While visitors never need a reason to leave Austin, sometimes it is nice to escape the big city for a little Texas Hill Country magic. Just an hour outside of Austin, Wimberley is a great day trip escape offering world class wineries, golf courses, restaurants, shopping, outdoor activities and more. Here are some of our favorite things to do during your next Wimberley day trip:

Wimberley Market Days. Courtesy of Clay E. Ewing. Full Usage Permissions.
Wimberley Market Days. Credit Clay E. Ewing.

Wimberley Square is the cultural center of town, featuring boutiques, shops and regular community events. This is definitely a must see during any Wimberley day trip. One of the best days to go is on Wednesday, when local farmers sell fresh produce, bread and more. Another great day to check out the square is on the first Saturday of the month from March to December, during Wimberley Market Days. Visitors can purchase antiques and other assorted items at the this iconic event. Can’t make it on those days? No worries. Stroll through the square any day of the week to experience to shop galleries, boutiques and more.

The Hill Country is one of the top wine destinations in Texas. Visit nearby favorites on a wine tour with Taste of the Hills Tours, where you can enjoy a variety of wines from the best wineries in the region while riding in a luxury SUV through the picturesque countryside. What could be better?

Blue Hole park and swimming hole in Wimberley TexasBlue Hole. Credit Pierce Ingram.

If you enjoy the outdoors, then Wimberley is a great place to be! Home to beautiful swimming holes, hiking trails and camping grounds, spend an afternoon soaking up the sun in the Hill Country. If you're looking to cool down in a natural swimming hole, two of the best spots in the region are Blue Hole Regional Park and Jacob’s Well (reservations needed May - September). For the adventurous, ziplining with Wimberley Zipline Adventures on Four Winns’ Ranch is a great way to pass the time. Play a round (or two!) at the semi-private Quicksand Golf Course, surrounded by a natural Texas Hill Country setting; all are welcome to play.

Bacon burger and fries on the dock in front of the river at The Back Porch in Wimberley TexasCourtesy of The Back Porch.

For a great meal in Wimberley, visit local favorite Jobell Café & Bistro, which features locally sourced food and wine on the menu. The Back Porch is an great spot to hang out, where visitors can order delicious Texas barbecue then go for a swim in Cypress Creek located right behind the restaurant. Live music can often be heard there as well. If you're craving something sweet, indulge in slices of rhubarb strawberry pie at Wimberley Pie Company.

Make time for a day trip to Wimberley during your next visit to Austin. The nature, cuisine and Texas charm is like no other. To learn more and plan your own Hill Country visit, find more information here.

Contributed by Visit Austin Marketing Communications Intern Jonah Camberg