Whether you have a day or a week to spend, you are sure to find plenty of things to do in Georgetown, Texas! This sweet Central Texas town is known to have the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas, and if you take the time to stop by, you just might find it to be true!
Georgetown is located just north of Austin (about a half hour without any traffic) and is filled with foodie restaurants, historic homes, sweet shops, quaint farms to visit, and miles of hiking trails. My home is just a few minutes away and so we visit Georgetown every chance we get, always discovering new things to do!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GEORGETOWN, TEXAS
How far is Georgetown from Austin?
Georgetown is only about 25 minutes from Austin with easy freeways to get you there. If you are coming from downtown Austin, you will probably want to allow an hour for a little traffic, time to park and make it where you need to be.
Is Georgetown, Texas worth visiting?
Georgetown is definitely worth visiting for at least a day, but you’ll prefer to have a few days to fit in ore of the many things that they have to do! From outdoor activities, to yummy meals, shopping for local goods, and soaking up some culture, a weekend stay is probably for the best.
What is Georgetown, TX known for?
Georgetown is known for being the Red Poppy Capital of Texas as well as the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas. Both of these titles are well deserved, and visitors will be delighted by the small town charming streets and colorful blooms popping up each spring.
BEST THINGS TO DO IN GEORGETOWN TX
1. Take a self-guided tour of Georgetown’s art murals and find some fun photo opps. Start with the red poppy mural at the intersection of Rock Street and 8th and the Railroad mural near the intersection of Rock Street and Seventh Street. Another favorite is the Georgetown mural on the side of Gus’s Drug on University Street. Street Art hunting is one of the best downtown Georgetown, TX activities – just make sure to go in the morning if it is summer!
2. Pick up Red Poppy Seeds at the Georgetown Visitor Center located in Georgetown’s beautiful downtown square.
Georgetown is the Red Poppy Capital of Texas, and it’s annual Red Poppy Festival in the Spring brings plenty of musical talent and tasty eats for visitors. In the meantime, pick up some of your own free wildflower seeds to plant in the Fall and when they bloom in the Spring, you’ll be taken back!
Check out the town map if you are in town in March or April for a beautiful walking tour to see the beautiful red blooms. This is sure to be one of your favorite free things to do in Georgetown!
3. Eat breakfast at Monument Café. It was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives and you can’t miss it on a trip to Georgetown! If you can’t decide what to order (I don’t blame you!), go for the biscuits and gravy or homemade granola.
4. Stop by All Things Kids to browse for a souvenir for the littles in your life, and for ice cream of course! With 42 flavors to choose from, there is sure to be one to please everyone in the family. Hundreds or candy options fill the shelves as well. Pose with the life size cone on your way out for a cute photo.
5. Visit 600 Degrees Pizza for a slice or two. Their giant pizza is well…giant! And SO filling and delicious too!
6. Visit Sweet Eats Farm for fun-filled day outdoors on the farm. This sweet farm is a family favorite with its petting zoo, zipline, pig races, face painting, apple cannons, jumpy pillows, corral maze, and tire swings. Seasonal activities abound with spring strawberry picking, summer sunflower fields and fruit and vegetable picking, fall pumpkin patches with corn mazes and fireworks, and winters decked out for the holidays with visits from Santa himself.
All activities are included with the price of admission except for the price of any picked items like peaches and sunflowers.
If you are in Georgetown with children of all ages, this is one thing to do in Georgetown that you absolutely do not want to miss!
7. See a production at the Georgetown Palace Theater. From Cinderella to the Red Velvet Cake War, the 2022-2023 season is sure to be a hit.
8. Cool off in the splash pad at The Play Ranch at Garey Park is such a fun thing to do in Georgetown. Texas is HOT ya’ll and if it is summer or even Spring or early Fall, adding some water to your day will always be welcomed. If it’s not too toasty, the extensive playground is sure to bring some squeals of joy.
9. Visit the Williamson Museum for a taste of the county’s history. As a bonus, you can book a tour of the Williamson County Courthouse on select days.
10. Pick up a homemade ice cream cookie sandwich at The Baked Bear. Choose your own cookie top, bottom, ice cream and toppings. You’ll thank me later.
11. Walk the Goodwater Loop Trail to see Crockett Gardens and Waterfall.
12. Grab an outdoor table at Sweet Lemon Kitchen.
13. Check out Inner Space Caverns. You can take a simple tour for only an hour or upgrade to get the spelunking add-on! Bonus is that it is only 72 degrees inside so enjoy it on a hot summer day.
14. Indulge in a steak from City Post Chophouse. This downtown Georgetown, TX restaurant is located in the original Georgetown Post Office offering a warm historical vibe along with its tasty menu.
15. Walk the square during the holidays when the trees are lit up, the buildings are twinkling, and the giant Christmas tree at the courthouse square is drawing attention to its festive self. If you are looking for best things to do, Christmas in Georgetown, Texas does not disappoint!
This adorable town is sure to fill you with Hallmark movie like vibes as the historical buildings are dressed in their holiday best. The town parade takes place in early December at the Christmas Stroll with its tree lighting the week before.
16. Stop by The Daytripper Headquarters for an incredible selection of locally crafted and made goods, from sauces to jewelry to fun souvenirs!
17. Take a hike in Garey Park. This park is a beautiful gem and features over 7 miles of trails. With fishing ponds and overlooks, this gorgeous park is one of the prettiest things to do in Georgetown and one activity that makes Georgetown a great Texas spring break idea.
18. Pull out your kayak or swim tube and take a paddle around Lake Georgetown for one of the most active and fun things to do. This sweet and simple beach is free to visit with only a parking fee and easy to access with young children. The sun is intense without shade here, so pack your beach umbrella and sand toys and make a day of it.
19. Walk around the campus of Southwestern University. It’s beautiful trees (especially in Fall) and landscaping make for a lovely spot for a morning or evening stroll with paved walkways. The gothic architecture is also lovely to explore.
20. Go for a swim in Georgetown’s Blue Hole. This sweet swimming spot is located so close to downtown that you can grab lunch and then hop right over for an afternoon dip.
21. Walk or play at San Gabriel Park where the river forks meet. The 200 year old oak trees provide plenty of shade from the Texas sun and a perfect spot for a picnic. A 1.6 mile loop provides a path for hikes and bikes and there is also a disc golf course on the property.
22. Eat some chips and salsa at El Monumento Café with a pretty patio with a view of the river and tasty fajitas. Their guac is topped with pumpkin seeds which means I’ll order it every time!
23. Go wine tasting at Georgetown Winery or Grape Creek Winery.
24. Order yourself a Cookie Monster Shake from the Yard Milkshake Bar. Don’t forget to share – they are huge!