Things to Do Near Mavericks

Check out our Events Page to see what we have brewing up, or read below for things to do all in and around the Austin area.

Central Texas is home to so many amazing places. We are happy you’ve found us and are planning either a vacation at one of our beautiful dude ranches, or you’re a regular local enjoying learning all about horsemanship from the ground up. Because good horsemanship starts with good horsecars, we can’t emphasize how important it is for horse people to live and work in a community that is accepting of horses and horse culture. We’d like to forever give back to that community, namely by sharing Central Texas and all the places you can go here, with you!

Austin, TX: The Mecca of Fun. The birthplace of Maverick’s. Whether you are here on an adults-only fun fest, traveling with the family, or a solo adventurer, Austin has something just for you. Given a month to travel the Austin area, you won’t have enough time. You also won’t have seen the very best of Teas if you just stick to the Austin area. The reality is, the small towns that dot the perimeter of Austin are some of the most rich in things to do, places to go, foods to try and music to hear.

Native Texans and (especially Austinites) have watched our city explode with international attention and growth. Music, film, food, and sporting events bring the Live Music Capitol of the World plenty of attention, and for good reason; Austin knows how to show you a good time. We at Maverick Horseback Riding like to make sure our guests know their way around. Here are a few don’t-miss spots. 

Austin loves the outdoors- so out of towners should prepare to be outside in the sunshine and HOT! You’ll find that most of us are in shorts and flip flops year round, with an (unsweeted) ice tea nearby.

One of our favorite things to do when we travel is explore. As great adventurers ourselves, we understand the complexity of visiting a new area. The Maverick’s love sharing the Austin and Central Texas community not only with visitors, but also with locals who may not have had an opportunity to plan a day trip to all of the amazing places Austin and surrounding areas have to offer. If you have a week long trip to visit the Austin area, clearly you’ve got to mark us on your calendar. But what about all the other incredible things to do? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a link to our Blog Roll and posts, categorized by geographical location as well as type of activity.

In the past we’ve been an extensive resource for locals and visitors with hundreds of articles on what to do, where to eat and what to see in ATX and Central Texas. Check back in with us as we rebuild this blog roll series.

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State Capitol

A gorgeous monument to Texas History! Enjoy the State Capitol all year round (sometimes you can enjoy it with an invasion of crickets). It won’t take long to pass through the best of Texas’ buildings. While you travel throughout the unique towns around Austin, make time to pop into all the courthouses on the square.

6th Street

Heard of Austin’s Dirty 6? Probably! Maybe best reserved for the adult Austin travelers, we’d be lying if we told you there haven’t been quite a few families with kiddos through 6th street to see what all the commotion is about. Stay late to see the mounted patrol come through to close it down. See? There’s horsey fun everywhere in Austin.

UT Austin

Visit the University of Texas at Austin, a public research university in the heart of ATX. Founded in 1883, this university is a flagship institution of the University of Texas System. Learn more about the great selection of labs on campus.

Texas Rowing Center

1541 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703

Get your row on! Paddle boating, kayaking and rowing for the newbie to the pro. Read a post by ATX Things To Do blogger Joyce Matthews, who provides tips and tricks for the economically savvy Austin traveler.

“Bat Bridge” (Congress Bridge)

A strange local phenomenon has become a popular tourist attraction and has become a symbol of Austin culture. If you gather on the lawn underneath Congress Bridge around dusk, you will see thousands of nesting bats take flight for their evening hunt. Creepy. Also cool.

South Congress Ave

To see it now, you wouldn’t think that South Congress was (until fairly recently) the home of a few greasy spoons, the famous Continental Club, and a dirty movie theatre. Supposed to have been a good spot to find a date if you were feeling lonely. Now, South Congress is lined with unique vintage boutiques, some of Austin’s best restaurants, and the famous Austin “landmark, the I love you so much” mural Jo’s Coffee stall wall. 

Zilker, Barton Springs Area

Zilker Botanical Gardens

A beautiful, interwoven walk of various gardens that’s a convenient stop to pass through even for a half hour or forty five minutes. If you come to Austin during high bloom season, you’ll want to spend some extra time here. Even if there aren’t flowers exploding from every corner of every garden and you stop by in the wintertime, it’s lovely to see the landscaping architecture of the Zilker Botanical Gardens.

The Umlauf Sculpture Garden

605 Azie Morton Road (Formerly Robert E. Lee Rd)


A nice way to spend the day outdoors. Enjoy your 512 fun in the sun with beautiful sculptures, and activities. Umlauf also hosts special events, weddings, corporate meet ups and more.

The Nature and Science Center

Although this Austin Go To is targeted toward children, adults will also love the Nature and Science Center. There’s a mini zoo, a giant sand pit for digging (and for parental relaxation), rotating exhibits and a trading counter where you can learn all about rocks, fossils, shells and more. Trade your own items in for points to buy nature-inspired jewelry or trade up for bigger and better bones, fossils and the like.

Zilker Park

Tucked around Lady Bird Lake in the center of our city, Zilker Park is the home of the famous Austin City Limits music festival many other community gatherings. Zilker Park is also home to the oldest running festival in the country, our yearly Kite Festival. Take a picnic and watch the happy dogs play, or jump into a pick up sand volleyball game. A huge, multi-acre complex with of places to pick up a game of soccer or shimmy off for a romantic picnic, this ATX go-to for locals and visitors alike looking to get out and have some fun in the sun is how to do 512. Check out Zilker Trail of Lights and Blues on the Green. These topics are available for expansion. Contact us for more information.

Barton Springs

A natural fed spring swimming hole, this is an ATX classic. Come cool off in the –err– COOL waters of Barton Springs. Interested in contributing more to this post on the interesting history of Barton Springs? Please Contact Us.

Barking Springs

It’s cool, it’s refreshing, it’s barking fabulous, y’all! Come check out one of the best places to visit in Austin if you cannot leave your fur baby behind. Have pictures you’d like to share of your fur baby splashing around? Let us know!

Lady Bird Lake

This gorgeous summer hot spot has a plethora of activities to enjoy so you can beat the Central Texas heat. If taking a walk around this dog-friendly Austin favorite isn’t enough, try paddle boarding, kayaking or simply strolling along and taking it all in on your day off or on your well-deserved vacation. If you love water and water activities, this is most definitely the place for you. Read more about Lady Bird Lake and it’s historical significance, as well as some info in hike and bike trails. Click Here.


Austin Bouldering Project

979 Springdale Rd #150, Austin, TX 78702

On the east side of 35, The Bouldering Project is appropriate for children and adults eating to get moving and have some fun in Austin. It’s convenient to Mueller, so plan a trip to the Alamo or the Thinkery and a stop into one of Mueller’s great restaurants, such as Colleen’s Kitchen. Check on Farmer’s Day Markets open at Mueller Lake Park to enjoy local vendors with fresh produce, taste goodies and interesting knick knacks and oddities. Read more to find out about Groupon deals and Instagram codes to save you some money on this economical Austin thing to do: The Bouldering Project!

The Cathedral of Junk

4422-4424 Lareina Dr, Austin, TX 78745

This is pretty legit Austin. You can’t comprehend till you go. Go! Bring bug spray and enjoy this Austin-original: A Masterpiece of Junk! Get inspired by some serious “re-using” at this monument to human gratification. All those random things we have to buy? Well…. here’s where they could end up. Would you like to expand this article? Contact us.

Austin Museums

The Thinkery

1830 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723

If you are visiting Austin with Children, consider this “please touch” museum a top thing to do while you are here. Ask about reciprocal museum benefits. Rotating exhibits provide a great venue for locals. Wednesday night is community night. Read: Free museum galavanting!

Bullock State Museum

1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

A dive into history with some fun kid-centered activities this summer, as well as an IMAX theater with rotating documentaries and films. Doing 512? Do the Bullock Museum!

Museum of the Weird

412 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

It’s weird, it’s wacky, it’s totally Austin. You think you’ve seen weird? Check out this Riply’s-esque museums for some real Texas fun.

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LBJ Presidential Library and Museum

2313 Red River St, Austin, TX 78712

It’s presidential, it’s educational, it’s the LBJ Museum. Check it out if you’re a total history buff. Or, maybe… you just want to torture your children. We won’t judge.

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2213 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Does it go quack? Is it an Austin original? Is it an Austin original? If you haven’t been to this Austin To Do, you are missing out!

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Austin Toy Museum

Clearly every adult’s favorite pace to go (hey folks, let’s be real, we know what your real intentions on visiting Austin are), this ATX favorite will delight your children or the child in you. Come, play, have fun. The Austin Toy Museum is here to teach you how to let your inner child GO!

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Sfanthor! House of Wax

1101 S. Congress Ave

A short, self-guided tour that takes about 30 minutes. Located in downtown Austin, this is a great stop-in for families and those entertained by movie monster themes and waxy imaginative fun.

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Flatbed Galleries

3701 Drossett Dr suite 190, Austin, TX 78744

Saturday, August 17th: Family Day at Flatbed. Free!

Founded in 1989 by Katherine Brimberry and Mark L. Smith, the Flatbed Galleries has relocated to 3201 Drossett Drive Suite 190 after renovations in June. The 6000 sq. ft. space hosts two large printmaking studios and a beautiful art gallery. The publishing workshop collaborates with artists to create original etchings, lithographs, woodcuts and monoprints. Feeling your inner night owl? No worries! For 24 hours a day you can check out the Flatbed Commuity Press, which is a private studio where independent printmaker-artists can explore printmaking practices.  The Flatbed Gallery is a private art gallery which specializes in original prints.  You can see pieces from the Flatbed’s collection in the showroom.

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La Pena

4021, 227 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

CAMIBAart Tours

 6448 E Hwy 290 Suite A102, Austin, TX 78723

Neill-Cochran House Museum

2310 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705

A historic home in north central ATX the Neill–Cochran House Museum is a great stop for the architecture lover of your Central Texas Traveling cohort. Built by Abner Cook in 1855, the Neill-Cochran House Museum was designed as a suburban estate. As Austin grew around it and other homes and businesses settled in, the home became a feature of the neighborhood.

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Texas Memorial Museum

2400 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78705

Located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, the Texas Memorial Museum was created during preparations for the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936. With a focus on natural history, visitors will enjoy a variety of exhibitions that highlight paleontology, ichthyology studies, entomology, geological sciences, biology and herpetology.

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Mexic-Arte Museum

419 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Austin’s premier Mexic-Arte Museum is a fine arts museum with a mission to enrich and educate the community through the presentation and promotion of traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino, and Latino art and culture. Check it out!

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Blanton Museum of Art

Enjoy a rotation of modern art and ancient artifacts at this beautiful museum in downtown ATX. A must-see for the museum hopper, Austin’s premier art museum is extensive enough to keep you occupied for the day. Enjoy the eatery and gift shop and hit the exhibitions for some more pursuing.

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AMOA- The Contemporary Austin- the Jones Center

This community art museum houses two locations and an art school. The Contemporary Austin boasts a plethora of contemporary art exhibitions. Enjoy commissions, education, and the collection itself!

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The Henry-Ransom Center

300 W 21st St, Austin, TX 78712

Hosted at the University of Texas at Austin, The Harry Ransom Center is an archive, library and museum. Enjoy the Center’s robust collection of literary and cultural artifacts from the United States, Latin America and Europe. This Liberal Arts and Humanities supporter is a great go-to for the literary lover and the 512 community.

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Mondo Gallery

4115 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751

It’s Austin at its truest form: a small gallery-like store is a great pop-in for that limited-edition T-shirt you’ve been hunting down, posters, and pop culture artifacts and oddities.

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Yard Dog Art Gallery

1510 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

An Austin-esque art gallery featuring contemporary American folk. Enjoy the quirkiness of ATX.

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East Austin

Austin Rodeo

9100 Decker Lake Rd, Austin, TX 78724

You can’t do a Texas vacation without a trip to the rodeo, right? Get your hee-haw on and check out the fair grounds, shopping and rodeo shows. Here’s a Do512 classic.

McKinney Falls

5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744

A gorgeous swim spot, this state park has hiking trails, waterfalls and natural spaces that will bring out the nature lover in any Texas vacationer.

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Callahan’s General Store

501 S Hwy 183, Austin, TX 78741

This is way more than your average general store. Located conveniently near the airport, you should make a trip by the General Store and get a taste of old county charm. There are plenty of animals rotating through, including lambs, piggies, goats and more. Callahan’s has a nice boot selection and choice reading materials for the animal lover.

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Circuit of the America’s

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617

Get your race fix on at America’s Number One F-1 Racetrack. Check out their winter show of lights, complete with a petting zoo, ice skating and vendors. Great events for the 512 local or visitors vacationing in Texas.

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East Metro Park

18706 Blake Manor Rd, Manor, TX 78653

A recreational area with a disc golf course, several fishing piers, a swimming pool to cool off from the ATX summer sun, several sports fields and a playground with playscape for the kiddos.

Richard Moya Park

10001 Burleson Rd, Austin, TX 78719

A shady park with a niftyn bridge, a playground, basketball court and several ball fields. Austin is filled with parks and outdoor venues for families and the visiting nature lover.

Webberville Park (Webberville, TX)

2305 Park Ln, Webberville, TX 78621

A Travis County Park that hosts some horseback riding, bike racing, dog play areas, typical playgrounds and open areas for the children, and a river for cooling off. Webberville is just east of Austin.

White Horse Country Dance Hall

Don your boots and get ready to boogie! You haven’t seen Texas till you’ve hit the dance hall. If you’re going to make anywhere a must see on your Texas vacation, make sure you put Country dancing on the list.

North Austin

Main Event

13301 North, US-183, Austin, TX 78750

Games, games and more games. Dining options and billiards tables for the adults (of course games for the adults too, but maybe you just want to send the kiddos off while you relax a bit). Fun for everyone in the family.


13265 US-183 A, Austin, TX 78750

Ever wonder what it would be like to sky dive, but not interested in making the, er… jumps? This is your place to go in Austin! Get a taste of what skydiving is like with this unique Austin experience.

Austin Park ‘N Pizza

16231 N, I-35, Pflugerville, TX 78660

Mini golf, go carts and rides to entertain you for hours. Located just east of Austin, Pflugerville is rife with parks, eateries and fun things to do.

Mt. Playmore

13609 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78753

This huge indoor playscape is perfect for children ages 4-12. Let them literally climb the walls and enjoy a perfectly situated seating area with a good book or get some work done on your computer. This article is currently undergoing expansion. Check back in for more info as well as the opportunity to earn some free play time at our next upcoming event.

Hamilton Pool

A little out of the way but well worth it, Hamilton Pool is one of the most unique natural features of the Central Texas Area. Many years ago, the ceiling of an enormous cavern (common to Central Texas geological features) caved in to reveal an underground pool, leaving half the cavern ceiling and a waterfall dropping 50 feet into the pool below. You don’t want to pass up this epic swimming hole. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE RESERVATIONS. Also, don’t be 100% committed to swimming. Sometimes the swimming hole is closed due to bacteria levels and you’re left to enjoy the view and the hiking.

Dog Friendly Restaurants and Bars

Austin is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country, and this has seeped into the surrounding cities and towns. Wherever you go in Central Texas, expect that taking Fido with you will enhance the experience. This is great news for travelers who can’t bare to leave their furry loved ones at home. It’s also great news for the pups, as getting left behind when your family goes away for vacation or even day trips is no fun at all. Unfortunately there is a cost to this. Some waterways are becoming so polluted by fecal bacteria that they are no longer recommended to swim in. Please click the link below to find some great paces your pup can tag along in Austin and surrounding areas. Please, wherever you go in ATX on vacation or your Central Texas day trip, clean up after your dog!

Dog Friendly Travel in Austin

West Austin

Barton Creek Nature Preserve

Mavericks is committed, first and foremost to ecological restoration. We love to support educational programs and incentives that are inline with that main goal. The Barton Creek Habitat Preserve is a beautiful Austin-area park that you can get involved with on a variety of levels. As the impacts of climate change lead to more extreme weather and natural disasters, chronic droughts & economic instability, Barton Creek Habitat Preserve makes it a mission to focus their efforts on creating innovative, science-based solutions to match the urgency of the crisis. The preserve seeks to get involved not just in the Austin area, but also around the world, including restoration of forests from Brazil to Indonesia and working to ensure a clean energy future. Barton Creek Habitat Preserve urges supporters to come together to support programs to halt the catastrophic impacts of climate change.


The Candy Store, downtown Round Rock

Who doesn’t love an old school candy store? Check it out!

Brushy Creek

This gurgling creek has some excellent swim spots. Click to find out more!


Visit the Square

Stores and restaurants on the square are fun for a day of shopping and snacking.

Blue Hole Park

Located just 45 minutes from Austin, this is a favorite place to cool off. Enjoy a dip and then make your way into the riverside restaurant for some nibbles.


Wild West Country Dance Hall

Get your country dance on or enjoy one of the shows at Wild West.


Top Things to do in San Marcos

San Marcos is a great stop for the day. Make time to float the river, grab some delicious food on the square, and hit the Tanager Outlets for some shopping.

San Marcos River Floats

Numerous river floating tour options are available for the San Marcos tourist, and locals can enjoy bringing their own floats to several of the river float locations. You can do a full float in about two hours, leaving you plenty of time to see and do other things in San Marcos.

Wonder World

A slew of activities perfect for children ages 3-12, enjoy some small caverns, rides and more.

Blue Dahlia Cafe

107 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos, Texas 78666

Superior food and service, the ambiance at Blue Dahlia, with its rotating artwork and deliciously quaint outdoor patio will leave you wanting to come back for more.

From the Blue Dahlia: “We use organic and local products whenever available and strive to be conscious of the effect we have on our bodies, our community, and the planet. We use biodegradable products and compost the majority of our waste.”


Austin Dinosaur Park

893 Union Chapel Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612

Roar! Your children (and the dinosaur-appreciative adult in all of us) will adore this awe-inspiring Austin favorite. Life-sized dinosaur replicas presented on a winding path through woods bring your imagination to life. Selfies with a stegosaurus, anyone?

Zip Lines Lost Pines

1760 State Highway 71 W, Cedar Creek, TX 78612

This epic zip line tour will have you breathless as you cruise your way through treetops, enjoying the views from your lofty line.

McKinney Roughs

1884 TX-71, Cedar Creek, TX 78612

A beautiful park with great hike and bike trails, as well as horseback riding.

Lake Bastrop

A reservoir located at Spicer Creek in the Colorado River basin just 3 miles northeast of Bastrop in central Bastrop County, Texas, the Lake Bastrop reservoir was formed in 1964. The Lower Colorado River Authority oversees its maintenence.

Next Level Ride (Garfield, TX between Austin and Bastrop)

5400 E Hwy 71, Del Valle, TX 78617

Giddings, TX

Union Station Transportation Museum

Bastrop River Company

Texas Wendish Heritage MuseumB


No Central Texas vacation is complete without a trip to the quiet and meandering streets of Wimberley. with several natural swimming places and a host of quaint eateries, boutiques and wine bars, Wimberley is a beautiful and peaceful step back into the past.

Jacob’s Well

1699 Mt. Sharp Road, Wimberley, TX 78676

This world renowned swimming hole is a great place to spend a few hours.

Blue Hole Regional Park

100 Blue Hole Ln, Wimberley, TX 78676

Bella Vista Ranch

3101 Mt Sharp Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676

EmilyAnn Theater and Gardens

1101 Ranch Rd 2325, Wimberley, TX 78676

Jack Glover’s Cowboy Museum

333 Wayside Drive, Wimberley TX

This is a wonderful side trip to take your kiddos for some good ol’ fashion Texas fun! Enjoy gaming it out with some vintage video games or nibble on some treats at the ice cream parlor. Cruise through this nifty little central Texas museum for a welcome glimpse into the way things were done back in the day. The Pioneer Town is an assemblage of historic designed buildings. One is the bottle house which is exactly that– a historic era building made with mortar and bottles. Conveniently located near the Blanco river, you can make a nice day of it and cool off when you’re done.

Corral Theater

100 Flite Acres Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676

From their website:

“In the late 1940s, twin brothers Roy and Ray Avey built The Corral Theatre in downtown Wimberley. A stockade built of cedar saplings, it was located where The Lumberyard now stands, and served not only as a theatre, but as a meeting place for the community. Along with their wives, Bee and Ruth, the brothers ran a San Marcos shop during the day, and The Corral at night.

“To have more time, the brothers sold the theater to Carol “Mama” Knolk, who ran Rocky River Ranch, a summer camp for girls. Knolk, who has since died, moved the theatre to its current location on the ranch in 1966. The cedar saplings were replaced with sawn cedar fencing; but the same 1926 carbon arc projectors continued to roll film in the original projection booth to the same enthusiastic crowds.

“The same year, Mary Anderson moved to Wimberley to become a director at Rocky River Ranch. She quickly fell in love with both the camp and the community. In 1971 she purchased both the camp and The Corral. A few changes have been made since; but the same gentle breeze off the Blanco River and the legendary starry Wimberley sky makes time travelers of those who spend a night at the Corral.”

Devil’s Backbone Scenic Drive

Ranch to Market 32, Canyon Lake, TX 78133

Wimberly Lions Market Days

601 FM2325, Wimberley, TX 78676

Old Baldy

Bootiful Wimberly

14100 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, TX 78676

Cypress Falls Swimming Hole

50 Marina Cir, Wimberley, TX 78676

Wildflower Art Gallery

13801 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, TX 78676

Wandering Oaks Fine Art Gallery

13909 Ranch Road 12

Pitzer’s Fine Arts

13909 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, TX 78676

Art on 12

12, 13811 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, TX 78676

Red Corral Ranch

4100, 505 Red Corral Ranch Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676


A convenient day trip from San Marcos, to Wimberly, to Dripping and back again to Austin.



Plan a day or overnight trip from Austin to San Marcos, Blanco to Dripping Springs and back to Austin again. Float the river in San Marcos, Enjoy the Blanco River, and do some shopping in Dripping. Check back in with us on a host of great places to check out on your trip through Blanco.


Made for Walkin’ Boot Store

Caldwell County Jail Museum

Visit the Courthouse

Chisolm Trail Round Up

Lockhart Arts and Crafts

BBQ, BBQ and more BBQ

For sure, one of our most Frequently Asked Questions is “who has the best BBQ?” The answer is:

Porky’s, but you can only get it at special events or competitions in Central Texas. We do have Porky’s cater for large groups and sometimes we are able to coordinate for small mixed groups as well. Don’t hesitate to ask. We love Porky’s because the quality is outstanding, we know the chef is uber cleanly, and Porky’s strives to use non-GMO, local and organically grown ingredients whenever possible. That’s something to write home about! If you can’t arrange to BYOBBQ from Porky’s, then you still have plenty of options.

Blacks holds fast to their claim last he “oldest single-family owned BBQ joint,” which is pretty adorable but definitely not what makes them good. The wall decor is entertaining, the tourism factor means you get to tick another notch in your tourist belt, and the beef rib isn’t found anywhere else. Their chopped beef is amazing, but don’t get it on days when they have a “Buy 6 sandwiches deal,” because you’ll be lucky to get a whole 3 ounces of beef on those days. Stick with paying full price for a real sandwich. They really are outstanding.

Smitty’s has the best sausage with a really unique set up. Enjoy small-town charm from the moment you walk in and see the open fire pit. Who knows how much longer that will be legal for. It’s one drunken trip away from sending someone into the ashes, and there’s some wow-factor in that so consider a trip to Smitty’s a worthy investment of your time. No forks aloud! That’s right. If you want a fork, you’ll have to… well, you actually can’t bring a fork you’ll just have to deal with it. Consider it part of the charm. (Hear that, kids? Here’s your excuse to eat with your hands! Wait a minutes… with BBQ, you can always eat with your hands.)

Kreuz is known for it’s beef shoulder, which is similar to brisket. Their location is ultra convenient, located just around the corner from Maverick’s, across from the city park.

Chisolm Trail has the most sides, a good variety and –wait for it– a drive through. Score. Enjoy some BBQ where, they claim, “the locals eat.” Chisolm Trail has the most economical efficiency, so it’s a great stop if you’ve got a big, hungry family and picky eaters.

The best thing is of course our BBQ ride, but that takes some set up to execute it correctly. Interested in a BBQ tour on horseback? Call us to find out more!


Our Lockhart location is one hour from San Antonio, although we encourage you to reach out to us if you want to arrange a private ride at Canyon Lake. There is so much to do in San Antonio.

San Jose Mission

A HUGE outdoor enclosure with incredible architecture, don’t overlook the San Jose Mission on your trip to San Antonio. The magnitude of the construction is inspiring.

The Alamo

Don’t forget the Alamo! It won’t take long to pass through, and it’s work it to soak up a bit of history and the very beautiful outdoor areas, often with interesting storytellers dressed up in period clothes. Anyone want to learn about 17th century medical practices? Anyone? Anyone? Convenient to the River Walk, you can’t say you’ve been to San Antonio without venturing to this Texas landmark.

Japanese Tea Garden

This free, once rock quarry turned landscaped masterpiece is a beautiful place to enjoy a quiet moment.

River Walk

Shops, restaurants and boat tours at this San Antonio classic. You’ve got to make time to check it out.


ZDT’s Amusement Park

Sebastopol House State Historic Site

Seguin Brewing Company

Los Nogales Museum

Texas Agriculture Heritage and Education Center

Seguin Downtown Historic District

Blue Lotus Winery

The Heritage Museum

The Silver Center

Palace Theater

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