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Things to Do in Wimberley

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Visitors come to our beautiful valley to enjoy the cool shaded quietness of our cypress-lined streams or the splendor of our Hill Country vistas or just the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere of our slower pace. After arriving, however, they find that there is so much more to Wimberley beyond the charming friendliness they encounter. There are year-round activities for the whole family.

A good place to start your visit is at the Visitor Center, located at 14100 Ranch Road 12, just across Cypress Creek from the Wimberley Square. The friendly, helpful volunteers will assist you in planning activities for your stay.

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Wimberley has long been recognized as the home of a great arts community and over the years that reputation has grown even greater in stature and availability of both the visual and performing arts! Home to numerous visual arts galleries, a nationally recognized blown glass icon, multiple performing arts venues and more for the discerning visitor, Wimberley is truly “art worthy”. Visitors are not only treated to the best of local and area-wide artists but likewise to prominent artists from around the State and the country. There are two collaborative art galleries displaying emerging artists’ works. Lured by the artistic spirit that thrives in Wimberley, many artists, writers and musicians have called this area home for years and their numbers continue to grow.

Wimberley has three outstanding venues for critically acclaimed live theater. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens — west of Wimberley on Ranch Road 2325 — each year hosts Shakespeare Under the Stars. This exciting, professional presentation attracts young actors from around the country to perform in two of the Bard’s plays. Audiences enjoy these and other EmilyAnn Theatre presentations in a natural setting under the stars. EmilyAnn is also the location for the annual Butterfly Day Festival in April as well as the annual Christmas Trail of Lights with more than 100 separate sparkling displays of holiday spirit.

The Wimberley Players perform dramas, musicals and comedies throughout the year at the Wimberley Playhouse at 450 Old Kyle Rd. near the Square. The Rep Theatre at 515 Ranch Road 2325 presents new works by local playwrights as well as exciting proven works.

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During summer months, visitors enjoy first-run movies under the stars at the Corral Theater, near the intersection of Ranch Road 3237 and Flite Acres Road. Movies at this unique outdoor theater start at dusk on weekends from May through Labor Day.

July 4th’s activities include the down-home charm of the Wimberley Parade winding through the Wimberley downtown area and a celebration that the whole family will love, the July Jubilee.

The annual Wimberley VFW rodeo is one of the largest in the state and is held on the weekend closest to July 4th. Three nights of CPRA sanctioned bull riding, bronco busting, calf roping and all of the other events that make rodeos great are on tap with fun for the whole family at the rodeo grounds at Veteran’s Park on Jacobs Well Road.

Every Friday night is bingo night at the VFW Hall on Jacobs Well Road. Food and beverages are available, and cash prizes make for an evening of entertainment for the entire family.

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If golf is your game, head out to Quick Sand Golf Course in Woodcreek. This beautiful, tree-lined, 18-hole course draws golfers from all over the state.

If live music is your thing, many local dining establishments provide musical entertainment year round. The Starlight Symphony Orchestra, The Mid-Texas Symphony, The Hill Country Jazz Band, The Hill Country Community Band and the Wimberley Community Chorus also perform concerts throughout the year at various venues in and around Wimberley.

Wimberley is in the heart of the Central Texas wine region. Visit wine shops in town and many wineries in the area to sample a variety of locally produced wine as well as imported varietals. If your tastes extend beyond wine, visit one of our local breweries, or even a rum distillery.

Cool off at Wimberley Shave Ice, which serves hundreds of flavors of its legendary shave ice or at The Wooden Spoon with delicious frozen yogurt.

For those who like outdoor fun, two magnificent natural swimming holes, the Blue Hole in Wimberley and Cypress Falls in Woodcreek, welcome swimmers with cool clear waters. Cypress Creek Nature Trail offers shaded hiking in a natural setting along Cypress Creek. A hike to the top of Prayer Mountain, formerly named Old Baldy, will provide a unique panorama of the Wimberley Valley and surrounding hills. For those who are more serious about walking and bicycling, Blue Hole Regional Park offers a wonderful hike and bike trail. Most known for its natural swimming area, the park also offers basketball and volleyball courts, a playground, a community pavilion, an amphitheatre, picnic areas, a scenic overlook and two full-size soccer fields. Six lighted tennis courts are in the planning stages. EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens offers walking trails through a beautiful garden and at the top of the hill is the Veterans Memorial providing a beautiful view of the valley. For a high-flying adventure that is both exciting and educational as you soar over canyons and creeks in the Wimberley Valley, check out Wimberley Zip Line Adventures. d

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