HI FRIENDS! Here in Georgetown, we’re home to the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas, which means we’re experts in going from play to date. Not a foodie or a shopaholic? No problem. We’ve been told that we’ve got a whole lot more to offer, starting with our Victorian architecture (#HelloGorgeous). Looking for more than just a pretty façade? Cuff your jeans and cycle on out to one of our local watering holes — Lake Georgetown, Blue Hole or San Gabriel River — where you’ll always find something fun to do. VISITGEORGETOWN.COM
In need of a few more happy hours? Take in a show at the Palace Theater or get cultural at the Art Center. Whatever your genre, we’re sure you’ll find it here. Consider us the Hill Country’s most beautiful little secret. See ya soon! Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau
HISTORY Sandwiched between the North and South San Gabriel River, the City of Georgetown, Texas, was once nothing more than a plot of land in the middle of a river. So how is it that this “fork in the road” came to be the Hill Country’s favorite neighbor? According to the history books, a wealthy landowner, George Washington Glasscock, offered to donate 172 acres of his land to Williamson County. In exchange for his generosity, Glasscock asked that the new county seat bear his name. Probably a good thing they went with his first name. Since its establishment 172 years ago, Georgetown has developed into a community rich in history, culture and character. With an emphasis on architectural preservation, acclaimed annual events and economic growth, the city has proven that hard work and dedication makes for the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas. It’s no wonder that Georgetown has earned quite the reputation as an award-winning community. In 1997, the town became the first Texas city to earn the Great American Main Street Award, a National Trust Award and has continued to gain accolades, including approval as a cultural district from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Ready to find yourself at the proverbial fork in the road? Stop by the Visitor Center located at 103 West 7th Street and discover that when you visit Georgetown, there is no wrong choice.
ATTRACTIONS IN GEORGETOWN IT’S TRUE.
Our curtain called and he wants your number. Interested, but want more than a date with the Palace Theater on your visit? Why not lace up your sneakers and hit the trails around San Gabriel Park or roll your sleeves and dig up an archeological experience at Inner Space Cavern. Whether you want a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway for two, our attractions know how to make your vacation stay-worthy.
DOWNTOWN SQUARE Visit the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas and fill your day with Victorian architecture, unique shops, wineries and delicious dining. Enjoy Georgetown to its fullest by exploring downtown. Make learning fun with an impromptu history lesson on the Downtown Square where you’ll find more than 20 historical markers in the Williamson County Courthouse Historic District. Tour four residential Historic Districts near the Square, including the Olive Street National District where you’ll discover dozens of Victorian homes and Arts and Crafts-style bungalows.
BLUE HOLE While you enjoy your day in the great blue yonder, be sure to marvel at the limestone bluffs that border the lagoon along the South Fork of the San Gabriel River. The Park is located five blocks north of the Downtown Square along N. Austin Avenue. The entrance to Blue Hole Park is at W. Second Street and Rock Street.
INNER SPACE CAVERN Ever wondered what is below the earth’s surface? Well the Inner Space Cavern can answer that and so much more. Hidden for 10,000 years, Inner Space Cavern is one of the most well preserved caves in Texas. Over the years, archeologists have unearthed remains of prehistoric animals and found some of nature’s finest works of art. To learn more about the cave or schedule a tour, visit the Inner Space Cavern website. 4200 S. IH-35 | 512-931-CAVE
ATTRACTIONS IN GEORGETOWN GEORGETOWN SCULPTURE TOUR The Georgetown Sculpture Tour includes pieces in downtown along Main Street between 7th and 8th streets and at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street. For more information, visit the website. arts.georgetown.org
THE PALACE THEATER Plan a night out on the town and be sure to catch the curtain call at The Palace Theater in the historic Downtown District. In 2001, this former movie house was reopened as a performing arts hall. The venue now showcases a year-round season of live theater productions including musicals, comedies and dramas. 810 S. Austin Avenue | 512-869-7469
DISC GOLF Come on out and give disc golf a throw. The family-friendly sport is free to play and open to the public at one of Georgetown’s three disc golf courses. Spend an afternoon at Rivery Park’s 18-hole course or go for nine at San Gabriel Park or Pinnacle Park. parks.georgetown.org
GAREY PARK Garey Park is a 525-acre park west of Georgetown along the South San Gabriel River. The land was donated by Jack and Cammy Garey in 2004 for a public park. Amenities include a playground, a splash pad, a dog park, an equestrian arena, the Garey House event space, pavilions and more than six miles of hiking and equestrian trails.
WILLIAMSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
6450 FM 2243 | 512-930-6800
Located at 710 Main Street and visible for miles around, the imposing neoclassical structure is the focal point of the central business district and the fifth structure to serve as the county courthouse. For free tours of the Williamson County Courthouse, available Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., contact the Williamson Museum.
SAN GABRIEL PARK
HIKE & BIKE TRAILS
San Gabriel Park with its 200-yearold oak trees and river access makes for the perfect spot to enjoy the great outdoors. Bring your kids for a day of imagination and fun on the Playscape or pack a lunch and cast a line for a relaxing day of fishing. If hiking or biking suits your fancy, the San Gabriel River Trail, designated a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. Department of the Interior is a great nine-mile tour. For information on Georgetown’s many parks, visit the website.
Enjoy all nature has to offer by hiking or biking the nine miles of trails along the San Gabriel River. From natural springs and star gazing to bird watching and wildflowers, the trails offer more than enough reasons to take in the great outdoors. Entry points are available at San Gabriel Park, McMaster Athletic Complex, Blue Hole Park, Rivery Park, Chandler Park, Chautauqua Park and Booty’s Road Park. Need a break or want to linger longer? Benches, drinking fountains and restrooms are conveniently located along the way.
445 E. Morrow Street
SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY Exercise your mind with a stroll through the halls of Southwestern University. As the oldest chartered university in Texas and home to one of the most beautiful structures in the state, you’ll get more than just a history lesson. The architecture is something to behold with much of its Gothic-style buildings dating back to the 1800s, while the labs and athletic arenas are pure twenty-first century. 1001 E. University Avenue | 512-863-6511
WILLIAMSON MUSEUM There is so much to learn about the unique culture and rich heritage of Williamson County and there is no better place to take it all in than at the museum dedicated to making education fun. Take a peek at the museum’s website to see the upcoming exhibits and stop by to enjoy some free, hands-on educational programs, innovative tours and extensive outreach services. 716 S. Austin Avenue | 512-943-1670
LAKE GEORGETOWN For the more serious angler or water enthusiast, this 1,200-acre lake offers boating, skiing, fishing, four separate camping areas, a wildlife preserve and 16 miles of hiking trails. Several camping areas are available ranging from primitive to modern. Cedar Breaks Park and Jim Hogg Park have boat ramps and camping facilities with RV hook-ups and restrooms with showers. Russell Park offers a camping and swimming area, a boat ramp and restrooms with showers, while Tejas Park offers primitive camping and picnic areas. Off Williams Drive | 512-930-5253
ART CENTER Located 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. The Art Center hosts the works of a nationally renowned artist each month and features the arts and crafts of local artisans in the gift shop. 816 S. Main Street | 512-930-2583
LODGING IN GEORGETOWN NO NEED TO COUNT SHEEP. When you hit the hay in Georgetown, you’re guaranteed a good night’s rest. Whatever your sleep style, we’ve got your eight hours covered. In search of a familiar place to stay? Give one of our conveniently located hotels or motels a try. Looking for something a little outside the box? Our campgrounds are perfect for rolling in or popping up, while our bed and breakfasts serve up some serious charm.
SAN GABRIEL HOUSE Located across the street from Southwestern University and walking distance to Georgetown’s Downtown Square, this 1908 mansion is the quintessential bed & breakfast. Relax in one of the six handsomely appointed guest rooms, curl up with a book in the cozy library or enjoy the great outdoors with a stroll through the flourishing gardens. Once you stay at the San Gabriel House, we’re sure you will want to linger longer. 1008 E. University Avenue | 512-930-0070
SHORT-TERM RENTALS Ready for a visit but looking for a nook to call your own for a few days? Give one of our great short term rental properties a try, from AirBnB to VRBO, there are more than a few homes away from home to settle in to. For more information about available rentals, check out our website. visitgeorgetown.com/guest-houses
LODGING IN GEORGETOWN HOTELS/MOTELS BEST WESTERN PLUS
600 San Gabriel Village Boulevard | Georgetown, TX 78626 512-868-8555
1908 S. Austin Avenue | Georgetown, TX 78626 512-869-0709
451 N. IH 35 | Georgetown, TX 78628 512-591-7888
11 Waters Edge Circle | Georgetown, TX 78626 979-314-7281
333 N. Interstate 35 | Georgetown, TX 78628 512-591-0732
HAMPTON INN & SUITES
160 River Oaks Cove | Georgetown, TX 78626 512-688-5300
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES 431 N. Interstate 35 | Georgetown, TX 78628 512-591-7890
1005 Leander Road | Georgetown, TX 78628 512-863-7504
209 N. Interstate 35 | Georgetown, TX 78628 512-863-5572
1101 Woodlawn Avenue | Georgetown, TX 78628 737-444-2700
CAMPING BERRY SPRINGS RV PARK
131 Market Street | 512-864-2724 | berryspringsrv.com
EASTVIEW RV RANCH
552 Eastview Drive | 512-931-2251 | eastviewrvranch.com
512-930-5253 | swf-wc.usace.army.mil/georgetown
NEW LIFE RV PARK
1200 County Road 152 | 512-931-2073 | newlifervpark.com
SHADY RIVER RV RESORT
7450 E. Highway 29 | 512-930-1140 | shadyriverrvresort.com
# OF ROOMS
MEETING ROOMS PETS
# OF SITES
50 212 regular 39 tent-only 90 18
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DAYTRIPPIN’ WITH CHET IN GEORGETOWN DID YOU KNOW...
The Daytripper, Chet Garner, calls the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas home? That’s right, Tex-loving, Texploring Chet does way more than daytrip through Georgetown; he lives, works and plays here. From one-of-a-kind finds to Square-strolling good times, Chet knows a thing or two about Georgetown’s hometown charm and friendly vibes. So next time you’re looking for a vacation or a staycation, do as the Daytripper does.
DAYTRIP INTO YOUR WEEKEND The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas has more than enough to keep you and your family staying and playing from sun up to sun down all weekend long. Looking for an outdoor adventure? Cast a line on the banks of Lake Georgetown. Prefer toe-tapping to local talent? Tune in to one of the Square’s cozy venues. Need to fill up on yum? Eat your heart out at a foodie favorite. From play-date to date-night, and daytrips to long weekends, Georgetown is the perfect place for your next getaway.
EVENTS IN GEORGETOWN MONTHLY
50 TH WILLIAMSON COUNTY GEM & MINERAL SHOW
FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH (FEBRUARY – NOVEMBER)
Georgetown’s First Fridays are a wonderful time to explore the city under a blanket of stars. Relax into your weekend by strolling the historic streets, visiting galleries, meeting local artists and tapping your toes to live music. Finish the night at one of the great restaurants around town and savor a sumptuous meal. thegeorgetownsquare.com
GHOST TOURS ON THE SQUARE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH (EXCLUDING DECEMBER)
Listen to tales of ghostly adventures around the Square during these docent-led tours of downtown Georgetown. Tours will be held the First Friday of the month excluding December 4 and leave from the Williamson Museum at 8 p.m. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended since tours fill up quickly. Tour times and tickets are available online. williamsonmuseum.org
MARKET DAYS SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH (MARCH – NOVEMBER)
Downtown comes alive with booths featuring handmade arts & crafts, jewelry, unique clothing, festive foods and music and fun for all ages. Top off a great day with a visit to the shops and restaurants around the Square.
FEBRUARY 15 - 16, 2020
The Williamson County Gem and Mineral Show is perfect for the mineralogist or gem enthusiast. With exhibits, demonstrations, games, educational displays, fluorescent minerals, custom and designer jewelry and door prizes, your family will enjoy a hands-on learning experience. You won’t even need to pack a lunch because food and refreshments can be found throughout the show. So bring your friends and family out to meet featured artisans, discover unique minerals and support the College of Earth Sciences. wcgms.org
THE GEORGETOWN SWIRL MARCH 7, 2020
Sip, Savor, Shop… and Swirl around the Square, a downtown award-winning event, sponsored by the Georgetown Main Street Program, offers an evening full of indulgence. Sample some of the finest Texas-grown wine while you shop for the perfect gift or savor a taste of Texas at one of the premier restaurants on the square. swirl.georgetown.org
GEORGETOWN QUILT & STITCHERY SHOW MARCH 27 - 28, 2020
Find a quilt to match every room in your house. The Georgetown Quilt and Stitchery Show features a silent auction, quilt raffles, a tearoom and so much more. Come spend the day learning about quilting from our local experts. handcraftsunlimited.com
RED POPPY FESTIVAL APRIL 24 - 26, 2020
The Red Poppy Festival marks the coming of spring and the arrival of Georgetown’s colorful springtime visitor, the Red Poppy Flower. The Festival kicks off on Friday night with the vendors opening at 6 p.m. followed by an evening concert. Plan to spend a weekend exploring the 125 unique handcraft vendors, fabulous free children’s area, car show, bike ride, parade, outstanding live music and a complimentary Saturday night concert. redpoppyfestival.com
PRESERVATION GEORGETOWN SPRING HOME TOUR MAY 2, 2020
Join Preservation Georgetown for the annual Spring Home Tour. Tour-goers enjoy charming, restored, historic homes that celebrate the past and present of old Georgetown neighborhoods. Docents give tours as well as offer information about the history of each residence with interesting facts and tidbits. preservationgeorgetown.org
MOVIES IN THE PARK SUMMER SERIES – VISIT SITE FOR MOVIE DATES & TIMES
Pop some popcorn, grab your family and meet your friends for a movie in San Gabriel Park. All shows begin at dusk. parks.georgetown.org
GEORGETOWN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS JUNE 5 - 14, 2020
Georgetown’s Festival of the Arts offers visitors and residents alike a taste of art and culture. The festival offers a weekend filled with nationally recognized musicians, scholars, concerts, presentations and a film showing. gtownfestival.org
EVENTS IN GEORGETOWN
JULY 4TH CELEBRATION JULY 4, 2020
Celebrate the Fourth of July with more than 50,000 of your fellow patriots in beautiful San Gabriel Park. From morning till night, you can shop in one of the 80+ vendor booths, feed baby livestock at the petting zoo, watch and wave as the hometown parade goes by, listen to the beats of live entertainment, tour the area on a train ride and watch as the fireworks display ignites the sky with a splendor of color and sound. gtxsertoma.org
LIGHTING OF THE SQUARE
NOVEMBER 27, 2020
Block by block the Stroll unfolds. Beginning Friday evening wander downtown and witness how the Square sparkles with vitality and Christmas charm. Offering foods and fashions, gifts and glitter, music and magic – everything to make the holidays bright. This exciting Christmas extravaganza kicks off the season with specialty gift stores, fashion jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods, decorations and ideas, home accessories and décor, food and wine sampling, arts and crafts, and of course, Santa!
Come experience the magic as we kick off the holiday season with our annual Lighting of the Square, traditionally held at dusk on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Sing along with the Austin Carolers to your favorite holiday tunes and watch the Square light up with twinkly holiday lights. visitgeorgetown.com
DECEMBER 4 - 5, 2020
SUN CITY KIWANIS CLUB HOLIDAY HOME TOUR DECEMBER 4 - 6, 2020
The annual Sun City Holiday Home Tour includes six professionally decorated homes. These homes feature interiors styled with the assistance of a designer, as well as the homeowner’s own furniture and collectables from around the world. From modern to traditional, we are sure that you will leave with a little inspiration for your own home. suncitygtkiwanis.org
CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU Visit us at 103 W. 7th Street, Georgetown, TX 78626 P.O. Box 409 | Georgetown, Texas | 78627 p: 1(800) 436-8696 | e: CVB@Georgetown.org
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Here in Georgetown, we’re home to the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas, which means we’re experts in going from play to date. Not a foodi...
Published on Jan 1, 2020
Here in Georgetown, we’re home to the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas, which means we’re experts in going from play to date. Not a foodi...