Fabulous day trips in the Texas Hill Country when you only have a day!
Sometimes, jumping in the car and going somewhere is nice! Fun Texas day trips will do us some good. But when you’re in the hill country, you don’t want to miss out on all the wonderful things to do and see. When all you have is a day, go for one of these day trips in the Texas Hill Country.
Fun Day Trips In The Texas Hill Country To Enjoy
If you’re traveling to San Antonio, Austin, or any other area close to the Hill Country and have some time to spare, you’ll want to look at these fun Texas day trips near these cities or spread out in the country. You only need a half day to enjoy these drives and places.
Kerrville, Texas, Day Trip
The Guadalupe River winds alongside Kerrville, making any stop in town a potentially beautiful vista. And if you’re lucky to be in the area in spring, take the backroads to view the wildflowers.
Pax Coffee And Goods
We recharged our batteries at Pax Coffee across the street. The coffee was fabulous, and the setting was fun and refreshing.
Wineries In Kerrville
If wine is on your list, there are about ten wineries in the area that you might want to visit. Kerrville Hills Winery is a great place to start.
Parks In Kerrville
Louise Hays Park is centrally located downtown and offers an excellent place for picnicking.
Kerrville-Schreiner Park has a diverse offering, including hiking, bike trails, canoeing, and kayak rentals.
Johnson City – One of the best day trips in the Texas Hill Country
On a day trip, scope out the food truck on Princeton Rd that makes authentic Mexican street tacos. Everybody loves tacos, right?
Proof & Cooper
Go here for great food and score shareable meals. My friend and I shared the delicious beef nachos, and I don’t think we finished it. The location is 209 E. Main Street. It’s across the street – catty-corner from the Farmhouse Vineyard.
Farmhouse Vineyards & Marketplace
Wine lovers want to visit the Farmhouse Vineyard & Marketplace for excellent wine like their signature, The Boyfriend. I do think the names that are given to their wines are hilarious. And you’re in luck if the Tipsy Trailer is open. It wasn’t when we were there. The Tipsy Trailer sits on the winery property, where they serve wine. It’s very darling, and there are tables and chairs to sit in to enjoy your wine. I’m not sure when it’s open, but I’m guessing on lovely spring days and not days below freezing – like when we were there!
Pedernales Falls State Park
If you’re an outdoorsy person, you might want to take part in hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding at Pedernales Falls State Park, and if not, opt for a picnic and bird watching. If the kids are with you, have you ever thought about geocaching? You can do that here as well. There is an entrance fee, and booking your day and time slot online is best, especially if you are going on Saturday. The weekends do sell out fast.
An easy 30-minute road trip from north San Antonio and about a 45-minute road trip from Austin makes a nice day trip either way. If you didn’t know (I did not), Blanco is known as the Lavender Capital of Texas. I think that would be a great time to visit to see the blooming lavender fields.
Blanco State Park
I can’t get over the scenery in this park. The photo above was taken by me the day after that 2022 winter freeze. I can only imagine seeing it in the spring and summer and swimming in the water when it gets warmer.
Lunch At The Old 300 BBQ
Have a plate of fantastic barbeque at Old 300 BBQ (look for the old red truck in front), and then splurge on a smoked blueberry cheesecake topped with fresh blueberries and drizzled in blueberry sauce. Then, walk around town to burn it off!
Historic Town Square
Explore the shops, the Pioneer Museum, breweries, and clothing stores. You can fill up a full day in the town square while walking off that amazing cheesecake you ate!
San Saba, Texas
At the northern tip of the Texas Hill Country, nestled among the pecan trees, sits peaceful San Saba. I’ve heard nice things about one of the vineyards (below) and how pretty the town is. I suspect San Saba will be another town on my favorite THC town list. San Saba is roughly 50 miles from Brownwood.
Colorado Bend State Park
I see picnics in the future with three city parks and the Colorado Bend State Park all in the area! Be sure to visit the Gorman Waterfall, and if there’s time, take a swim.
Wedding Oak Winery
I know of three Wedding Oak Winery wineries, and I have visited two of them–Fredericksburg and Burnet. The owner’s daughter served me wine and told me stories about how the winery got its name. I’d love to visit where it all started with Wedding Oak Winery—San Saba.
Grab Some Texas Pecans
Since San Saba is known as the Pecan Capital of the World, it makes sense to buy a pound or two while you’re there…even if you don’t love pecans – someone you know does, right? There are a couple of places in town where you can get pecans or treats with pecans added.
If you’re in Austin for the day or come to town with your spouse and have a day to yourself, head to Georgetown. There are plenty of things for you to do, including nature and shopping. Visiting Georgetown with my grandson was one of the trips in the Texas Hill Country that gave me many memories with him.
Hike The San Gabriel Trail
Take a walk (or a hike) on the 9-mile trail along the river while viewing the wildflowers. There are plenty of benches along the way for breaks, water foundations, and restrooms. After your walk/hike, head to San Gabriel Park, enjoy a picnic and watch the ducks.
Shop In The Most Beautiful Town Square In Texas
Since Georgetown’s town square is the most beautiful in Texas, may I suggest not passing it up? You don’t have to buy anything, but I’m sure you’ll want to see Texas’s most beautiful town square. I saw it in October, but I hear it’s so beautiful around Christmastime.
Lunch At Wildfire
Wildfire is a steakhouse and saloon restaurant in Town Square and a local favorite. If steak is too heavy, don’t worry; there are plenty of places to eat.
Dripping Springs, Texas
They don’t call Dripping Springs “The Gateway to the Hill Country” for nothing. Just a short drive from Austin, you’ll be in a world of wineries, brewers, and distillers – they have all three and are the only town in the THC to have all three. But if that’s not on your list, there are plenty of reasons to visit Dripping Springs.
Salt Lick BBQ
Go for the best barbeque or the most perfect atmosphere, and head to Salt Lick BBQ. Live music might be going on outside under the oak trees.
Winery Hopping & Wine Tasting
One of my favorite wineries is Solaro Estate and Driftwood Winery, but a few more in town have fantastic scenic views and good wine. Choosing which ones is hard, especially if you only have a day. We were following the wineries on the Texas Wine Trail list when we were there, so it was easy for us to choose.
Hamilton Pool Reserve
There is a beautiful pool of water with a waterfall and places to sit and watch. There are several rules to read over when you enter, and swimming is no longer allowed. So be sure to read the information on the website – Hamilton Pool Reserve.
Well, there you have it – beautiful day trips in the Texas Hill Country for you to consider. Have fun choosing!!!