Imagine one of the most beautiful escapes in Texas. I am talking crystal clear water, towering cypress trees, spring wildflowers, great wineries, and an artsy town full of welcoming people.
If you think that I’m dreaming, think again! I am actually describing Wimberley, TX. Combine this great atmosphere with so many things to do in Wimberley, TX and you have the makings for a great Texas getaway!
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Things to do in Wimberley, TX
Jump Into Jacob’s Well
Wimberley is located about 45 southwest of Austin, TX, making it an easy escape from the big city! One of the best swimming holes in Texas, and one of the top things to do in Wimberley, TX,
Jacob’s Well, is located in the Jacob’s Well Natural Area in Wimberley. People come from all over the country to jump off the rocks into Jacob’s Well.
Filled by the Trinity Aquifer, the water pumping into Jacob’s Well is a cool 68-degrees.
Visitors can swim in Jacob’s Well from May 1 until October 1, but take note; you need a reservation as this is a popular area and they limit capacity. I would recommend reserving as early as possible to ensure you get a spot.
Jacob’s Well is also home to an extensive underground cave system that continues vertically down over 7 meters before angling through many rooms protected by narrow entryways. Unfortunately, there have been several SCUBA diving casualties in Jacob’s Well, so you can no longer SCUBA dive to explore the cave system below Jacob’s Well. Now, only permitted cave diving research is allowed on the site, so don’t believe people if they tell you to bring you SCUBA gear!
If you are visiting Wimberley outside of swimming season, you can still visit Jacob’s Well Natural Area. A nature center houses fossils, historical prints, and information on the area. You can also hike along the many nature trail before heading down to take some pictures of Jacob’s Well.
Cooling Off in the Blue Hole in one of the many things to do in Wimberley, TX
Another popular place to cool off from the sweltering Texas heat is the Blue Hole Regional Park, home to the Blue Hole. The blue hole is definitely one of the top things to do in Wimberley, TX.
Here you can enjoy the spring-fed waters in the shade of towering cypress trees, all surrounded by a 126-acre park. At the Blue Hole, you will find restrooms, ample parking, and areas to spread out and have a picnic.
A favorite attraction of the blue hole is the rope swings. People just love swinging out over the clue blue water and making a big splash on their way in!
I feel like I need to warn you…this water is cold! You might also want to wear water shoes to protect your feet from the rocky surface.
Just like Jacob’s Well, the Blue Hole fills up quickly, so reservations are required. They offer two different time slots per day, 9 am-1 pm and 2 pm-6 pm. There is an entry fee per person as well. Visit their website for the most up to date pricing.
Get a Taste of the Mediterranean at Bella Vista Ranch
Bella Vista Ranch is definitely one of the best things to do in Wimberley, TX if you are a food lover.
The owner, Jack Dougherty, realized after purchasing the ranch that the soil in the area is very similar to the soil found in the Mediterranean. This discovery leads Jack to try his hand at olive growing and has since resulted in a fabulous place for you to experience a taste of the Mediterranean in little Wimberley, Texas.
After growing the beautiful olives, Bella Vista Ranch then presses them to make the fabulous olive oils that you can taste and purchase!
Their tasting room allows you to taste the olive oils and other gourmet foods. Bella Vista also houses Bella Vista Cellars, producing a wide range of Italian style wines, which you can also taste in their tasting room!
Find a Hidden Treasure at Wimberley Market Days
Wimberley Market Days is the perfect place to find a Texas treasure to take home with you. Originally established in 1964 with just a few vendors, Wimberley Market Days has grown into a great place for local vendors to sell their wares and one of the great things to do in Wimberley, TX.
Held the first Saturday of every month, Market Days allows you the opportunity to shop, hear local musicians, and eat some great food! Admission is free and parking is a $5 donation to the Lions Club.
Taste Wine at Wimberley Valley Winery
We first stumbled across Wimberley Valley Winery while participating in the Hill Country Wildflower Wine Trail one year. Located outside of Wimberley on Lone Man Mountain Road, Wimberley Valley Winery greets guests with a large tasting room and plenty of wines to sample.
After completing your tasting, grab a bottle of your favorite wine and head outside to enjoy Wimberley Valley’s fabulous outdoor area. Outside, you will find decks with fountains, party lights, and plenty of seating. Then throughout the property, you will find additional seating under the large oak trees that allow visitors to find a little place all to themselves.
Wimberley Valley’s outdoor area makes it one of the top things to do in Wimberley, TX.
Visit One of the Many Art Galleries
Known for being an artsy community, Wimberley has numerous art galleries you can visit.
One of our favorites is Wimberley Glassworks. Wimberley Glassworks features hand-blown glass lights, sculptures, vases, and platters. They also host a daily glass blowing demonstration to show you exactly how they create these works of art. I mean, this reminded me of being in Murano, Italy, where they are famous for their hand-blown glass art.
If blown glass is not your thing, then consider visiting Wildflower Art Gallery where you can view wildflower art from several local artists, or Wandering Oaks Fine Art Gallery, which houses a collection of over 20 artists in various media forms. No matter what your style of art, you are bound to find something that appeals to you in Wimberley.
Marty and I also love all of the art that you will find around town as well. One of our favorite campaigns is the “Bootiful Wimberley” campaign.
Sprinkled around the town of Wimberley you will find 50 boots that have been painted by local artists to showcase the work of the great artists in this community. Searching for these boots is one of the fun things to do in Wimberley, TX.
Shop on Wimberley Square
If shopping is at the top of your list of things to do in Wimberley, TX, then you need to hit the square. The Wimberley Square, or “downtown” as locals call it, is full of shops containing décor, clothing, art, jewelry, and more!
Some of our favorite shops include Kiss the Cook, Shop the Tree House, and The Bazaar.
At Kiss the Cook, you can indulge your inner chef as this store contains all things kitchen. Here you can find knives, linens, cookbooks, and gourmet coffee beans. Shop the Tree House is a great place to visit if you love fun home accents. They have the cutest signs, pillows, and aprons!
If you are looking for an eclectic store for a fun costume or some costume jewelry, then The Bazaar is for you. They specialize in fun apparel.
Swim in Cypress Creek Falls
When most people think of swimming in Wimberley, they think of the Blue Hole and Jacob’s Well, but what if I told you that there is another great Wimberley swimming hole?!
Cypress Creek Falls located on Cypress Creek is another great escape from the Texas heat. Cypress Creek is spring-fed from Jacob’s Well, making it cold and refreshing year-round.
Now, you have to “check-in” at the Cypress Falls Lodge and purchase a wristband for access to the swimming hole. Once in the water, you will find a Creekside bar and the Back Porch Café to ensure you have enough nourishment and refreshment for the day.
Honestly, any of the swimming holes we mentioned are great things to do in Wimberley, TX!
Get an Ice Cream at The Wooden Spoon
The Wooden Spoon is a great way to cool down from the hot Texas sun. Grab a scoop of one of their unique flavors like watermelon or strawberry shortcake. If you’re feeling really adventurous, then top that scoop of ice cream with one of their many toppings!
Have a Great Meal at the Leaning Pear
Calling all foodies be sure that you have The Leaning Pear on your list of things to do in Wimberley, TX.
Known for their locally sourced seasonal food, the Leaning Pear is sure to delight your culinary senses. Diners can indulge in wood-fired pizzas that are as unique as Wimberley, containing ingredients like shallot oil, smoked salt, fontina cheese, and taleggio just to name a few.
If pizza does not tickle your taste buds, then maybe a freshly made crab cake of some chicken and grits will.
If you are a lover of lavender, then the Texas Hill Country will not disappoint. While there are several beautiful lavender fields in the hill country, if you are in Wimberley, then you should definitely consider Rough Creek Lavender Fields located about 7 miles northwest of Wimberley.
Rough Creek Lavender Fields has over 5,000 lavender plants where you can pick your own lavender or shop in their fabulous little shop.
Be Enchanted by the Wimberley Trail of Lights
If you want to be enchanted by lights, then head to Wimberley during the month of December to see the Wimberley Trail of Lights.
Held at the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, the Wimberley Trail of Lights is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. This six-acre trail of lights is a great addition to your list of things to do in Wimberley, TX, and is a top contender on our Texas Christmas Destination list.
Marty and I loved strolling through the displays, which have become a tradition in this town. Not only that, but the Wimberley Trail of Lights is free, they just ask for a small donation to the charity that is being featured. You can’t beat that!
Honestly, the Trail of Lights is one of my favorite things to do in Wimberley, TX.
Taste Some Rum at Cypress Creek Rum Distillery
After a trip to Mauritius, the owner, David Watson, had the idea to import some of the delicious rum that he discovered on the island. After learning what all was involved with importing rum, he decided to ditch that idea and state making his own rum instead.
After much research and hard work, Cypress Creek Reserve Rum Distillery was born.
Using the fresh spring water that surrounds this area, David and his wife, Laura are serving up some delicious liquor. Visit the distillery Tuesday-Saturday from 11:30-5:30 to taste some of their fine rum, including their vanilla rum, made with gourmet Tahitian vanilla beans.
While you are there, why not take a tour to learn more about the facility and the process of rum making. Tours are only $5 and include a free rum tasting, making this one of the best things to do in Wimberley, TX.
Wimberley Valley Museum
Located inside the Winters-Wimberley House, the Wimberley Valley Museum will help you learn all about how the town of Wimberley came to be. Not only do you get to see a fun little Texas museum, but you also get to be in a home that is listed on the National Registry of Historical Places.
Catch Some Live Music by Cypress Creek at Ino’z
Located in the heart of downtown with a great outdoor deck overlooking Cypress Creek, Ino’z is a no-frills establishment serving up pub food and drinks.
Marty and I love to start with their fried pickles before grabbing a blue cheese bacon burger.
If that is not your thing, do not worry. Ino’z has an extensive menu that includes salads, fish, steak, and sandwiches. They also serve up daily drink specials including their Mexitini, a cross between a martini and a margarita. Be careful with this one, it is strong!
Enjoy Some Alone Time in a Cabin
If having some alone time with your significant other tops your list of things to do in Wimberley, TX, then you will not have to look far in this little town. Wimberley is home to tons of rental cabins and boutique hotel properties, lots of which are adults-only.
On our first trip to Wimberley, Marty and I stayed at the Square Inn. This cute inn located just off Wimberley Square was so fun.
Each of their rooms has a different theme. We were in the jungle room, so all of the bedding and pillow were animal prints and there were eclectic decorations that matched the theme.
Housing a great little courtyard area to sit in and served up a fabulous home-cooked breakfast to their guests every morning.
Of course, we also love booking with Airbnb. If you have never booked with Airbnb before, then be sure to use our link to get up to $65 off your first qualifying booking. If you want more information on booking with Airbnb, check out this post that we wrote.
Visit 7A Ranch
7A Ranch is a classic family-owned ranch right on the banks of the Blanco River. The Ranch is a great place to stay boasting several types of lodging including both cabins and larger lodges.
The best part about 7A is that you can get a day pass to enjoy the ranch. With a day pass, guests can enjoy access to the ranch including swimming in the Blanco River and the resort pool. You can rent a kayak, or the private pool-side Cantina to have a place to relax and unwind all day.
You can also go hiking, play volleyball or tennis, and head to the Pioneer Town. Yes, you read that correctly, 7A has a Pioneer Town!
The Pioneer Town on 7A Ranch is a cute replica of an old west town that includes an arcade, and an ice cream parlor!
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at the Sugar Shack Bakery
If you are like us and you have a constant sweet tooth, then you totally understand why the Sugar Shack Bakery made our list of things to do in Wimberley, TX.
Located in a small shop off of River Road, the Sugar Shack is serving up all things sweet! The minute you walk inside, the delicate aroma of baked goods and coffee greet you.
With treats ranging from homemade cookies to fresh pastries, you have a hard decision in front of you. Marty and I stood staring at the display case for 10 minutes trying to choose which one of the delicious looking treats would grace our plate.
Finally, we decided on a jalapeno pig in a blanket and a huge cinnamon roll.
Final Thoughts on Things to do in Wimberley, TX
Honestly, Wimberley is just one of those towns that is easy to love. We have visited several times and every time I find some new little hidden gem that, I had not discovered yet. It is easy to relax and unwind in Wimberley, making it a great getaway for a long weekend or a restful couple of weeks.
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About the Author
Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. While she is a professional educator by day, her passion for travel has her jet-setting all over the world during her free time.
Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blog, That Texas Couple. Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region. She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.
Saturday 12th of December 2020
I lived in Texas for a longgg time and always loved visiting Wimberly :) great post
Sunday 13th of December 2020
Thank you so much!!
Saturday 12th of December 2020
The blue hole looks like a great place to go and chill for a bit. Great list you've put together!
Saturday 12th of December 2020
Wineries, swimming holes and pastries—how could you go wrong? Wimberley, TX looks like a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing all these fun things to do!
Saturday 12th of December 2020
It seems like there is plenty to do and see in Wimberley (never heard of it so I have learnt a lot) but that Blue Hole looks inviting!
Tuesday 6th of October 2020
I had never heard of Wimberley before, but after reading this visiting Jacob's Well and Blue Hole would be super high on my list! Those look like such unique spots and I can see why reservations would fill up quickly :)