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Buda, Texas: A Beautiful Place to Stay & Play

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Tony Maples Photography


Just 15 miles south of Austin on the I-35 corridor is the “Outdoor Capital of Texas” and picturesque city of Buda. The city of Buda won its claim to fame on account of the many gorgeous outdoor areas the city boasts, but there is so much more to do in Buda if you aren’t feeling the pull of the great outdoors. Buda offers a quaint historic downtown, great food, and even a classic pinball parlor to remind you of your childhood. There truly is something for everyone in this beautiful town in Texas Hill Country.

Buda Parks


Buda was established back in 1881, and was originally called Du Pre. It got its start as a stop when the Great Northern Railroad expanded its line from Austin to San Antonio. In 1887, the United States Postal Service informed the town of Du Pre that there was already a Du Pre, Texas, and they would have to change their name. The common belief is that Buda came from the Spanish word viuda, which means widow, and may have referred to the two widows whose cooking had become very popular in the town for travelers.

Kids skateboarding at skate park


Buda became a popular destination, and people eventually started settling there because of all the area had to offer. Buda became the “Outdoor Capital of Texas” as a result of having more parkland per capita than any other city in Texas. With over 250 acres of public parkland and 13 public parks, including a skate park, there is space for every outdoor enthusiast. Buda even has a Cabela’s to help get outfitted for all your outdoor adventures.

Colorful stores with antique store signs


Buda has more to offer than just the great outdoors. Their historic downtown has some great shopping as well as fantastic restaurants and bars. Join the locals on the first Thursday of every month in “Alive after Five” to see what the historic district has to offer. One of the local favorite places to play is Pinballz Kingdom, which has pinball machines from your childhood. They have a restaurant and bar, and on some nights even have wrestling. Buda is also a great place to film and was named a film friendly community by the Texas Film Community. Shows like Friday Night Lights have been filmed there, so if you’re looking to film a movie, look no further than scenic Buda.

Stone building with green plants and sign that reads Buda Red Door


Buda is an outdoor lover’s paradise in Texas Hill Country and has something for every family member. You can shop, eat, play, and relax all in one day. Located close to Austin and San Antonio, it’s an easy to reach destination for any day tripper and truly is a beautiful Hill Country gem.