Cattleman’s Ball, October 20

On October 20, grab your boots and get ready for some good old fashioned cowboy fun at the 7th Annual Cattleman’s Ball honoring Gail “Big Boy” Hester, at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center! Enjoy dinner with beer and wine, then shop the auctions, play some poker and dance the night away while supporting The Williamson Museum’s educational programs. For more information and to get your tickets, please go to Catleman’s Ball.

Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House

Nightmare on Jail Hill sign - photo credit Crystal KoonceHistoric Williamson County Jail
312 Main St.

If you’re looking for a scary haunted house, this is it! Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House takes place on October 12-13 & 19-20 at the Old Williamson County Jail at 312 Main Street. This rumored haunted jailhouse, which held prisoners from 1889 through 1990, has been featured on the popular show, “Ghost Hunters.” (No children under 8 allowed). The event runs from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. each night. Fast Pass tickets are $25, adult tickets are $15 and child tickets are $5 (ages 8-12). All proceeds benefit the Brown Santa program. *The historic jail is NOT handicap accessible.

 

Halloween Festival

October 25, 2018 | 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Georgetown Community Center, San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow St.

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department invites you to the 24th Annual Halloween Festival. This fun-filled family event will definitely get you into the spirit of Halloween, so get dressed up and come on out!

Georgetown Halloween-34Carnival – 25¢ per ticket
1 or more tickets for each game, activity or concession

Trick-Or-Treat Village – Free

Pumpkin Painting – $2 (8 tickets)

Due to the Phase 2 construction in San Gabriel Park, we will not be holding a hayride this year.

CASH ONLY! Please bring quarters and small bills.

Costume Contest – Free
0–2 years at 5:45 p.m.
3–5 years at 6:15 p.m.
6–8 years at 6:45 p.m.
9–10 years at 7:15 p.m.


Georgetown Halloween-22

  • Carnival Booths
    Make some extra cash for your organization and have some fun! Carnival booths will be located inside the Community Center and can consist of a game, contest, food sales, or any other great idea you might have. Please plan your booth around the interests and abilities of children. Booths accept tickets, which participants will buy from the Parks and Recreation Department for 25¢ each. Games/activities/refreshments cost 1 or more tickets. Your organization will be paid full value for each ticket you collect at the end of the event. There is a $35 fee for food/refreshment booths and a $25 fee for all other booths.
  • Trick or Treat Village Georgetown Halloween-1
    Back again this year is a Trick-or-Treat Village, a free activity for children and families. Businesses set up stations outside the Community Center. There is a $15 fee to host a station, plus the cost of providing 2,000-3,000 pieces of candy for trick-or-treaters. Send a maximum of 4 representatives (over the age of 18, please) for the entire event (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm). Decorate your table and your staff for Halloween, put out displays and information, and distribute promotional items to event-goers, along with the candy. The Trick-or-Treat Village is extremely popular and a great way to gain exposure for your business!

Downtown Ghost Tours

Ghost Tours downtown with Palace Theater in background - photo credit Williamson MuseumGhosts on the Square Tours are hosted by the Williamson Museum on October 12-13 & 26-27. Tour times: 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. for both weekends. Tours held at 9 p.m. will be scarier than the earlier tours tours. Purchase tickets at the Williamson Museum at 716 S. Austin Ave. Georgetown 78626, or by phone at 512- 943-1670. Tickets are $20 for non-museum members and $15 for members and students. For more information, go to Williamson Museum.

Annual Lighting of the Square

On November 23, come experience the magic as we kick-off the holiday season with our annual Lighting of the Square, traditionally held at 5:30 p.m. the Friday after Thanksgiving! Sing along with the Austin Carolers to your favorite holiday tunes! Join Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross as we help Santa countdown and flip on the holiday lights on The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas! The downtown shops will be open late, so plan to get in some unique holiday shopping. This is a free event. Also, stop by The Williamson Museum and let the children make a free craft! You can have your photo taken with Santa inside the courthouse from 6:30 – 8 p.m. (photo fee proceeds benefit Brown Santa Program). For questions, please call (800) 436-8696 or email cvb@georgetown.org.

PaperCity Magazine: The Most Beautiful Small Town in Texas is a Quick Escape From Austin

PaperCity Magazine Author Megan Forney writes, “A few weeks back, I drove a little more than 20 miles from Austin to Georgetown, perhaps best known for having the most beautiful town square in Texas. It’s a small, historic town that not only boasts a welcoming spirit…” Read on about the raves: papercitymag.com/culture/travel/georgetown-texas-austin-escape-town-square-friday-night-lights/

Georgetown’s Creative Playscape Featured

The very popular “Only In Your State” website featured Georgetown’s very own unique playscape. Only In Your State features attractions across the nation! Read what they have say in this article titled, “The Unique Playground Hiding Near Austin That Your Whole Family Will Love.” You can also find more information on the Playscape and other great Georgetown Parks at Georgetown Parks and Recreation.

Upcoming Festivals & Events

Event Venues

Welcome to the Georgetown Hospitality Page!

Home to The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas, Georgetown has plenty to offer both visitors and locals. Please take a few minutes to check out some attractions and then plan some time to experience some of the sights and sounds! Here are a few ideas:

(WELCOME LETTER FROM MAYOR DALE ROSS)

 

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[column size=’2/3′] • Worked up an appetite? Sit down for a bite at one of the tasty spots on or off the Square.
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[column size=’2/3′] • Late afternoon treats are always in order before and something sweet (or savory) is sure to be found.
• Enjoy a Friday evening concert on the beautiful Town Square lawn.
• For more fun ideas, please go to VisitGeorgetown.com.

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Texas Monthly: It’s “Hip to Be Square in Georgetown”

Mesquite Creek Outfitters photo by Wynn Myers

Georgetown is in the spotlight again! Read why It’s “Hip to Be Square in Georgetown” according to Texas Monthly. Thank you, Texas Monthly, for the great compliment! Read more about the hip hangouts and the fun they found in this well-written article that sums up downtown life in Georgetown: texasmonthly.com/travel/hip-square-georgetown.

The Culture Collective: Travel to Georgetown and Sustainable Energy

Georgetown TX Sustainable Energy and Travel
Photo Credit The Culture Collective

Georgetown and Our Most Beautiful Town Square is making travel adventure headlines again! Take two minutes and read what Kelley with The Culture Collective has to share from her adventure and her quotes from our Mayor Dale Ross! “Tucked away just about 25 miles north of Austin, Texas is the nation’s fifth fastest growing city: Georgetown. The community’s southern hospitality, diverse outdoor offerings and burgeoning food scene are just the icing on the cake for Georgetown’s real draw – a thriving economy…” Read the entire article:the-culture.co/the-business-of-sustainability-how-one-city-in-texas-boosts-their-economy-through-renewable-energy/

Georgetown Convention & Visitors Bureau Receives Stella Award

The City of Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau recently placed second for the best destination marketing organization/convention and visitors bureau for the Southwest region for the 2017 Stella Awards. This was the award’s inaugural year.

The Stella Awards are presented by The Northstar Meeting Group and recognize hotels, convention centers, conference centers, airlines, cruise lines, destination marketing organizations/CVBs, and destination management companies that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and events professionals.

“We are very honored to be recognized alongside cities that have been doing meeting and event planning for many years,” Georgetown Tourism and CVB Manager Cari Miller said. “This award has given us the opportunity to showcase our City to meeting managers from throughout the U.S. We couldn’t have won this award without our incredible CVB team and all the wonderful work they do.”

Finalists for the awards were selected by voting industry professionals, and winners were selected by a panel of judges based on professionalism, consistency in delivering quality service, innovation of ideas, and support to meeting professionals.

Visit Phoenix and the Irving CVB placed first in the category, and Visit Denver came in third.

The Southwest region includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

 

Austin’s EASTside Magazine Article: A Weekend in Georgetown

After Erin McWilliams, Writer from Austin’s EASTside Magazine spent a weekend in Georgetown, she wrote, “Georgetown is one of the Hill Country’s hidden gems, boasting the beautiful Blue Hole along the San Gabriel River, one of the best preserved caves in the state, and a dreamy town square.” Read the entire article and see more photos at: eastsideatx.com/a-weekend-in-georgetown.

Swim with Santa

Friday, December 14, 2018
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Georgetown Recreation Center Indoor Pool

Free for members!

  • Infant 0-3: Free
  • Youth 4-18: $2
  • Adult 19-54: $3
  • Senior 55 and up: $2

Join us as we dive into the holiday season with Santa at the Georgetown Recreation Center Indoor Pool. Grab your suits and your camera and bring the entire family for a chance to swim with the big man himself! Hot chocolate and candy canes will be provided.

This event is presented by Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Georgetown Fire Department.


All ages are welcome, but please note the chaperone requirements.

Age Limits
Ages 1-6: A chaperone (age 16+) must be in the water with and within arms’ reach of the child at all times.
Ages 7-11: A chaperone (age 16+) must be in the pool area with the child at all times.
Ages 12 and up: Full use of aquatics facilities without a chaperone.

For more information, please contact Melissa Trahan-Pecorino at 512-930-8459 or melissa.pecorino@georgetown.org.

DoughMessTic Travel Blogger Raves About Georgetown

Susan Moss of DoughMessTic recently visited Georgetown and blogged, “Caves, boating, markets, great dining? The #1 fastest growing city in America in its population range? And the Most Beautiful Town Square in the state? This I had to see….We arrived in Georgetown late on a Friday afternoon, and swung by the Visitor’s Center. Talk about a welcome. This little town has a stunning historical façade, and they weren’t kidding about that town square. It REALLY is beautiful. It’s a reminder of all things that used to be easy, and good. Where soda shops were a real thing, and not just in the movies. Where neighbors were actually neighborly. It oozes nostalgia.” Susan is from a small town and this now an avid world traveler. So, when she gives us this sort of review, we take it as a HIGH compliment! Read the entire article: doughmesstic.com/2017/10/12/family-travel-georgetown-texas/

 Georgetown Welcomes Quality Texas Foundation!

Georgetown, home to The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas, is excited to host the Quality Texas Foundation. Why not take the opportunity to settle in early and experience some of the sights and sounds! Here are a few ideas:

(WELCOME LETTER FROM MAYOR DALE ROSS)

 

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• Get a history lesson at the Williamson Museum[/column]

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[column size=’2/3′] • Late afternoon treats are always in order before and something sweet (or savory) is sure to be found.
• Enjoy a Friday evening concert on the beautiful Town Square lawn.
• For more fun ideas, please go to VisitGeorgetown.com.

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Travel Blogger Tam Warner Minton Visits Georgetown

Tam Warner Milton Photo Experience Amazing and Beautiful Georgetown, TexasTravels with Tam Travel Blogger, Tam Warner Minton author of Travels with Tam, says , “You should experience amazing and beautiful Georgetown, Texas!…I have to say that Georgetown has the prettiest town square I have seen so far in the Hill Country!…What a great place for a Texas trip! The courthouse is in the center, surrounded by historic buildings, cute shop fronts, and a grassy lawn. Georgetown is in Williamson County, Texas, and has a rich history.” Tam has been published in Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel Post Monthly, and many more publications. Read the complete article, full of great details and photos: http://travelswithtam.com/beautiful-georgetown-texas/

Georgetown, TX Halloween Events

Throughout October, Georgetown will host a variety of Halloween events for all ages. Join one of the Ghostly Adventure Tours around the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas,” to hear tales of Williamson County’s haunted past; two versions are available for both younger children and older thrill-seekers. Thrill-seekers may also enjoy the 8th Annual Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House, with an evening exploring the haunted Williamson County Jail. The haunted house is sponsored by the Williamson County Brown Santa and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office with all proceeds benefiting the Brown Santa program. Boo Bash, sponsored by the Downtown Georgetown Association, invites families to dress in costume to trunk or treat on The Square. There’s a Hayride and Halloween Festival in San Gabriel Park and several movies! We’ll be updating events, so check back often!

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CultureMap Cave Tour Roundup featuring Inner Space Cavern

Thanks to CultureMap Austin for this incredible Austin area cave tour roundup, which includes our very own Inner Space Cavern. “Austin and its surrounding areas are known for beautiful Hill Country landscapes and plenty of outdoor recreation options — but don’t forget to explore the awesome sights underground, too. You can up the adventure by making a day trip to one of these showstopping caves near the city.” Read the entire article here: 5 incredible caves to explore just outside of Austin

Having Fun in the Texas Sun – Texas Family Travel Visits

Looking for a fun road trip? Read this great article by Having Fun in the Texas Sun – Texas Family Travel about visiting Inner Space Cavern, Georgetown Parks and Recreation Hike and Bike Trails and Playscape, The Monument Cafe and camping at Berry Springs Park And Preserve! What a great way to spend time in Georgetown! Give it a read and make your plans: havingfuninthetexassun.com/2016/06/12/berry-springs-park-and-preserve-georgetown/

 

Couple’s Getaway

Grab your sweetheart and head over to the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas for a getaway that is one part play, one part date.

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  • Check in to your hotel or B&B, freshen up and grab your sweetheart by the hand for a stroll around the Square.
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Saturday Morning

  • Wake up later than usual and venture out for a leisurely brunch at one of our favorite farm-to-table restaurants.
  • Kick-start the day with some breakfast at one of the spots along the square.
  • Take your coffee to go and wander around Southwestern University’s beautiful campus before the stores on the Square open for the day.
  • Opening time, meander to the Square and splurge on some one-of-a-kind finds.
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  • After some downtime at the hotel and a costume change, it’s back out for dinner by candle-light or star-light, depending on your preference.
  • Following your toast-worthy meal, catch the curtain call for at the Palace Theatre.
  • Applaud the production, then cozy up for a night cap at one of the niche watering holes in town. Check our online calendar for live music spots and last minute events if you’re not ready to wind down.
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Sunday Morning/Afternoon

  • Another morning perfect for sleeping in a little later, but not too late because breakfast is not only the most important but also one of the most delicious parts of the day.
  • With coffee to go, the options are open for your last day in town:
  • Wrap up the weekend with some sugar on top from a downtown bakery.
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Girls Getaway

Sometimes you just need a weekend away with the girls who know you best. Wine down a long week and celebrate friendships with a few days in Georgetown, where the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas will have you wishing for a few extra days. There’s no better place for girl time!

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  • Lots of hugs in the hotel lobby, then a quick costume change and off to the Square.
  • First stop a glass of wine, followed by dinner that can only be described as delicious, followed by more wine and serious catching up.
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Saturday Morning

  • Rise and shine, time for a full day of shopping, dining and good old-fashioned conversation.
  • Kick-start the day with some breakfast at one of the spots along the square.
  • Take your coffee to go and wander around Southwestern University’s beautiful campus before the stores on the Square open for the day.
  • Opening time, meander to the Square and splurge on some one-of-a-kind finds.
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  • Feeling peckish after all that shopping, enjoy a mid afternoon lunch break at one of the tasty spots on or off the Square.
  • Get artsy after lunch and enjoy a viewing at the Georgetown Art Center or browse some historic spots around town.
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Saturday Evening

  • Freshen up at the hotel and turn back around for a night out on the Square.
  • Enjoy toasting good times well spent and new memories made.
  • Indulge in some savory bites and then head over to the Palace Theatre for a local performance.
  • No need to head home early, grab a night cap and listen to some live music at one of the evening hot spots.
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  • Sleep off some of those cocktails, then settle in for a brunch that is sure to put other brunches to shame.
  • Hugs goodbye, until next time!
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Tis the season to do as the Daytripper does. Grab your family for a merry and bright visit to the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.
Check your list twice and celebrate with twinkly lights by night.
Holiday lights begin to glow with the Annual Lighting of the Square and continue to sparkle into the New Year!
For complete events list, see our Events Calendar.

 

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Georgetown TX Featured in Southern Living Magazine

Photo by Rudy Ximenez

Georgetown, Texas was chosen as one of Southern Living’s 15 Affordable Towns We Love.   What a great article by Author Perri O. Blumberg: “Georgetown is gearing up to be running on 100% wind and solar power by 2018 —a huge draw for affordable and eco-friendly living. Don’t miss the annual Red Poppy Festival, a free celebration with live music, a parade, a kid zone, a car show, arts and crafts, and more. Hailed as “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas,” downtown Georgetown allows free parking after 5 p.m. year-round so you can dine, try a wine-tasting or two, and take in a theatrical performance without feeding any meters. No trip to Georgetown is complete without a visit to the Blue Hole, a lagoon along the San Gabriel River, and a tour of the Georgetown Art Center, where admission is free.”  You can read the entire article here: southernliving.com/travel…

Boo Bash on the Square

On October 28 from 1 – 4 p.m., come down to the Georgetown Square in costume, bring your candy bags and enjoy trunk or treating on Main Street! Boo Bash is a great time for goblins of all ages to take time out to enjoy The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas and its unique shopping and dining. This is a free event. Boo Bash is sponsored by The Downtown Georgetown Association. For more information, please go to thegeorgetownsquare.com/Boo-Bash.

Call For Red Poppy Festival Poster Art

Last Year's Winning Art by Helen Faythe Green
Last Year’s Winning Art by Helen Faythe Green

The Winning Artist will receive:

  • $500 Cash Award
  • Artist’s Reception (First Friday April 5, 2019)
  • High Resolution Art Scan
  • A 2’ x 4’ Street Banner
  • Will retain ownership and all rights to their artwork
    2016 Winning Artist Lucas Adams
    2016 Winning Artist Lucas Adams

Requirements: to be considered:

  • Artwork must be submitted by 5 p.m. on November 16, 2018.
  • The Artist will agree to have their artwork reproduced for the poster, street banners, City of Georgetown websites, advertisements and any collateral materials created to promote the 2019 Red Poppy Festival.
  • The final artwork will be reproduced as a 16” x 20” poster (portrait or landscape), therefore it needs to fit these proportions.
  • Artist is responsible for shipping or bringing the winning artwork to the Georgetown Visitors Center.
  • Artist must complete the following form below:
    2017 Winning Artist Carla J. Clay
    2017 Winning Artist Carla J. Clay

Red Poppy Festival Poster Art Contest Application

If you have any questions regarding the contest, please email cvb@georgetown.org. Thank you for entering!

Star Wars Under The Stars!

Come watch Star Wars under the stars! The Georgetown Parks and Recreation and the Georgetown Public Library are partnering together to bring you STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS in our beautiful San Gabriel Park!

The movie will be shown outdoors in the soccer fields next to the Georgetown Rec Center. Bring comfy blankets and chairs. Pre-show crafts and fun will start at 6:30. The film will begin at sunset. This event is free, open to the public, and all ages. Costumes are encouraged!

Family Friendly Trip Ideas

When in need of a family-friendly getaway for the weekend or a few days, Georgetown is the perfect place to keep the kiddos (along with the adults) entertained with plenty of affordable and fun options to choose from.

Blue Hole – Located five blocks north of the downtown Square along N. Austin Avenue, limestone bluffs border this scenic lagoon and popular swimming hole along the South Fork of the San Gabriel River. The entrance to Blue Hole Park is at W. Second and Rock Streets. The park features picnic areas, restrooms and wading areas.

Inner Space Cavern – In 1963, the Texas Highway Department’s core drilling team discovered over 7,000 square feet of cave while taking six-inch core samples to determine if the ground was stable enough to support a large highway overpass. As they were drilling one of the test holes, the bit suddenly dropped 26 feet, and the highway crew knew there was something down there besides rock. Inner Space cavern opened to the public in the summer of 1966 and has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to its beautiful site since that time.

Lake Georgetown – This recreational spot offers a number of attractions from camping, boating and fishing to biking, hiking and horseback riding trails as well as swimming and picnic areas. Lake Georgetown has several group shelters at Russell Park, which may be rented for family reunions. There is also a large pavilion located in the Nature Center area, which may be rented from Georgetown Parks and Recreation. The park gates at Lake Georgetown open at 6 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

Splash Pads – To cool off in the hot summer months, Georgetown has several splash pads locations for families to enjoy. One is located in San Jose Park and another in the downtown area, outside the Georgetown Art Center. All splash pads are free and open throughout the summer.

Palace Theater – The Palace Theatre in the historic downtown district is home to a year-round season of live theater productions including musicals, comedies, and dramas. This former movie house was renovated and in 2001 opened as a live theater venue. View upcoming shows at: http://www.georgetownpalace.com/calendar.php.

The Williamson Museum – Located in the town square, The Williamson Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and proceeds benefit the museum’s educational programing. The mMuseum offers free and exciting hands-on educational programs to the public through innovative exhibits, tours and outreach.

Georgetown Art Center & Sculpture Tour – Visitors can immerse themselves in art at the Georgetown Art Center (open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 1-5). Situated just a block off the Courthouse Square in the Historic Firehouse No. 1 (circa 1892), the new Georgetown Art Center, managed by the local nonprofit organization Georgetown Art Works, offers the community a place to appreciate art at every level.

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Outdoors & Nature

Georgetown is full of natural beauty that is highlighted and preserved through the dedication of the community. Check out a handful of the fun outdoor activities you can do while in town:

San Gabriel Park & Hike and Bike Trails – The Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department has nearly 9 miles of hike and bike trails along the North and South San Gabriel Rivers. There is a 1.6-mile granite trail that loops around San Gabriel Park. On the North San Gabriel River, there is a one-mile lighted concrete trail that goes from San Gabriel Park to Rivery Park. On the South San Gabriel River, there is a one mile lighted concrete trail that starts at Walden and College and goes to Blue Hole Park. The City of Georgetown’s San Gabriel River Trail was designated.

Bicycle Share – Georgetown’s commitment to green is visible in the free bike rental program. Residents and visitors can check out bikes from the Georgetown Visitors Center or the Georgetown Public Library. Adult and children’s bikes available.

Blue Hole – Located five blocks north of the downtown Square along N. Austin Avenue, limestone bluffs border this scenic lagoon and popular swimming hole along the South Fork of the San Gabriel River. The entrance to Blue Hole Park is at W. Second Street and Rock Street. The park features picnic areas, restrooms and wading areas.

Inner Space Cavern – In 1963, the Texas Highway Department core drilling team discovered over 7,000 square feet of cave while taking six-inch core samples to determine if the ground was stable enough to support a large highway overpass. As they were drilling one of the test holes, the bit suddenly dropped 26 feet, and the highway crew knew there was something down there besides rock. Inner Space cavern opened to the public in the summer of 1966 and has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to its beautiful site since that time.

Lake Georgetown – This recreational spot offers a number of attractions from camping, boating and fishing to biking, hiking and horseback riding trails as well as swimming and picnic areas. Lake Georgetown has several group shelters at Russell Park, which may be rented for family reunions. There is also a large pavilion located in the Nature Center area, which may be rented from Georgetown Parks and Recreation. The park gates at Lake Georgetown open at 6 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

Splash Pads – To cool off in the hot summer months, Georgetown has several splash pads locations for families to enjoy. One is located in San Jose Park and another in the Downtown area, outside the Georgetown Art Center. All splash pads are free and open throughout the summer.

Georgetown Challenge Course – Located off the San Gabriel River, the Georgetown Challenge Course is a series of ropes challenges aimed toward individuals and groups that acts as an approach to team-building for individuals, businesses and nonprofits. Facilitators engage participants to explore and practice teamwork. Courses range from four to six hours and prices vary.

Green Georgetown

Georgetown is the recognized home of the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.” The town’s longstanding commitment to historic preservation has resulted in one of the few town squares with original architecture on all four sides. Numerous awards from state and federal organizations have recognized Georgetown’s tremendous preservation and beautification efforts.

Alongside the town’s respect for history and authenticity lies a passion for preserving its natural resources. Georgetown is quickly becoming known as a leader in environmental sustainability. It is the second city in the U.S. and first in the south to make the transition to 100% renewable energy use with electricity that is powered by wind and solar.

As part of the transition, the utility department’s West Side Service Center is powered by rooftop solar panels and has a rainwater harvesting system used to irrigate the grounds.

Not only have the city’s leaders ushered in a system that benefits the environment, including less water usage which is vital in a state often hit by drought, but one that benefits the bottom line.

Energy conservation is just one of a multitude of notable green efforts and practices in town. Others include free bike rentals at the Visitors Center on the Square and at the Georgetown Library. Hop on one of these cool, red bikes to take a spin around Georgetown and/or along it’s scenic hike and bike trail.

The annual Red Poppy Festival, which draws more than 60,000 people over two and a half days each April, is in the midst of becoming a zero waste event. The goal is that by 2021, 90% or more of the waste produced at the festival will not be sent to landfill. So far, their efforts have resulted in 60% waste reduction in 2017.

The city’s nine-mile hike and bike trail is an inspiring trip through the natural beauty of the area, traversing a granite trail through San Gabriel Park and along the north and south sides of the San Gabriel River.

The trail ends (or may begin) at Lake Georgetown where you can explore the clear waters using always-green human power via stand-up paddleboards (SUP) or kayak. Kayaks and SUPs provided by Georgetown Paddle Company.

Georgetown is a repeat Gold Medal winner for outstanding parks upkeep and improvements from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society; the town square was recognized as a Great Public Space/Great Places in Texas by the American Planning Association; the American Public Power Association awarded Georgetown’s Utility Systems with the RP3 designation, a distinction earned by just 219 public power utilities in the country.

Preservation Georgetown has worked diligently for more than 25 years to enhance the quality of life for locals and visitors alike by preserving, protecting and promoting the town’s abundant historic resources. The organization embraces a green, sustainable philosophy through its mission of preserving Georgetown’s historical character and structures.

Outdoors & Nature Spots

Georgetown is full of natural beauty that is highlighted and preserved through the dedication of the community. Check out a handful of the fun outdoor activities you can do and create your own personalized nature getaway! Feeling super-adventurous? Check out the camping locations and make your reservations, or if you like to wind down indoors, pick out a room from one of our hotels or B&B’s.

San Gabriel Park & Hike and Bike Trails – The Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department has nearly 9 miles of hike and bike trails along the North and South San Gabriel Rivers. There is a 1.6-mile granite trail that loops around San Gabriel Park. On the North San Gabriel River, there is a one-mile lighted concrete trail that goes from San Gabriel Park to Rivery Park. On the South San Gabriel River, there is a one mile lighted concrete trail that starts at Walden and College and goes to Blue Hole Park. The City of Georgetown’s San Gabriel River Trail was designated.

Bicycle Share – Georgetown’s commitment to green is visible in the free bike rental program. Residents and visitors can check out bikes from the Georgetown Visitors Center or the Georgetown Public Library. Adult bikes available.

Blue Hole – Located five blocks north of the downtown Square along N. Austin Avenue, limestone bluffs border this scenic lagoon and popular swimming hole along the South Fork of the San Gabriel River. The entrance to Blue Hole Park is at W. Second Street and Rock Street. The park features picnic areas, restrooms and wading areas.

Inner Space Cavern – In 1963, the Texas Highway Department core drilling team discovered over 7,000 square feet of cave while taking six-inch core samples to determine if the ground was stable enough to support a large highway overpass. As they were drilling one of the test holes, the bit suddenly dropped 26 feet, and the highway crew knew there was something down there besides rock. Inner Space cavern opened to the public in the summer of 1966 and has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to its beautiful site since that time.

Lake Georgetown – This recreational spot offers a number of attractions from camping, boating and fishing to biking, hiking and horseback riding trails as well as swimming and picnic areas. Lake Georgetown has several group shelters at Russell Park, which may be rented for family reunions. There is also a large pavilion located in the Nature Center area, which may be rented from Georgetown Parks and Recreation. The park gates at Lake Georgetown open at 6 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

Splash Pads – To cool off in the hot summer months, Georgetown has several splash pads locations for families to enjoy. One is located in San Jose Park and another in the Downtown area, outside the Georgetown Art Center. All splash pads are free and open throughout the summer.

Georgetown Challenge Course – Located off the San Gabriel River, the Georgetown Challenge Course is a series of ropes challenges aimed toward individuals and groups that acts as an approach to team-building for individuals, businesses and nonprofits. Facilitators engage participants to explore and practice teamwork. Courses range from four to six hours and prices vary.

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Garey House

Located within Garey Park
6450 Ranch to Market Rd 2243
Georgetown, TX 78628
Email: gareyhouse@georgetown.org
Phone: (512) 930-6520
Website: gareyhouse.georgetown.org

Garey House is located within Garey Park, a 525-acre ranch located along the South San Gabriel River. The venue can be utilized for indoor and outdoor events, including weddings, social events, fundraisers, corporate events and more! Garey House has approximately 2,000 square feet of indoor event space, best suited for intimate indoor events of 70-100 guests. The property includes nearly 7,500 square feet of outdoor event space, which can accommodate larger events with up to 200 guests.

Downtown Shopping

Loft

loft-georgetown-tx1015 W. University Ave.
(512) 863-2406
loft.com

Loft is knows as a go-to destination for everyday glamour. And the best part is Loft helps you put your favorite pieces together in a way that makes them your own. That’s why we’re your trusted personal stylist.

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Hotels

College Street Cottages – Ellie

College Street Cottage Ellie interior(512) 630-6222
vrbo.com/897573

This 1940’s cottage has been recently remodeled. Offering top of the line bedding, linens, towels, and other amenities, including Eco-friendly toiletries and a fully equipped kitchen for all your cooking needs. This comfortable 3 bedroom 2 bath cottage, that sleeps 6, is only 6 blocks from the historic Georgetown Square and 6 blocks from Southwestern University, about a 5-7 minute easy stroll. There is a king bed, a queen bed and two twin beds, and a washer and dryer, and a PacknPlay for your infant and a booster/high chair for your toddler. The backyard is fenced with a seating/eating area and the option of convenient parking right in front of the cottage, or a one car garage not attached to the cottage.

College Street Cottages – Hank

College Street Cottage Hank interior(512) 630-6222
www.vrbo.com/856177

This 1940’s cottage has been recently remodeled. Offering top of the line bedding, linens, towels, and other amenities, including Eco-friendly toiletries and a fully equipped kitchen for all your cooking needs. This comfortable 3 bedroom 2 bath cottage, that sleeps 6, is only 6 blocks from the historic Georgetown Square and 6 blocks from Southwestern University, about a 5-7 minute easy stroll. There is a king bed, a queen bed and a full bed, and a washer and dryer, and a PacknPlay for your infant and a booster/high chair for your toddler. The backyard is fenced with a seating/eating area and the option of convenient parking right in front of the cottage, or a one car garage not attached to the cottage.

 

Besitos House

guest house

(512) 784-6357
Besitos House

One bedroom has a queen bed, while the other bedroom has a full and a twin. TV’s located in both bedrooms as well as in the living room. Full kitchen ready to cook. Morning room is perfect for that first cup of coffee. Relax on the front porch swing or retreat out back for a glass of wine.

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