For a charming small-town vibe in the Texas Hill Country with plenty of things to do, Wimberley is the place for you. Situated a short 45 minutes out of Austin (20 minutes if you’re coming from San Marcos) this Central Texas town has a vibrant arts community and beautiful natural scenery with something for everyone.
Whether you’re looking to shop at Wimberley Square, swim in spring fed waters of Jacob’s Well or Blue Hole Regional Park. There are tons of fun things to do and outdoor activities whether golfing, birding, or simply going on a walk in Downtown Wimberley. Alternatively, you could simply eat your way through Wimberley and find yourself a hidden gem of a restaurant. Regardless of what you do on your visit, you won’t be disappointed.
Swimming Holes in Wimberley
Folks from all around the state come over to Wimberley each summer to enjoy the freshwater swimming holes.
Jacob’s Well Natural Area
One of the most popular destinations in Wimberley is Jacob’s Well Natural Area, a swimming hole surrounded by ancient Cypress trees. Jacob’s Well has a steady 68°F water temperature, with the main cave spanning 3,341 feet, making it one of the longest underwater cave systems in the Lone Star State. This water feeds into the Blanco River.
Jacob’s Well Natural Area 1699 Mt Sharp Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676 hayscountytx.com
Blue Hole Regional Park
Blue Hole Regional Park is one of the best things to do in Wimberly, Texas. The park is home to a large spring-fed swimming hole that is popular with locals and visitors alike. The swimming hole is surrounded by limestone cliffs and is a great place to cool off with its shady grass on a hot day. With the heat, a dip in the swimming area during summer means crowds. There are also hiking trails and picnic areas at the park.
100 Blue Hole Ln, Wimberley, TX 78676 cityofwimberley.com
SEE ALSO: 11 Best Swimming Holes in Austin
Outdoor Activities in Wimberley
For those who enjoy the outdoors, Old Baldy is a must-visit. For the magnificent 360-degree vistas of the cedar, cactus, wildflowers, and more, the 221 steps to the top are well worth the climb. Golfers will want to head over to the Quicksand Golf Course, where you can enjoy a round of golf in a beautiful natural setting. If you’re playing in Quicksand Golf Course, note the potential side trip to Cypress Falls Swimming Hole, or just drop the family off and hit the links. Wimberly is perfect for an outdoor getaway or day trip from Austin or San Antonio.
Old Baldy Trail
0.2-mile out-and-back trail with a bird’s eye view of Wimberley, Texas.
33 La Toya Cir Wimberley, TX
Wimberley Zipline Adventures offers a thrilling, action-packed zipline experience that is perfect for visitors of all ages. With stunning 15-mile views of the Wimberley Valley, this adventure will take you on a journey through the Texas Hill Country like never before. Trained guides will lead you on a walking tour before taking you soaring through a series of zipline crossings. Soar over canyons and creeks while enjoying the beauty of the Texas Hill Country.
376 Winn Valley Dr, Wimberley, TX 78676 wimberleyzipline.com
Wimberley Glassworks is a premier hand glass lighting and art studio. It features live glassblowing demos and a large range of glassware displayed.
6469 Ranch Rd 12, San Marcos, TX 78666 visitwimberley.com/wgw/
Shopping in Wimberley
Wimberley Square (aka Downtown Wimberley) is a charming complex with a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as wine tasting rooms and art galleries. The square is situated next to the Blanco River, and on weekends it comes to life with live music and entertainment. Ceremony Botanical Studio is one of my favorite plant stores is in this square. The food spot here will be for breakfast people over at Wimberley Cafe.
Below are a few of the many unique shops that dot downtown:
- Ceremony Plant Shop – my favorite plant shop and I always get a plant from here to take home
- Kiss the Cook- kitchenware shop.
- Los Olivos Market Wimberley- gourmet goods from Spain that have great olive oil.
- Wall Street Western- a boho-chic boutique, perfect for your next pair of boots.
- Shop the Tree House- home decor store with other gift ideas for kids and even pets.
- The Farmloft- boho boutique with tons of t-shirts
- The Old Mill Store- Texan antique shop
- The Wild West Store- Great spot for boots and western vintage items.
Arts and Performances in Wimberley
Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens
While in town be sure to check out the Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens. This is the epicenter for art and theater in Wimberley featuring local artists, with indoor and outdoor stages, a Veterans Memorial Plaza, a children’s memorial, and more. They host numerous events throughout the year, including Shakespeare Under The Stars, drama classes, summer programs, and a butterfly festival. If you’re looking for more, head south of Blue Hole, on Ranch Road is a line of art galleries.
1101 Ranch Rd 2325, Wimberley, TX 78676 emilyann.org
Where to Stay in Wimberley
If you’re looking for a glamping experience that’s off the grid without any service so you can completely disconnect, check out Getaway House. With locations across the nation in cities like NYC, Boston, Washington DC, and Austin, Getaway House has tiny cabins in secluded nature destinations. From Austin, Getaway has three outposts between Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
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SEE ALSO: 11 Best Spots For Glamping Near Austin
For a riverside, experience check-in to 7A Ranch on the banks of Blanco River, a family-run resort since 1946. Located 1.5 miles from the center of town this is a great base for a weekend or longer summer holiday. Families will love having Pioneer Town situated inside of the 7A Ranch property and providing some live music and dancing.
333 Wayside Dr, Wimberley, TX 78676 7aranch.co
Cypress Fall Lodge
Cypress Fall Lodge is a hill country retreat that offers a variety of activities for guests. Starting in 1949, the lodge began operating next to the gentle flow of Cypress Creek.
50 Marina Cir, Wimberley, TX 78676 helodgeatcypressfalls.com
Creekhaven Inn and Spa
Creekhaven Inn and Spa is another popular getaway for folks in neighboring cities such as Fredericksburg, San Antonio, and San Marcos. The property has a beautiful creek and secluded paths, as well as shaded trails and lovely gardens, making it the ideal backdrop for a romantic getaway or relaxing retreat.
400 Mill Race Lane, Wimberley, TX, 78676 creekhaveninn.com
Where to eat and drink in Wimberley
If you’re looking for a foodie adventure, Wimberley, Texas is the place to be. This small town in the heart of the Lone Star State is home to some of the best restaurants in the area. From bbq joints to farm-to-table eateries, there’s something for everyone in Wimberley. So put on your stretchy pants and get ready to indulge! Beat warm weather at any of the ice cream parlors on Ranch Rd- The Wooden Spoon and Monster Treats.
If you’re looking for a unique Hill Country dining experience, look no further than Creekhouse. With an all-day menu that spans brunch, lunch, and dinner, Creekhouse aims to bring a modern take to favorite traditional dishes. From elevated comfort food dishes like grilled steak fries, catch of the day to Texas-brewed beers, fine wines, and artfully crafted cocktails, there’s something for everyone at Creekhouse.
The creek-side setting is perfect for enjoying a lazy afternoon or evening out, and the large deck overlooking Cypress Creek is the perfect spot to relax and take in the natural beauty of the Hill Country. The Creekhouse team has created a space with a nostalgic feel that is also fresh and modern. Whether you’re a local or just in town for a visit, Creekhouse is definitely worth checking out.
14015 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, TX
The Leaning Pear
The Leaning Pear is a restaurant in Wimberley, Texas that serves unique and delicious food. The setting is beautiful, with Cypress Creek running nearby and Blanco River not too far away. The restaurant is just south of Blue Hole Regional Park. The food is well-crafted and includes items like a fried avocado tostada and an arugula salad.
111 River Rd #110, Wimberley, TX leaningpear.com
Wimberley is a great town for drinking with options for wine tours. Visits to tasting rooms is popular at many family-owned vineyards. Visit Driftwood Estate Winery, Duchman Family Winery, Wimberley Valley Winery, Bella Vista Ranch for a wine tasting experience.
Cypress Creek Reserve Rum Distillery
Cypress Creek Reserve Rum Distillery is world famous for its vanilla-infused rum. This unique spot has a treehouse where you can enjoy your beverage by flowing through Cypress Creek.
1400 Jacobs Well Rd, Wimberley, TX cypresscreekreserve.com
The Shady Llama
For an experience with llamas in the Texas Hill Country look no further than The Shady Llama which sits on 35 acres and is home to roaming llamas and donkeys. This bar is a popular outdoor venue with a food truck, Gringa’s Grub Shak on site which serves tacos, chicken, and burgers.
18325 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, TX theshadyllama.com
Wimberley Market Days
Wimberley Market Days is located in the historic district of Wimberley, Texas, and is a great place to find locally produced foods and goods. The market is open from 9 am-1 pm and offers a wide variety of items, including produce, honey, eggs, artisan bread, tamales, soaps, and much more. In addition to the fabulous food offerings, Wimberley Market Days also features live music from local musicians. This is the perfect place to spend the first Saturday of the month between March and December, exploring all that Wimberly has to offer!
601 FM2325, Wimberley, TX wimberleymarketday.com