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27 June . 2019

Things To Do In Austin, Texas Hill Country: Your Ultimate Summer Guide

At Rancho Sienna, we love how our location is convenient to many of the most popular family-friendly attractions and activities throughout Austin, Georgetown and the Texas Hill Country.

To create our ultimate guide to summer fun in Central Texas, we’ve rounded up some of our best blogs on parks, museums, swimming holes and other things to enjoy ‘til school starts back. Most are for the whole family, but we’ve also included a few with special appeal for the adults – and the four-legged kiddos.

If you have any favorite Austin, Georgetown and Hill Country activities that we haven’t mentioned and you’d love to share, please tell us about them in the comments!

The Top 10 Things to Enjoy in Georgetown

Georgetown is our hometown and we've updated our Top 10 list with a focus on cooling off for the summer. From the Blue Hole to Inner Space Cavern, check out these fun ways to lower your temperature in Georgetown.

Georgetown Texas square - downtown Georgetown, TX

Free Things to Do With the Kids

We head to the heart of Austin to list our Top 10 Free (or Cheap) Things to Do With Kids. Some emphasize outdoor fun, like Barton Springs Pool and the Wildflower Center. Others, like the Thinkery and the Bullock Museum, are educational, but so fun the kids won’t realize they’re also learning.

kids playing at a park


Austin has been named the world’s No. 1 beer destination by a leading beer industry magazine. Our blog lists 5 local craft breweries and brewpubs where you can taste Austin’s success, and many are kid-friendly. For wine lovers, the Hill Country surrounding Rancho Sienna is home to more than 50 wineries.

variety of beers

Reading is FUNdamental

Austin Central Library is included on Time magazine’s list of the 100 World’s Greatest Places, alongside natural and cultural wonders throughout the planet. Check out our blog to see why a “technology petting zoo,” a rooftop butterfly garden and other features make this a trip to the library the kids will love. For summer, the library offers an expanded calendar of activities for tweens, teens and other age groups.

Austin Central Library located in downtown Austin, TX

"Exploring Austin with Kids"

Austin mom Annette Lucksinger is the author of "Exploring Austin with Kids," which details more than 100 family-friendly adventures and 25 annual events in the Austin area. See our blog for some of Annette’s Austin summer favorites.

family at the park in the Texas Hill Country

Peachy keen

Summer is peach season in the Texas Hill Country, and kids will love a day trip to one or more of the area’s 18 peach orchards. Some allow you to pick your own fruit, and most offer peach ice cream and other cool treats that kids will love. The Hill Country is also home to a growing number of lavender farms. Peak season ends in early summer, but they’re fun to visit any time of the year. Some lavender farms include horses, chickens and vineyards – offering something for everyone.

Texas Hill Country peaches

Outdoors in the Hill Country

From camping around a roaring fire, to plunging into a crystal-clear swimming hole, our Summer Bucket List will help you check off seven ultimate Texas Hill Country attractions. See our “Get Outside" blog series for even more things to enjoy in the beautiful Hill Country.

kids camping in the Texas Hill Country

Tail wagging fun

Rancho Sienna residents love our own Bark'N Park for the dogs. There are also plenty of places in Georgetown and other nearby cities to have fun with Fido, including a dog-friendly beer garden, a five-acre dog park, and places for treats and boarding. Here’s our guide to tail-wagging fun in North Austin and Georgetown.

5 Reasons x 5 Cities

Rancho Sienna is close to five great cities surrounding Austin, including Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander, Liberty Hill and Round Rock. Read up on our 5 Reasons To Love... series for 25 reasons to love our location. From vintage train excursions to ziplining, many of these activities are perfect for summer.

family on a trip to the Texas Hill Country

Local Flavor

For more insider tips on shopping, dining and entertainment near Rancho Sienna, check out our Local Flavor guide.

adults shopping in the Texas Hill Country