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Dive into Fun in Dripping Springs

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Just outside Austin, there is a Hill Country town bursting with natural beauty paired with world-class food and beverages. Add in a high-achieving educational system and many fun year-round events, and Dripping Springs is quickly becoming a destination for visitors and local Texans.

1.  Dripping with Spirits, Wine and Craft Brews.

Riesling on the vine

Photo: Elona Schreiner

Enjoy the spirit of Dripping Springs with a variety of local spirits in the area’s numerous breweries, distilleries, and wineries! Hill country views pair well with your beverage of choice in Dripping Springs. The region’s growing legion of breweries, distilleries, and wineries make for a great afternoon for a day tripper, weekend warrior, and the hometown crowd as well. Tours are offered for those wanting to imbibe at multiple locations.

There are a multitude of well-known, as well as, tiny local places to visit while in Dripping Springs. Twisted X Brewing, Last Stand Brewing, Deep Eddy Vodka, Treaty Oak Distillery, Salt Lick Cellars, and Driftwood Estate Winery are a small sampling of the Hill Country’s distilleries, wineries, and breweries. Although most establishments have weekend hours, it’s best to call ahead to be sure you can properly enjoy your beverage of choice in Dripping Springs.

2. Outdoor Fun for the Whole Family.

Dogs Swimming and Playing

Photo: Jones

Dripping Springs was founded by westward settlers due to the abundance of trees and proximity to water. Today, visitors and residents alike continue to love Dripping Springs for the same reason! The natural elements are breath-taking and beautiful. Hamilton Pool is just one area for Texans to appreciate in this Hill Country town. Reservations are now required for this stunning 50 foot waterfall and popular historic swimming preserve. Pedernales State Park offers hiking, biking, water recreation, swimming, and educational opportunities in a backdrop filled with limestone and a flowing river. West Cave Preserve is a family-friendly as it comes, with strong programs for conservation and education of the area, as well as extensive tours.

3. Variety of Local and Worldly Cuisines.

Smoked Spare Ribs

Photo: Owen-Wahl

After enjoying some of Dripping Springs outdoor offerings, reward yourself with some world-class epicurean adventures. Two renowned and famous restaurants make their home in this charming city: The Original Salt Lick Barbeque and Rolling in Thyme and Dough. These restaurants have been featured in several publications and shows. Dripping Springs has more to offer than just two restaurants! The town is also home to authentic Mexican food, world bistros, local cafes, and coffee shops with ethically sourced coffee. The many wedding venues in Dripping Springs also have their own in-house catering for your large gatherings and events in this Hill Country gem.

4. Full Schedule of Fun Events.

Just the boots engagement picture

Photo: Bryant

Dripping Springs loves a festival or any reason to get together as a community for a good time! The “Wedding Capital of Texas,” as the City of Dripping Springs calls themselves, might bring you to the area for a celebration of your own! If not, there are many events to bring visitors and residents together for a fun gathering. Founders’ Days kicks off the summer season in April, because it’s Texas and summer starts early here! The fun continues all summer long with the Fair and Rodeo in July, Hill Country Rally for Kids in August, and the Food and Wine Festival and Pioneer Day in September. Every month, Dripping Springs celebrates a new month with fantastic First Thursday events, deals, and music.

5. Come Home to Dripping Springs.

School street sign

Photo: Elona Schreiner

The outdoor adventures, fun events, and delicious food and beverages make for a good weekend in Dripping Springs, and for an excellent life for those lucky enough to call Dripping home! Solid real estate prices, top quality schools, and close proximity to Hill Country cities make Dripping Springs a great choice for families in Central Texas. Education is a priority for local citizens. High-achieving public, private, charter schools, and colleges all make their home in the area. Dripping Springs residents work hard to continue the tradition of excellence in education to make this town a beautiful one to call home.