Georgetown is just north of Austin and was established in 1848. It was part of the Chisholm Trail, the route through which cattle were driven from Texas to Kansas to obtain higher prices.

Several of the buildings erected in the Victorian era are still standing and the town has been awarded 'Most Beautiful Town Square' status. At Christmas time the antique lamps and brick walkways make it look like a set from the movie, “It's a Wonderful Life”.

There are scenic river parks and annual festivals that make the town an attractive destination, even for those recently retired and wishing to settle.

1. Inner Space Cavern

Inner Space Cavern
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The Inner Space Cavern was discovered in 1963 by the Texas Highway Department. The Texas Speleological Society were granted permission to explore the area and found several miles of karst caves. Limestone had been worn away to form sinkholes, shapes and structures. Skeletal remains of Ice Age mammals, such as mammoths and saber-toothed tigers, were found in the caves. 1.2 miles of the caves were opened to the public in 1966. There are three tours, catering for all ages and skills. Groups are welcome. The caves, playground, fossil display, mining area and shop are open seven days a week.

4200 S. I-35 Frontage Rd. Georgetown, TX 78626, Phone: 512-931-2283

2. Sun City

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This complex of almost 7500 houses was built for 'Zoomies', the active age group of the Baby Boomer generation. It is seen as a 'first retirement home' and has been acclaimed as the best place to retire. Many from the Midwest are attracted because of the prospect of more moderates climes. There are several sports facilities, such as golf courses and tennis courts, as well as a ballroom, dance studio and swimming pool. It is legal to drive golf carts to the shopping area. For more sedentary activity, there is a library and a computer laboratory. A few units are available at low cost for prospective buyers to hire.

1501 Sun City Blvd, Georgetown, Texas 78633, Phone: 877-627-9700

3. San Gabriel River, Georgetown, Texas

San Gabriel River, Georgetown, Texas
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The San Gabriel River begins at Georgetown, at the confluence of the North and South Forks. The river has a limestone bottom, with rapids and small canyons. In the past the river regularly flooded its banks further downstream dumping fertile soil. Forests of natural oak and pecan nut trees can be found there. The Blue Hole is a popular swimming spot for locals. Canoeing, kayaking and fishing are also popular pastimes. The river runs through the Apache Pass Amphitheater and Festival Grounds with its cantilevered stage jutting out over the water.

4. Rentsch Brewery

Rentsch Brewery
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The owner, Andrew Rentschler, spent much of his extracurricular time, as a student in Germany, studying biergartens and craft beers. He returned home and assembled a commercial grade brewing system in his parents' garage. When he moved to commercial premises, demand exceeded supply so he decided to double production and open a canning line. The beer garden has been enlarged to 5000 ft and opens from Wednesday to Sunday. A food truck brings in food or patrons can bring their own. Dogs and children are welcome. The entire brewing operation is driven by renewable energy, namely solar and wind generated power.

2500 NE Inner Loop Georgetown, TX 78626, Phone: 512-688-5046

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5. Sweet Eats Fruit Farm, Georgetown, Texas

Sweet Eats Fruit Farm, Georgetown, Texas
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There are more than 25 activities for children and adults on the Sweet Eats Fruit Farm. Plan to spend between 3-5 hours there when you visit. There are seasonal pick-your-own schedules. Strawberries ripen between March and May, and the various stonefruits, like pears, peaches, nectarines, plums and cherries, ripen between May and mid-August. 3-day camps are held in the school holidays where, among other things, children are taught to grow their own fruit. Live music and seasonal events, such as the Pumpkin Patch, are scheduled throughout the year. All fruit is ethically grown with ecological sensitivity.

14400 E. State Highway 29, Georgetown, TX, Phone: 512-766-3276

6. Garey Park, Georgetown, Texas

Garey Park, Georgetown, Texas
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Garey Park is a 525-acre green space that wraps around the San Gabriel river. The property was given to the City Of Georgetown by Jack and Tammy Garey. It was their family home for decades and it was Tammy's ardent wish that it be kept intact and opened to the public after she died. In total, the Careys have donated 10 million dollars for the development and upkeep of the park. There are miles of hiking, biking and horse trails, a dog park, a playground and many other attractions. The large, rambling homestead is available for hire as an event space.

6450 RM 2243, Georgetown, TX 78628, Phone: 512-930-6800

7. Wildfire Restaurant, Georgetown, Texas

Wildfire Restaurant, Georgetown, Texas
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The Wildfire Restaurant and its sister company, the Lockett Banquet Facility are housed in old buildings dating back to the beginning of the 1900s. The colorful Wildfire Restaurant has menus for brunch, lunch and dinner. Diners can eat from 'Pools of Broth' and 'Fields of Green', and drink 'From the Fountain'. Seafood and burgers are also options. The restaurant has obtained eight Best of Georgetown awards. They are open Mondays to Sundays from eleven till late.

812 S. Austin Ave. Georgetown, Tx 78626, Phone: 512-869-3473

8. Firo Fire-Kissed Pizza, Georgetown, Texas

Firo Fire-Kissed Pizza, Georgetown, Texas
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A great deal of research went into the establishment of Firo's, including traveling the world studying pizzas and gelato, learning how to use a pizza oven and training Firo-istas. The business model is now a successful franchise in three locations. Customers can build their own pizzas from 4 sauces, 10 meats, 20 vegetables, 8 cheeses and 8 drizzles. The pizza dough is made on the premises and allowed to mature for 24 hours. Salad ingredients are sourced daily and are accompanied by a choice of 9 dressings. Gelatos, in a variety of Italian flavors, can be enjoyed in the Tuscan atmosphere. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.

3702 D B Wood Rd, Georgetown, TX 78628, Phone: 512-688-5103

9. Simmer Down, Georgetown, TX

Simmer Down, Georgetown, TX
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As the name suggests, Simmer Down is a place to relax with the family. The extensive a la carte menu offers comfort food, prepared daily with fresh foods from local suppliers. Desserts are baked fresh and vary from day to day. Special dietary needs are catered for. On Sundays, a buffet is served from 9 am until 2 pm. Beer and wine are available on the premises. The restaurant is closed on Mondays. Catering services include party platters plus a range of full dinners.

4701-1 Williams Drive, Georgetown, TX 78633, Phone: 512-763-1672

10. Georgetown Palace Theatre

Georgetown Palace Theatre
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The graceful Art Deco Palace Theatre has been a Georgetown landmark for nearly 100 years. Built in 1926 to show early silent movies, the theatre stands tall and proud in the heart of the Georgetown historic district, where it endeavors to bring the joy of live theater to all the residents and visitors to Williamson County. The historic theatre has been extensively restored over the years but still boasts its original marquee. The theatre produces a full calendar of entertainment each year including musicals like Cabaret and Sound of Music, popular comedies and Broadway hits such as “The Play that Went Wrong”. You can book your tickets online.

810 S. Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78636, 512 869 7469

11. Grape Creek Vineyards

Grape Creek Vineyards
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The Grape Creek Vineyards cover 100 beautiful acres of land, planted with varietals which prefer warmer growing conditions, similar to the Rhone Valley and Basilicata in central Italy. However, the Grape Creek Winery also uses grape varieties from several other Texan vineyards to produce more than 60,000 cases of wine each year. Visitors are always welcome to come and explore the vineyards and the wine-making facility and then move on to enjoy a tasting at the Tuscan-themed tasting rooms on the estate or at Grape Creek on the Square in central Georgetown. You are invited to join the Wine Club to receive generous discounts on all the wines.

101 W. 7th Street, Georgetown, TX 78626, 512 863 4020

12. Georgetown Winery

Georgetown Winery
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You will find the Georgetown Winery conveniently located in the Historical Square in downtown Georgetown. The tasting room occupies a quaint 130 year old building and welcomes guests to come and enjoy a wine tasting or a glass or two of your favorite wines along with some snack food. The winery is proud to have won more than 200 medals for their all-Texan wines over the last few years, competing against established wineries from California and other locations. There is a small charge for a flight of 3 wines and for a couple of extra dollars you can get a souvenir tasting glass to take home.

15 S. Main Street, Georgetown, TX 78626, 512 869 8600

13. Berry Springs RV Park

Berry Springs RV Park
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Far and away one of the top rated RV parks in all of Georgetown, Berry Springs RV Park is situated in a prime, central location, mere minutes from the best restaurants, shops, and attractions of the city. It's also a great location for anyone visiting Georgetown to admire the poppies and enjoy the Poppy Festival, so if location matters the most to you when choosing an RV park, Berry Springs could be the perfect option for your next Georgetown vacation. As well as having a great location and excellent review scores from past guests, this Georgetown RV park stands out for its services and facilities.

The park features over a hundred individual sites, which are all very large and wide to accommodate big rigs and slide-outs. Suitable for short and long term states, Berry Springs RV Park offers competitive daily, weekly, and monthly rates to suit all arrivals. The park is right by Berry Springs County Park and Preserve, so it's a super spot for anyone interested in enjoying some outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and fishing, and it also features high quality amenities like vending machines, a communal lounge, a laundry area with coin operated machines, a patio and firepit area, internet access for all guests, bathhouses, and a dog park.

131 Market St, Georgetown, TX 78626, Phone: 512-864-2724

14. New Life RV Park

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Situated in a prime location in the center of the city, New Life RV Park is another excellent option for anyone in need of clean, affordable, safe accommodation in the heart of Georgetown, TX. This highly rated RV park offers useful amenities and is situated on a lovely plot of land, with beautiful views in all directions, so it's a nice spot to get away from it all and slip into a state of total relaxation. It's also a nice place to watch the sun rise in the mornings and set in the evenings, with lots of trees and grassy spaces dotted around for your enjoyment. There's a big family-friendly feel at this Georgetown RV park, and the rates are exceptionally low.

Discounts can also be enjoyed at this location for Good Sam Club members and others, and the park is fitted out with big rig friendly sites, great landscaping, a swimming pool with lots of tables and chairs by the side of it, a nicely decorated and laid-out laundry room with plenty of washers and dryers, free wireless internet for all, a social room with a TV and communal kitchen area, storage spaces, and a general store selling useful RV supplies and other essentials.

1200 Co Rd 152, Georgetown, TX 78626, Phone: 512-931-2073

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15. East View RV Ranch

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Self-styled as 'Georgetown's favorite RV park and resort', East View RV Ranch has proven popular with many past guests and is nicely located near the center of the city, so you won't need to drive or walk too far to get to local attractions, restaurants, and shops. This park stands out from many others due to the fact that it was actually designed and is currently owned by RV enthusiasts. The people behind East View RV Park understand what RV users want and need and have constructed a park to satisfy every guest. With beautiful views due to its location at the top of a hill and lots of useful amenities, East View RV Ranch really stands out as one of the premier destinations for camping trips in Georgetown.

On-site amenities at this Georgetown RV park include lots of shady spots, a huge recreation room with a flat screen TV to spend some quality time when you need it, a fitness area with a treadmill, hot showers, spotless restrooms, and a communal kitchen to prepare good food with good company. As well as the extensive amenities, East View RV Ranch can also boast of some very attractive rates. Over half of the RV sites at this park are pull-thrus and all the sites are fitted with water, sewer, and 30/50 amp power.

552 Eastview Dr, Georgetown, TX 78626, Phone: 512-931-2251

16. The Williamson Museum

The Williamson Museum
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Tasked with the mission of obtaining, protecting and showcasing a wide range of objects which tell the story of the history and culture of Williamson County, the Williamson Museum is a must-visit attraction for all history enthusiasts. The museum was established in 1997 as a non-profit, endeavoring to educate any interested parties about the early pioneer days in Williamson County. The “Are We There Yet” collection documents transportation in central Texas through more than a hundred years from the 1860’s to the 1970’s. The museum is free to visit and provides several hands-on exhibits for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

716 S. Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626, 512 943 1670

17. Artisans Connect Gallery

Artisans Connect Gallery
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The Artisans Connect Gallery beckons all art lovers to come and admire the wonderful talents of more than 25 local artists. The gallery is conveniently located on the historic Downtown Georgetown Square, surrounded by various other attractions. Visitors can admire various genres of art including lovely examples of glass art, modern acrylic paintings, encaustic pieces, colorful abstracts, fascinating cinemagraphs and thought-provoking ceramic pieces. All the inspiring artworks are available for sale and many of them would make thoughtful gifts to take back home. The gallery hosts several regular art strolls and other interesting art events – you can check the website for details.

800 S. Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626, 512 864 0066

18. Georgetown Art Center

Georgetown Art Center
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More than just an art gallery, the Georgetown Art Center is a creative hub for local artists and art lovers. The center hosts regular art exhibitions in their Main Gallery, while providing local artists with a creative place to call their own in one of the 2nd Floor art studios. In between the two you will find the spacious First Floor Studio where the center hosts a busy calendar of art classes, kid-focused art camps and various demonstrations and lectures. Just a few of the art classes on offer include a Silk Painting workshop, Life Drawing classes, Mosaic workshops and Colored Pencil workshops.

816 S. Main Street, Georgetown, TX 78626, 512 930 2583

19. Mel's Lone Star Lanes

Mel's Lone Star Lanes
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Mel’s Lone Star Lanes is a one-stop entertainment hub for the entire family. The modern colorful lanes offer everything you need for a fun night out – comfortable lounge seats, huge TV’s showing everything from music videos and live sport to children’s movies. While bowling is by far the most important attraction, Lone Star Lanes also boasts a sports bar, a brilliant arcade with both classic and the latest games, billiard tables and a pro shop. The venue is ideal for parties (for all ages) and special party packages are available including unlimited bowling, arcade games and age-appropriate food and beverages.

1010 Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626, 512 930 2200

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