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23 May . 2019

The top 10 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 fun attractions for every member of the family. Many are free, while others are very reasonably priced.

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 10 picks for fun things to enjoy in Georgetown.

Blue Hole. Surrounded by bluffs on the scenic San Gabriel River, Blue Hole is a favorite place to cool off on a warm summer day. With walking trails, picnic facilities and other amenities, this crystal-clear lagoon a great spot to visit all year ‘round.

Quarry Splash Pad. There’s no other splash pad quite like the Quarry Splash Pad, the coolest feature in Southwest Williamson County Regional Park. Built in a former quarry, it’s surrounded by natural rock walls, creating a one-of-a-kind setting for fountains, sprinklers, water cannons, slides, a mini climbing wall and a waterfall. Picnic pavilions are available by reservation. It is technically located in Leander, but it’s so unique and close-to-home in Georgetown, we included it on our list.

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. Creative Playscape features 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.

Georgetown Palace Theatre. Located in a beautifully restored and preserved 1925 movie theatre in downtown Georgetown, the Georgetown Palace Theatre stages professional level performances of Broadway productions such as “Mamma Mia!,” “Peter Pan,” and “A Christmas Story” throughout theyear. The theatre supports local talent, and offers many opportunities for youth through the Palace Academy, Theatre for Young Audiences, summer camps and its special needs program.

 Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas. 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.

Wind-powered brews. Rentsch Brewery proclaims itself as Georgetown’s first craft brewery, and this family-owned establishment is proudly powered by 100% wind energy. Popular brews include Red Poppy Red, inspired by Georgetown’s famous Red Poppy Festival, and Texas Lager. Food trucks, live music and games add to the festive atmosphere in the biergarten.

Wine Time. To give equal time to wine lovers, Grape Creek Vineyards has a tasting room on the Georgetown Square, serving and selling award-winning wines from its nearby Hill Country vineyards in Fredericksburg. Live music is a regular feature. The outdoor patio and the exclusive Wine Club lounge on the second floor both offer scenic views of the square and Georgetown’s iconic courthouse. Also downtown, Georgetown Winery serves wines made at its sister location, Thirsty Mule Winery in nearby Liberty Hill.

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. Nearby, the Georgetown Art Center features exhibition by local and regional artists, along with classes for kids and adults.

Inner Space Cavern. Hidden for more than 10,000 years before it was discovered by highway workers in 1963, Inner Space Cavern is one of the best preserved caves in Texas. The temperature is a constant 72 degrees, which feels like about 80 degrees once you factor in the 98 percent humidity. Tours include the classic one-hour Adventure Tour, the more intimate Hidden Passages Tour in a newly opened section, and the adventurous Wild Cave Tour of undeveloped sections. Birthday parties are also available for a unique celebration.

Red Poppy Festival. One of Georgetown’s most popular festivals, the springtime 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. 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.

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