Wimberley is a charming city in Hays County, originally established as a trading post settlement in 1848. The city, which is located just an hour outside of Austin's downtown district, is known as a haven for artistic types, home to many art galleries, performing arts venues, and live music halls. Visitors can enjoy outdoor recreational opportunities at Jacob's Well Natural Area and the Blue Hole, which has been ranked as one of Texas' top swimming holes. Annual special events include the city's Butterfly Festival, Christmas Trail of Lights, and Market Days monthly downtown market events.
1.Jacob's Well Natural Area
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Jacob's Well Natural Area is a day-use recreational facility that is open to the public in Wimberly throughout the year, stretching across a land area of approximately 81 acres. The natural area is anchored around the Jacob's Well artesian spring cave, which is Texas' second-largest fully-submerged cave and is sourced from the Trinity Aquifer. It was named in honor of cave discoverer William C. Winters, who declared that the cave looked like a well from Biblical times. Visitors can swim at the spring between May and October or embark on guided cave tours led by master naturalists each Saturday morning.
1699 Mt Sharp Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676, Phone: 512-214-4593
2.Bella Vista Ranch
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Bella Vista Ranch is Texas' first exclusive producer of olive oil, set on a beautiful family-operated ranch facility that is home to 1,200 olive trees. The company, which is overseen by Jack Dougherty, opened its retail store in 2000, two years after planting its first crops. Fresh pressed olive oils are produced each year and sold at the company's retail store, including delicious varieties produced with fresh fruit and vegetable produced also grown at the farm. Olive oil tours and tastings are offered throughout the year for individuals or for private groups of 15 or more. Regularly-scheduled open tours are offered on Saturdays, lasting for approximately 90 minutes and including an orchard walkthrough and formal tasting.
3101 Mt Sharp Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676, Phone: 512-847-6514
3.The EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens
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The EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens is a beautiful 12-acre park facility that was originally founded in 1998. The facility is named in honor of late actress and costume designer Emily Ann Rolling, a frequent participant in Wimberley's Shakespeare Under the Stars theatrical troupe. Today, the facility serves as a permanent home for the company's productions, including summer musical theater presentations and children's theater productions of classic fairytale favorites. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the gardens at their leisure daily between dawn and dusk and explore beautiful areas such as the venue's interactive musical garden or Veterans Memorial Plaza. Annual special events held at the garden include a Butterfly Festival and a Christmas Trail of Lights.
1101 Ranch Rd 2325, Wimberley, TX 78676, Phone: 512-847-6969
4.Wildflower Art Gallery
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Wildflower Art Gallery is the premiere showcase of the works of artist Linda Calvert Jacobson, a native of nearby Floresville, Texas. The gallery was opened by Jacobson and her husband, David, in 2015, housed within a lovely storefront within the city's Olde Towne Plaza. Beautiful abstract paintings are showcased throughout the gallery, with a focus on Jacobson's acclaimed paintings of wildflower landscapes. Many of Jacobson's paintings on display have been showcased at national and international art gallery exhibits, including locations in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia. The gallery is managed by David Jacobson, who is happy to assist visitors with their purchases and shipping needs.
13801 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, TX 78676, Phone: 830-730-7880
5.The Corral Theatre
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The Corral Theatre is a beautiful historic movie theater in Wimberley, originally opened in the city's downtown district in the late 1940s. In 1966, the theater moved to its present location at the city's Rocky River Ranch. Today, it operates as a walk-in outdoor movie theater that operates throughout the spring and summer months. Blockbuster and family film releases from the current year are shown on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings against the backdrop of the gorgeous Blanco River. Gates open one hour before showtime, with all movies starting at dusk each evening. A section of bleachers and chairs are offered for guest use, though moviegoers are welcome to bring their own chairs. Visitors should note that movies and concessions are cash only.
100 Flite Acres Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676, Phone: 512-847-5994
6.The Leaning Pear
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The Leaning Pear is a delicious comfort fare restaurant in Wimberley that is owned and operated by married duo Matthew and Rachel Buchanan, housed within one of the Wimberley Valley's oldest restored buildings. The restaurant, which overlooks a gorgeous natural bluff near Cypress Creek, showcases delicious artisanal fare crafted by chef Matthew, including gourmet 11-inch wood-fired pizzas topped with excellent ingredients such as housemade Italian sausage, local mushrooms, and fontina cheese. Hearty entrees served up at lunch or dinner include creative international fare like market vegetable curry, pecan-crusted black drum, costillas al pastor, and chicken with green chile and bacon grits.
111 River Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676, Phone: 512-847-7327
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Kate's Place is a charming American-style restaurant owned by Wimberley resident and gardener Kate Tilton. The restaurant is a renovation of longtime Wimberley favorite Charlie's Place, opened in the summer of 2009. It is known for its clever twists on favorite dishes such as chicken marsala, shrimp and grits, or steak champignon. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free entrees are served up, including tempeh stir fry with coconut rice and ginger. At lunch, diners can choose from sandwiches such as reubens, coffee-rubbed barbecue pork sliders, and signature Kate's Burgers. Regional and national craft brew favorites are complemented by a selection of house and international red, white, and sparkling wines.
600 FM2325, Wimberley, TX 78676, Phone: 512-722-3744
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8.Kimberly's In Wimberley
Kimberly's In Wimberley is a family-owned restaurant in downtown Wimberley, overseen by married duo Kim and Eddie Dwyer. The restaurant serves up traditional American fare with clever twists, crafted from Texas-grown produce and meats. Excellent sandwich and burger selections include inventive BLTs on jalapeno cheddar waffles with chipotle butter, savory hot ham and Swiss melts, and plant-based Impossible burgers topped with healthy fillings such as avocado and red onion. Hearty entree options include shrimp penne pasta, lime chicken and black beans, and chopped steak with brown gravy and jalapenos. On the weekends, diners can enjoy delicious brunch selections such as peanut butter banana French toast, maple bacon waffles, and skillet potato crusted quiche.
303 Wimberley Square, Wimberley, TX 78676, Phone: 512-842-1800
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