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Georgetown in the Texas Hill Country: Where Tradition & Charm Go Hand-in-Hand

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Rich with history and tradition, as well as being home to one of the 10 oldest institutions of higher learning in Texas, Georgetown is a city in the Texas Hill Country that has amassed a number of treasures Texans have been proud of for years. Natural wonders, wineries, fantastic dining and great shopping make it a mecca for a mixture of folks, both local and out-of-state, offering something for everyone. Its close proximity to Austin, yet small-town feel, has appealed to a number of students seeking a high-quality education. Southwestern University lists enrollment at just over 1,500 students. As such, its faculty is able to take a direct approach with each individual student, helping them to reach their academic goals. A liberal arts college, the university is situated close to historic, downtown Georgetown, and its rich heritage is enough to make any Texan proud.

Georgetown in the Texas Hill Country: Where Tradition & Charm Go Hand-in-Hand

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It doesn’t take much to see why else state pride should run strong in this town. Williamson County Museum on the Square is one of Georgetown’s most interesting stops to visit. Promoting the county’s culture and heritage, the museum is situated directly across from the county Courthouse, and its mission is carried out through the acquisition and preservation of artifacts and historical memorabilia, as well as the exhibition of displays and education of its visitors. Their staff and volunteers help make this happen through the many events they host throughout the year, including public education programs, innovative exhibits, and the annual Pioneer Day at Old Settlers Park in Georgetown.

Georgetown in the Texas Hill Country: Where Tradition & Charm Go Hand-in-Hand

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If you’re in the market for some must-see natural wonders of the area, Inner Space Cavern should definitely top your list. Discovered during the construction of I-35 in 1963, the skeletal remains of many a prehistoric animal that met their fate here are a wonder to explore and learn about, showing the type of creatures that inhabited this part of the Texas Hill Country thousands of years ago. Over 7,000 feet of the cave had been surveyed in ’63, and the various passageways ranged from tight crawls to large, cathedral-type halls and rooms. Inner Space Cavern was opened to the public in the summer of 1966 and has since hosted hundreds of thousands of visitors in its natural beauty. Another natural wonder that should make your viewing bucket list for Georgetown is Blue Hole. Offering a cool place to enjoy on a hot Texas Hill Country summer day, Blue Hole is a scenic lagoon located on the South San Gabriel River. Lined by limestone bluffs and providing a prime opportunity to picnic and wade or swim, Blue Hole is part of Blue Hole Park and can be found just five blocks from the city’s downtown Square.

Georgetown in the Texas Hill Country: Where Tradition & Charm Go Hand-in-Hand
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