Get out of town! 5 day trip ideas for the holiday weekend

Sure, everyone loves a long weekend. But sometimes you’ve got to go beyond the city limits to fully relax and recharge. Thankfully there are loads of options near Austin that offer a great escape for all ages. Here are five of our favorite day trip spots within two hours of downtown.


Adrianna Forister marks boxes of strawberries as paid at Sweet Berry Farms outside of Marble Falls in this file photo. Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

For family friendly fun, it’s hard to beat Marble Falls, located about 80 miles from Austin. Begin at Sweet Berry Farm, which is open for all of Memorial Day weekend, including Monday. You can pick your own strawberries and also take part in a variety of fun activities such as sand art, barrel train rides and a bounce pillow. You’ll also discover sweet treats including fresh strawberry lemonade and homemade strawberry smoothies. While you’re in Marble Falls, grab lunch and a slice of pie at Blue Bonnet Cafe. Ready for a drink? If you go on Friday or Saturday, don’t miss Save the World Brewing, where all profits go to charity. They’ve got lots of fun games to keep the kids busy, too.


Tasting room employee Wayne Brinlee pours wine for Lorena Apodoca and Javier Valdez in this file photo. The Torre di Pietra winery and giftshop is located 10 miles east of Fredericksburg. Amber Novak FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Start your day with a hike up the massive granite dome that is Enchanted Rock — just be sure to arrive to the park arrive early, as it can get extremely crowded. Next, grab brunch at the Old German Bakery and Restaurant, home to a number of standout dishes including German pancakes, Opa’s sausage and eggs and country fried steak. Once you’re fully nourished, spend your afternoon touring the wineries that put Fredericksburg on the map, such as 4.0 Cellars, Baron’s Creek and Kuhlman Cellars.


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Round Rock Donuts are the best in Texas, according to a Buzzfeed article that lists the best doughnut shops in each state. credit: Mike Parker

From the famous orange delicacies at Round Rock Donuts to the fanfare filling the Dell Diamond, there are so many reasons to visit Round Rock, a short 30-minute drive up Interstate 35 from downtown Austin. Another great reason? The already excellent Rock’N River Family Aquatic Center, conveniently located right next to Dell Diamond, reopens this weekend after a multi-million dollar renovation that doubled its size.





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Adrieanna Macias makes a float in the soda fountain at the Dr Pepper Museum in Waco. credit: Statesman file photo

Whether you sip a float at the Dr Pepper Museum, check out the Waco Mammoth National Monument, say hello to the elephants at Cameron Park Zoo or pay your respects to Chip and Joanna Gaines at Magnolia Market at the Silos, there’s something for everyone in Waco. Located 100 miles from Austin, you’ll want to get an early start if you’re doing it as a day trip.


Grab a pie and a pint in the sunshine at Stanley's Farmhouse Piz
Grab a pie and a pint in the sunshine at Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza and Jester King Brewery. credit: Travis Albrecht

The laid-back vibe combined with spectacular Hill Country sunsets make Dripping Springs, located 35 minutes from Austin, a fantastic place to spend an afternoon. Alcohol aficionados can take their pick between 15 area breweries, wineries and distilleries including Deep Eddy Vodka, Twisted X Brewing Co. and Treaty Oak Distilling Co. The food scene isn’t bad, either, featuring standouts like Crepe Crazy, Drippin Donuts and Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza. Nearby Hamilton Pool is open again, too, although you’ll need to make a reservation in advance.

Author: Kristin Finan

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