13 Best Things to Do in Marble Falls, TX

When it comes to small towns situated along the Highland Lakes, the number of fun things to do in Marble Falls, from devouring delicious pie to hitting the lakes, makes it a favorite among visitors.

Located right along Lake Marble Falls and practically next door to Lake LBJ, Marble Falls is a favorite Texas getaway for visitors hoping to enjoy the water–but beyond the lakes, there are plenty more attractions in Marble Falls, TX.

Here’s what to do in Marble Falls–and why you should plan a trip!

Lake Marble Falls in Texas with a green lawn in the foreground

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The Best Things to Do in Marble Falls, TX

Chow down on pie at the Blue Bonnet Cafe.

Since 1929, the unassuming Blue Bonnet Cafe has been serving up what are now some of the most famous pies in all of Texas (and for the record, we highly recommend the coconut cream).

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In addition to its phenomenal pies, the Blue Bonnet Cafe also serves homestyle meals and keeps its breakfast menu available all day long.

The interior of the restaurant is cozy but extremely busy, so be prepared to wait if you want to have a full meal at peak times!

Otherwise, you can always grab a few slices of pie to go and head over to one of the lakes to enjoy them.

Exterior of the Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls with the red sign visible on the corner. Visiting the Blue Bonnet Cafe is one of the best things to do in Marble Falls TX

Stroll through Marble Falls’ historic downtown.

Marbles Falls’ downtown may be small, but it is lovely, with enough boutiques, restaurants, and shops to keep any traveler busy for an afternoon!

Be sure to check out the interesting Sculpture on Main pieces, which are installed as a way to bring public art to the space.

Boutiques in Marbles Falls downtown with a tree branch in the foreground

Relax at Lakeside Park.

Located right on the shores of Lake Marble Falls, Lakeside Park is a peaceful, family-friendly place to hang out during a trip to Marble Falls.

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This popular local park is complete with a pool, plenty of wide-open green spaces, and even a makeshift sand beach!

Lakeside Park is located very close to downtown, making it an easy addition to even a day trip to Marble Falls, Texas.

Lake Marble Falls as seen from Lakeside Park, one of the most popular Marble Falls attractions

Pay a visit to the Falls on the Colorado Museum.

Dedicated to local history, the Falls on the Colorado Museum is housed in a 19th-century school building, and visiting is a fun way to engage with Marble Falls’ past!

The museum is free to visit, though donations are encouraged, and it is one of the best places to visit in Marble Falls.

front facade of the falls on the colorado river museum, one of the best things to do marble falls texas
Carol M. Highsmith, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Check out seasonal attractions at the wildly popular Sweet Berry Farm.

Sweet Berry Farm is one of the most popular farms to visit in all of Texas, and that’s for very good reason!

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Throughout the year, this gorgeous farm offers captivating seasonal attractions that will keep you coming back for more.

From picking strawberries and tulips in the spring to picking sunflowers in the summer to offering one of the best pumpkin patches near Austin in the fall, Sweet Berry Farm is one of those destinations that will make sure you repeatedly visit Marble Falls over the years!

young girl holding an armful of sunflowers in tx

Visit Johnson Park.

This shady, beautiful park rests underneath beautiful oak trees and is the perfect place to relax, take a break, and possibly have a picnic lunch (or even barbecue, there are grills on site) during your trip to Marble Falls.

Most importantly for the boat-lovers, there’s a boat launch at Johnson Park!

Water near the boat launch at Johnson Park in Marble Falls

Snap photos at the Bluebonnet House.

Located on the edge of town, the Bluebonnet House is one of the most popular Marble Falls attractions for photographers, especially during bluebonnet season!

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This abandoned farmhouse can’t be approached further than the vantage point shown in the photo at the top of this blog post–the “no trespassing” signs on the fence make that abundantly clear.

That being said, it does make for a beautiful background when the bluebonnets are blooming in the field in front of the building!

close up of a field of texas bluebonnets

Check out one of the most unusual Marble Falls attractions at Dead Man’s Hole.

At 155 feet deep, it’s safe to say that the small, narrow cave opening at Dead Man’s Hole is a bit spooky.

Add in its history, and Dead Man’s Hole gets even creepier.

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Dead Man’s Hole is located just outside of Marble Falls and was infamous during the Civil War era and Reconstruction period for being the dumping ground for the bodies of those who got caught up in local altercations, including a judge.

Overall, it’s estimated that at least 17 bodies were tossed down the hole. 

Today, the hole has been sealed off, but the sight itself is still interesting enough to be worth a quick stop.

Plaque sharing history of Dead Man's Hole in Marble Falls with the entrance to the hole visible behind it

Visit Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.

This beautiful refuge is a great place to spot wildlife, including from both observation decks and from trails, and it boasts some truly amazing views of the Texas Hill Country along the way.

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Head to the Sunset Deck to enjoy a sunset at one of the prettiest viewpoints in the Hill Country!

19th century cabin at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuse, with a paved path to the left side of the photo

Get underground at Longhorn Cavern State Park.

Slowly carved by an ancient river, Longhorn Cavern is one of the most unique caves in Texas, with a distinctly different look than caverns like Sonora or Natural Bridge.

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Take a guided tour of the cavern itself (or even sign up for a Wild Cave Tour if you’re feeling adventurous), and then consider exploring the state park further and hiking one of the trails!

Unfortunately, you can’t explore Longhorn Cavern itself independently, but it’s worth planning ahead in order to experience this beautiful place!

Interior of a cave in Longhorn Cavern State Park, one of the best day trips from Austin Texas

Enjoy a day at Hidden Falls Adventure Park.

Spread across 2000 acres, Hidden Falls Adventure Park is a gigantic off-roading adventure park near Marble Falls, with trails for all skill levels.

Ever wanted to try out an ATV or dirt bike?

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Here’s your chance!

Rentals are available for those who don’t bring their own equipment, so anyone hoping to give off-roading a shot will have a chance to try here.

close up of 2 atvs driving down a muddy path

Enjoy a wine tasting at Flat Creek Estate.

Located about 30 minutes outside of downtown Marble Falls, Texas, Flat Creek Estate is one of the most popular wineries near Marble Falls and a must-visit for wine lovers in the area!

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Their popular Super Texan is wonderful, and they offer a restaurant on-site as well.

Can’t make it out to the vineyard but want to give it a try?

They have a downtown location as well!

glass of red wine being poured on a wooden table

Hit the lake!

Without a doubt, the most popular Marble Falls attractions of all are Lake Marble Falls and Lake LBJ, and heading out onto the water is one of the best things to do in Marble Falls!

As some of the most popular lakes near Austin, whether you want to boat, swim, fish, or simply watch the sunset over the water from a cabin on the lake, Marble Falls has you covered.

lake lbj as seen from above, one of the most popular texas lakes to visit

Where to Stay in Marble Falls, TX

For a boutique guesthouse in Marble Falls, visitors can’t beat the popular McKenzie House, which offers several suites and is located within walking distance of all the downtown Marble Falls attractions, restaurants, and tasting rooms.

Looking for a more standard hotel?

The Marble Falls La Quinta property and the Hampton Inn on the Lake also get excellent reviews!

There are also plenty of popular cabins like this available in Marble Falls and the surrounding area, though some of them can be a bit of a drive away from downtown (which of course, for some visitors is the whole point!).

view of marble falls texas from a field of wildflowers near highway 281
Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Where is Marble Falls, Texas?

Marble Falls is located in Burnet County, about an hour northwest of Austin or an hour and a half north of San Antonio.

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You can visit Marble Falls as a day trip from either city.

Exploring the best things to do in Marble Falls can also easily be combined with other nearby towns such as Burnet, Spicewood, and Llano!

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1 thought on “13 Best Things to Do in Marble Falls, TX”

  1. Tell me how to research homes for sale in the Marble Falls area. My wife and I want to leave Chicago and move to the TX Hill Country.
    Mike and Jan Foster


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