Explore Branson: It’s Not Your Grandmother’s Branson

Thank you Branson Convention & Visitor’s Bureau for partnering with me and giving us an opportunity to explore Branson. It’s definitely not your Grandmother’s Branson! #ExploreBranson

I’m not going to lie to you, any time I’ve ever heard people talking about going to Branson, Missouri, I would picture a bunch of senior citizens walking around, going to a bunch of broadway-esque shows. Not exactly my cup of tea. In fact, my in laws went to Branson around Spring Break and I gave my mother-in-law the HARDEST time ever about going to Branson based on my thoughts of what it would be like. My in laws told me they went to a ton of shows and I thought to myself, “How boring!” but let me tell you right now- I was wrong. I was very, very wrong. I had the opportunity to explore Branson this Summer, and I’ll tell you right now, it’s not your grandmother’s Branson.

Are you looking to explore Branson? Check out this blogger's experience in how her opinion from thinking Branson would be boring, to one adventurous vacation! See how she discovered that it's not your grandmother's Branson! #ExploreBranson #hosted

When speaking with the Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau about my upcoming trip (which, I HIGHLY recommend doing before you visit), I made it very clear that I didn’t want to be going to shows the whole time I was there. Clearly, I had no idea what Branson had to offer. After tailoring an itinerary specifically for me, my mom, and my sister, we found ourselves itching to leave for our trip because everything sounded SO fun. We had plans for the Titanic Museum, Dixie Stampede, ziplining at Branson Zipline, and way more. Visiting the Titanic Museum is a perfect museum to visit in Branson for the Titanic fan! #ExploreBranson

We had a packed afternoon once we arrived and started out our trip visiting the Titanic Museum. Talk about fun! I was in middle school when the Titanic movie came out and was obsessed with learning about the tragedy. The museum building had a huge Titanic ship as the outside of the building, and the inside was just as cool. Staff were dressed in themed costumes, and we were given little speakers for a self-guided tour. We were also given a name of a person with a little bit of their background and we had to go through the tour to find out if that person lived or not.

Visiting the Titanic Museum is a perfect museum to visit in Branson for the Titanic fan! #ExploreBranson

The Titanic Museum is extremely interactive, with over 400 pieces of actual artifacts from the ship to look at. There are also fun things to do in order to truly get a glimpse of what it was like on the ship, such as walking the Grand Stair case, walking on flooring that was sloped to show just how difficult it would have been for passengers to hold on while the ship was sinking, and a basin that had water as cold as the water that the passengers had to attempt to survive in. As you can see with my reaction, it was freezing and I couldn’t even keep my arm in for 15 seconds. The Titanic Museum was so much fun and we could’ve stayed for HOURS more than we did. If you visit, give yourself at least 3 hours to go through it so you’re not rushing. The collection at the Titanic Museum is valued over four and a half million dollars, and you truly won’t want to pass that up.

Headed to Branson? You won't want to skip out on Dixie Stampede! It's fun for the whole family! #explorebranson

The next day we started off our day with lunch and a show at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. I know I said I’m not one for shows, but this one was one I’m glad we went to. Dixie Stampede is a blast of a show with thirty-two horses and a cast of top-notch riders. There are daring feats of trick riding and competition, pitting North against South in a friendly and fun rivalry, lots of dancing, great music, incredibly acrobatics, and gorgeous costumes. If you are wanting to get one show in when you explore Branson, go to this one. It’s got so much going on and it’s completely worth every penny!

Headed to Branson? You won't want to skip out on Dixie Stampede! It's fun for the whole family! #explorebranson

The Dixie Stampede show includes a yummy 4-course meal. Definitely do NOT eat before you go to the show (we may have made that mistake and eaten breakfast) and be prepared to eat your meal with your hands! There are no utensils! All of the food was amazing and super hot, which I was very surprised about considering the show has so many people that attend. I can’t even imagine the planning that takes! Also, make sure you arrive about an hour early so you can get your pictures taken for a fun souvenir, look around the gift shop, and enjoy some drinks while you watch the pre-show.

Got some time open in your itinerary in Branson? Check out the Branson Ferris Wheel for insane views of the strip! #explorebranson

After going to Dixie Stampede, we visited the Branson Ferris Wheel along the strip. The Branson Ferris Wheel was formerly Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, and is 150 feet tall! Its 40 gondolas hold 240 riders, and it lights up the night with 16,000 LED lights. You can find it at The Track with lots of other fun things to do like go-karts, bumper boats, mini golf, batting cages, and even a skycoaster.

Got some time open in your itinerary in Branson? Check out the Branson Ferris Wheel for insane views of the strip! #explorebranson

It is definitely a sight to see and was a fun ride. I must admit, it was pretty quick (7.5 minutes to be exact!), as we only went around one time, so it’s more of a ferris wheel for the awesome views and not like a carnival ride. We went during the day, but it would be a great ride to go on with your honey at night with the lights of the ferris wheel and the strip lighting up the night sky. The lights are synchronized to music, and it’s so cool to see! You can fit 4-6 people in one gondola, so if you’ve got a group with you, this is a fun one to do before you hit up a show.

It's a car! It's a boat! It's a duck? Check out Ride the Ducks along the strip in Branson for a one-of-a-kind tour that takes you from land to lake! #explorebranson

We had a little bit of time to spare in between part of our itinerary so we decided to splurge and go on Ride the Ducks. We’d seen so many of the duck boats driving around the strip, that we HAD to find out what was the big deal. We were in for an amazing time! The duck is built to resemble the WWII DUKW land water vehicles but have been restored to climb the Ozarks. Our tour was about an hour long, and we went from driving around town in our duck, to splashing into Table Rock Lake. It was one of the coolest things I’d ever experienced, and we had a blast listening to our tour guide give all kinds of fun facts about Branson and various military vehicles. I snapped the photo above when our duck drove into Table Rock Lake and we switched to boat mode. Make sure you get a window seat on this ride so you can stick your hands in the water as you cruise along the lake!

If you need one show to check out in Branson, don't miss The Haygoods. With amazing songs you know and love, original songs, and lots of laughs, this is one show you don't want to miss! #explorebranson

To end our second day, we went to one last show. I will admit, I was very hesitant to go to this show. A family that sings and dances? Not my thing. I thought it was going to be cheesy and for kids, but I was wrong yet again. The Haygoods put on one AMAZING show and I honestly would go back to see them again. The Haygoods are Branson’s most popular show, and we definitely could see why! This family knows how to put on a show and have been since 1993 when they started performing at Silver Dollar City. Now their 24th season of doing concerts is on the Branson strip at the Clay Cooper Theatre!

If you need one show to check out in Branson, don't miss The Haygoods. With amazing songs you know and love, original songs, and lots of laughs, this is one show you don't want to miss! #explorebranson

The Haygoods bring the house down night after night with incredibly tight harmonies, innovative, energetic choreography and amazing performances on over 20 different instruments! They have a couple of skits throughout the show and I’ll tell you, you won’t want to miss the hilarious Haygood with the red boots.The Haygoods are the ONLY show in Branson that comes out with an ALL NEW show every season, so every year you visit Branson, you’ll see a whole different show. The concert was so fun and entertaining, and it was a great way to end the night. I’m not a night owl anymore, so I was glad the concert wasn’t one that started and ended late. We were out by 10 pm and, after a long day exploring Branson, we were thankful!

Looking for something adventurous to do while visiting Branson? Don't skip out on ziplining at Branson Zipline! #explorebranson

Our most FAVORITE thing to do in Branson was ziplining at Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours. We had a blast the entire time in Branson, but the ziplining couldn’t be beat. None of us had ziplined before, so we weren’t exactly sure what to expect. We took the Ozarks Xplorer Canopy Tour and honestly didn’t know what we got ourselves into. After being strapped into our gear and jostled around in a Jeep to get to our destination at the top, my mom asked the guides, “So is this the beginners tour?” The guides may have laughed. It scared us a little, but in the end we had the most fun ziplining.

Looking for something adventurous to do while visiting Branson? Don't skip out on ziplining at Branson Zipline! #explorebranson

The Ozarks Xplorer Canopy Tour gives the opportunity to trek across 10 swinging suspension bridges, cross walkways covered in the canopy, free fall 40 feet, and soar along 7 zip lines for a one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure in the heart of the Ozarks! The Ozarks are simply stunning and it was a blast to zip through them and see all of the beautiful landscaping. The tour lasted about 2.5 to 3 hours and we were very thankful we went in the morning. Our tour started at 9:30 and it was perfect to avoid the heat. We had 2 guides that were very knowledgeable and were always thinking about safety as well as two other hilarious ladies in our tour from Kansas that kept us laughing. I think my mom and sister would agree, we would totally do this again! If you ever do this tour, make sure you keep your hair in a ponytail or braid, wear comfortable clothing like workout gear (don’t wear shorts- they’ll ride up!), and wear closed toed shoes because you will be doing a little trekking.

Want to explore the Ozarks without hiking? You've GOT to go to the Top of the Rock in Branson! #explorebranson

Another favorite of our trip was visiting The Top of the Rock for the Top of the Rock Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail. We were given an electric golf cart for a spectacular 2.5 mile journey through the breathtaking Ozarks. The tour is self guided and takes you through covered Amish bridges, dramatic natural rock formations, waterfalls and one awesome cave. The tour we went on was about an hour long, and was HILARIOUS because a rainstorm came in about 10 minutes after we started our tour. Thankfully the golf carts have a top that is retractable, so we were able to pull it up to shield ourselves somewhat from the rain. We ended up laughing a lot because with the wind and trying to drive through the tour, we got SOAKED! My shoes had a couple of inches of water in them and our clothes were drenched. Still, it was incredibly fun and we enjoyed the amazing views.

Want to explore the Ozarks without hiking? You've GOT to go to the Top of the Rock in Branson! #explorebranson

What’s amazing about the Top of the Rock Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail tour is that you control how fast the tour is. On a sunny day (heck we did it even on a rainy day!) you can park on the side of the trail, get out, and take pictures of the incredible views the trail has to offer. You’ll see lots of other people stopping for pictures as well, so if you don’t take a selfie stick, that’s ok because someone will happily take your picture for you. Even though it rained on our tour, I think it made the trail all that more beautiful. There were so many gorgeous waterfalls and insane rock formations. One also cool thing about the trail? Top of the Rock Lost Canyon Cave. The cave has a bar inside of it where you can stop alongside, order a drink, and keep on driving! Whenever we explore Branson again, we’ll definitely be headed back to the Top of the Rock.

Need a family friendly activity while you're in Branson? Don't miss Parakeet Pete's for their Waterfront Zipline and Steampunk Hot Air Balloon! #explorebranson

Last on our agenda was hitting up Parakeet Pete’s for ziplining across the river on the Waterfront Zipline and going up in their awesome Steampunk hot air balloon at Branson Landing. The Waterfront Zipline wasn’t like the ziplining we did earlier in the day, it was a unique zipline with 2 chairs. We were strapped in with a seatbelt, zoomed up towards the top (with a gorgeous nighttime view of the river), and then flew down the zipline! It was a quick but really fun ride! I really love that we did it at night, because all of the pretty lights from Branson Landing shone on the river. Parakeet Pete’s Steampunk Balloon was a ton of fun too. It’s the only balloon of its kind in North America and the tallest in the world! We went nearly 200 feet in the air and learned a bit about Branson, too! These were both really family friendly and a great way to end the night (and our Branson trip!)

Want to explore the Ozarks without hiking? You've GOT to go to the Top of the Rock in Branson! #explorebranson

Overall, we’d give our time to explore Branson an A+. Branson was SO much more fun than any of us originally thought it would be, and I’ll be the first to admit, it’s not your grandmother’s Branson. With awesome outdoor activities, incredible shows, and SO many options to have a blast, there’s seriously something for EVERYONE in Branson. I never expected to like Branson as much as I do now! If you plan on taking time to explore Branson you won’t regret it!

Tell us, which sounds like something you’d like to do when you explore Branson with your family?

The Best Things to Do in Waco, Texas

I partnered with Ozarka Brand Natural Spring water to discuss my favorite things about the best things to do in Waco, Texas, and show off some tasty local Texas flavors. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #FromHereForHere

For the past 7 years, Waco, Texas has been my home. I uprooted from Corpus Christi, Texas while I was in college to move closer to Mathew, and I’ve called Waco “home” ever since. In the past 7 years, a lot has changed about Waco, Texas. It used to be a town without nightlife, hardly any decent restaurants, and not much to do on the weekends. But in these past 7 years, Waco has grown. Grown into a town that I’m proud to say I live in. There is so much to see and do in Waco now, that we strive to get out on the weekends to do as much as we can before the week hits. I’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in Waco, Texas and I hope you’ll come to visit sometime. It’s truly amazing to see how quickly Waco is becoming a second Austin!

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Fun Attractions:

There’s honestly so much to do in Waco, Texas now. I chose our top 3 favorites because we could practically live at these places. They’re so fun, perfectly and uniquely Waco, and great for all types of families. If you’re looking for some of the best things to in Waco, these are them!

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Magnolia Market: This charming market center is owned by Chip & Joanna Gaines of the HGTV show, Fixer Upper, and is definitely a tourist hot spot. I won’t lie though, I love being a local because I can go any time I want! There’s shopping for adorable farmhouse inspired housewares and decor, delicious food trucks that serve everything from crepes to Korean bbq, a gorgeous garden with a supply shop, and a huge area for families to come and play outdoors. Not only that, but they just opened up their newest addition, Magnolia Flour! Visit Magnolia Market (and perhaps catch a glimpse of Chip and Joanna) at 601 Webster Ave.

BSR Cable Park: BSR Cable Park is a state of the art water sports facility where riders and skiers are pulled around a 12 acre lake with a cable! Not only that, it’s home to the world’s longest lazy river, and 3 massive water slides. It’s such a blast and perfect for those that love the outdoors. Make sure you pack accordingly (you’ll want to take plenty Ozarka Brand Natural Spring Water) and sign the waivers ahead of time to ensure a extra fun day! You can find BSR Cable Park at 5347 Mexia Road.

Downtown Farmers Market: The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is one place our family loves to go to as much as possible. It’s open on Saturdays from 9-1 and has lots of different tents with delicious food, beautiful plants, homemade soaps, and more. Sometimes you’ll even be lucky enough to have some live entertainment! Pets are welcome and it’s totally kid friendly too- there’s lots of area to run around. Make sure you grab yourself some tasty coffee and a hot artesian pizza while you’re there! It’s located at 401 University Parks Drive.

Places to Shop:

Shopping in Waco has gotten so much better in the past few years. I think everyone is trying to compete with the amazingness that is Magnolia Market, and I’m thankful for that! There are so many more options for families to choose from. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Coming to Waco for the weekend? Check out this blogger's suggestions for the Best Things to do in Waco, Texas! With shopping, restaurant, and attraction suggestions, there's something for everyone in the family! #FromHereForHereThe Findery: Located catty corner to Magnolia Market, The Findery is a unique place to shop! Also with a farmhouse touch, this shop has home decor, boutique-type clothing for women and babies, and more. It’s a tall and skinny building, so be prepared to feel a little like a sardine on a weekend when everyone is downtown, but this place is so fun, you’ll want to come back again. There’s so much to see! If you have a knack for decorating your home or just want some gorgeous clothing items, you’ll want to check out this place. You can find The Findery at 501 S. 8th St.

Hey Sugar: Fan of sweets? You won’t want to skip Hey Sugar Candy Shop. With a retro theme and so many types of candy, you’ll be transported back to the old days when you were a kid. Hey Sugar has bright and colorful candies with  hundreds of varieties purchased from suppliers, but the shop’s real treasures? Their in-house made chocolates! Pick up some candy and stay cool in that a/c at 808 Austin Ave.

Spice Village: Looking for something unique to wear? Want to grab a gift for a friend? Spice Village is where it’s at. It’s one huge building with lots of boutiques inside, making it a storefront that’s worth spending a lot of time at. There’s something for everyone at Spice, and it seems like anytime I have a friend come into town, we’ve got to go shopping, and always end up there! Plus, there’s a huge map so you can mark where you’re from and see just how many people love Waco as much as you do! Get your shopping on at 213 Mary Ave.

Eats and Sweets:

Mathew and I definitely consider ourselves foodies, and we live in such a wonderful city that has tons of local restaurant options! I love trying out all the local hotspots and honestly, I’d rather eat there than the chain restaurants because the local places are where it’s at!

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Viteks: Listen, barbecue and Texas go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s a staple and it’s just a fact that if you live in Texas, you must eat barbecue as often as possible. Hey- I don’t make the rules here, people, I just follow them. Viteks is a great, local joint with delicious brisket, and is home to the Gut Pak. Get it if you dare, because you won’t want another meal for a week after eating it! It’s a lot of food! There’s even a covered outdoor patio, so feel free to take your meal outside and enjoy the weather. Get your fix at 1600 Speight Ave.

Katie’s Frozen Custard: If you’ve been around this blog at all before, you’d know our love for Katie’s. Their frozen custard can’t be beat, and is the smoothest we’ve ever had. There are so many combinations of things to order like shakes, Vortex’s, Strawberry Shortcake (with real cake!), and our favorite- the pie cyclones. Depending on the season will determine which pie cyclones are available. We suggest coming in the Fall and getting their Pumpkin Harvest Cyclone. Trust us, it’s pretty much the best thing ever because it’s a real slice of pie blended with vanilla custard. Grab your sweet treat at 602 S. Valley Mills Dr.

Health Camp: In the mood for an old fashioned burger and fries? Make sure you stop at Health Camp. It’s been around since 1948 and there’s a reason it’s still open. The burgers are extra hot and juicy, and the chili cheese hot dogs are downright delicious. I’ll warn you, it’s a tiny place, but it’s definitely worth squeezing into! Get “healthy” at 2601 Circle Rd.

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So there you have it- all the best things to do in Waco, Texas that you could want for a fabulous weekend out of town. I’m so proud of Waco and the town it’s become. It’s changed so much from a place that had nothing to do, to a fun, vibrant city. Ozarka knows my strong connection with Waco pride, and their #FromHereForHere campaign has been so fun to help showcase everything that different Texas bloggers love about our home state. When we’re out and about doing all the best things to do in Waco, Texas, you better believe we keep Ozarka Brand Natural Spring Water on hand to beat the heat! Sometimes we want to leave the Waco attractions to the tourists and just have a weekend at home, we pull out the lawn chairs, turn on the BBQ pit, and have a picnic on our covered porch with Addie. I want to share some of our favorite local Texas products for when we stay in and let the tourists do their thing!

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When we make fajitas, Yellowbird Serrano sauce by Yellowbird Sauce is my favorite for heating things up. For our family, the spicier, the better, and this sauce is perfectly spicy without overdoing it. It’s made in Austin, Texas which makes me burst with Texas pride when we eat it.

The Jelly Queens is an award-winning Dallas and Austin-based artisan food company and they have the most amazing gourmet jams, jellies, spices, and sauces.  Each product is handmade in small batches and they use locally grown, Texas, organic ingredients whenever possible! Their Black Garlic Rosemary BBQ sauce is absolutely delicious (think Worcestershire sauce but in a thick and rich BBQ sauce) to put on ribs or brisket, and so is their Juicy Steak rub.

Cookwell & Company is another favorite of ours because, let’s face it, you can’t have a Texas picnic without some queso. They make a Queso con Salsa Escabeche that is build around a flavorful blend of cheddar and blue cheeses combined with fire-roasted tomatoes, onions, diced jalapenos, and fresh-squeezed lime juice to create the best and most authentic queso you can buy. Made in Austin, Texas, you can’t get jarred queso better than theirs.

Many times when BBQing, we love grilling up sausage (I especially love the kind with cheese in it!) and we love the Taste Elevated Sweet & Spicy Mustard Seeds to dip them into. These little flavor-packed pearls are absolutely addicting! Try it on your sausage, trust us! They’re a little sweet, and a little heat, and are a great way to change up a traditional BBQ.

We are obsessed with Snow’s BBQ Sauce from Snow’s BBQ. Texas Monthly magazine named Snow’s BBQ as the best in Texas, and we can see why. With complex Texas flavor, Snow’s Original BBQ Sauce is excellent on any cut of beef, chicken, or pork (heck, I just douse my ribs and chicken with it!) It’s just as good as a dipping sauce as it is a marinade or brush-on sauce during the last minutes of BBQing.

Lastly, a Texas BBQ picnic at home just isn’t complete without Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water. It comes from 3 Texas springs and has a uniquely Texan fresh taste. You can never have too much water when you’re outside in the Texas heat!

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There’s really so much to see and do in Waco that we love, but sometimes, staying home in our Waco backyard is just as fun! I hope you enjoyed getting to know a bit more on the best things to do in Waco, Texas, and some of our favorite Texas products. Come stop by and see why we love wacko Waco and all there is to offer!

Top 10 Things to do in Marble Falls, Texas

Looking for fun things to do in the Texas Hill Country? Check out these top 10 things to do in Marble Falls, Texas and pay them a visit! #VMWinMarbleFalls

Disclosure: This trip has been sponsored by the Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

It’s not often that I have an opportunity to have time to myself. I can count on one hand the amount of times I didn’t stay all day in the hospital with Addie to pamper myself in all of 10 months, and generally, whenever I was offered a chance to go somewhere, I would decline because I didn’t want to leave my baby by herself in the hospital. Now that Addie is home and Mathew works all of 3 minutes from our house, I’m able to have a little bit of freedom with my time. I have a wonderful husband who loves spending time with his girl, and he encourages me to get out and have time to myself to recharge. Staying at home by myself with Addie is not an easy task. I’ve told y’all about a day in the life of Addie and I and it gets pretty hectic. I cherish every moment of the day I get with her, but sometimes a mom has got to get out of the house for a little bit. I was so lucky to be asked by a sweet friend of mine, Penny, if I would like to take a girls trip to Marble Falls, and this was one opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I wanted to really give you guys the best of the best there, so I came up with the top 10 things to do in Marble Falls, Texas just for you guys!

I decided to take my best friend Lauren on my girls trip because her son has some obstacles he is currently trying to overcome, and I know that she needed some time to herself as well. Lauren and I relate on a level that not many friends do, and it’s because of our marriages and our children. We got up early last Saturday, grabbed our Pumpkin Spice…everything, and headed out to Marble Falls to soak up some mommy time.

Lauren and I quickly fell in love with Marble Falls. With lots of boutique shopping, cutesy restaurants with killer food, fun wineries and microbreweries, stunning Texas Hill Country views, and lake life, it’s kind of hard not to fall in love with it! We started our trip off at the Marble Falls Visitor Center and did so many fun things until we couldn’t anymore. Here’s my top 10 things to do in Marble Falls, Texas that I KNOW  you will love too.

Looking for fun things to do in the Texas Hill Country? Check out these top 10 things to do in Marble Falls, Texas and pay them a visit! #VMWinMarbleFalls

Looking for fun things to do in the Texas Hill Country? Check out these top 10 things to do in Marble Falls, Texas and pay them a visit! #VMWinMarbleFalls

Shopping on Main Street. Marble Falls has THE CUTEST shops on Main Street. If you’re the shopping type, I guarantee here is the first place you’ll want to start at. Some of my favorite shops were Smartie Pantz,  Elements, GG Ganache, and the Marta Stafford art gallery. Of course, I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of these adorable clothes and bows. I wanted everything for Addie. Also, this gorgeous chandelier in Elements caught my eye. I need it!

Looking for fun things to do in the Texas Hill Country? Check out these top 10 things to do in Marble Falls, Texas and pay them a visit! #VMWinMarbleFalls

photo credit: Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce

Partying it up at Market Days. Saturday, September 19, 2015 is the Market Day in Marble Falls. There are over 100 booths that line historic Main Street with arts and crafts, furnishings, antiques, collectibles, food, and drinks. They always fall on the 2nd Saturday in March and September, so if you can’t make it to the Market Day tomorrow, head on over to Marble Falls in March. Don’t forget your wallet!

Visiting Breweries. Marble Falls has not one but TWO microbreweries – Double Horn and Save the World. Double Horn is across the street from the Bluebonnet Cafe and serves a refined-casual menu alongside Texas craft beer and wines. Save the World is a philanthropic brewery (ask them about it!) that crafts artisianal Belgian ales. You can visit them for tours and tastings every Friday and Saturday. These two joints are perfect for foodies and microbrewery fans.

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Eating to Your Heart’s Content. Marble Falls has some outstanding eateries. I’m always a fan of trying local restaurants whenever I travel and R Bar and Grill was one place that makes me want to come back very soon. Green Chile and Queso Fries for an appetizer were the best way to start out, and the Saddle Bowl was so full of spice and cheese. Grab those when you visit them. Promise you’ll love it. We ate dinner at Forno’s on Main which gives you the option of dressing up or down for your dinner. Inside the restaurant are nice linen covered tables and dim lights, where as the outside takes you back to Margaritaville with a fun, lively covered patio. You can’t go wrong dining inside or outside!

Playing at the Lake. Lake Marble Falls is where it’s at when it comes to getting in the action. There are fun water rentals available so you can paddle board, jet ski, or kayak til you can’t anymore. Make sure you take your swimsuit when you visit Marble Falls. I promise you’ll be sorry if you forget it. The lake has stunning views of the Texas Hill Country and you can truly see God’s hands at work with such gorgeous sights. There’s a reason lake life is such a big part of Marble Falls. It’s hard not to fall in love with the lake when there’s so much fun to be had.

Go Berry Picking. Marble Falls is home to Sweet Berry Farm, a fun place to get out with the entire family for the day. They’re only open during specific seasons, but you can catch them during berry picking season or in the Fall when it’s pumpkin season. From September 26th to November 8th, you can visit Sweet Berry Farm for a whole slew of family fun activities like hay rides, a corn field maze, painting a pumpkin, and you can end your farm time with some homemade ice cream.

Looking for fun things to do in the Texas Hill Country? Check out these top 10 things to do in Marble Falls, Texas and pay them a visit! #VMWinMarbleFalls

Kicking back at the Hampton. Admit it. Sometimes you just need to go on vacation to be a bump on a log. Being a mom of a special needs child, my life is go, go, go all the time. Lauren and I needed some moments to veg out at the hotel and let me tell you- it was amazing. The Hampton in Marble Falls was the perfect hotel for us. Big bathrooms, plush, white duvets, a lakeside view, and the most friendly staff made our stay incredibly relaxing. They also have a generous sized pool which overlooked the lake, which is perfect for someone who wants to be outdoors, but not for too long.

Looking for fun things to do in the Texas Hill Country? Check out these top 10 things to do in Marble Falls, Texas and pay them a visit! #VMWinMarbleFalls

Grab Great Gifts to Take Home. Looking for something to take home to the family? Choccolatte and It’s All Goode are the places to go. Choccolatte specializes in their oh-so-buttery Pecan English Toffee (with a recipe SO secretive, the owner’s husband won’t tell her the recipe), and It’s All Goode has a whole store dedicated to fun spices, honeys, olive oils, and all different types of fudge. You’ll want to try all the samples there, and you can, but make sure you don’t go right after you’ve eaten a big meal if you plan on doing that!

Looking for fun things to do in the Texas Hill Country? Check out these top 10 things to do in Marble Falls, Texas and pay them a visit! #VMWinMarbleFalls

Getting Lost Inside Pottery Ranch. Pottery Ranch is on your way out of town (if you’re coming back North like I was) and is the mecca for all things pottery and outdoor decor. Lauren and I spent forever there just browsing. With over 20,000 square feet of unique Texas to Tuscan furniture and home accessories, it’s easy to get lost in there for hours because there is so much stuff! They also have a petting area with two miniature donkeys, a horse, and a bunch of adorable roosters. We snagged several gifts for our family members from there because there is just TOO much fun stuff! Psst- a little secret- if you check out the Marble Falls Visitor’s Center before you go to Pottery Ranch you can snag one of their brochures. Take your brochure to Pottery Ranch and you get a free flower pot (limit one per customer)! How cool is that?!

Looking for fun things to do in the Texas Hill Country? Check out these top 10 things to do in Marble Falls, Texas and pay them a visit! #VMWinMarbleFalls

Skipping the Line At Bluebonnet Cafe. Before you leave town, you MUST check out the Bluebonnet Cafe. They’re famous for their delicious pies, and once you have a bite, you’ll know why. They also serve delicious diner-style breakfast that tastes just like mom’s cooking. With pancakes as big as the plates, buttery eggs, and crispy bacon, you’ll leave with a happy belly ready to say goodbye to good ole Marble Falls. Make sure you get there before 10 am though to skip the huge line. If you get there after 10 am, you’ll be waiting in the long line outside the restaurant. The good news is, if that happens, your meal (and pie) will still be worth the wait.

There you have it-the top 10 things to do in Marble Falls, Texas. I PROMISE you will have SO much fun there. I’m already talking to Mathew about planning a family trip for the three of us to visit really soon. There is so much to do in Marble Falls despite it being a smaller town. The Texas Hill Country is so inviting that you’ll be dragging yourself to leave Marble Falls. Go visit the Visitor’s Center at the Chamber of Commerce too and speak with the sweet ladies there. They’ll give you all the maps and brochures you’ll need to ensure you get the most out of your trip!

Which of the top 10 things to do in Marble Falls, Texas appeals to you the most?