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Sensational Summer 2021

Summer Fun in the Texas Hill Country

THis is your complete Dripping SPrings, TX Summer Bucket List!

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 or visit the Texas Hill Country Olive Company for an educational and entertaining tour!


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Photo: Eat. Drink. Texas 

Enjoy the Best Swimmin' Spots in Dripping Springs!

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Pedernales RIver

  • 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.
  • Visitors must make a reservation online to visit Pedernales Falls State Park. No reservations are required to enter Reimers Ranch, but make sure to check their website for capacity limits.
  • The easy going Pedernales river is cool, clear and a great destination for an afternoon swim with the family.


Camp Ben McCulloch

  • Located off 1826 across the street from the world-famous 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. After your swim, pick up some delicious BBQ ribs, sausage, and sides or a bottle of wine from nearby wineries like Salt Lick Cellars or Fall Creek Vineyards.

Founders Memorial Park & Pool

  • Head to Founders Memorial Park for summer fun in Dripping Springs. Located on the park grounds is a walking trail, the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead (check website online for openings), a massive playscape and the Founders Memorial Pool. Founders Memorial Pool will open May 22nd for the swim season! Reservations are required!
Learn More about Founders Memorial Pool.

Camp lucy resort pool pass - BACK WITH A SPLASH!

  • The Camp Lucy pool day passes are back beginning Monday, March 8th! Relax by the pool and enjoy your favorite Tillie's cocktails every Sunday-Thursday beginning at 12pm. Availability is limited, and reservations are required. Please call Tillie's at 512-894-2633 to make your reservation.
  • Please note: Day passes are available for guests 18+. No children will be allowed. $50/person entry fee to be applied in its entirety as a @tilliescamplucy food and beverage credit. Outside food, alcohol coolers, and/or personal floats are not allowed at the pool area.


LOCAL PLACES TO GRAB A SWEET TREAT in DSTX:

Summers in Texas are hot! If you're looking to cool off with a sweet treat like a snow cone or an ice cream cone in Dripping Springs this summer, check out some of these awesome and delicious local businesses that serve up the best treats!

  • 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.
  • Enjoy a delicious popsicle at Frios Austin Gourmet Pops! This mobile trailer has setup a permanent location in the same shopping center as Route 12 Filling Station. Enjoy a variety of their yummy flavors including some gluten free options at their brand new store at the intersection of Ranch Road 12 and Fitzhugh. You have the option to purchase one delicious pop, or a dozen in-store, to-go, or curbside!
  • Kate's Soft Serve is a family owned ice cream truck that serves up delicious northeast style soft serve ice cream! This truck is on the move every weekend, so follow them on social media to keep up to date on where they'll be next!
Dripping Springs is also home to some recognizable chain restaurants like TCBY, Sonic, Dairy Queen, Whataburger, and McDonald's that will without a doubt satisfy any sweet tooth craving!

Family Friendly Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

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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.


Many Dripping Springs and Driftwood wineries, breweries, and distilleries even have restaurants or foodtrucks on their grounds so you can enjoy a delicious bite while sipping on a glass or pint.

If you want to bring the whole family, destinations like Treaty Oak Distilling, Family Business Beer Co., and 12 Fox Beer Co. are family friendly AND have playscapes!

Other Fun Activities in the Drippings Springs Area

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Photo: Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center 

Tour the Best Olive Orchard in the Austin Area

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.

Texas Hill Country Olive is hosting two tours this summer:
  • The orchard walking tour is a guided exploration of the 15 acres they farm in Dripping Springs, TX. You will visit different varieties of olive trees grown on-site as you learn about planting and harvesting practices. The tour will make a quick stop by the chicken coup and the farm-to-table garden before returning to the tasting room.
  • The Texas olive oil mill tour is a guided review of their Italian olive press, current milling practices & an educational overview of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The Tour will discuss what makes an olive oil Extra Virgin, how it's different from Virgin Olive Oil, how to store your oil, and keep it fresh as long as possible.

Book a weekend tour at the best olive orchard in Texas today!


Eat, Drink & Play at DREAMLAND

  • Dreamland is a destination where everyone will have fun. Activities on-site include miniature golf, covered pickleball courts, a splash pad, and live music on the weekends. Plus they have a variety of food trucks that serve up something for everyone's palate, and a full bar for the grownups.

Take a Tour at Westcave Preserve

  • 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. Guided tours must be booked online and do fill up fast so book your tour as soon as possible!

Enjoy Interactive Fun for the Kids and Delicious Food at Route 12

  • Go for the burger and stay for the splash pad at Route 12 Filling Station. The splash pad is fairly large and there is also a playscape adjacent to the water feature. Find family friendly fare on the menu, plenty of outdoor seating (great for social distanced fun), and fun in the sun for all ages!

Special Summer Events:

Nothing says Summer in Texas quite like a massive firework display for the fourth of July. Lucky for you, Dripping Springs puts on an incredible, and fun Independence Day event!


Fire in the Sky

Fire in the Sky is a free annual Independence Day professional firework show at the Hog Heaven on Ranch Road 12 South. Pack up the whole family for an incredible evening of fireworks display that begins at dark-ish on Saturday, July 3rd.


Fire in the Sky

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

Want to extend your stay in Dripping Springs? Check out the best off-the-beaten path bed and breakfasts in the Hill Country:


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