Only 25 miles north of Austin lies a charming, historical city by the name of Georgetown. Chances are, you’ve probably passed it a million times on the way to Dallas.
After spending a leisurely day in what has been voted the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas,” I’d highly recommend stopping here for a getaway. Does the city have good food? Yes. Does it offer a place to cool off in the summer heat? Most definitely. Will its arts, culture and music inspire you? Absolutely!
Founded just a few years after Texas officially became a state over 160 years ago, Georgetown has its roots in agriculture and trade. It’s always been known as a stable city, but is now presently growing at a fast rate with notable economic growth. Since the turn of the century, Georgetown’s population has been fairly stable, except in the 1980’s when it started growing an average 66 percent every decade to its current estimated 57,622 residents.
Georgetown is the second largest city to supply residents and visitors with 100% renewable energy, including wind and solar. It’s also home to one of the oldest universities in Texas, Southwestern University.
Here are some super fun and interesting things to do in Georgetown, Texas, during your next day trip.
Explore Georgetown’s Downtown Historic District
Perhaps the greatest part of a Georgetown summer is The Music on The Square Summer Concert Series. Every Friday evening from June through August, live music is performed from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Don’t forget your lawn chair, blanket and a cold beverage.
Afterward, explore Georgetown’s Downtown Historic District. It’s a stunning scene that includes over 40 shops and restaurants. Other nearby sights include Williamson County Courthouse and The Williamson Museum.
Sun and Fun
Georgetown’s Blue Hole (not to be confused with Blue Hole in Wimberley) is beloved by locals, offering a cool place to relax and splash under the Texas sun.
Down the road a little farther, you can find a shaded area to relax at one of the three parks on Lake Georgetown. Be sure to also check out the nine miles of hike and bike trails near the San Gabriel River.
To avoid the sun altogether and still cool off, head down to Inner Space Cavern, located two miles south of downtown. It’s one of the most well-preserved caves in Texas and is quite the spectacle.
Dining at Wildfire Restaurant
The fantastic Wildfire Restaurant is half a mile due east of the South San Gabriel trail in the center of the downtown historical district.
This American cuisine eatery with a rustic-chic architectural vibe has a menu bursting with options from brunch to dinner, including an enormous wine menu featuring many selections made right here in the state of Texas.
Wildfire Restaurant has been well-received by critics like the Austin Chronicle and Zagat’s. Lunch plates range in price from $10-15 and dinner plates are priced from $15-30.
812 S. Austin Ave.
Georgetown Palace Theatre
If you enjoy the performing arts, walk next door to Georgetown Palace Theatre, where the Art Deco marquee welcomes you in. Dating back to 1925, Georgetown Palace Theatre is a local treasure, bringing the community together through live performances.
Sonja Asendorf, Palace Historian Emeritus, has been with the theatre for years. She has an immense appreciation for those who support the arts and keep the theatre thriving. Summer workshops for kids and adults are popular, as well as the stellar calendar of productions throughout the year. Past shows include “Oklahoma!,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Cats,” and many more.
810 S. Austin Ave.
I was happily surprised to discover all these activities in a nearby, friendly city, so close to my lovely Austin. Mickie Ross and Sonja Asendorf were especially helpful as my unofficial tour guides for the day, showing me many of the charms Georgetown has to offer. I’ll definitely be back soon.
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