Discover small town Texas, just a stone’s throw from Austin. Life here is all about community and exploring the great outdoors.

Venture just 30 miles from Austin and you’ll find Georgetown, a cute Texan town that’s a great gateway to the delights of Sawyer Park and Lake Georgetown. The outdoors scene is huge here, which makes it a welcome balance from the bustling streets of Austin.

Lake Georgetown is spread over 1,300 acres. Find camping spots along the shore as well as 16 miles of amazing hiking and biking trails. Fishing, kayaking, water skiing – you name it, you can do it here. Want to take a dip in the water? Head to nearby Blue Hole, a scenic lagoon on the South San Gabriel River that’s suitable for swimming. Drift on your back on a hot day and everything will feel all right with the world. The river cuts through the heart of Georgetown so you don’t have to go far to experience it. San Gabriel Park is popular among locals for fishing, football, and festivals. The town is also surrounded by golf courses, in case you want to practice your drive. How about doing something for free? Go to the Georgetown Library or the Visitor Center and you’ll find bikes you can borrow for 24 hours, with no charge.

Georgetown proudly proclaims that it has the most beautiful town square in all of Texas, and we’re inclined to agree. Stroll the square’s stores and galleries in the evening on the first Friday of the month when the shops stay open late. Downtown is where you’ll find the Georgetown Arts Center, housed in an old fire station. It showcases both national and local artists. History buffs will love the old Palace Theatre and the Williamson Museum, which recounts the local county’s story over the last couple of centuries. Texas might be one of the biggest and most sparsely populated states but Georgetown’s all about community and feeling at home.