As schools let students out for the summer, Georgetown residents can find a variety of activities and destinations to beat the heat and have fun. Whether it’s hiking through a cave or watching a movie under the stars, residents do not have to go far to have a good time.
Sunset Movie Series
The city of Georgetown is hosting an outdoor movie series this summer. All movies are free with the exception of the dive-in movie hosted at the Williams Drive pool. Movies begin at approximately 7:45 p.m. or at sunset. Guests can bring blankets or chairs and a picnic.
May 14 “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”
Fountainwood Observatory near the Rockwell Baseball Field at Southwestern University, 1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown
The observatory will remain open during the movie for attendees.
June 18 “Dolphin Tale”
Williams Drive Pool, 3201 Williams Drive, Georgetown
Cost: free (age 3 and younger), $1 (ages 4-9), $2 (ages 10-17 and 55 and older), $3 (Ages 18-54)
Attendees are asked to bring their own flotation devices smaller than 4 feet.
July 23 “The Good Dinosaur”
San Gabriel Park Gazebo, 445 E. Morrow St., Georgetown
Discovered in 1963 while building I-35, Inner Space Caverns is the largest known cave in Williamson County. The cave is about 5 miles long and opened for tours in 1966. The business hosts tours for all ages each day that depart every 20 or 30 minutes on a first-come, first-served basis as well as birthday parties, and scouting and photo tours. The business also offers the Wild Cave Tour, which gives attendees a chance to go off-trail caving through undeveloped sections of the caves, and the Hidden Passages Tour, which allows guests to tour newly opened sections of the cave on undeveloped trails. Costs for tours vary. Hours vary after Memorial Day.
Underneath I-35 at Exit 259, Georgetown | 512-931-2283
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Located on the south fork of the San Gabriel River and bordered by limestone bluffs, Blue Hole Park features wading areas that can be used as a place to cool off on summer days and for fishing. The park also includes picnic areas and restrooms and is located on the city’s trail system, which connects the park to San Gabriel Park. The entrance to the park is located at West Second and Rock streets.
100 Blue Hole Park, Georgetown | 512-930-3595
Hours: dawn-dusk, year round
The Downtown Georgetown Association hosts monthly shopping events on the Square on the first Friday and second Saturday of each month until November.
During First Fridays, attendees can participate in after-hour shopping as many businesses stay open late. Some businesses also feature live music. The association also hosts the monthly Market Days event on the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Arts and crafts and food vendors set up stands on the Square to sell their wares. The event also features live music throughout the day.
The Square, Georgetown | 512-639-8719
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the dam that created Lake Georgetown in 1979 and manages most of the surrounding parks and trails. Booty’s Road Park, however, is managed by the city of Georgetown. The lake provides a variety of recreational opportunities, including fishing and hunting with the appropriate permits, hiking and biking, camping, boating, swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding. The lake is surrounded by nearly 28 miles of rugged trails and connect to the city’s trail system. Boat ramps are located at Cedar Breaks, Jim Hogg and Russell parks and are open year-round from 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. with 24-hour exits.
The weekly summer concert series begins June 3 with the Georgetown Fire Department’s Pipes and Drums band performing on the Williamson County Courthouse lawn. A different musician or band will perform each Friday on the Square until Aug. 26. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs as well as a picnic or takeout from a local restaurant. A complete list of performers can be found online.
710 S. Main St., Georgetown
800-436-8689 | www.visitgeorgetown.com
Hours: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The playscape is divided into five sections tracking the city’s history from pre-settlement to its earliest settlers to a metal play area representing the new millennium. The structure also features musical instruments and a play structure depicting building facades from the Square. The redesigned play area was reopened by the city in July.
445 E. Morrow St., Georgetown