I’ve driven past Georgetown my whole life, but never really taking the time to explore here. Last weekend we got the chance to check out this vibrant city and we absolutely fell in love! They’ve got a little bit of something for everyone in Georgetown. We found it to be a perfect destination for affordable family fun. If you’re trying to plan one last trip before the fall, let me tell you why you should consider Georgetown.
Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas
Georgetown is known as the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” and if you’ve ever seen it in person you can see why. Everywhere you turn there’s incredible architecture and historic markers for days. And with so many wonderful shops and dining options, it’s easy to spend a fun afternoon on the Georgetown square. Here’s a few shops we checked out.
The Daytripper World Headquarters
Chet Garner, host of The Daytripper, lives in Georgetown with his family and his store is located downtown. Go check out The Daytripper World Headquarters for all kinds of Texas goods. It’s the perfect shop to pick up a souvenir from your trip.
Red Bird Mercantile
Red Bird Mercantile is a small boutique with affordable women’s fashion and home goods. They had the cutest dresses and I even spotted some Tumbleweed TexStyles designs on the shelves.
By the way… I got that dress!
All Things Kids
All Things Kids is a toy store with an ice cream and candy store in the back. This stop was the girls’ pick and of course they were all smiles when Mom & Dad said yes to ice cream before dinner. Such a fun shop!
Georgetown Visitor’s Center
If you need help finding more things to do make sure to stop in the Georgetown Visitor Center. They have information and brochures on just about everything you can see and do while you’re here.
Adventures in Nature
We’re an adventurous family that appreciates nature and Georgetown checked all those boxes for us. We found so many beautiful places to explore that were fun for the kids as well as Mom & Dad. With adventures above and below ground as well as high in the sky, it’s not hard to find some adventures in nature here. Check out these locations.
Inner Space Cavern
Inner Space Cavern was discovered in the 1960s by the Texas Highway Department. Shortly after the cave was opened to the public. The hour long tour is fairly easy and costs $21 for adults and $15 for children. And the fun isn’t just below ground. Make sure to check out their new zip ride, the Saber Tooth! They also have gem panning and a wonderful gift shop and snack bar.
Georgetown’s Blue Hole
When you find one right in the middle of a bustling city and it’s totally free to enjoy, you know you’ve found something very special. Georgetown’s Blue Hole is near downtown and such a great spot to beat the Texas heat. This iconic swimming hole is series of shallow cascading wading pools. We had so much fun spending a few hours here!
Kayaking on Lake Georgetown
We rented kayaks from Ducks on the Pond and paddled around Lake Georgetown. Kayaks launch from Russell Park and you get two hours until you have to bring them back. We found two hours to be plenty of time for a good paddling adventure. Call them at 512-677-9468 to make your kayaking reservation.
Crockett Gardens Falls
This was why we kayaked on Lake Georgetown. You can get to Crockett Gardens Falls by a 2.5 mile hike from Cedar Breaks Park or a 20 minute paddle from Russell Park. You can see why we opted to paddle. It was well worth the arm workout! I was able to paddle my kayak right under the water falls, but we were told the water is very high right now. It was so beautiful and such a cool experience!
Where to Eat
With all the adventuring we did in Georgetown, our breakfasts and lunches were quick and uneventful. Certainly not blog worthy. But for dinner? We really got the best of both worlds when it came to dinner in Georgetown. One place we went was a reliable kid pleaser and casual. The other was a bit more elevated and gourmet.
600 Degrees Pizzeria
I’ve never met a kid who didn’t like pizza so we knew dinner at 600 Degrees Pizzeria was a safe choice. We weren’t expecting how much we would all love it. The pizza slices were giant and delicious, but I think the cheesy bread was the show stopper for everyone. Taylor was real impressed by the cheese pull.
El Monumento was definitely a bit more elevated dining experience. They serve delicious gourmet Tex Mex and incredible cocktails and margaritas. The queso blanco was simply amazing. I seriously could have filled up on it by itself. I recommend you make reservations, but if you can’t it’s worth the wait.
Where to Stay
The Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel and Convention Center was a perfect place to rest after all of our adventures. We hadn’t stayed in a hotel since before the pandemic and it was so nice to step back into hotel life in such a beautiful one. The decor is so wonderfully western and they even have an original sculpture by Dolman Geiman, a favorite American artist of mine. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. The pool was the perfect place to end each day. And the breakfast buffet was amazing in the hotel restaurant, Brix and Ale.
Thank you to Visit Georgetown and the Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel and Convention Center for hosting us on an amazing weekend in your gorgeous city! We will be back!!
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