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Top 9 Fun Things to do in Salado Texas

Art in Salado
Local legend, Sirena and her captor catfish sit along Salado Creek. Credit: Catherine Parker

The village of Salado in Central Texas is a hub for local artisans and artists along the fertile banks of Salado Creek. Conveniently located off Interstate 35, Salado is a quaint and walkable town, packed with fun things to do like shopping, dining and a seasonal live theater production. About an hour north of Austin, Texas,  Salado is perfect for a weekend getaway or day trip. Here are the top things to do in Salado, Texas.

Top Things to do in Salado Texas

DIY Creation at Salado Glass Works
Walk Through the Salado Sculpture Garden
Stroll Through the Salado Museum
Salado Sculpture Garden
See Siren the Mermaid Sculpture
Catch a Live Performance at Tablerock Amphitheater
Shop at Locally Owned Businesses like Bentons Jewelry
Go to Pace Park
Sip a Beer at Barrow Brewing Company
Salado Glass Works
Make a mouth-blown glass ornament at the Salado Glass Works. Credit: Catherine Parker

Salado Glass Works

Make a piece of art during your trip to Salado, Texas, at Salado Glass Works. Along the alley next to Main Street, fire and glass meld into a harmony of color and form under the watchful gaze of glass artist, Gail Allard. From holiday ornaments to hearts and even drinking glasses, its DIY sessions are popular for a reason.

I made a Christmas Tree Ornament that I display year-round. After picking out your colors, the artisans guide you through the process.

For those who want to watch, live glass-blowing happens daily, Wednesday to Saturday. Visitors come and go, watching a creation in progress.

Located at #2 Peddlers Alley. Live glass blowing Wednesday to Saturday. The gallery is open Tuesday from noon to 3 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seasonal workshops throughout the year with breaks in the heat of the summer and early January.

Salado Sculpture Garden

At the other end of Main Street, walk through the Salado Sculpture Garden with outdoor works from a number of sculptors.

Located at 113 Salado Plaza Dr. Open from dawn to dusk, and free to enter.

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Salado Museum and College Park

Learn about Salado’s history along with its trailblazing women like Grace Jones and Liz Carpenter in its museum. Across the street from the museum, walk through the grounds of Salado College. Back in 1860, it educated young women and men as a non-denominational school, the first of its kind in Texas. A fire destroyed the building in 1924.

Located at 423 S. Main St. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free to enter the museum and college grounds.

Outdoor Art Parade in Salado

Find outdoor art at every turn of the head.  Sirena the Mermaid by Troy Kelley is next to Salado Creek on Royal Street along with the Locks of Love also by Kelley. Keep a look out for Kelley’s Troll and Billy Goat Guff along Main Street.

Tablerock Amphitheater

With seasonal offerings throughout the year, check out the schedule at Tablerock Amphitheater for outdoor entertainment. The Salado Legends is an annual production depicting the colorful history of Salado, held the last two weekends in July and the first weekend in August.

Its Holiday performances are the first two weekends in December. It also hosts a Halloween performance.

Located at 409 Royal St. Tickets are available at the gate.

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Shopping in Salado

Sidewalks line Main Street and trees shade the way. Visitors will find over 100 quaint shops and boutiques in Salado.

Bentons Jewelry

Stroll the showroom of local jewelry maker, Bob Hargrove. Taking design cues from nature, Hargrove uses the lost wax method to meld gold and gemstones into unique designs to celebrate life’s moments. Originally opened in 1970, it is one of the oldest shops in Salado.

Located at 401 S. Main St. in suite 101. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Ro Shaw Clay Gallery

See ceramist, Ro Shaw take clay and coax it into a vessel on the wheel. Classes are also available.

Located, next to Salado Glass Works. Open weekends when the artist is in the studio.

Fletcher’s Books and Antiques sells hard-to-find books at 945 N. Main St.

The Nature Co. of Salado at 33 S. Main St.

Pace Park Salada. Texas Swimming Holes.
W. A. Pace Park in Salado offers cool and shallow water for splashing. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

W.A. Pace Park in Salado

Find the Salado Springs in W. A. Pace Park with lots of shallow splashing for kids, or dogs. Bring your own floats.

Located at 100 Art Fair Road. Open from dawn to dusk. Free.

The Stagecoach Inn credit: Catherine Parker

Where to Eat and Drink in Salado

Barrow Brewing Company

Spend some time sipping the local brew at an authentic beer garden table next to the bubbling springs of Salado Creek. Find beers like Big Bubbly Blonde and Evil Catfish IPA along with seasonal brews.

Throughout the season, find live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an occasional movie night thrown in for families. The Silo Bar expands its outdoor serving capacity. Guests will find a large covered area with single group tables and food trailers flanking the Biergarten area.

Located at 108 Royal St. Open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m., dog and family-friendly.

Happy Pizza Company

Grab a made-from-scratch 12-inch pizza made with the Barrow Beer Company sourdough, baked in a wood-fired oven.

Located at 28 Royal St. Open Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at noon.

Longbow Coffee Company

Roasted in Salado and brewed while you watch.

Located at 108 Royal St. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. until late afternoon or evening during the weekends.

Salado Winery

The Salado Winery Company anchors the other end of the historic district. Inside its two-story building, find Salado Winery’s own wine from dry to sweet, red to white along with over 35 other Made-in-Texas wines.

Located at 841 Main St. Open daily from noon to 6 p.m. Tastings are $10 for five samples.

The Stagecoach Inn

The restaurant is closed for Renovations.

More than a historic inn, The Stagecoach Inn is a local favorite for weekend brunch. Start your meal with the Stagecoach’s signature cocktail, the Hibiscus Margarita.

Find a menu stocked with Texas favorites like, Chicken Fried Steak and an 8-ounce Sirloin. Top off your meal with its legendary Strawberry Kiss, a meringue with fresh berries and ice cream.

Located at 416 S. Main St

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Where to Stay in Salado

The Stagecoach Inn

In 1861, the Shady Villa Hotel opened its doors with a two-story timber-framed building, the predecessor of the present-day Stagecoach Inn. A stable for stagecoach passengers, the Inn has hosted Sam Houston. However, outlaws hid out on the property as well, like Jesse James and Sam Bass.

After a recent renovation, The Stagecoach Inn offers the perfect place to escape with a rambling tree-shaded property. Each of the 48 mid-century-inspired rooms offers a large private patio or balcony in the shade of historic oaks, some with lush vine-covered partitions.

Find a year-round outdoor pool along with two ballrooms and an outdoor gathering space. It’s within walking distance of dining and shops along Main St. and Royal.

Located at 416 S. Main St. Room rates from $130, with suites available.

Located in Central Texas, north of Austin, Salado is a quaint artist's community ripe with galleries with workshops, like DIY glassblowing, along with galleries and more. While visiting enjoy a local brew next to the babbling Salado Creek. Make it a weekend with a stay at the legendary Salado Inn where Sam Houston stayed and outlaws hid out. What to do in Salado Texas | Austin Day Trips | Best Texas Small Towns | Where to stay in Central Texas #Texas #BestSmallTowns
credit: Catherine Parker

Catherine Parker has a passion for travel and seen all 50 U.S. States. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting architectural and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas dividing her time between writing and restoring a pair of 100-year-old houses. She shares her life with her three kids and her husband.

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