We have some beautiful days ahead of us this Spring. Why not explore some of the cool things to do in Wimberley! Wimberley is less than 30 minutes away from anywhere in Hays County & there are so many fun things to do and see! Here are some of the top things to do in Wimberley, Texas.
Top Things to do in Wimberley, TX
1. Blue Hole Regional Park – The Blue Hole is Wimberley is one of the most loved natural swimming holes in Texas and one of our personal favorite things to do in Wimberley. The swimming hole itself is surrounded by 126 acres of natural forest and is lined by tall, old cypress trees that make for a shaded, primitive feel. You can bring your float and relax here with a good book, splash around with the kids, or swing from one of the rope swings. The Blue Hole Regional Park is open year round, however swimming is only open during the summer season (starting May 7). The park includes a picnic area, a community pavilion, amphitheater, playscape, basketball and volleyball courts, and 3.5 miles of hiking trails. You can even get married here! So come for the day and bring your swimsuit when the weather is warm for a fun filled day! Admission to the park is free, but there is a fee for swimming (price ranges from $5 to $9). If you are a frequent visitor, check out their season, or 10 punch, passes. For more information on Blue Hole Regional Park visit their website. Check out this video by The Daytripper.
2. Wimberley Market Days – Wimberley Market Days is held the first Saturday of every month starting in March, and lasting until December, come and visit the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country at the Market Days of Wimberley! If you love to shop local vendors and support local artists, like we do, Wimberley Market Days will quickly become one of your favorite things to do in Wimberley. With the more than 475 booths, plenty of shade for strolling, food, and live music, the Market Days in Wimberley is a great way to spend a Saturday! Market Days are open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is free, but expect to pay around $5 for parking. Wheelchair accessible bathrooms are available. Please bring your children, but kindly leave your fur babies (animals) at home. For more information please visit their website.
3. Jacob’s Well Natural Area – Jacob’s Well is a perennial karstic spring in the Texas Hill Country flowing from the bed of the Cypress Creek in Wimberley, Texas. With layered limestone cliffs on one side, a vibrantly vegetated bank on the other and a lively riparian area alongside the creek, the gem of the Texas Hill Country has a way of enchanting visitors of all ages. The mouth of the spring is 12 feet in diameter, and serves as a popular swimming spot! From the opening in the creek bed, Jacob’s Well descends for about 30 feet, then continues down through narrow chambers, to reach a depth of 120 feet. The spring is the greatest source of water that recharges the Edwards Aquifer. Not only does the well offer swimming, but the opening around the mouth of the cave is shallow and is clean and safe for smaller children to splash and play safely. Although very tempting, Park rules state no diving from rock ledges. The cold spring waters are a nice and refreshing after hiking down to the pool from the park headquarters. Pack a lunch and explore the beautiful park as well! Admission into the natural area is free; however, reservations need to be made for swimming (price ranges from $5 to $9). For more information about Jacob’s Well Natural Area please visit their website.
4. EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens – The EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens is a lovely place to visit and another one of our personal favorite things to do in Wimberley! From the beautiful gardens, to the theaters, and exhibits, its no wonder that EmilyAnn Theatre is one of the top things to do in Wimberley. The EmilyAnn Theatre was founded in 1998 by owners, Ann and Norm Rolling, to celebrate the life of their daughter, EmilyAnn Rolling, by offering a place where they can “reinvest in the dignity of the human spirit through the performing arts, the beauty of nature and community fellowship”. The theatre offers productions, classes and year round events; including the wonderful Trail of Lights at Christmas, and the Butterfly Festival during the spring. The 12 acres of park-like grounds are open daily for visiting from dawn to dusk. Bring a lunch and enjoy a walk through the more than 12 acres of gardens, enjoy their life-size chess/checker board, interactive musical garden, and enjoy bird and butterfly watching. Schedule of their productions and events can be found on EmilyAnn Theatre & Garden’s website, or here.
5. The Bella Vista Ranch – The Bella Vista Ranch is the first commercial olive orchard in Central Texas. The Bella Vista Ranch currently grows more than 1000 olive trees consisting of over 15 different varieties, primarily Mission, Coratina and Arbequina varieties, with a range of other Mediterranean varieties. Fresh olive oil is available for tasting, as well as fresh preserves, dipping oils, balsamic vinegars, wines, and chocolates. Guided tours are also available that offers historical and agricultural information, a walk through the orchard, a close-up view of the olive mill, evaluation of the olive-oils, gourmet foods, and hand-crafted wines. Tours last approximately 1 ½ hours and are $15 per person. The Ranch also hosts a pressing in the fall, where you can participate in the age-old practice of picking olives!
6. The Corral Theatre – The Corral Theatre in Wimberley, is an outdoor WALK-IN theatre built by twin Avery brothers in the late 1940’s in downtown Wimberley. The theatre was moved to the Rocky River Ranch in 1966. The Ranch is now owned by Mary Anderson, who replaced the old movie screen with a wider one, added new lenses, and replaced the projector. At this time, the Corral Theatre is the only outdoor WALK-IN theatre to show first run movies. The Corral Theatre runs from mid-May to late September, with movies starting at “dark-thirty”. Admission is $5 and concession items are only $1! Experience the treat of watching a movie under the stars with the gentle breeze blowing in the night sky.
7. Wimberley Zipline – Have you always wanted to soar through the air like a bird? Well, here is your opportunity! Come experience the ultimate rush as you soar over 15 miles of canyons and creeks over the beautiful Wimberley Valley. You will begin with trained guides leading you on an educational walking tour, where you will learn about the local ecosystem of plants and wildlife, local history, and local Wimberley facts. You will then zip through sky as you soar through a series of ten zip line crossings! Your adventure will last approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours, with an awesome finale that will leave you breathless! Wimberley zipline is located between Austin and San Antonio just south of Wimberley on the scenic Four Winns’ Ranch. Check out their website for more info.
8. Cypress Creek Reserve – Cypress Creek Reserve Rum Distillery is owned and operated by David Watson, who installed all of the equipment used in the Distillery, with help from his wife, Laura Watson, who does the labeling, bottling, and time consuming paperwork. Fresh Hill Country spring water is used for the fermentation and cutting process, and the rum is distilled twice, and then run through activated copper for smoothness. Distillery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11:30am – 5:30 pm (With the last tour starting at 4:00pm). Tours are $5 which includes a free tasting. Please call ahead for groups of 8 or more.
9. Wimberley Glassworks – While in Wimberley, you cannot miss a free glass blowing demonstration by Texas’ premier hand blown glass lighting and art glass studio, Wimberley Glassworks. Their glass blowing demonstrations attract art glass enthusiasts from around the world and show the process of crafting molten glass into exceptional art. Visit the store to view their beautiful limited edition vases, platters, lighting and other collections. Pro tip: be sure and bring some water, or purchase a bottle before watching the glass blowing, as the room can get warm. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10am – 5pm, and Sunday 12 pm -5 pm. Visit their website for details about glass blowing demonstration hours.
So much of Wimberley’s charm lies in its beautiful outdoor nature areas and of course it’s artsy flair, which make Wimberley a hidden gem to its residents and visitors alike. So when planning your next outing make sure to include these top things to do in Wimberley and you won’t be disappointed.
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