The year-round sun and warmth of Texas are what make it a great getaway no matter the time of year you need a break. Historic Dripping Springs offers an experience like no other, with many buildings as old as the 1870s, as well as many historic sites in town and nearby. You’ll want to make sure your fall getaway to the Dripping Springs area includes plenty of fun and excitement to keep everyone happy and busy.
Historic Mercer Street
The rich history of Dripping Springs is always available to be explored, no matter the season. Historic Mercer Street holds many tales about the town’s origins and development throughout the years. There is 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.
Take the short trip into nearby Austin this fall and spend some time where the wild things are. Tickets currently are only available for online purchase, so make sure to visit the website and purchase yours before heading out and bring your proof of purchase to the zoo gates for admission. Walk the grounds and visit animals like tigers, lions, cougars, bears, wolves, and various species of monkeys. You’ll even encounter Texas wildlife, including the acorn weevil, bronzed cowbird, and northern black-bellied whistling duck.
Hiking this Fall in Dripping Springs
As the Texas heat of summer turns to the cooler temperatures of fall, you can plan this activity when it’s convenient for you and your loved ones. When you do go out, there are plenty of state parks and public hiking trails in and around Dripping Springs. Lace up your hiking boots and set out on any of the loops, “out and back” routes, paved routes, or dirt paths that crisscross the area. Take an easy jaunt without much elevation change or challenge yourself with a longer hike or one with 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. Make sure to share the trail with bikers or horseback riders, as some trails are prime routes for them, too.
Lyndon B. Johnson Boyhood Home
Presidential elections can often turn the tide of the nation quickly, and each president’s administration leaves its own special mark on the country. Get your students ready for the classroom this fall when you pack in a little American history on your Dripping Springs visit. 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 in the home, now listed as a national historic park, from the age of five until his 1924 high school graduation. The home has even been furnished in the style of the early to mid-1920s and reflects the rural Texas lifestyle Johnson and his family would have lived. Come explore on your own or 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.
Hamilton Pool Preserve
The beautiful landscape and cool waters of Hamilton Pool draw locals and tourists alike year-round. Join young and old at the natural wonder that was formed when the dome of an underground river collapsed. Enjoy the unique structure it left behind, which includes a beautiful waterfall and grotto. The pool is part of a 234-acre nature preserve and has been considered a “gem” among Texas swimming holes for years. It’s a must-see on your Dripping Springs fall respite. You’ll need sensible, close-toed shoes for the hike back to the pool, and you can bring your swimsuit and a picnic lunch to enjoy. Make sure to plan ahead, as you’ll need to book a time slot during visits between March and December. Slots are four hours long, but there are an elite 140 available each day, and each person in your group needs their own slot to attend.
Fall Destination: Dripping Springs
Once you’ve decided to make Dripping Springs your fall 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 fall adventures in a private, luxurious rental with all the comforts of your own home. Choose a small one-bedroom all the way up to a six-bedroom to accommodate a large group or family reunion this Fall in Dripping Springs. Enjoy the privacy of your own bedroom, 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 fall respite to Dripping Springs and have fun making memories to last a lifetime!