Located 16 miles from San Marcos in Hays County, Texas, Wimberley dwells between Austin and San Antonio. Cypress Creek and Blanco River connect in this city, rendering Wimberley a delightful destination—especially in the summer.

Country music and Honky Tonk fans will be in heaven. Within 50 miles of Wimberley are 11 of the best dance halls including the two oldest dance halls in Texas: Gruene Hall and Twin Sisters Dance Hall.

Here are the top spots with something for everyone that are sure to create many great memories.

Swing ‘n’ swim ‘n’ stuff at the Blue Hole Regional Park
100 Blue Hole Ln.
Wimberley, Texas 78676

C’mon in, the water’s fine and super clear at the 126-acre Blue Hole Regional Park. Besides enjoying time in the water or on the swings, this place makes a great spot for selfies and nature pictures. In the summer, they hold nature camps with a different theme each week. San Marcos residents only have about a 20-minute drive, so it makes day camp a doable option.

Know before you go: If you want to swim, the park requires reservations. You won’t need reservations for the playscape, hiking, basketball courts, and other recreation spots. Also, bring water. If you’d like to picnic, pack for one as they have tables.

Explore Jacob’s Well Natural Area
1699 Mt. Sharp Rd.
Wimberley, Texas 78676

No trip to Wimberley is complete without stopping by Jacob’s Well Natural Area. The Hays County Parks Department is restoring, protecting, and preserving the natural area packed with ecological beauty and diversity. Escape the hot summer sun at the swimming spot where the water from the Trinity aquifer remains a refreshing 68 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. JWNA contains many trails you can hike and take in breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country.

Shop in the oldest outdoor market at Wimberley Lion Market Days
601 FM 2325
Wimberley, Texas 78676

On the first Saturday of the month, stroll through almost 500 booths on tree-shaded paths to shop to your heart’s content, all while listening to live music on three stages. To accommodate everyone, the market provides three large parking lots. They have monthly themes, concessions, and handicap-accessible restrooms.

“See the stars under the stars” at the Corral Theatre
100 Flite Acres Rd.
Wimberley, Texas 78676

Experience this Wimberley tradition and watch movies like you’ve never seen before at this walk-in outdoor movie theatre. The theatre plays movies on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays for three months in the summer. Gates open at dusk and movies begin at dark. They have chairs and bleachers, but you can bring your own in case they’re in use. Visit the Corral Theatre website for upcoming showings.

Tour an olive oil and winery vineyard at Bella Vista Ranch
6469 Ranch Road 12
Wimberley, Texas 78676

The Texas Hill Country is the No. 2 fastest-growing wine destination with five wineries fewer than 20 miles from Wimberley. But here’s something different that also has grape vines and a winery. Bella Vista Ranch houses more than 1,200 olive trees producing 100 percent Texas olive oil. If you’ve never had fresh-pressed olive oil, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever tasted.

The ranch also features seasonal fruits and vegetables, a winery, and tasting room. It has a gift shop where you can sample olive oils, jams, wine, and other gourmet food. You can buy a genuine olive tree to take home.

Head to VisitWimberley.com for more ideas on things to do, lodging, shopping, and services. Check out the calendar on the website for upcoming events like concerts, rodeos, and market days.

People who live in TRACE in San Marcos have a wealth of choices for Texas Hill Country getaways like New Braunfels, Georgetown, Gruene, and Fredericksburg. For when you want to stay closer to home, TRACE community’s amenities include three parks, an elementary school, and retailers.