The year-round sun and warmth of Texas are what make 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. There are also many historic sites in town and nearby. You’ll want to make sure your Labor Day 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, whether it’s over the long Labor Day holiday, early winter, or the heat of summer. Historic Mercer Street has many tales to tell 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.

Hiking This Dripping Springs Labor Day

As the Texas heat backs off, you can plan this activity when it’s convenient for you and your loved ones. When you do go out this Labor Day, 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, or dirt paths crisscrossing 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. Watch out for bikers or horseback riders, as some trails are prime routes for them, too.

Hamilton Pool Preserve

The beautiful landscape and cool waters of Hamilton Pool draw locals and tourists alike year after year. 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 and a must-see on your Labor Day 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 on your Dripping Springs Labor Day vacation, 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 will need their own slot to attend.

Austin Zoo

Take the short trip into nearby Austin and spend some time where the wild things area. Tickets currently are only available for online purchase, so make sure to visit the website and score some before heading out. Bring your proof of purchase to the zoo gates for admission. Walk the grounds and visit animals including tigers, lions, cougars, bears, wolves, and various species of monkeys. Enjoy Texas wildlife, including the acorn weevil, bronzed cowbird, and northern, black-bellied whistling duck.

Lyndon B. Johnson Boyhood Home

Get your students ready for the classroom this Labor Day when you pack in a little American history. Presidential elections can often turn the tide of the nation quickly, and each president’s administration leaves its own special mark on the country. When you visit Dripping Springs this Labor Day, 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 from the age of 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 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.

Labor Day Destination: Dripping Springs

Once you’ve decided to make Dripping Springs your Labor Day 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 Labor Day 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. 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 Labor Day respite to Dripping Springs and have fun making memories to last a lifetime!