Things to Do

6 Awesome Reasons to Visit Lampasas

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Visit the Sculpture Gardens at Campbell Park

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Photo: Marcy Stellfox

A trip to Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden gives visitors a chance to dip their toes in the cool, clear water of the springs after strolling among unique outdoor sculptures in the open parkland. Grab a photo with a vintage Chevy truck decorated with a giant catfish draped atop the pickup’s roof and bed. Recline a while on a surprisingly comfortable stone replica of a sofa and easy chair. A tiled mosaic afghan complements the sofa and entices sitters to pluck at its tiled edges and draw the blanket over weary legs. Some of these sculptures are for sale. Strap one to the top of the minivan and enjoy it for years to come in the backyard.

Watering Holes for the Bathing Inclined

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Hancock Springs located on the south side of town boasts a free-flow spring-fed swimming area. The swimming pool was originally built in 1911. Rumor has it waters are a cool 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit year round and may be just what the doctor ordered on a hot summer’s day. During full moon summer nights, bring a covered dish to share at the community potluck and enjoy a moonlight swim. Golf junkies will enjoy showing off their swings at the adjacent 18-hole Hancock Park golf course.

Near the sculpture garden at Campbell Park, a modern Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool with water features for kid-friendly thrills and swimming lanes for the more serious swimmer beckons visitors and residents alike.  The less adventurous may prefer the more moderate water temperature of this traditional pool as opposed to the cooler spring-fed swimming hole.

Bacon-Wrapped Bliss

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Photo: Marcy Stellfox

For hunters or barbecue hounds, a trip to M&M Butcher Block and Deer Processing on the way out of town east on Highway 580 is a chunk of meat lover’s heaven. Not only do Steve and Marquette Meyer process over 2,000 deer and other game during hunting season, they operate a gem of a butcher shop too. And the couple has probably never handled a piece of meat they haven’t tried to wrap in bacon at least once.

Items for sale in the butcher shop include everything from frozen alligator, mahi-mahi, jalapeño cheddar burgers and ground pork, to in-house made jerky, bacon, brats, and fresh meat creations like chicken breasts stuffed with cream cheese and jalapeños, wrapped in bacon, of course. Their menu reads like a big city gourmet meat market. Plus, they even make their own barbecue sauce and condiments and offer local beer and wine to take home too. Butcher shops of this caliber just don’t exist in many towns anymore.

For more information on visiting Lampasas, check out the Lampasas Chamber of Commerce website.

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