Nestled along the banks of a sleepy stretch of the Colorado River sits Bastrop, “the most historic small town in Texas.” Perched beneath the shade of the Lost Pines, Bastrop moves to the rhythm of the river’s gurgle, slow but determined. Home to a bustling arts scene and a pioneering attitude, Bastrop promises an unforgettable escape amid breathtaking nature. Quaint restaurants open their doors to offer home-cooked fare, imaginative art galleries display the creations of brilliant local artists, and charming boutiques and shops line Historic Bastrop’s lovely streets. Everywhere visitors go in Bastrop they are met with that world-famous Texas hospitality.
Established in 1832, Bastrop is home to a long and fascinating history. Originally just a courthouse, hotel, stockade, and general store, Bastrop became a farming and timber powerhouse in the mid-nineteenth century, allowing it to become the charming town it is today. Much of its history is evident when walking through the town and admiring the hundreds of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Named a “Texas Main Street” city by the Texas Historical Commission, Bastrop is home to a wonderful community proud of its history and enthusiastic for its future.
Bastrop’s convenient size and ideal location just off the highway make it easy to get around. There is public transit—just look for CARTS bus services—taxis, and other options. Looking for some help navigating Bastrop? Make sure to check out the Downtown Walking Tour map or the Historic Maps of Bastrop!
Warm in the summers and mild in the winters, more often than not, Bastrop is a reliably comfortable place to unwind. With below-average rainfall and lots of sun, Bastrop maintains a fairly even climate year-round. On a warm day you can cool off with a dip in the Colorado or in the shades of the Lost Pines, and on cooler days, tuck into any number of shops, bakeries, or cafes for a cozy bite and warm beverage.
Before you start exploring Bastrop, stop into the Bastrop County Museum and Visitor Center for some helpful resources and information. You’ll receive a warm Texas welcome from Bastrop’s friendliest and get your questions answered about what to see. While you’re there, you can discover the engaging exhibits detailing Bastrop’s exciting history in the Bastrop County Museum. The Visitor Center is conveniently located in Bastrop’s historic downtown, and is open daily.