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Summer is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for some kid-friendly activities in the Dripping Springs area, you’re in luck. From visiting the Austin Zoo to spending the day swimming at Barton Springs, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in the area. Here are some of the top kid-friendly summer activities in Dripping Springs to check out:

Visit the Austin Zoo

If you’re looking for a fun family activity this summer, consider visiting the Austin Zoo! Located just outside the city, the zoo is home to a wide variety of animals from all over the world, including lions, tigers, monkeys, and more. You can stroll through the zoo and see these amazing creatures up close or even participate in one of their interactive programs. After you’ve finished exploring the zoo and seeing all the amazing animals, stop by the gift shop to take home a souvenir of your visit. The shop offers a variety of items like t-shirts, plush animals, and other fun gifts that are perfect for kids and adults alike. Plus, your purchase supports the zoo’s mission of caring for its animals and educating the public about wildlife conservation. With plenty of shaded areas, picnic tables, and playgrounds, the Austin Zoo is the perfect destination for a family outing. Remember to bring sunscreen and plenty of water to stay hydrated during your visit!

Swim at Barton Springs

Looking for a refreshing way to beat the summer heat in Austin? Consider taking the kids to Barton Springs! Located in the heart of the city, Barton Springs is a natural swimming hole that stays a cool 68-70 degrees year-round. The pool is three acres in size and is surrounded by lush greenery, providing a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Kids will love splashing around in the clear, spring-fed water, while adults can lounge on the grassy banks and soak up the sun. The park also offers a playground, picnic areas, and hiking trails, making it the perfect destination for a full day of family fun. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, towels, and plenty of water for a fun and safe day at Barton Springs!

Check Out Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

If you want an outdoor adventure that’s both educational and fun, consider visiting the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center! Located just outside Austin, this 76-acre preserve offers guided tours of a beautiful limestone canyon with a grotto and waterfall. Along the way, visitors can learn about the ecology of the area and the importance of protecting our natural resources. Kids will love exploring the trails, playing in the creek, and searching for wildlife like butterflies and birds. The center also offers a variety of educational programs and workshops for all ages, making it a great destination for families, school groups, and nature enthusiasts. With its stunning natural beauty and commitment to environmental education, the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the area.

Grab Your Hiking Shoes for These Summer Activities in Dripping Springs

Going hiking in Dripping Springs with your family is a great way to explore the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country while staying in the area. Dripping Springs has a variety of hiking trails suitable for all ages and skill levels, providing a fun and active outdoor activity for everyone. The trails offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and an opportunity to observe native wildlife such as birds, butterflies, and occasionally deer or foxes. After your hike, you can unwind in the town’s charming downtown area, where you’ll find plenty of dining and shopping options. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and plenty of water for a memorable and enjoyable day in Dripping Springs.

Enjoy a Delicious Meal

Enjoying a family meal at one of Dripping Springs’ restaurants is a wonderful way to savor the local flavor and create lasting memories with your loved ones. The town has a diverse range of dining options, from classic Texas barbecue and Tex-Mex to farm-to-table cuisine and pizza. Many restaurants also offer outdoor seating, perfect for enjoying the warm Texas weather and scenic views of the surrounding Hill Country.

After your meal, be sure to save room for dessert! Dripping Springs has several options for satisfying your sweet tooth, from bakeries and ice cream shops to artisanal chocolate makers. Speaking of ice cream, a favorite family activity is grabbing a cone or dish after dinner and walking around the charming downtown area. This is a great way to explore the town and enjoy quality time with the family while enjoying a treat.

Book Your Summer Getaway

Overall, there are plenty of kid-friendly summer activities in Dripping Springs. From visiting the Austin Zoo to spending the day swimming at Barton Springs, there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy. So, what are you waiting for? Contact our team today to book one of our Dripping Springs rentals and to learn more about kid-friendly activities in town. We can’t wait to see you!

Planning your annual vacation can be a bit challenging, as you spend hours pouring over vacation destinations, accommodations, and of course, airline fares that you are hoping you can keep in check. You need to ensure that your entire family can take off the week together, you have to be sure that the home you rent is large enough and comfortable enough for everyone to enjoy, and you simply can’t take a vacation without knowing what seasonal activities there are available for you to do. Fortunately, you have the destination chosen already—Dripping Springs—and you know you would never settle for less than what I Love Dripping Springs has to offer for your vacation home away from home, so for now, all that is left to discuss is the season! Summer and fall are the most popular vacation times, but did you know that Dripping Springs is an all-seasons vacation destination offering excitement, fun, and adventure throughout every month of the year? This guide, our ultimate guide to Dripping Springs and everything you can see, do, and fall in love with during the winter and spring months will help you narrow down your departure dates!


A Southwestern Winter Wonderland


Winter is often thought about with a mixed bag of emotions throughout most of the country. Everyone dreams of a white Christmas and that first snow is so clean, pure, and beautiful you can’t help but be entranced. By mid-January, however, icy roads, numb fingers and toes, and high winter utility bills have you dreaming of warmer locales, and although Dripping Springs can get cold and has been known to offer a rare snowstorm during the season, the temperatures tend to stay in the moderate range, letting visitors explore the landscape without going into hypothermia!


Stay close to home and discover the joys of hiking through the Hill Country on trails that range from easy to moderate and leave the difficult hikes for those who don’t understand that vacations are for relaxing, not killing yourself scrambling over boulders and losing your breath on higher altitude trails! Reimer’s Ranch Lower and Upper River Trail, for example, is only about four miles long, looping around to bring you back to where you started and offering scenic views of the river as you make your way along its expanse. There is no shade on this easy trail, making the cooler days of winter the perfect time to enjoy the hike, and if you insist on upping the intensity of your hike, its relatively low elevation gain of 196 feet makes the trail a popular one for runners.


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There are many different ways to enjoy the short days of winter, however, and on the coldest days, we love to warm up from the inside out with a visit to Treaty Oak Distilling, located at 16604 Fitzhugh Road. Forget about putting all that extra effort into wearing the right shoes, layering your clothes as the day grows warm during your hike and then begins to cool again, and spend a lazy afternoon sitting, sipping, and sampling the whiskeys and cocktails found at the Treaty! Their online store allows you to continue sipping your newest obsession long after you return home, and whether their Treaty Oak Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon or their Treaty Oak X Whiskey Meyers Red Handed Bourbon is your favorite, you can order refills whenever you want.


Whiskey can be a little much to handle for some travelers, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip the entire sipping experience, not when the Side Car Tasting Room and the Bell Springs Winery are located just a few minutes from your I Love Dripping Springs seasonal sanctuary! Offering sophisticated Texas wines in charming and tranquil surroundings, your entire winter escape could happily be spent in either of these places without you feeling you have missed out on a single adventure—not that we encourage skipping the other fun things you can do in Dripping Springs, but it is nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of vacation life every so often!

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Winter Events You Won’t Want to Miss


So far, you have spent your winter getaway hiking and drinking—it sounds like the perfect getaway to us—but there are events that take place in the winter that you won’t want to miss, starting with Christmas on Mercer Street on December 4th. This festive event allows visitors to get an early start on their Christmas shopping, and as you explore the shops filled with gifts, décor, and more than a few Texas souvenirs, you can sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes, enjoy some yummy treats, and get teary-eyed over the pictures your youngsters took with Santa. The annual tree lighting ceremony takes place in the evening, and if this happy experience doesn’t fill your holiday spirit tank extra full, we don’t know what will!


Dance your way into the new year of 1971 when you spend New Year’s Eve with Madam Radar & the Reverent Few at the One 2 One Bar (1509 S. Lamar Boulevard #600 in Austin). And yes, we said 1971, because this very special show is all about the music and clothing of the early 70s, and after the last year or so of the millennium, we are all eager to take a step back into the past!


Instead of fighting your way through snow, sleet, and ice at home in February, you can celebrate the 50th anniversary of West Side Story on February 26th at the Long Center for the Performing Arts with a live performance conducted by Peter Bay. Winter in Dripping Springs is the gift that keeps on giving, and we at I Love Dripping Springs are proud to offer a soft place to land at the end of every day!

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Hearty Meals You Will Never Forget


In addition to a deep and uninterrupted night’s sleep, one of life’s greatest luxuries is a hearty meal on a cold winter’s night, and although the temperatures rarely drop below freezing, you will still enjoy the delicious meals offered by some of our favorite Dripping Springs restaurants. Nothing warms your body and soul quicker than a spicy Mexican meal, and El Rey Mexican Bar & Grill is destined to be your new favorite spot! Offering cheesy goodness, karaoke, and live mariachi bands, every minute of your meal will be one you never want to end. When it’s good old-fashioned American comfort food you crave, however, Homespun Kitchen & Bar, located in the heart of Dripping Springs at 131 Mercer Street, has the meals you desire! Featuring juicy burgers, hearty chicken fried chicken covered with gravy that tastes like something your grandma made, and sweet treats made fresh every day, this all-American upscale diner will make your taste buds stand up and take notice.


The Promise of Spring


Now that we have you excited about the winter months, it is time to take a step in a new direction, towards the promise and hope of spring in Dripping Springs. As cheerful flowers push their way through the dark soil and the trees begin to bud with dark green leaves, the warmer days are welcomed by visitors and residents alike. These are the days we want to spend outside as much as possible, enjoying the milder weather before the heat of summer takes over, and even rainy days are our favorite!

See juniper and oak when you explore natural attractions in Dripping Springs

Take a brief road trip to the nearby big city of Austin and spend hours losing yourself in the history of the museums found there, staying dry and cozy while the rains fall outside. The Bullock Texas State History Museum, located at 1800 Congress Avenue, covers pretty much everything that has happened in our state over the centuries, while the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library explores the man who was president for a brief and exciting time. And if history isn’t as important to you as the colors that surround you, the Contemporary Austin-Jones Center features the best of Texas when it comes to contemporary art! Thinkery Children’s Museum will help your children get excited about learning, and the Texas Military Forces Museum will make your military-loving husband actually happy about going to a museum!

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Enjoying the Good Weather


Not every day is a rainy one in the spring, and on the best days, as we stated earlier, you will want to get outside and play as often as possible! Start with a visit to the Dripping Springs Farmer’s Market, located at 108 East US-90 and open every Wednesday from 3-6 PM. The market is open year-round, but there is a special kind of beauty found when you spend a spring evening walking up and down the aisles, purchasing fresh produce, baked goods, and arts and crafts made by the finest of craftsmen!


The best way to greet a spring day in this part of Texas is with a long walk along the greenest landscape you will find in our state—and yes, we are talking about golf! Dripping Springs Country Club is a world-class driving range and includes Top Tracer technology and a clubhouse serving icy cold beverages, but if you really want to get out and play the entire 18 holes, Austin has more than a few courses you are guaranteed to enjoy. The Grey Rock Golf Club and the Falconhead Golf Club are two of our favorite spots, but any of the courses you find in the area will satisfy your desire to chase the white and dimpled ball over all the course you choose!


Mercer Street in Dripping Springs is the hottest spot in town, offering a variety of shops, boutiques, and restaurants that will make your time in Texas all that sweeter. Home décor and women’s clothing with a flower child edge can be purchased from Vintage Soul, while Starrs on Mercer offers a little bit of everything that you never knew you needed! A cute pair of hoops to complete your outfit, a Prue scarf to ward off the chill on a windy spring day, even a colorful sippy cup to replace the one your toddler “accidentally” threw into traffic are all destined to make your day shine brighter and all can be found simply by exploring Starrs.


Shopping is one of the many fun things you can do this winter in Dripping Springs


The Sound of the Dinner Bell


Vacation dining can often be hit or miss, but you chose I Love Dripping Springs for your accommodations, and our guides never let you down! Celebrate the season with a meal from Alice’s Restaurant (cue the Arlo Guthrie earworm now!) at Treaty Oak Distilling and find your newest happy place. Offering a taste of barbecue that will make your stomach smile, add a sip of your favorite whiskey and your day will be complete. Carnivores will get their meat fix in at the Garrison on Red River Road in Austin, a cheerful and upscale restaurant in which the chefs really know their way around a thick and juicy steak, but if you are the type who refuses to eat anything that once had a mother, Counter Culture at 2337 E Cesar Chavez Street in Austin is a vegan’s delight! Eat your favorite vegetarian dish at the restaurant or order it to go and enjoy it in the comfort of your I Love Dripping Springs seasonal escape.

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The Best Part of Dripping Springs


No matter the season you choose to travel to the great state of Texas, spending your nights and evenings in the comfort of our vacation rentals promises to be the best part of your Dripping Springs vacation! Offering luxury amenities, comfortable furnishings, and incredible views of the Texas landscape, https://ilovedrippingspringsvacations.com/vacation-rentals/texas-hill-country-vacation-homes/?sort_by=randomour homes are designed to give travelers everything they could ever want or need. Reserve your favorite property today and make all of your vacation dreams come true!