The year-round sun and warmth of Texas is what makes it a great getaway no matter the time of year. Historic Dripping Springs offers an experience like no other, with many buildings as old as the 1870s and many other popular historic landmarks either in town or nearby. You’ll want to make sure your early summer getaway to the Dripping Springs area includes plenty of fun and excitement to keep everyone happy and busy.
Activities in Dripping Springs at the Hamilton Pool Preserve
The beautiful landscape and cool waters of Hamilton Pool Preserve draws many locals and tourists year after year. Join young and old alike at the natural wonder that was formed when the dome of an underground river collapsed. You’ll enjoy the unique structure it left behind, which includes a waterfall and grotto. The pool is part of a 234-acre nature preserve and has been considered a “gem” among Texas swimming holes and a must-see. You’ll need sensible, close-toed shoes for the hike back to the pool, and you can bring your swim suit and a picnic lunch to enjoy your time at the pool. Make sure to plan ahead, as you’ll need to book a time slot during your visit if it occurs sometime between March and December. Slots are four hours long, but there are an elite 140 available each day, and each group member will need their own slot to attend.
Lyndon B. Johnson Boyhood Home
While the students of the group may be ready for the year to end, you can find a way to add in a bit of a history lesson during your trip. Presidential elections can turn the tide of the nation quickly, and each president’s administration leaves a special mark on the country. When you visit Dripping Springs, take some time out to soak up the presidential history surrounding our 36th president, Lyndon B. Johnson with a visit to his boyhood home. Johnson lived there from the age five until his 1924 high school graduation, and the home is listed as a national historic park. It has even been furnished in the style of the early and mid-1920s period and reflects the rural Texas lifestyle Johnson and his family would have lived. Join one of the daily free guided tours available hourly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with a lunch break from the staff at noon.
Historic Mercer Street
The rich history of Dripping Springs is always available to be explored, whether it’s early summer or early winter. Historic Mercer Street has many tales to tell about the town’s origins and its progress throughout the years. There is also plenty of Old West heritage lining the street, as many of the buildings, which now house town businesses like the “Barber Shop” bar and Vintage Soul boutique were built between 1870 and 1940. Come back during the Christmas season to see the homes and businesses of Mercer Street decked out in their festive Christmas Best.
As spring turns toward early summer and the Texas heat begins to rise, you’ll want to save this activity for the early morning or evening when temperatures are more tolerable. When you do go out, there are plenty of state parks and public hiking trails in and around the area. Lace up your hiking boots and set out on any of the loops, “out and back” routes, paved routes, and dirt paths. Take an easy jaunt without much elevation change or challenge yourself with a longer hike or one that offers several hundred feet of elevation change. Take the trails leading to natural wonders like Hamilton Pool or Jacob’s Well and reward yourself with a refreshing dip in the water. Watch out for bikers or horseback riders as some trails are prime routes for them, too.
A popular family or group activity in recent years, there’s an escape room near Dripping Springs. Escape In Time offers multiple rooms with different stories that give your logic skills some exercise. Work together to solve the series of clues and break out of the room within 60 minutes to win. Rooms are ranked in difficulty so you can choose a room that fits the skills, abilities, and age range of your group.
Make the Most of Early Summer Fun in Dripping Springs
Once you’ve decided to make Dripping Springs your early summer getaway destination, make sure your next step is booking a private vacation rental with I Love Dripping Springs. You can begin and end every day of your Dripping Springs adventures in a private, luxurious rental with all the comforts of your own home. Choose a small 1-bedroom for your smaller family or group all the way up to a six-bedroom to accommodate a large group or reunion. Enjoy the privacy of your own bedroom away from other group members when you need some alone time, and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Choose a premium unit for perks and upgrades like hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, flat screen TVs and more.
Contact us today to start planning your early summer trip to Dripping Springs and have fun making memories to last a lifetime with amazing activities in Dripping Springs!