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Best Summer Activities and Things to Do at Camp David Retreat in Dripping Springs, TX, and Surrounding Areas in the Texas Hill Country

Updated: Jul 2

Summer at Camp David Retreat and the Texas Hill Country is a magical time, filled with endless opportunities for adventure, relaxation, and family fun.

While you're staying on-site, you can make Camp David your base camp for exploring the charming nearby towns of Dripping Springs, Wimberley, Fredericksburg, and Johnson City - there's truly something for everyone to enjoy. From wine tasting to swimming holes, fishing to family-friendly activities, and ways to beat the Texas heat, we've got you covered!

Activities at Camp David Retreat:

  • Hiking and Nature Trails: Explore the beautiful hiking and nature trails that wind through the retreat for over 3-miles. Enjoy the scenic views, native plants, and animals, and don’t forget to check out our awesome military-inspired ropes course!

  • Swimming Pool: We all know the Texas summers are no joke so during your stay at Camp David Retreat, cool off in our sparkling swimming pool, perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot summer day. Our poolside loungers provide a comfortable and relaxing with a cold drink on the hottest of the Hill Country days.

  • Outdoor Dining and BBQ: Enjoy a meal outdoors on our massive 100-foot-long deck with BBQ grills and picnic areas perfect for gathering. The deck features misters throughout and can hold up to 100 people. The kitchen has 2 extra-large fridges and a deep freezer plus Viking gas appliances and an island prep area making your family BBQ easy to enjoy!

Great Summer Activities to do in Dripping Springs

The Wedding Capital of Texas

  • Wine Tasting: Visit some of the amazing local wineries in Dripping Springs and enjoy tastings of some of the best wines in Texas. Dripping Springs is home to some award-winning vineyards many of which are just a few miles from Camp David Retreat. Enjoy live music, and tasty bites while sampling some delicious wines at wineries like Bell Springs Winery, Graveyard Vineyards, and Solaro Estate Winery. Check out all of the great wineries in Dripping Springs, TX.

  • Hamilton Pool Preserve: Enjoy one of the most photographed and amazing natural swimming holes in Texas! Hamilton Pool Preserve is known for its stunning waterfall, nature trails, and gorgeous blue-turquoise water perfect for a day of swimming and picnicking. Make sure to make reservations online beforehand!

Visit Wimberley, TX

a charming town with restaurants, shopping, and a beautiful creek running through the middle of this quaint town.

Photo: Hope Boatright
  • Blue Hole Regional Park: take a dive or jump off the rope swing at the picturesque swimming hole surrounded by tall cypress trees. This clear, cool water makes it a favorite summer spot. Make sure to get tickets online before your visit to Blue Hole!

  • Wimberley Zipline Adventures: Experience the thrill of zip-lining over the Texas Hill Country. You won’t want to miss the stunning views of the surrounding landscape with its staggering hills, and the gorgeous Blanco River!

The Greatest Activities in Fredericksburg, TX 

Texas’ best wine region!

  • Wine Road 290: Head west from Camp David Retreat to the 290 wine road featuring numerous wineries offering tastings and tours. With so many wineries and tasting rooms dotting the highway, the hardest part is choosing where to go!

Photo: Hope Boatright

  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area: Take a hike and visit Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, a geological wonder in the heart of the Hill Country. Jutting up from the earth is a massive pink granite dome offering hiking and incredible panoramic views from the summit. Make sure to get your passes online beforehand and bring plenty of water!

Enjoy Awesome Activities in Johnson City

The birthplace of President Lyndon B. Johnson

  • Pedernales Falls State Park: Down the road from Camp David Retreat and near the darling town of Johnson City is Pedernales Falls State Park, a great spot for swimming, hiking, and enjoying waterfalls. This park is known for its beautiful limestone falls and clear, cool water making it an ideal location to spend some time during the dog days of summer.

  • Science Mill: For those looking for an indoor option (they also have an outdoor area), check out the Science Mill in historic downtown Johnson City. Located in a refurbished mill, this is an interactive science museum perfect for kids and adults alike. Visitors enjoy hands-on exhibits and educational programs with a focus on STEM experiences.

Enjoy Texas’ Capitol

Fun Activities in Austin

  • Barton Springs Pool: Cool off at Barton Springs Pool, a world-famous natural spring-fed pool in the heart of Austin, offering cool, refreshing water year-round. This is a perfect location for a swim or a relaxing day by the water.

  • Zilker Park: After swimming at Barton Springs, head across the street to enjoy Zilker Park, a large park with plenty of space for picnics, frisbee, and other outdoor activities. Home to the Zilker Botanical Garden and the Austin Nature and Science Center, Zilker is more than a grassy field in the heart of the Live Music Capitol of the World!

  1. Lady Bird Lake: For more water-related activities, head to Lady Bird Lake for a day on the stunning body of water that runs through the middle of the city. Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard to explore this beautiful urban lake. One of our favorite activities is to experience the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail which offers scenic views of downtown Austin.

  2. Austin's Live Music Scene: Don’t miss out on what Austin might be most famous for its thriving live music scene! Enjoy live music at one of Austin's many venues, from famous spots like The Continental Club to outdoor concerts.

No matter how you choose to spend your summer days, Camp David Retreat and the surrounding areas offer a wealth of activities to make your stay unforgettable. From relaxing by the pool to exploring the charming towns nearby, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So pack your bags, bring your sense of adventure, and get ready to make some amazing summer memories!

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