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Known as “the Gateway to Hill Country”, the majestic views in Dripping Springs can take your breath away. Famous for its rolling prairies, rocky creeks, and spindly ancient oaks, this stunning landscape lures all kinds of folks, and inspires artists like Friday Night Lights actor Kyle Chandler and Iron & Wine singer-songwriter Sam Beam, as well as countless other musicians who also call Dripping Springs home. Despite being a portal to the dazzling Hill Country terrain, Dripping Springs also boasts big-city proximity—just 25 miles west of Austin and 70 miles north of San Antonio—but best of all, exceptional schooling, affordable living, and an unmatched tranquility.

Spend a family-friendly day at Founders Memorial Park to enjoy the playgrounds, public pool, walking trail, and football and soccer fields. At Charro Ranch or Dripping Springs Ranch Park, you can hike and bike the oak-lined trails, take a family picnic, or even brush up on your studies on native tree species, since they’re clearly marked on signs here. Or head on just down the road for a day trip at Westcave Preserve, LBJ Historical Park, Hamilton Pool, or Pedernales Falls State Park.

Ever heard the famous saying “the stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas?” It’s true—and you can witness the majestic big-sky beauty of Texas at the annual Texas Night Sky Festival. Take in the city’s old-fashioned charm at events like the Wildflower Artisan Craft Faire, or while spending the day on historic Mercer Street, where you can browse boutiques, admire historic architecture, and feast on world famous BBQ. For a bit of nightlife, catch a pint and Picker’s Circle—or join in yourself!—at the historic Barbershop Brew Pub. Or dust off your dance shoes and two-step the night away with a cold Lone Star at Mercer Street Dance Hall, the best honky tonk in central Texas for live country music. For a laid-back Sunday, spend the afternoon at oak-lined acreage of award-winning Treaty Oak Distillery, for a tour and tasting of the very best of Lone-Star beers and spirits.

For growing families, the Dripping Springs Independent School District is a consecutive statewide finalist in the “District of the Year” awards and has received five-star ratings on academic progress in relation to financial efficiency. For older students and adults, Dripping Springs is also served by the Austin Community College Pinnacle Campus.

For authentic Texas living that’s true to its historic roots, and full of stunning natural beauty, old-fashioned charm, and a family-minded way of life, there’s no more perfect place to call home than Dripping Springs.

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