The 10 Best Things to Do in Dripping Springs, United States

March 17, 2018 Renato Branum

Dripping Springs is a city in Hays County, Texas, United States, west of Austin, the state capital. The population was 1,788 at the 2010 census, and had risen to an estimated 3,140 as of 2016.
Restaurants in Dripping Springs

1. Hamilton Pool Preserve

24300 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 +1 512-264-2740
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 619 reviews

Hamilton Pool Preserve

Reviewed By Anon8815 - Trenton, New Jersey

We went on a weekday in winter which was great because there was nobody there. Obviously too cold to swim though. I was a little annoyed that even though the river trail was closed we were still charged full price. Thankfully when we asked what else there was to do we were informed of raimer ranch just down the road that had hiking that our pass would cover.

2. Duchman Family Winery

13308 FM 150 W, Driftwood, TX 78619-9232 +1 512-858-1470
Excellent
43%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 160 reviews

Duchman Family Winery

The Duchman Family Winery was founded in 2004 by Drs. Lisa and Stan Duchman in a quest to bring world-class winemaking to Central Texas and the Texas Hill Country. Their love of the unique Italian grape varieties as well as similar weather patterns to Texas inspired them to work with viticultural consultant Bobby Cox and growers in the Texas High Planes AVA to produce grapes that would allow their winemakers, Dave Reilly and Mark Penna, to experiment with making wines like Vermentino, Sangiovese, and Dolcetto.The winery continues to source the majority of its fruit from the Texas High Plains AVA, where cooler temperatures and a more “continental” climate are ideal for the production of fine wine made from Italian grape varieties. As the winery grows, the Duchmans remain committed to their goal to produce food-friendly fine wine in Central Texas using Texas-grown fruit exclusively. With an eye on the future, Duchman Family Winery continues to develop innovative winemaking and grape growing techniques in order to provide wine that truly reflects a taste of Texas for years to come.Duchman Family Winery remains one of the top wine destinations in Texas. All of the winery’s current releases can be sampled and purchased at the winery’s tasting room and the estate’s beautiful Italianate villa and grounds are open to visitors who can enjoy their wines with a picnic lunch! We have picnic tables outdoors in the shade of the oaks, or pick a cozy spot inside the winery hallway with a windowed view into the barrel room, fermentation tank, or production area for bottling and labeling of our wines.

Reviewed By Chuck H - Spring, Texas

Excellent wines, friendly and knowledgeable pourers. Good selection of very dry to semi-sweet wines. The Montepulciano was especially good. Dry but mild red. The Trattoria Lisina Restaurant right next door serves a variety of Italian dishes from lesser expensive pastas to fine dining selections.

3. Texas Hill Country Olive Company

2530 W Fitzhugh Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620-3342 +1 512-607-6512
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Texas Hill Country Olive Company

We are a family-owned business located in Dripping Springs, TX committed to supplying the highest quality olive oil produced in the United States. Our certified organic olive orchard features a Tuscan-inspired mill house, a state-of-the-art Italian olive press and a large tasting room. We sell four different types of Extra Virgin Olive Oil as well as traditional and fruit-infused balsamic vinegar. Buy the products individually or mix and match several products in a wooden gift box. Olive tree adoption is available and allows you to customize your labels to enjoy your private brand of olive oil all year long! Looking for an amazing place to have an event? We offer complete event planning for any occasion. We taste our olive and balsamic oils in addition to over 37 wines. The best part is we change out some of the wines weekly so that you can try wines from all over Texas. We encourage people to come out and find a nice quite spot to enjoy the beautiful orchard and hill country views!

Reviewed By Gran7 - Crossett

On the way back from baseball in Dripping Springs, my husband and I saw the sign for this unusual Texas business. We took the detour and were pleased with our find. Great little cafe and gift shop and tours lure visitors daily. Bought oil and balsamic for gifts. They even have olive trees for sale. I called to order more after our visit. They need a new phone system but is hard to get a call through and talk to a person

4. Driftwood Estate Winery

4001 Elder Hill Rd, Driftwood, TX 78619-4329 +1 512-858-9667
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 173 reviews

Driftwood Estate Winery

Driftwood Estate Winery sits in the Heart of the Texas Hill Country on a bluff overlooking the vineyards below. Come enjoy a bottle of our Texas wine! The Driftwood Estate Winery staff invites you to take a scenic Hill Country drive to the winery and try our award winning wines. The view from the bluff is spectacular, and the grounds are perfect for a picnic with your favorite glass or bottle of Driftwood Estate wine. We are open every day from 11am till 7pm for tastings and wine sales. We are closed for Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. We may close early for a Wine Club Party or private event. Always check our website or Facebook page to see if we have extended hours. Taste any 6 wines listed on our tasting sheet for $10. The tasting fee includes a Driftwood logo souvenir wine glass. Gold and Silver Spur Wine Club Members now receive 4 complimentary wine tastings per membership every visit during regular business hours. Complimentary tastings do not include a wine glass. Active duty military receive a free tasting and 10% discount on all wine purchases. We thank you for your service. For groups of 10 or more, please contact us ahead of time to see if an advanced booking is needed. For information about private group tasting visit our website. A complete list and description of our wines can be found on the wine store page. For a list of stores that carry our wines as well as restaurants that serve them, visit the retail outlets page. In addition to our wines, we are also tasting and selling several premium wines from our sister winery in Paso Robles and one wine from Brady Vineyards. Come by for lunch and enjoy the view from our 1,100 square foot deck overhanging the bluff, our picnic area under the oak trees or our pavilion next to the tasting room. They all have a beautiful view of the hill country and vineyard below. Our outdoor facilities are for the use of winery customers only and no alcoholic beverages can be brought onto the winery premises. Bring your own lunch. Pet friendly! The DEW Crew is looking forward to your visit! Cheers!

Reviewed By 882jennifer - Plano, Texas

Bring a chair-or use one of their's, get some lunch or dinner or picnic. Do a tasting and get yourself a glass of wine to fit your food choice and head outside for a picturesque, enjoyable afternoon or evening.

The wines have always pleased and the view never let us down.

5. Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery

2250 E Highway 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620-4856 +1 512-994-3534
Excellent
51%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 121 reviews

Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery

Reviewed By Christina H - Houston, Texas

We were on our way to Austin when we decided to stop here to check out the tasting room. It was definitely one of the best experiences during our road trip. The prices are decent and the vodka was superb. You can try for different flavors in a shot glass for $10.00. I loved the peach and lemon flavors so much I ended up buying a bottle of each to take home. I would definitely suggest this place if you are a vodka lover like me.

6. Bell Springs Winery

3700 Bell Springs Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620-3169 +1 512-643-7398
Excellent
61%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Bell Springs Winery

Reviewed By maggiet0813 - Katy, Texas

Small winery however they have a big outside area as they hold events. You get 6 wine tastings for $10. If you want to keep the glass you pay $13. They also have cheese plates, etc. The girl who attended to us was very knowledgeable.

7. Salt Lick Cellars

1800-C Fm 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619 +1 512-829-4013
Excellent
52%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 45 reviews

Salt Lick Cellars

Reviewed By daddymo2 - Buda, Texas

The wine is not theirs...they just sell it. The staff is friendly and they will tell you that the wine is not theirs. They do have vineyards, but the grapes have not grown in yet. The surroundings are pleasant. There is a real winery across the street. Nevertheless, some of the wines are tasty. Remember...if you came to Salt Lick you came for bar be que, not for wine. You can, however, bring in your beer.

8. Twisted X Brewing Company

West 150, 23455 Ranch Rd 12, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 +1 512-829-5323
Excellent
56%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 71 reviews

Twisted X Brewing Company

At Twisted X Brewing Company, it’s simple; we love craft beer as much as the Lone Star State! We specialize in creating handmade Texan-American beers that are made with high-quality, local products. Our passion to make great beer has led to us inventing Tex Mex Beer™, which combines Texas craft beer with Mexican-style spirit and flavor. Our mission is to have fun, treat people right, and bring something new to our local market through beer. We’re passionate about combining hops, grains, yeast, and water into your glass to create something unique that we’re really proud of and that you will enjoy and share with your friends and family. There are many people out there who find one beer they like and are too afraid of the unknown and never branch out. This is where Twisted X comes in. Our Tex Mex Beer™ began with the goal of educating people on how different ingredients can make complex beers that will make you rethink how you view beer. Our team of brewers come from diverse backgrounds, but they all share the love of great beer and bring their own unique recipes and ideas to the table. We have maintained the 3 barrel brewing system that Tex Mex Beer™ was founded on to allow our brewers to create small batch beers that capture the types and styles of beer they love. Come by the brewery for a tour and samplings or pick up a six pack at your local vendor. Pour yourself a Twisted X brew and always drink upstream from the herd.

Reviewed By Laura W

We stopped here only for a couple beverages on a hot day before continuing onward, and it was worth the stop.
Good selection, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Typical urban- craft brew decor & set up. Good mix of families, locals & travelers visiting.
Definitely recommend stopping to check it out.

9. Camp Ben McCulloch

Fm 1826, Driftwood, TX
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 6 reviews

Camp Ben McCulloch

Reviewed By Mindee M - Kenai, Alaska

Camp Ben McCulloch hosts the Old Settler's Music Festival every April. The camp ground is clean and the event is first rate. It is a family friendly safe environment to enjoy friends and music. There are electrical hook ups and "primitive" camping spots to fit all budgets. The grounds of this camp are very nice and the showers are warm. Onion Creek runs through the camp and offers some good swimming holes to cool off in the heat of the day.

10. Treaty Oak Distilling

16604 Fitzhugh Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620-5011 +1 512-599-0335
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Treaty Oak Distilling

Reviewed By RdeSilva - London, United Kingdom

We felt really positive on arriving and having an excellent spirit tasting in the tasting room, but drinks and dinner were both much more expensive than anticipated, with 2 chicken wings costing $7 and a $5 bowl of vegetables consisting mostly of Brussels sprouts! Beers were below average quality and premium priced.

Really felt taken advantage of.

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