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12 September . 2019

6 fun things to do in Liberty Hill

Located just a few miles from Rancho Sienna, Liberty Hill is a small town with lots of personality, making it a fun and easy destination for a weekend adventure or a special weeknight out.

Here are our 6 favorite fun things to do in Liberty Hill, also home to the highly regarded Liberty Hill Independent School District serving Rancho Sienna.

Thirsty Mule Winery. Built into a hillside, the Thirsty Mule Winery boasts the only underground wine tasting room in Texas, and you can see the excavated rocks and limestone while sipping wine made onsite. They use grapes grown in their vineyard, along with other grapes from Texas and California. They make a range of wines, from whites to reds, with flavor profiles from light to intense. No reservations are required for the wine bar, which offers tastings by the flight. Live music is often held at the Thirsty Mule, and you can enjoy from a menu of snacks, or have pizza delivered. There’s also a gift shop with an appealing range of clothing and wine accessories. The shady outside area can accommodate several hundred people. Kids and leashed pets are welcome. The complex also includes the Schitz Creek Distillery, which creates bourbons, vodkas and whiskeys made from grains grown in Texas.

Dahlia Café. A Liberty Hill institution, Dahlia Cafe offers honest-to-goodness homemade country cooking, with live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Popular dishes include Chicken Fried Steak, Cajun Tilapia and Mother in Law’s Meatloaf. They offer 10 kinds of burgers, including the signature Burning Ring of Fire Burger. There’s a long list of beer and wine options, along with Sangria and Dahliaritas.  Breakfast is offered, and they’re famous for scratch-made pies including buttermilk, bourbon pecan, peanut butter and OMGoodness. You can sit inside, or join the party outside under shady oaks and string lighting.

Malted Grains. Located in downtown Liberty Hill, about eight miles from Rancho Sienna, Malted Grains was opened in 2016 by Melissa Day & Michael Biggs, who turned their passions for food, beer and wine into a full-time endeavor. Malted Grains makes their bread, sauces & dressings all in-house. Friday night pizza & weekend brunch are popular, along with cold Texas beer & a good wine list. It’s a small place & hours are a little limited, so making a reservation & checking hours is recommended.

Indian Mound Ranch. Established in 1873, Indian Mound Ranch was one of the first ranches in Liberty Hill, and it is one of the last “Texas Century Ranches” still intact. That distinguished title applies to ranches that have been in continuous operation for more than 100 years by the same family. Today, sisters Terri Jones Hanley and Susan Jones Anderson operate Indian Mound as a popular destination for those wanting a taste of old Liberty Hill. The most popular events include Market Days on Saturdays, featuring farmers’ and artisans’ markets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Thursdays, the Food Truck Round-Up happens from 6-9 p.m. The ranch also hosts community garage sales, and it can be reserved for private events.

Junque & Disorderly Antiques. For a unique shopping experience you won’t find in any mall or strip center, head for Junque & Disorderly Antiques on Highway 29 in Liberty Hill. This small shop doesn’t look like much from the outside, but step inside to discover a fun collection of old and antique furniture, including mid-century treasures. Some pieces are preserved as-is, while others are creatively refinished with distressed paints and antiquing mediums.

Liberty Hill Parks. For a small town, Liberty Hill offers a surprising number of parks, including the Liberty Hill International Sculpture Park, featuring sculptures created by 25 artists from six countries, during the International Sculpture Symposium held in Liberty Hill in 1976. Liberty Hill City Park has fields for baseball, soccer and football, along with a basketball court, playscape and picnic facilities. Veteran's Memorial Park in downtown Liberty Hill greets visitors with its iconic 7-foot-tall statue, The Kneeling Soldier. Five monument stones engraved with names of Liberty Hill veterans surround a five-point star, representing each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Discover more fun things to do around Rancho Sienna with our Local Flavor guide.