Imagine one of the most beautiful escapes in Texas. I am talking crystal clear river water, towering cypress trees, spring wildflowers, great wineries, and an artists community full of welcoming people.
If you think that I’m dreaming, think again! I am actually describing a small Texas Hill Country town, Wimberley. Combine this great atmosphere with so many things to do in Wimberley, TX and you have the makings for a great Texas getaway!
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Things to do in Wimberley, TX
Jump Into Jacob’s Well
Wimberley, Texas is located about 45 southwest of Austin, TX, making it an easy day trip or weekend getaway road trip from the big city! One of the best swimming holes in Texas, Jacob’s Well, is located in the Jacob’s Well Natural Area in Wimberley.
Filled by the waters of the Trinity Aquifer, the water pumping into Jacob’s Well is a cool 68-degrees.
Visitors can swim here from May 1 until October 1, but take note; you need a reservation (especially on the weekend) as this is a popular area and they limit capacity. The park is open to visitors year-round.
There is an extensive underground cave system at the well that attracts scuba divers, but note that the cave system is off-limits. You are not allowed to dive in the cave as it is dangerous.
Cooling Off in the Blue Hole
One of the top places to cool off from the sweltering Texas heat is the Blue Hole Regional Park.
Here you can enjoy the spring-fed waters in the shade of towering cypress trees, all surrounded by a 126-acre park in the Texas Hill Country.
A favorite attraction here is the rope swings. People just love swinging out over the clue blue water and making a big splash on their way in!
The Blue Hole swimming area fills up quickly, so reservations are required (especially on the weekend). And don’t forget, you can come to the park year-round! This is a great day trip from Austin to get out and enjoy a bit of nature!
Get a Taste of the Mediterranean at Bella Vista Ranch
The owner of Bella Vista Ranch, Jack Dougherty, realized after purchasing the ranch that the soil in the area is very similar to the soil found in the Mediterranean. This discovery leads Jack to try his hand at olive growing and has since resulted in a fabulous place for you to experience a bit of the Mediterranean in the Texas Hill Country.
After growing the beautiful olives, Bella Vista Ranch then presses them to make the fabulous local olive oils that you can taste and purchase!
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Find a Hidden Treasure at Wimberley, Texas Market Days
Wimberley, Texas Market Days is the perfect place to find a Texas treasure to take home with you. Originally established in 1964 with just a few vendors, Wimberley Market Days has grown into a great place for local artists and vendors to sell their wares.
Held the first Saturday of every month, admission is free and parking is a $5 donation to the Lions Club, making this a great weekend activity.
Taste Wine at Wimberley Valley Winery
Located outside of Wimberley, Texas on Lone Man Mountain Road, Wimberley Valley Winery greets guests with a large tasting room and plenty of wines to sample.
Outside, you will find decks with fountains and plenty of seating. Then throughout the property, you will find additional seating under the large oak trees that allow visitors to find a little place all to themselves.
Take note, Wimberley Valley Winery is a popular stop on wine tours and can get very busy on the weekend. Keep that in mind when planning your visit, especially if you want a tasting, or just join one of the local wine tours!
Check Out One of the Work of Local Artists
Known for being an artists community, Wimberley, Texas has numerous art galleries for you to enjoy.
One of our favorites is Wimberley Glassworks. Wimberley Glassworks features hand-blown glass lights, glass sculptures, vases, and platters. Wimberley Glassworks also hosts daily glass blowing demonstrations to show you exactly how they create their glass works of art.
Be sure and stop by Wimberley Glassworks gallery to see all of the beautiful hand blown glass art while you’re in town!
There are many other local art galleries in Wimberley, Texas that are open for visitors. Several are located around the downtown square and there are other surrounding town. Just look for their signs as you are exploring Wimberley, Texas. I know the community art gallery owners would love to see you!
Shop on Downtown Wimberley Square
If shopping is at the top of your list of the best things to do, then you need to hit the square. The Wimberley square, or “downtown” as locals call it, is full of shops containing décor, clothing, art, jewelry, and more!
Some of our favorite local stores include Kiss the Cook, Shop the Tree House, and The Bazaar. All of these shops offer unique and fun merchandise. You can often find one-of-a-kind items, some of which are hand-made by local artists.
Swim in Cypress Creek Falls
When most people think of swimming in Wimberley, Texas, they think of the Jacob’s Well, but what if I told you that there is another great Wimberley swimming hole?!
Cypress Creek Falls located on Cypress Creek is another great escape from the Texas heat while still enjoying nature. Cypress Creek is spring-fed from Jacob’s Well, making it cold and refreshing year-round.
Now, you have to “check-in” at the Cypress Falls Lodge and purchase a wristband. They are busy on the weekend, so make a reservation.
Get an Ice Cream at The Wooden Spoon
The Wooden Spoon is a great way to cool down from the hot Texas Hill Country sun. Grab a scoop of one of their unique flavors like watermelon or strawberry shortcake. If you’re feeling really adventurous, then top that scoop of ice cream with one of their many toppings!
Have a Great Meal at the Leaning Pear
Foodies, be sure that you have The Leaning Pear on your list while visiting Wimberley, Texas.
Known for their locally sourced seasonal food, the Leaning Pear is sure to delight your culinary senses. Diners can indulge in wood-fired pizzas that are as unique as Wimberley.
If pizza does not sound good to you, then maybe a freshly made crab cake of some chicken and grits will.
If you are a lover of lavender, then the Texas Hill Country will not disappoint. While there are several beautiful lavender fields in the Texas Hill Country, if you are in Wimberley, then you should definitely consider Rough Creek Lavender Fields located about 7 miles northwest of Wimberley, Texas.
Rough Creek Lavender Fields has over 5,000 lavender plants where you can pick your own lavender or browse their fabulous little store. This is a fun weekend activity!
Be Enchanted by the Wimberley Trail of Lights
If you want to be enchanted, then head to the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens in Wimberley, Texas during the month of December to see the Wimberley Trail of Lights.
Held at the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, this event is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. This six-acre light display makes Wimberley a great place to celebrate Christmas in Texas.
The displays at the Emily Ann Theatre & Gardens, which have become a tradition in this town. Not only that, but it is free, they just ask for a small donation to the charity that is being featured.
During the year, you can catch live performances at their outdoor theatre as well.
Sample Some Rum at Cypress Creek Rum Distillery
After a trip to Mauritius, the owner, David Watson, had the idea to import some of the delicious rum that he discovered on the island. After learning what all was involved with importing rum, he decided to ditch that idea and state making his own rum in the Texas Hill Country instead.
After much research and hard work, Cypress Creek Reserve Rum Distillery was born.
The distillery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11:30-5:30. During this time you can sample some of their fine rum, or take one of their distillery tours.
Wimberley Valley Museum
Located inside the Winters-Wimberley House, the Wimberley Valley Museum will help you learn all about how the town of Wimberley came to be. Not only do you get to see a fun little Texas Hill Country museum, but you also get to be in a home that is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Catch Some Live Music by Cypress Creek at Ino’z
Located in the heart of downtown with a great outdoor deck overlooking Cypress Creek, Ino’z is a no-frills establishment serving up pub food and drinks and often live music on the weekend.
Ino’z has an extensive menu that includes salads, fish, steak, and sandwiches. They also serve up daily drink specials.
Enjoy Some Alone Time in a Cabin
If your trip to Wimberley is a weekend getaway, then you will not have to look far in this little town. Wimberley is home to tons of rental cabins and boutique hotel properties, lots of which are adults-only and some that are by the river!
Of course, we also love booking with Airbnb. If you have never booked with Airbnb before, then be sure to use our link to get up to $65 off your first qualifying booking.
Check Out 7A Ranch
7A Ranch is a classic family-owned ranch right on the banks of the Blanco River in the Texas Hill Country. The Ranch is a fun place to stay boasting several types of lodging including both cabins and larger lodges.
The best part about 7A is that you can get a day pass to enjoy the ranch. With a day pass, guests can enjoy access to the ranch including swimming in the Blanco River and the resort pool.
The Pioneer Town on 7A Ranch is a cute replica of an old west town that includes an arcade, and an ice cream parlor!
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at the Sugar Shack Bakery
If you are like us and you have a constant sweet tooth, then you are in for a treat at the Sugar Shack Bakery.
Located in a small shop off of River Road, the Sugar Shack is serving up all things sweet! The minute you walk inside, the delicate aroma of baked goods and coffee greet you.
With treats ranging from homemade cookies to fresh pastries, you have a hard decision in front of you.
Final Thoughts on Things to do in Wimberley
Honestly, Wimberley, Texas is just one of those towns that is easy to love. We have visited several times and every time I find some new little hidden gem that, I had not discovered yet. It is easy to relax and unwind in Wimberley, making it a great getaway for a long weekend or a restful couple of weeks.
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Book Your Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks
Book Your Flight:
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Book Your Vacation Package:
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Another great site for vacation packages is BookVIP. BookVIP offers super cheap vacation packages to incredible destinations. You are sure to save money using their site!
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Book Your Accommodations:
We always begin our search by checking out the honest review on hotels at TripAdvisor. This allows us to narrow our search for specific properties once we are ready to book. Of course, you can also book directly on the TripAdvisor site as well!
There are several accommodation sites that we like to use. One of our favorites is Booking.com because it gives you a wide variety of hotels and guesthouses at a good price.
Another “go-to” hotel booking site for us is Hotels.com. We love their loyalty program that allows you to earn free nights, and their “secret prices” for members are fabulous deals!
If you are looking for a luxurious all-inclusive vacation, then consider checking out the Sandals/Beaches properties. Sandals properties are for couples only and Beaches are for families. We have visited Sandals in the past and absolutely love the attention to detail and the service they provide.
Tour Companies We Trust:
We love taking guided tours when visiting new places. Our go-to tour companies are Viator.com and Get Your Guide. Both of these companies have been in business for years and provide excellent customer service. You can trust booking tours from their sites for sure!
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About The Author
Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blogs, That Texas Couple and Totally Texas Travel. Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region. She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.