Wimberley Things to Do: Popular Streams and Swimming Holes

Wimberley is a small town in the heart of Texas, well known for its outdoor activities. Cypress Creek and the Blanco River offer some outdoor fun in the water, which is much appreciated in this hot region of the country. Swimming and tubing, along with bird watching and sight-seeing top the list of outdoor activities and Wimberley things to do. These outdoor activities and the rustic charm of this small town have made it a popular vacation destination from some of the big cities surrounding Wimberley.

Blue Hole

Blue Hole has historically been one of Texas' top swimming holes, located on 126 acres of forest and fields. Trading on the natural beauty of Cypress Creek, Blue Hole is a great spot for camping, swimming and all of your favorite outdoor activities, making it a sure thing for your Wimberley things to do list. Blue Hole was owned by the John R. Dobie family as far back as 1897, and has been a popular swimming hole since the 1920s. Purchased by the Village of Wimberly in 2003,  Blue Hole is now on its way to becoming an official regional park, guaranteeing that it will be able to be enjoyed by many generations to come. Blue Hole is just east of the downtown square on Blue Hole Lane, right in the heart of Wimberley, so head down from your Wimberley Inn to enjoy this natural treasure. The Blue Hole park and swimming area is usually open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and major holidays. Occasionally the park will be closed due to low water conditions as a public safety measure, during drought conditions.

The San Marcos River

The San Marcos River's crystal clear blue waters offer a welcome respite from the hot Texas weather of Wimberly. Head southeast down Ranch Road 12 to get to the San Marcos Lions Club, where you can rent tubes to ride down the river. At $7 for a single tube (2009) it's a pretty reasonably priced way to spend a day of fun in the sun. If you bring your own tube, you can have it aired up for $1 for a regular tube and $2 for oversized tubes. The water that runs in the San Marcos comes from the Aquarena Spring, keeping it a steady 72 degrees, making it a great place to go during your stay at a Wimberley bed and breakfast.

Cypress Falls Swimming Hole

Home of the signature Eagle Rock, Cypress Falls is also home to a cafe and an 18 hole golf course, and is a must on your Wimberley things to do list. Eagle Rock is a naturally carved limestone rock that's worth a viewing, either from the deck by the cafe or while splashing around in the swimming pool. The swimming hole has been in use by Wimberley locals for generations, but you can incorporate it into your vacation to soak up some of the natural charm of this region.