Wimberley, Texas is a central location for some of the best natural swimming holes, wines, and culture in the Texas Hill Country. Any time spent here will be a much-enjoyed vacation.
1. Blue Hole Regional Park
The Blue Hole has been named one of the top ten swimming holes in Texas for several years. This beautiful, deep blue pool is spring fed and stays a constant refreshing temperature, even in hot Texas summers. Visitors can enjoy jumping into cool waters surrounded by beautiful Cypress trees.
Blue Hole is not just a summer destination – in fact, with the popularity of the pool, it sometimes has to be closed due to capacity issues, so an off-season visit could prove to be more peaceful. The swimming area is closed during winter months, but the park includes 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of trails, a pavilion, athletic courts, and an amphitheater for visitors to enjoy year round.
Blue Hole Regional Park
Address: 100 Blue Hole Ln, Wimberley, TX 78676
Website: Blue Hole
2. Jacob's Well
Jacob’s Well is as dangerous as it is alluring. This karstic stream is fed by the Trinity Aquifer. Until recent modern developments, the Aquifer actually pushed up water to the mouth of the cave, sometimes gushing up to six feet (1.8 m) into the air. What makes the well dangerous is that it is also the entrance to Texas’ second largest fully submerged cave.
Free divers often dive to the very bottom of the well, which is around 100 feet (30 m) deep. Scuba divers can find at least four cave entrances deep into the well, but the dangers here are very real. Some openings are so narrow that divers have to remove their tanks to get through. The caves are also very silty, adding another level of danger. At least 8 people have lost their lives exploring the caves here.
If you want to see this forbidden beauty, exercise extreme caution. Although many people safely swim here in the top of the well, upward currents and rocks can provide danger even to shallow swimmers. However, it is an amazing thing to see and experience.
Address: 1699 Mount Sharp Road, Wimberley, TX 78676
3. Wimberley Zipline Adventures
The Wimberley Zipline course consists of ten zip lines. Upon your arrival, expert guides will lead you along a walking tour where you will learn about the local ecosystem, history, and other Wimberley facts. You will be able to see some plants and wildlife on this walking tour as well. On the zip line itself, you will experience stunning views of Wimberley Valley and sail over canyons and creeks. This two-hour adventure will be one you will never forget.
Wimberley Zipline Adventures
Address: 300 Winn Valley Dr, Wimberley, TX 78676
Website: Wimberley Zipline Adventures
4. Old Baldy Mountain/Lookout Mountain
This mountain is somewhat of a hidden attraction. It is in the middle of a community, does not have a completely confirmed address or any signage, and visitors report having to frequently ask locals for directions. That being said, it is well worth the trouble. It is about 220 steps to the top of the mountain, and climbers will be treated with an excellent view of Wimberley and surrounding areas.
Address: 33 La Toya Trail, Wimberley, TX 78676
5. Wimberley Valley Winery & Driftwood Estate Winery
Just 13 minutes apart, these two wineries will fill up your day with relaxation, delicious wine, and fun.
Wimberley Valley Winery focuses on having a wide selection of wines and adding creativity and freshness to the Central Texas wine scene. They have many specialties from seasonal fruit blends to Christmas specials, and offer tastings in their cozy lobby next to a fireplace, or outside underneath shady oak trees.
Driftwood Estate Winery specializes in using their Texas grapes to make Mediterranean style wines. They offer tastings and their main attraction is their gorgeous location. The winery sits on a high bluff overlooking their vineyards and visitors can enjoy a glass of wine on the hillside, admiring the spectacular view.
Wimberley Valley Winery
Address: 2825 Lone Man Mountain Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676
Website: Wimberley Valley Winery
Driftwood Estate Winery
Address: 4001 Elder Hill Rd, Driftwood, TX 78619
Website: Driftwood Estate Winery
6. Bella Vista Ranch
Bella Vista Ranch is a small orchard with 1,200 olive trees. They make and sell fresh, unique olive oils as well as the fruits and vegetables grown on the ranch. They also have a small vineyard and boutique winery with between 4 and 7 wines available for purchase and tasting. They offer formal guided tours of both the olive orchard and vineyard, and tastings of oils and wines.
Bella Vista Ranch
Address: 3101 Mt Sharp Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676
Website: Bella Vista Ranch
7. Wimberley Market Days
Wimberley Market Days happen on the first Saturday of the month from March through December. Admission is free, and they have three large parking lots for visitor convenience. Each month there is a market theme such as football, patriotism, or “dog days of summer,” featuring local bands and special vendors. Come and visit the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country and the second largest outdoor market in the state. With 475 vendors, food, and entertainment, you can have an entire day of unique fun.
Wimberley Market Days
Address: 601 FM2325, Wimberley, TX 78676
Website: Wimberley Market Days
8. Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens
According to their website, the mission of the Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens is to “reinvest in the dignity of the human spirit through the performing arts, the beauty of nature and community fellowship.” This wonderful park is open year round to the public and includes a bird and butterfly garden, interactive musical garden, a life-size chess/checker board, and of course beautiful plants around every corner.
The garden also provides a permanent home for the production of Shakespeare Under the Stars, and temporary homes for many other theatre productions. In addition, they host an annual Butterfly Festival in the spring and a Trail of Lights during the Christmas season.
Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens
Address: 1101 Ranch Rd 2325, Wimberley, TX 78676
Website: Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens
9. Wimberley Square
Located in the heart of downtown, Wimberley Square is the center for unique shopping experiences and beautiful art galleries. Here you will find unique shops such as Rancho Deluxe, which specializes in rustic and eclectic home furnishings and ranch décor, as well as gifts and unique articles hand-made in Oaxaca City, Mexico. The store is so dedicated to this style of art that they even offer six day tours of Oaxaca. You will also find Kiss the Cook, which bills itself as the “finest and most complete kitchen store in the Hill Country.” Finally, enjoy gift and collectible stores such as Aunt Jenny’s Attic and the Santa Fe Connection.
The art section of the square features artists such as the “Nacho Ordinary Wood Turner,” who creates beautiful pieces of woodworking for sale. You will also find Art on 12, Central Texas’ largest art gallery. It has a huge display space, 8 working artists’ studios, and features the work of 53 local artists. The gallery is also staffed completely by the featured artists so that guests can receive insider knowledge and guidance on picking the right piece of art for their home.
Website: Wimberley Square
10. Watch a free Glass-Blowing Demonstration at Wimberley Glassworks Center
Get a first-hand look at a live glass-blowing demonstration at Wimberley Glassworks Center. This is a unique activity to engage in when traveling to North Carolina, visit their showrooms and watch the team of artisans produce some of the most exquisite glass art in the city that is up for purchase and collection. Visitors will also learn a bit about the history of glass-blowing in NC and how it grew to be a bustling industry in the region. The Wimberley Glassworks Center is open from Wednesdays to Saturdays and is free for all attendees, an interesting activity to start of your trip to North Carolina.
Wimberley Glassworks Center
Address: 6469 Ranch Road 12, San Marcos, TX 78666
Website: [Wimberley Glassworks https://wgw.com/)
Opening hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Mondays to Saturdays, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sundays
Duration:approximately 2 hours
Contact: 512-393-3316; [email protected]
11. Have a Wimberley ale at the local Middleton Brewing
Located in the heart of Texas, the Middleton Brewing in San Marcos is a place to check out if you’re a beer connoisseur or if you’re one who simply enjoys a bottle of beer or two. Travelers to Texas can experience first-hand how craft beer in Texas is made at Middleton Brewing where visitors can meet the brewers Calvin Kauba, Lori Warren, and Franklin Murrah among others who are responsible for giving guests an in-depth tour of the brewery and a taste of their superb top quality artisan beer. Visit the Middleton Brewing site any day of the week and maybe bring a six-pack or two home to loved ones.
Address: 101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Website: Middleton Brewing
Opening hours: 2:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Mondays to Thursdays (closed Tuesdays); 12:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Saturdays; 12:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Sundays
Contact: (512) 667-6716; [email protected]
The gem of the Texas Hill Country
Wimberley, Texas is a gem of the Texas Hill Country and is a great weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
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