10+ Things to Do in the Texas Hill Country: Explore Today!

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As much as we love the city, there’s nothing better than the fresh air and breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country. We are so lucky to live in a city that offers the best of both the city and the country!

Whether you’re looking to chow down on some BBQ, sit back and sip on wine, or go on an adventure, the Texas Hill Country truly has it all. Head out for the day or turn it into a staycation, either way, you have to check out what all the hill country offers!

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Visit Wineries in the Texas Hill Country

Imagine a glass of wine in your hand and a Texas sunset in front of you- it doesn’t get any better than that. With over 50 wineries between Austin and Fredericksburg, there is no need to visit California, we have all the wine you need right here in the Texas Hill Country! 

Stop in for a glass (or two) of wine or book a tour and head out on an adventure with a group of your closest friends. 

Things To Do In Austin

We recommend checking out Driftwood Estates in Driftwood and Augusta Vin in Fredericksburg. However, you’ll want to visit them all today!

Sip Sip Hooray! Best Places to Drink in Fredericksburg

Planning a Getaway Trip to Fredericksburg soon? In case you are, these are the TOP spots to grab a drink. We’ve got our eye on Heath Sparking Wines and Altstadt Brewery!

Book a Staycation at The Wayback

The Wayback lets you book the cutest and most quaint cottages that make for the perfect escape from hustle and bustle. Get out of Austin without going too far from the city, you deserve it!

The property has a pool and cabana, the farm-to-table Wayback Café, and a proper bar. Cheers to cocktails and nature!

Fredericksburg Weekend Getaway

Hike Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock is an iconic spot just outside of Fredericksburg. The landmark dome is made of pink granite and offers some of the most incredible views. The hike is just over 4 miles to the top, so allow for a couple of hours to get up and back down with time to soak it all in! 

Pro Tip: If you are visiting in the summer be sure to go early before it gets too hot outside!

🗓 Every Day | 6:30AM–10PM

📍 16710 Ranch Rd. 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Texas Hill Country
Texas Hill Country

Catch Live Music at Gruene Hall

Gruene Hall is Texas’ oldest dance hall located in New Braunfels. There is a bar at the front, an open space for dancing, a large outdoor garden, and of course, the best live music. They offer multiple free shows a week, and some with required ticket purchases, so make sure to check out their calendar to see who you want to dance to! 

Pro Tip: Make sure to explore, walk around, and do some local shopping! We recommend grabbing dinner at The River House, Inferno’s Wood, or Adobe Verde!

🗓 MON–WED | 12PM–9PM
🗓 THUR–SAT | 12PM–10PM
🗓 SUN | 12PM–8PM

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Blue Hole Regional Park

Located in Wimberly, just an hour outside of Austin, Blue Hole Regional Park is a majestic swimming hole surrounded by lush trees and trails. The 126-acre park has over 4 miles of trails, as well as an amphitheater, basketball court, sand volleyball court, playscape, and community pavilion. The whole park is open year-round while the swimming hole is open seasonally, from May to September. 

🗓 Every Day | 8AM–6:30PM

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Pedernales Falls State Park

Pedernales Falls State Park is home to Pedernales River cascading over huge slabs of limestone. Here, you can camp, hike, geocache, picnic, ride horses, bird watch, and bike! If you want to be in the water, you can swim, tube, kayak, and fish. Make sure to make your camping reserversations too!

🗓 MON – SUN | 8AM–10PM

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Texas Hill Country

Eat at The Salt Lick BBQ

Salt Lick Barbeque has recipes originating from just after The Civil War, cooked with extreme precision for the most impressive barbeque. This Texas Legend has been making Texas mouth-watering bbq for over 50 years! 

The restaurant is BYOB so pack your coolers full of beer and wine and head out for an afternoon of good food, good company, and a great atmosphere! We highly recommend saving room for dessert. The cobblers and pie are part of the Salt Lick experience!

Pro Tip: Feeling snack-ish while you wait to be seated? You can now purchase snacks, wines, and beers at the Wine Cellars! 

🗓 FRI & SAT | 11AM–10PM

📍 18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619

Texas Hill Country

Grab a Slice of Pie at Blue Bonnet Cafe

For 90 years, Bluebonnet Cafe has been a classic with a worldwide reputation for friendly faces and great food. With numerous awards under their belt, you have to plan to stop by for their world-famous pie. Choose from 16 different flavors to see what the buzz is all about!

Pro Tip: Bring cash, Bluebonnet Cafe is a cash-only restaurant. 

🗓 SUN | 7AM–1:45PM

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Staycation at Lakeway Resort and Spa

Lakeway Resort and Spa is located on the banks of Lake Travis with the most breathtaking views and relaxing environment. Escape the city with boating, sailing, fishing, and swimming. The resort includes plenty of family-friendly space but also adult-only spots making it the perfect getaway for everyone! 

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Run Wild at Waterloo Adventures

Waterloo Adventures is the playground of your dreams. Why? It’s a floating playground + obstacle course! Whether you’re a kid or an adult you are sure to have a good time!

From water trampolines to obstacle courses and floating tables galore, you can play all day in Lake Travis. Spend your day on Adventure Island soaking in the sun, playing beach games, and enjoying snacks and drinks! Don’t forget your water shoes and sunblock!

If you are looking for more stuff to do in Austin or in the Texas Hill Country be sure to check out our Austin City Guide page and start exploring all the city has to offer!

To stay up to date with all things Austin make sure to follow us on InstagramTikTok, and Facebook and tag us @StuffToDoInAustin so we can see your hill country adventures! 

Samantha Sanchez

Samantha Sanchez

Samantha is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe for updates and follow be sure to follow us on social!