The Hill Country may be a growing spot among tourists and visitors, but there’s nothing like putting down roots in this thriving area. Those who are fortunate enough to be living in the Texas Hill Country have a number of favorites places to spend a few hours or a day. They range from natural sites in which they can take in the scenery, to popular spots for dining, shopping, culture, and recreation.
Despite being a favorite Hill Country hotspot among tourists, the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas still attracts a vast local crowd thanks to its variety of live music.
Another good thing about Gruene Hall? All you have to do is walk a few steps next door for some of the best chicken fried steak in the state.
Dry Comal Creek winery
Known for its Black Spanish wine, Dry Comal Creek is located in the heart of the Hill Country and is one of dozens of wineries along the Texas Wine Trail. Huffington Post called the Texas Wine Country the "New Napa” thanks to its “perfect growing conditions” and the fact that it’s “the second most visited wine tasting region in North American and top 10 in the world.”
The newest park in New Braunfels, Fischer Park has become a fast favorite of Hill Country locals thanks to its fishing ponds, playgrounds, sprayground, and nature center.
Located just north of Fredericksburg in a State Natural Area., Enchanted Rock is favorite hiking spot for its somewhat challenging trail to the top and the incredible views along the way.
One of the Hill Country’s most prized amenities, Landa Park is the place to go for everything from paddle boating to miniature golf to riding the mini train to walking along the nature trails.
The lakes and trails
Everyone has a favorite Hill Country spot for hiking, biking, walking, or hanging out by the water, but a few notables include the 40 miles of trails, streams, and limestone hills offered at the Hill Country State Natural Area in Bandera, the natural scenery of Lost Maples State Natural Area tubing on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers, and watersports on Canyon Lake.
McKenna Children's Museum
Just one of the museums in the Hill Country and a favorite place for parents to let their kids explore, McKenna offers numerous exhibits and the newly renovated Destination Space to bring out their inner astronaut.
Downtown New Braunfels
Locals (and visitors!) love the historic main plaza with its antique stores and quaint boutiques. But downtown New Braunfels is hardly the only place to shop in the Hill Country. Other can’t miss-spots include the Premium Outlets in San Marcos, named the third-best place to shop in the world by ABC’s “The View.”
For more information about living in the Hill Country, visit Vintage Oaks, the fastest-growing community in the area. Vintage Oaks offers a range of land and home offerings plus resort-style amenities in the best Hill Country location between Austin and San Antonio. You can also click below to download the free Hill Country Real Estate Buying Guide.