Even today the lovely Texas town of Bastrop retains its historic charm: charming brick storefronts line the streets, artisans and artists display their handcrafted wares, and local chefs crisp chicken-fried-steak and catfish to perfection. Visit Downtown Bastrop for a taste of down home Texas—past and present.
Perfectly positioned along the banks of the Colorado River, cozy downtown Bastrop offers something for everyone. You can window-shop in any number of Bastrop's boutiques and shops before pausing for some much-needed comfort food. Marvel at stunning art in one of the city’s many art galleries before admiring the city’s 19th century architecture. Whatever your fancy, you’ll be met with Bastrop’s famous Texas hospitality wherever you go.
Make your first stop in downtown Bastrop the Bastrop County Museum and Visitor Center. Located in an old fire and police station from the 1930s, the museum offers opportunities to learn about one of the most historic towns in Texas. Here you can observe all kinds of artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of Bastrop’s beginnings, from its first days as a German colony on the Colorado River to when Stephen F. Austin brought a “Little Colony” of 100 German families to settle the area in the early 19th century.
Just down the street, get lost in a charming collection of Persian rugs and stunning home décor at the eclectic Lost Pines Art Bazaar before cozying up to a plate of Texas cookin’ at Maxine’s Cafe & Bakery. Around the corner you’ll find Colorado River Winery, Bastrop’s very first winery. They offer a rotating collection of small batch wines in their historic, Tuscan-style tasting room. Enjoy some fried chicken and live music at Gracie’s, or enjoy a craft beer under the stars and listen to local music at Neighbor’s Kitchen and Yard.
No trip to downtown Bastrop is complete without a visit to the Colorado River, the very lifeblood of the town itself. Carve out some time at Fisherman’s Park and enjoy the serene beauty of the Colorado. Relax riverside, rent a canoe or kayak, or visit the kiddie splash pad and playground and enjoy this special natural space. After exploring the park, plan to revel in the views from the Colorado River Bridge, commonly referred to as the Old Iron Bridge. And, yes, The International Society of Bridge Spitters is a real thing in Bastrop, so plan to partake in the local tradition of spitting from the bridge to the river below.
No matter what you’re in the mood for, downtown Bastrop has everything to offer. From engaging history, charming shops, and sophisticated restaurants, downtown Bastrop is a remarkable retreat from the everyday.