Welcome to the next installment of our new 5 Free Things To Do In… series. Georgetown is beautiful and has so much going on! Here are our favorite 5 Free Things To Do In Georgetown!
1. Spend A Day At Berry Springs Park & Preserve
When I took my boys out to explore Berry Springs Park & Preserve (1801 Co Rd 152, Georgetown), I had no idea we were in for such a treat! There is so much to do there, and yet it’s so tranquil and serene. Donkeys (yes, live donkeys), fishing, camping, a playground, hiking/walking/biking trails, a pecan grove, and more can be found among the park’s 300 acres. It’s just so beautiful! We even saw a couple there on a date–they had strung up hammocks in the trees and were reading books. How amazing is that?! If you pack enough water, food, and sunscreen, you can easily spend the whole day enjoying this park. Read more about what there is to do at Berry Springs here. Visiting the park is FREE; camping fees range from $6-15.
2. Cool Off At Blue Hole
Blue Hole (W. 2nd St & Rock St, Georgetown) is located on the San Gabriel River. This beloved FREE swimming hole is one of the locals’ favorite places to cool off on a hot summer day. There are restrooms and picnic areas, walking trails, and more. You can eat at nearby restaurants El Monumento or Hat Creek Burger Company, or bring a picnic and spend all your time down by the water. A few things to keep in mind: there are no lifeguards, so swim at your own risk. The water depth can vary, so keep a close eye on your little swimmers. Signs are posted that warn “No Cliff Jumping.” Bring plenty of sunscreen, water, snacks, towels, and a floating raft or tubes. Water shoes or waterproof hiking shoes are also a good idea, as the banks along the river are rocky.
3. Explore The Creative Playscape At San Gabriel Park
The Creative Playscape (1003 N Austin Ave, Georgetown) is one of our favorite playgrounds in all of Austin and its surrounding areas. It’s huge and very unique and my kids can play there happily for hours. There’s equipment for kids of all ages and sizes. The nice thing about this playground is that, while it is big, the entire thing is fenced in. Just beyond the playground, you can find restrooms and a hike/bike trail for more FREE adventuring around San Gabriel Park.
4. Visit The Most Beautiful Town Square In Texas
The people of Georgetown aren’t kidding around when it comes to their town square, which they call The Most Beautiful Town Square In Texas. While we haven’t been to every town square in Texas to vouch for this claim, we still challenge you to go and decide for yourselves. There are plenty of FREE events to attend here year round, including First Fridays On The Square, Music On The Square Summer Concerts, a splash pad (open during the summer months), Market Days on the Square, Georgetown Farmers Market, Lighting of the Square, and the Christmas Stroll.
5. See Stars At The Fountainwood Observatory
View the moon, stars, and planets through a research-quality telescope during FREE public viewing nights at the Fountainwood Observatory (Southwestern University, 1001 E University Ave, Georgetown). Southwestern University faculty and students guide visitors through these stellar events. For up-to-date news and information about public viewing nights – including weather-related updates – call the Fountainwood Observatory Hotline at 512-863-1242.
Bonus Free Fun Because We Just Can’t Stop
- Overlook Park (500 Lake Overlook Rd, Georgetown) is the only FREE entry park on Lake Georgetown. The park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until sunset and features a fishing dock and hiking trailhead. The shoreline at this area is steep and rocky and the water may be up to 85′ deep, so keep a close eye on the kids.
- San Jose Splash Pad (1707 San Jose St, Georgetown) This unique water feature at the San Jose Park is the perfect FREE place to cool off on a hot summer day.
- Williamson County Museum on the Georgetown Square (716 S Austin Ave, Georgetown) This museum’s FREE educational programs and exhibits explore the history of Williamson County.