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 spring road trip to the Dripping Springs area includes plenty of fun and excitement to keep everyone happy and busy throughout your stay.
Hamilton Pool Preserve
When you make your list of must-see attractions for your spring road trip, the beautiful landscape and cool waters of Hamilton Pools needs to be near the top. The pool draws many locals and tourists of all ages year after year. The pool is a natural wonder that was formed when the dome of an underground river collapsed. You’ll enjoy the unique structure it left behind, including a waterfall and grotto. The pool is part of a 234-acre nature preserve and has long been considered a “gem” among Texas swimming holes. Pack sensible, close-toed shoes for the hike back to the pool, and make sure to bring your swimsuit and a picnic lunch to enjoy your time at the pool. If your visit occurs sometime between March and December, you’ll need to book a time slot for your experience. Slots are four hours long, but there are only 140 available each day, and each person needs their own slot to attend.
Historic Mercer Street
The rich history of Dripping Springs is always available to be explored, no matter what time of year you’re here. Historic Mercer Street in the heart of Dripping Springs has many tales to tell about the town’s origins and its progress throughout the years. There is plenty of Old West heritage lining the street, since many of the buildings, which now house town businesses were built between 1870 and 1940.
If you’ve been stuck in the car for any length of time, it’s good to get out and stretch your legs. Pack a bag with your hiking essentials and lace up your hiking shoes for a hike like none other when you explore state parks and public hiking trails in and around the area. There are loops, “out and back” routes, paved routes, and dirt paths to take you all over. 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. Follow 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. It’s a great indoor activity to escape from the Texas sun or a rainstorm. Escape In Time escape rooms offers multiple rooms with different stories to 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.
Lyndon B Johnson Boyhood Home
While the students of the group may want a break from anything school-like, you can still 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 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 is even 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.
Road Trip Destination: Dripping Springs
Once you’ve decided to make Dripping Springs your spring road trip destination, make sure your next step is booking a private vacation rental with I Love Dripping Springs. Begin and end every day of your 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 spring road trip reunion. Enjoy the privacy of your own bedroom on your next Dripping Springs vacation, or 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 spring road trip to Dripping Springs!