Just 25 minutes outside of Austin, in the northern corner of Hays County, sits the beautiful city of Dripping Springs. Dripping Springs is a popular wedding destination and a tourist hot spot. It is also recognized as brewery, distillery, and winery destination. So whether you are on a date or looking for something to do with your family or friends, Dripping Springs has something for everyone to enjoy! So without further ado here are the top things to do in Dripping Springs!
Top things to do in Dripping Springs
1. Hamilton Pool Reserve – Hamilton Pool is named one of the best swimming holes in Texas for a reason, which is why it tops our list of top things to do in Dripping Springs. With its lush landscape, 45 foot waterfall, and cool waters, Hamilton Pool makes for a lovely place to spend the day. Located on more than 234 acres on the preserve, the pool itself was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to erosion more than one thousand years ago. Large limestones surround the water’s edge, and a path has been made underneath the waterfall so that you can take in the beauty of the pool from this unique view. While underneath the cliffs, check out the large stalagmites and rich moss, maiden fern, and cliff swallows growing in the rocks. While hiking the ¾ mile down to the pool from the entrance, be sure and keep a look out for the golden cheeked warbler, the endangered species that resides in the Ashe juniper uplands in the preserve. Because of the delicate conditions of the pool, it is not treated with chemicals, but rather tested frequently for bacteria, and closed to swimming when needed (call before attending). In accordance with keeping the park beautiful, no pets are allowed on park property. Only a certain amount of swimmers are allowed in the pool at a time due to the delicate nature of the preserve, so be prepared to wait if it is busy. Hamilton Pool Preserve is open daily from 9am-6pm (swimming ends at 5:30pm) and there is a $10 entrance fee. *Beginning May 15, 2016, and through September 30, 2016, reservations will be required to enter Hamilton Pool Preserve. Click here to make reservations for this period.
2. Texas Hill Country Olive Company – The Texas Hill Country Olive Company located in Dripping Springs, is a family-owned and operated olive orchard. The Olive company began as a collaboration between John Gambini and his brother-in-law, Rick Mensik, who bought the 17 acres of property in 2008. With the help of Gambini’s daughter, Cara Gambini, and other family members, the orchard has grown into one of the most awarded olive oil companies in Texas. Tours of the facility and the orchard take place Friday and Saturdays, (11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30). Cost of tour is $5, or $15 for a tour and lunch afterwards. Free tastings of olive oil and balsamic are available in their Tuscan style tasting room tour. Tickets for the tour are to be purchased ahead of time at the counter when you arrive. Children are allowed if accompanied by an adult, and dress in appropriate foot wear for touring through the orchard. For all other questions please call the store @ 512-607-6512 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website.
3. Twisted X Brewery – Twisted X Brewery creates handmade Texan-American beers focused on high quality and local products. Twisted X Brewery is driven by their passion to make great beer, to have fun, and to treat people right. Since arriving in Dripping Springs in November 2013, Twisted X has continued to maintain the 3 barrel brewing system that Tex Mex Beer™ was founded on to allow their brewers to create small batch beers that capture the types and styles of beer they love. These beers are packaged in firkins and sold by the glass in the tasting room and to local bars that are dedicated to craft beer. The Dripping Springs tasting room is the epicenter of the Tex Mex Beer™ experience. The Tasting Room is open Thursday through Saturday, 12:00pm to 9:00pm, and on Sunday from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. Sample the flavors and finesse of their Tex Mex Beer™ on specially-made flight paddles featuring 4.5 oz. samples at $2-$3 a piece. Brewery tours are free and no reservations needed. Tours are held on Saturdays at 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm and Sundays 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
4. Reimers Ranch Park – Reimers Ranch Park is a great place to visit when the weather is nice! This pristine parkland is well known and loved by many park users. Reimers Ranch offers almost 3 miles of continuous frontage along the Pedernales River, world class rock climbing, and over 18 miles of trails through the Texas Central landscape. Activities available at the park include rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing, swimming, hiking, and equestrian trail riding. The park is open from 7 am to twilight. Camping is not allowed on premises. Fees are $10, cash or check only, per vehicle; however, senior citizens and disabled vets are not charged. Fur babies are welcomed, but must remain leashed at all times. Glass bottles and public display of alcohol are not permitted. Mountain bike trails are contingent upon the weather. Please check website, or call for updated trail information.
5. Deep Eddy Vodka – Enjoy the beautiful views of the hill country while tasting premium vodka! With over 5000 square feet of tasting room and a 30,000 square foot Distillery, Deep Eddy offers a lot of space to enjoy their vodka which is column-distilled 10 times using corn, the finest Texas water, and natural flavors. Deep Eddy Distillery has indoor and covered outdoor space, a wide range of merchandise available for purchase on-site, and meeting space with audio/video offerings available. Deep Eddy Distillery is open to the public for tastings Thursday 11am – 5pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 12 noon-5pm. Private tours are also available by appointment and include a private tasting experience and a tour of the production floor. Click here for more information.
6. Bell Springs Winery – Bell Springs Winery has been offering delicious wines to the Dripping Springs community since its opening in July 2010. Bell Springs tasting room is open daily from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Tasting fees are $7 for a sampling of 5-7 wines, and you can keep the glass for $10. For every bottle purchased, one tasting is free! Bell Springs Winery also offers various cheese, meat, and olive plates for sale as well as occasional samplings of local foods in their tasting room. If the day is nice, bring a blanket or chairs for a picnic. Well behaved dogs are welcomed, but leashes are required. Visit Bell Springs website for more information. Be sure to also visit Bell Springs sister tasting room, the Sidecar Tasting Room which offers Wine, Wine Cocktails, Small Bite Food Plates, Outdoor Patio, and Live Music. The Sidecar Tasting Room is located in historic downtown Dripping Springs, and is open Monday through Thursday 2 pm – 9 pm, Friday 2:00 pm – 10 pm, Saturdays 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, and Sundays 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
7. Juniper Hills and Onion Creek Kitchens – Juniper Hills farm and Onion Creek Kitchens offers a place to get away for the weekend, take a cooking class, enjoy time in nature, or even take a yoga class! Juniper Hills mad the top things to do in Dripping Springs because guests love this peaceful getaway from the city. It’s owned and operated by Travis “Sibby” Barrett. Miss Barett opened her facility offers a full curriculum of cooking classes. Most of the classes are “hands on” and For “Hands On events”, students (at whatever level you may be) will prepare the menu as a group with instruction and advice offered in a casual, informal style. All ingredients are ready and available and the friendly staff handles all of the clean up. All Students and Spectators dine together at the end of class. Student class fees range from $85-$125 depending on class, and spec-tators (watch and dine) fees are $45. Lodging, rates, and amenities can be viewed here. Yoga, massages, and a sauna are also available onsite. Book a class or a weekend away today for an incredible experience!
8. Solaro Estate Winery – Solaro Estate Winery in Dripping Springs offers an incredible wine tasting experience. The Tasting Pavillion is integrated within the vineyard encouraging the natural connection from vine and grape to glass. The beautiful architectural style of the tasting room offers plenty of light with the doors and windows that seem to transport the taster into the vineyard. Solaro offers private select wines from the Emilia Romagna region north of Tuscany and in the foothills of the Italian Alps, which is sure to allow for a memorable tasting experience. Tastings and wines by the glass are enjoyed in traditional European ambiance and relaxation overlooking the vineyards and the spectacular views of the Texas Hill country. Hours of the tasting room are Sunday – Thursday – 11am – 5pm, Friday, Saturday – 11am – 6pm, and all other times by appointment only. Reservations are recommended. Please visit website for more information.
9. Sol’stice Garden Expressions – Sol’stice Garden Expressions is the premier yard art and sculpture destination with more than 3-acres of grounds to explore and enjoy the gallery of local art, yard art, and sculptures. Most of the unique outdoor structural pieces are created on-site by gallery owner, Chris Smartt. A sampling of other local artists can be seen. Sol’stice provides landscape design and installation with a focus on xeriscape and native plants. Their full service nursery specializes in local and adapted perennial flowers and native trees. Whether you’re looking for fine art, knick-knacks, native plants, yard art, or a full landscaping installation, Sol’stice Garden Expressions has it! Hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-5, and closed on Monday. Visit their website for more information.
10. Treaty Oak Distillery – Treaty Oak Distilling is named for the majestic 500-year-old oak where Stephen F. Austin signed a border agreement in the 1830s. This majestic oak symbolizes the strength and longevity of their products. Treaty Oaks is located on 30 acres in beautiful Dripping Springs and features a state-of-the-art distillery, high-quality spirits, tasting room, cocktail house, gift shop, yard games, a kids play area, and their own food truck. Tour and tasting hours are Fridays 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Saturdays 12:00pm to 9:00pm, and Sundays 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Check website for live music dates and for contact information. Private and corporate space is available during the week.
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