Do as the locals do: Maybe hang out awhile. Downtown is full of shops that will have your grandmother thinking she died and went to heaven: embroidered kitchen linens, watercolor paintings of cowboy boots, “Hunky Dude Aprons” and their “Sexy Bikini Girl” counterparts, you get the idea. Cap off the day with a quick trip to one of the wineries outside of town.
What to bring: Swimsuit, sunscreen, small cooler with snacks and beverages. Bring some courage for the rope swing, and some dry clothes to change into.
Directions: Take note that the swimming hole doesn’t open until May 8. From Austin, it’s just over an hour to Wimberley if you live in the Upside Down parallel-universe Austin where traffic isn’t soul-crushingly horrible from sunrise to sundown. There are a few routes to Wimberley, but the backroads are prettier and it’s the same distance. From Downtown Austin, take TX-1 MoPac Expwy South and continue onto TX-45 W. Use the middle lane to turn left onto Farm to Market Rd 1826. Turn left onto Ranch to Market Rd 150. Turn right onto Elder Hill Rd, then left onto Ranch Rd 12 S. In 8.5 miles you’ll arrive in Downtown Wimberley. From Downtown Wimberley, head southeast on Ranch Rd 12 S. and turn slightly left onto Kyle Rd. In half a mile you’ll turn left onto Blue Hole Rd and voila!