Welcome to Wimberley, Texas! This quaint little town is about a 45-minute drive southwest of Austin. It has a sweet, rural feel to it. I love hunting for easy day trips from Austin under an hour away, so of course I had to visit Wimberley and explore all the sights!
Planning a day trip to Wimberley? This guide has everything you need in it to make it a perfect day of exploring or a weekend getaway! (The hardest part will be deciding how to spend your time, because there’s LOTS to do in Wimberley.) I’ll share quick facts about Wimberley, best things to do in Wimberley, a bunch of great eats and drinks, and a beautiful and unique overnight stay option!
Quick Facts About Wimberley:
1. This is the perfect place to visit if you want a quiet, peaceful getaway.
2. Wimberley is all about slow, Texas living. Think: river sitting, local cafes, cocktails by the water, unique resorts for couples and families.
3. There are no highways that go through Wimberley, which results in the peaceful ambiance.
4. There’s no tubing in the Blanco River that runs through Wimberley (if you want to go tubing, head to the Guadalupe River in San Marcos Texas!) This is a huge perk if you’re looking for a peaceful, quiet getaway: no drunk and noisy tubers heading down the river.
5. Wimberley is home to two iconic Texas swimming holes: Blue Hole Regional Park, and Jacob’s Well (I’ll share more about those below!)
6. It’s really been a resort town (since the early 1900s) and still thrives on tourism! Folks live in Wimberley, but it’s not a big commuter town like Georgetown or Buda.
THINGS TO DO IN WIMBERLEY
1. Hike Old Baldy
There’s a 360 degree view of Wimberley at the top, and it’s an epic place to start your morning! Quick note: there were more steps than I expected, haha! 218 in total, to be exact. So it’s definitely a bit of a workout, but it also wil be over in about 10 minutes. (For reference, I was 26 weeks pregnant and my friend has mild asthma, and we were both able to climb it no problem…so it’s not too, strenuous. It just takes your breath away a little bit.)
OLD BALDY PARK
La Toya Cir, Wimberley, TX 78676
2. Swim AT Jacob’s Well
You’ve no doubt seen pictures of this iconic Texas swimming hole, and it’s just as cool to see in real life! It’s a natural spring that’s 12 feet wide and goes about 120 feet deep. You can jump off the edge into the well or just lounge around on the edges.
Insider tip: make reservations really early! Weekends sell out at the beginning of the summer, and the weekdays fill up pretty quickly, too.
Jacob’s Well NATURAL AREA
1699 Mt Sharp Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676
3. HANG OUT AT BLUE HOLE REGIONAL PARK
This stunning forested 126-acre city park has a massive swimming area with rope swings, 4.5 miles of trails, picnic areas, basketball and volleyball courts, and more. The swimming area is definitely the highlight, but pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a full day!
Tip: just like Jacob’s Well, you’ll need to make your reservations nice and early for this Wimberley hot spot.
BLUE HOLE REGIONAL PARK
100 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley, TX 78676
4. SEE A DEMONSTRATION AT WIMBERLEY GLASSWORKS
This is the premiere hand-blown glass studio in the area. They do free demonstrations daily; check the website for the schedule and stop by to observe and then shop.
5. LET THE KIDS RUN AROUND AT EMILYANN THEATRE AND GARDENS
I adore the mission of this place: “to reinvest in the dignity of the human spirit through the performing arts, the beauty of nature, and community fellowship.” There’s an amphitheatre for community plays, a lot of charming gardens, ponds, and fountains (many of which were Eagle Scout projects), a maze, a children’s play area, a life-size chess board, and more. It’s the sweetest little garden and a great place to wander on a beautiful day.
6. Visit Wimberley ZIP LINE ADVENTURES
Wimberley is GORGEOUS, and if you have an adventurous streak, this is a fun way to get 15-mile views of the valley! They have 10 zip lines and the whole thing takes about 90 minutes to complete.
7. GO SHOPPING IN DOWNTOWN WIMBERLEY
This is where you could spend an entire day! Shop and stroll and eat at the historic town square. I love Ceremony (the sweetest little plant store), Papa Hoo’s popcorn shop, and Gold Dust Boutique (unique jewelry and accessories), but you’ll find many, many more goodies as you explore.
8. VISIT PIONEER TOWN AT 7A RANCH
While it is a resort with overnight stays available, you can stop by to tour Pioneer Town (set up to look just like an 1880s pioneer town) or get a day pass to enjoy swimming in the river (check the website for availability.)
9. TAKE PICTURES BY THE WIMBERLEY BOOTS
These painted boots in Wimberley are scattered all over the town, so you won’t have to hunt very long to find them. But stop for a quick photo op when you see one!
10. SWIM AT CYPRESS FALLS SWIMMING HOLE
Reservations at Blue Hole and Jacob’s Well all booked up? Cypress Falls doesn’t require reservations! Just show up, purchase a wristband, and enjoy a day of swimming and kayaking in the largest part of Cypress Creek.
WHERE TO EAT IN WIMBERLEY
Ok, on to my favorite part: the food! Here are a lot of restaurant suggestions in Wimberley. From breakfast tacos all the way to evening wine bars with sunset views, here are all the best restaurants in Wimberley.
1. Creekside Cookers BBQ
If you want a giant bbq feast in Wimberley, Creekside Cookers is the place to go! They have a huge outdoor patio that’s shaded by big trees and canopies, a long outdoor bar with ice-cold cocktails, and the best barbecue in the city. (Be sure to try their Bodacious Burger!) Plus, there’s live music every evening. It’s really the perfect place to finish up a day in Wimberley.
2. Ino’z Brew & Chew
If you’re looking for waterfront dining, Ino’z is your best bet. The picnic tables extent all the way down from the restaurant to the waterfront, and you can enjoy burgers and beer and cocktails with a beautiful view of the Cypress Creek.
3. Community Pizza And Beer Garden
This busy pizza restaurant is a great family-friendly option since they have a playground on site. There’s a big patio and on pretty days the sliding garage door will be opened up for a fun indoor/outdoor feel. I love their Illuminati Pizza: it has a ton of toppings that are sweet, spicy, and savory!
4. Longleaf Craft Kitchen + Bar
This is a great option for a nice dinner out on the town! Longleaf tries to source locally as often as possible, so the ingredients really drive the menu at this fine-dining Wimberley restaurant.
5. Mima’s Kitchen
This is THE place to go for Tex Mex in Wimberley. I stopped by for a breakfast tacos around 11 am, and by 11:45 the lunch line was already extending through the parking lot. Family owned, homemade flour tortillas, scrumptious tacos and fajitas, and a darling little patio. Definitely a must-try.
6. WIMBERLEY CAFE
This cafe = small town Texas charm. Stop by in the morning for some Huevos Rancheros or Biscuits & Gravy, or enjoy a lazy lunch of burgers, deli sandwiches, and salads. Psst: the peach pie is a crowd favorite here!
7. CACTUS COFFEE
This is not your average coffee booth! Sure, you can get your classics like an iced latte or a hot americano, but you should really go to Cactus Coffee for the fun stuff: edible glitter, colorful frappes, and all sorts of bright and delicious iced drinks.
8. OLDIE’S BURGERS & MORE
Here’s your quick lunch stop for some really good burgers in Wimberley! It’s a women-owned business that serves really good, classic burgers. They have kids meals for around 5 bucks, homemade kettle chips, and a family-friendly feel. Great spot to refuel after a morning of swimming!
9. MONSTER TREATS
When the kids (or kids at heart) are craving a big ice cream cone, duck into Monster Treats for a giant cone with some colorful candy toppings. They serve Amy’s Ice Creams here, so you can find your favorites like Mexican Vanilla and Beligian Chocolate, plus candy-by-the-pound, shakes, and floats.
10. THE LEANING PEAR
Locally sourced American cuisine. This is another great place to go for a nice night out in Wimberley (like a date night or a Saturday night dinner with your girlfriends.)
WHERE TO DRINK IN WIMBERLEY
Since this is a sprawling area with lots of lovely scenery, there are some fun wineries and distilleries that you should visit during your stay in Wimberley.
1. Wimberley Valley Winery // A lovely space with a tasting room, weekend food trucks, and more! (Be sure to make a reservation for your wine tasting. Don’t want a tasting? You can stop by any time and buy a bottle of wine to enjoy on site! 2825 Lone Man Mountain Rd | WEBSITE
2. The Shady Llama // Want to enjoy a beverage with the llamas? No, really! They might wander up and say hi to you at the bar! This is an outdoor beer and wine garden with amazing views of the Texas sunset. They only offer Texas beer and wine, so you know you’ll be enjoying something that was made locally. 18325 Ranch Rd 12 | WEBSITE
3. Cypress Creek Reserve Rum Distillery // Enjoy barrel-aged rum, clear crystal rum, or vanilla rum at this Wimberley distillery. There’s a nice patio on-site where you can sit in the shade and enjoy a cocktail. 1400 Jacobs Well Rd | WEBSITE
4. Casa Vindemia // This little wine shop is a good option for a local place to buy wine, sip and enjoy it on site (you might catch some live music!), or bring it back to your own patio. 15555 Ranch Rd 12 | WEBSITE
5. Limestone Terrace Vineyard // Enjoy the beautiful Hill Country scenery at this Wimberley winery. Tastings are available for $10, and afterward you can purchase a bottle of wine to enjoy at one of the sprawling picnic tables on site. 101 Rocky Meadow Ln | WEBSITE
WHERE TO STAY IN WIMBERLEY
There are lots of cute getaways in Wimberley! I’ll be adding more as I explore the area further. For starters, check out this adorable overnight stay:
One of the coolest and most unique getaways I’ve ever seen! (Yurtopia books fast, so get your reservation in early.) These traditional Mongolian yurts are Texas glamping at its finest: wifi, private hot tubs, secluded outdoor shower, and your own kitchenette, tv, and upstairs deck with views of the hill country.
The 26-acre property is incredibly secluded, quiet, and absolutely beautiful. Would make a great anniversary/honeymoon getaway if you book the private yurts, or a fun couples retreat if you book the three River Bluff yurts that share a common dining area.