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Small Town-Cool City Living: The 5 Coolest Things About Living in Buda, Texas

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The population of Texas is growing by leaps and bounds every year. In fact, from 2010 to 2018, the population of our state grew from 25.1 million to 28.7 millionmaking it the 3rd fastest growth rate of any state in our country. While many folks are flocking to Texas’ bustling metroplexes to take advantage of a strong economy and vibrant nightlife, just as many are drawn to the smaller, more charming and historic communities that dot the landscape of our great state. Among those historic towns is one that’s quickly becoming less of a carefully guarded secret: Buda, Texas.

You might not have even heard of Buda (and, if so, you’re probably mispronouncing its nameit’s “BYOO duh,” not “Buddha”). It’s located 15 miles south of downtown Austin, along the I-35 corridor, and is probably best known for its famous outdoor superstore, Cabela’s. But the town has way more to offer than just outdoor superstores. This historic Texas town in the heart of the Hill Country is ripe with opportunities, appeal, and fun.

Here are 5 cool things that Buda has to offer visitors as well as residents!

1: The ‘Outdoor Capital of Texas’

Small Town-Cool City Living: The 5 Coolest Things About Living in Buda, Texas

Photo: Facebook/City of Buda, TX

The Texas State Legislature named Buda the “Outdoor Capital of Texas,” and, believe it or not, this honor had little to do with it being home to Cabela’s. In fact, this small town is home to 13 scenic parks, encompassing 268 acres of public park land. Residents can take full advantage of the beautiful Texas Hill Country weather by getting outside and enjoying these dedicated park spaces. The town’s parks also feature ADA accessible trails, so everyone can be included in enjoying the outdoors.

2: Historic Downtown

Small Town-Cool City Living: The 5 Coolest Things About Living in Buda, Texas

Photo: Facebook/City of Buda, TX, photo credit: Douglas Newton

If you exit I-35 and venture off the highway into the historic district of downtown Buda, you’ll find the best shopping and dining in this part of the Hill Country. The six short blocks of the downtown area are packed with shopping, dining, evening entertainmentmaking this historic downtown a great place for a date night or a day of shopping with the girls.

3: Focus on Small Business

Small Town-Cool City Living: The 5 Coolest Things About Living in Buda, Texas

Photo: Facebook/City of Buda, TX

With its close proximity to Austin, business leaders in Buda knew that it was important to diligently work to make sure small businesses could not only survive but thrive in this community. As a result, the City of Buda actively works to welcome small businesses to the area and help them succeed. Keeping small businesses alive helps to preserve the charm and history of this small community.

4: Animal Friendly

Small Town-Cool City Living: The 5 Coolest Things About Living in Buda, Texas

Photo: Facebook/City of Buda, TX

Have you ever heard of the Wiener Dog Races? Did you know that they happen every year in Buda? Folks come from near and far to watch about 400 of these short-in-stature critters run their little legs off around the track at Buda City Park. Wiener dogs aside, the community as a whole is very animal-friendly, and you might find people strolling around the historic downtown area with Rover in tow or encounter some active pups at the area’s parks.

5: A Legitimately Scenic City

Small Town-Cool City Living: The 5 Coolest Things About Living in Buda, Texas

Photo: Facebook/City of Buda, TX

Buda was one of only 16 Texas cities to recently receive a gold certification from the Scenic City Certification Program. The city received this designation due to its strict dark sky regulations, ample parkland, and parking lot landscapingmaking it a beautiful place to live or visit.

So what are you waiting for? Buda is a centrally located little burg, full of friendly faces and opportunity for growth. Whether you’re looking to relocate in 2019 or just explore parts of the state that you’ve never been to, it’s a great place to start. To learn more about this Texas Hill Country community and to plan your next visit, go to budatxtourism.com.