Buda is off the beaten path and has a small town charm and feel. Buda’s downtown square has recently been voted one of the best small-town squares in the state. Founded in the 1880’s Buda has held true to its value that the original founders saw. Between parks, shopping, festivals, and events there are always things to do in Buda. With a motto like “Put your feet up and breathe easy” there are several things to do in Buda that will please anyone in the family.
Top Things to do in Buda Texas
This park has to offer some of the most beautiful scenery in Buda. This park sits on 54 acres of land that has immense open park space, plenty of wildlife, and beautiful native oaks. Stagecoach park is actually two historic parks in one offering a piece of Buda history while exploring all the park offers. There is also a council ring for scouting events and private pavilions plus amphitheaters available for rent. It also has a covered playground for your kids and yourself to monkey around on. You can learn more about this beautiful piece of nature by watching this video here.
During the Buda Trail of lights the beauty of Stagecoach park really comes alive. You can discover everything nature has to offer while you walk through the park and view amazing Christmas light displays. This free event typically happens for a few evenings mid-December. With a shuttle from Cabela’s, you can enjoy all the festivities of the season at your leisure. With food, vendors, and the warmth of the season this is one of the best things to do in Buda during the Christmas season.
Cabela’s is so much more than just an outdoorsmen store. They truly are a destination for the whole family. Cabela’s offers some of the best shopping for everything you need related to being outdoors, hunting, fishing, kayaking, and more. Cabela’s also gives back to the community by being a shuttle spot for the Buda Trail of Lights, Trunk or Treats, and even Fitness Bootcamps. Inside those beautiful wooden doors, Cabela’s offers an adventure I have never tired of. You can see their native freshwater aquarium which is always a big hit, view their Big Game Trophy Room, the Exotics Corner, and even a view of historic artillery. There is also a fun shooting range, camping gear, and even cabin decorations. Don’t forget to grab a bag of salt-water taffy on your way out. If you’re lucky maybe Kona Ice will still be there too.
If you have been around Buda as long as me you might remember Dorsetts 221 castle right off the highway. Well, there couldn’t be a better business there now! Pinballz Kingdom is an Austin original and offers a fun and old school arcade experience. Whether you are looking for real pinball machines, arcade style games or a zombie adventure Pinballz Kindom has it all. This is perfect for a date night with its bar and dinner menu but also great for the kids as well. Pinballz truly has something to offer for everyone. Like Cabela’s, Pinballz Kingdom loves to give back to the community and is a perfect place to hold an event.
One of my favorite things to do in Buda is frequent thecute shops and restaurants that are downtown. Buda also has declared this area the downtown greenbelt so you can even get some steps in. You are sure to find a one of kind treasure for yourself or someone special at one of the many shops in downtown Buda. As well as, enjoy the local cuisine and talent at one of the many downtown restaurants. There many unique shops and restaurants, you can see all that Buda has to offer here.
If you are ever stumped about things to do in Buda I am sure on almost any given weekend you can find a festival going on around town. The city of Buda has really created a great line-up of annual festivals that vary in sizes and offer something for the whole family. Some of my favorite festivals are:
- Wiener Dog Races
- Red White & Buda
- Buda Trail of Lights
- Boo-da Halloween
- Easter Egg Hunt
- Movies in the Park
- Fajita Fiesta
I really love how community centered the city of Buda is. My favorite thing to do is First Thursdays. If you want to meet people in your community, meet the local business owners, and just have a good time then First Thursday’s is the event for you. The first Thursday of every month local business owners in the Downtown area open their doors to the residents of Buda. There is fun, food, treats, and a small-town sense of community.
I truly love supporting local businesses and local agriculture. The Buda’s Farmer’s Market is every Tuesday and every Saturday. The Tuesday farmer’s market is open 3pm-7pm and can be found here. The Saturday farmer’s market is open from 9am-1pm and across from Garcia’s with free parking and bathrooms. This is a fun tradition to start with your family.
If you are feeling adventurous and ready to take on the fun of skating Buda has a skate park for you. Just a bit south of the main downtown strip this skate park offers several jumps and obstacles for all levels. If you never skated before there is a skate shop at the park that offers gear, protection, and even lessons. Open daily from 11am-7pm this is a great place to try something a bit different but still fun. Being a 90’s kid I know I’m excited about the skate park.
Buda was named the “Outdoor Capital of Texas” by the state legislature because of the amount of outdoor and green space that the city offers. Buda has 13 different parks that you can explore. They offer hiking/biking trails, playgrounds (most of them covered), fishing, basketball courts, soccer fields, and baseball/softball fields. Start your adventure today and enjoy all the beauty that Buda has to offer. Here is a list of all of the Buda parks.
With all the things to do in Buda, there is definitely something to explore all the time. Being a tourist in my city is one of the most fun things to do and I like to plan my adventure with the visitor information guide. Between parks, shopping, local restaurants, and one of a kind beauty there is always something amazing right in your backyard!