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.