Small towns are not supposed to be this hip and happening! There are so many things to see and do in downtown Bastrop, Texas. Besides having one of the most historic and quaint downtowns in the state, Bastrop also boasts a culinary scene sure to please even the most devout foodies. We have a thriving art scene, some of the best live music this side of the Colorado, and the most adorable shops and boutiques full of thoughtfully curated goods.
History buff? The city is named for Philip Hendrik Nering Bögel, aka the infamous Baron de Bastrop, who helped Stephen F. Austin establish the first American colonies in Texas. In fact, Austin wrote the Baron was like a father to him. Stories of the Runaway Scrape and the Battle of the Alamo include Bastrop. Sam Houston knew Bastrop well. With history dating to 1832, Bastrop offers beautiful vintage homes along tree canopied streets in Bastrop’s historic district where there are more than 130 sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Together these homes reflect a wide variety of architectural styles and represent life in Bastrop during the 1800s to the mid-1900s.
Begin your tour at the Museum & Visitor Center of the Bastrop County Historical Society at 904 Main Street. Here you will find information about dining, shopping and recreation in the Bastrop area and view artifacts collected throughout the county.
Or do you prefer the outdoors? In and around Bastrop you can golf, hike, fish, kayak, zip line or ride a horse! You’ll find miles of walking and birding trails both at the lake and adjacent to the river. For the younger ones along for the trip, we have a corn maze, a zoo and a dinosaur park. You’ll find lots of lodging choices too!