Settle in for some rewarding family time right here in Bastop, TX! With stunning views along the Colorado River, fantastic state parks, good eats and a variety of places to stay from luxurious to cozy, there really is something for everyone here. With January 26th comes National Plan for Vacation Day and a great reminder to start planning your family getaway now to have something to look forward to in the near future. Here are some ways to bring on the happy for your whole crew in Bastrop when you’re ready.
Where to Play
Hike, bike or bird watch at McKinney Roughs Nature Park. You can meander through a wildflower meadow, check out the famous Loblolly Pines, explore seven miles of trails or just immerse yourself in nature. For the more adventurous, you’ll want to check out Zip Lost Pines, the longest dual canopy zip line in Texas. There are six side-by-side lanes so you can race your family and friends or simply enjoy the spectacular view together.
Gliding down El Camino Real Paddling Trail can be a relaxing way to reconnect with your family. Expect to spend 1.5 – 4 hours on this slow-moving 6-mile trail depending on how often you stop to enjoy the view or a picnic.
Bastrop’s natural beauty makes for some stunning golf courses like those you’ll find at the award-winning Wolfdancer Golf Club, set amongst the rolling hills of the Lost Pines Forest. You may want to play around at the beautiful ColoVista Golf Club or Pine Forest Golf Club as well.
Enjoy a family cookout and outdoor games at Osprey Point Hall on Lake Bastrop that is available for private reservations. The enclosed structure is perfect for gathering with enough space to maintain a safe distance.
Your family can dive into the history of one of the oldest towns in Texas as well at our Bastrop County Museum and Visitors Center. The museum houses several exhibits you won’t want to miss including a special WWII exhibit.
Film Alley Bastrop is another great spot for family fun. Head there for the latest movies, billiards, bowling or to play in the arcade and enjoy some great food.
Where to Stay
The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa has plenty of room for everyone. It’s set against 400 acres of Texas beauty and has several on-site activities including a spa and lazy river, horseback riding, kayaking, nightly s’mores and more.
If glamping is more your style, then consider The Reserve at Greenleaf, a nomadic resort featuring four uniquely crafted yurts. For a charming B&B experience, stay at Pecan Street Inn where you can rent individual rooms or the entire home, which sleeps 15, for your family reunion.
The Cottages at ColoVista will put you right in line with the front nine of a beautiful golf course in comfortable 3-bedroom cabins, while the cabins at 9E Ranch let you immerse yourself right in the Lost Pines Forest with 1 and 2-bedroom options.
Where to Eat
Local-favorite Maxine’s Café & Bakery serves up some of the best breakfast in Bastrop. Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard is also popular with the locals for its pizza, cold brews, live music and great views of the sunset over the Colorado River. The Copper Shot Distillery promises homemade moonshine, but for authentic, old-school Texas BBQ, you’ll want to head over to Southside Market & BBQ or Billy’s Pit BBQ.
Something for Everyone
Quality family time is well spent in Bastrop. It’s a good idea to start planning now to make sure everyone can make it and you can fit in all the things you want to do. Plan your visit today.