adult beverages. Activities on-site include 18-hole miniature golf, darts, horseshoes, ping pong and live music on the weekends.

If you’re looking for historical learning opportunities in Dripping Springs, the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead is your destination. The Farmstead is the original homestead of Dripping Springs, and on Sundays during the summer you can participate in their Summer Sundays event. With free admission, you can bring a picnic, enjoy old-fashioned yard games, listen to bluegrass music and take a tour of this immaculate restored historic home and property.

Learn something new about the ecosystem in your backyard at Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center. Take a guided tour down to the exceptionally beautiful grotto, explore the nearby cave and take in the serene beauty beneath the ancient Bald Cypress trees. During the Summer, Westcave hosts a variety of events including guided canyon tours and star gazing.

Special Summer Events:

Nothing says Summer in Texas quite like the rodeo and a massive firework display for the fourth of July. Lucky for you, Dripping Springs has both of these fun summer-time events!

Fire in the Sky is a free annual Independence Day professional firework show at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park. Pack up the whole family for an incredible evening of fireworks display that begins at dark-ish on the 4th of July.

Dripping Springs Fair and Rodeo is an annual event that also takes place at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park. This year the rodeo will be held on July 26-28. There’s barrel racing, mutton-bustin’, roping and plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy like face painting, pony rides, crafting activities and a petting zoo.

Check out www.DestinationDrippingSprings.com for a complete list of things to do all during the summer months in Dripping Springs.

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