The wonderful thing about living in Dripping Springs is that you get the small-town lifestyle with lots of things to do. One thing that’s unusual about Dripping Springs’ as a small town, is that it has many noteworthy places to visit and places to see.
1. Hamilton Pool Preserve
This is one of those places that people don’t know about and when they learn about it, they wonder why they hadn’t known about it earlier. Hamilton Pool Reserve (24300 Hamilton Rd., Dripping Springs, TX 78620) sits on 232-acre of protected natural habitat in the federal Balcones Canyonlands Preserve.
Its pool isn’t ordinary. It’s jade green with a 50-foot waterfall. Unlike a standard swimming pool, this one has different depths with the deepest point at 25 feet. Its bottom is filled with boulders. Visit the website before you go to ensure it’s open and make reservations.
2. Reimers Ranch Park
Located on the Pedernales River and down the road from Hamilton Pool Preserve is Milton Reimers Ranch Park (23610 Hamilton Pool Rd., Dripping Springs, TX 78620). The park has the distinction of being the largest parkland acquisition in the history of Travis County.
Not only is it a rock-climbing destination but also it features Reimers Observatory with its two giant telescopes. There’s much to do at the park including hiking and mountain biking. It has more than 18 miles of trails that are open for horseback riding. The park makes a great spot for birdwatchers as they offer a two-hour bird walk.
3. Texas Hill Country Olive Company
Surround yourself with 15 acres and olive trees while treating your tastebuds to olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting at the Texas Hill Country Olive Co (2530 W. Fitzhugh Rd., Dripping Springs, TX 78620), a family-owned company started in 2008.
If you opt for the olive mill tour, you’ll learn about the Italian olive press, milling, and extra virgin olive oil and what makes it extra virgin. They’ll cover how to store oil and keep it fresh as long as possible. Who knew there was so much to learn about olive oil?
Dreamland (2770 W Highway 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620) is an entertainment and arts venue with two 18-hole golf courses. It boasts having the world’s most extreme miniature golf course. What about the arts? The property is filled with sculptures and murals as art is an integral part of the Dreamland experience to uplift spirits.
One of the fastest-growing sports can be played there and that’s pickleball. You can sign up to join the leagues. Or maybe you prefer old-fashioned lawn games like bocce and cornhole.
Dreamland has a partnership with the many wineries, breweries, and distilleries in the community. Customers have a variety of beverages to try in the beer garden that serves 90 self-pour taps, 50 local beers, and 40 central Texas wines. Every tap has a screen with its name and a story of the place where it comes from.
5. Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead
Love history? You get that and more at Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead (419-B Founders Park Rd., Dripping Springs, TX 78620). This 1854 farmstead contains five acres filled with shady oak trees. It has had its Texas State Historic Landmark status since 1965 and appears on the National Register of Historic Places.
Families can explore the learning resources packed with activities, lessons, and more. History comes to life in its 12-part learning module for students in grades 4 through 7. You can take a virtual tour of the museum or visit in person. They rotate their exhibits every six months.
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