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16 January . 2019

Check out these 5 free things to enjoy in Georgetown

Rancho Sienna is proud to be located in the North Austin area near Georgetown, home to the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” and plenty of other free, family friendly attractions.

Readers of Southern Living magazine recently voted Georgetown as the South’s No. 1 Best City to Live In. Georgetown’s abundance of fun, free things to do is a major reason why so many people love this Texas treasure. Here are our top 5 picks for fun things to enjoy in Georgetown.

Blue Hole. Located on the scenic San Gabriel River, the Blue Hole is a favorite place to cool off on a warm summer day. With walking trails, picnic facilities and other amenities, it’s a great spot to visit all year ‘round.

Creative Playscape. The vision for this unique playground was to incorporate Georgetown’s fascinating history so that visitors could step back in time as they enjoy fresh air and fun. Features include a triple water slide along the San Gabriel River, and a boulder and Tee Pee representing past Native American settlements along the river. A wagon wheel and train represent settlement periods, and the custom tower and X-Scape structure symbolize Georgetown’s dynamic present and future.

 Most Beautiful Town Square. Georgetown makes this boast for its town square, and it’s certainly a well-deserved accolade. The historic courthouse is surrounded by preserved buildings that are now filled with cafes, restaurants and unique boutiques. There’s always a free event going on, including First Fridays, Music on the Square, the Farmer’s Market and Market Days. During the holidays, the square glows with thousands of twinkling lights and events including the Christmas Stroll.

Williamson Museum. The Williamson Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting items relating to the rich culture and heritage of Williamson County. The museum offers free and exciting hands-on educational programs to the public through innovative exhibits, tours and outreach, including the annual Pioneer Day at Old Settlers Park.

Red Poppy Festival. One of Georgetown’s most popular festivals, the Red Poppy Festival includes a parade, classic car show, artisans, a Kids Fun Zone, and a sweet and savory cooking competition celebrating all things poppy. This multi-day festival also includes a 5K Run, a bike ride, a children’s coloring contest and much more. The 2019 event is set for April 26-28. Why poppies? Georgetown resident Henry Purl Compton sent poppy seeds from Europe to his mother right after World War I. She planted them at her home, now part of the historic downtown district, and soon the beautiful red poppies were spread throughout area by birds, bees and people. It’s said that Georgetown is one of the few areas in the United States where red poppies reseed themselves every year, making springtime here a very special season. 

Explore more fun things to do in Georgetown and other places near Rancho Sienna with our Local Flavor Guide.