Area Attractions and Things To Do In Smithville


A small town of beautiful old neighborhoods with tree-lined streets, the Smithville area offers everything from recreation to relaxation, to shopping and sightseeing. Along Main Street, many old businesses, buildings and homes have been restored to their original appearance. The B&B is located only one block from Smithville's Historic Main Street.   Be sure to have your photo taken in front of our giant Gingerbread Cookie form. The cookie form was filled with gingerbread and baked December 2006, and Smithville holds the title of the "World's Largest Gingerbread Cookie,' in the Guiness Book of World Records. The cookie form is now standing at the end of Main Street. Each month a different decoration is added to our Gingerbread Man. 

You'll enjoy exploring the antique and gift shops both in town and in other nearby towns of the countryside. Local restaurants provide Mexican and Texas country-style dining. Play golf in nearby towns of Bastrop and LaGrange, or take on the challenging Pine Forest Golf Club or Colovista.  A new disk golf course has been build in our City of Smithville, Riverbend Park.  The Colorado River is at the end of Main Street. We can arrange a canoe or kayak trip for you to enjoy our beautiful Colorado River.  Enjoy a leisurely bicycle ride (bring yours or take ours) along  the city's shaded streets. Our two state parks are a wonderful place to hike or bike.

Our complimentary map of Smithville provides easy directions for a walking or biking tour, complete with historical information about the town and Bastrop County. The Colorado River, Lake Bastrop and two state parks (Bastrop and Buescher) are located just minutes away from Smithville and offer several additional recreational activities such as boating, swimming and hiking.

For a greater variety of dining and entertainment, Austin is less than an hour away from Smithville. The Hill Country Flyer, Austin's scenic excursion steam train, departs from Cedar Park, only 75 minutes by car from Smithville.


 1. Be the first to see the Tin Man water tower on your drive into town.

 2.  Stroll our Historic Main Street.

 3. Wake up to the smell of fresh-baked bread at the Katy House Bed & Breakfast.

  4. Eat a picnic lunch while enjoying the relaxing view of the Colorado River from the city park at the north end of Main Street.

 5. Visit the Jim Long Railroad Park and Museum at First and Main.

 6. Count the passing trains from the Gazebo.

 7. Gather delicious pecans as you walk around town.

 8. Stop by City Hall and read the "History of Smithville" marker.

 9. Visit the Tasting Room at Bone Spirts Distillery.

10. Stop by the Smithville Chamber for more tourist information.

11. Indulge yourself with Jack Daniel's Chocolate Cream Pie at the Back Door Cafe.

12. Have fun shopping at the big selection at Bella's Cottage Antiques.

13. Catch a performance at Playhouse Smithville.

14. Drive by the home used in the movie "Hope Floats" starring Sandra Bullock at 201 E. Eighth & Olive St.

15. Read the "The Smithville Times," our award-winning weekly paper, cover to cover.

16. Crane your neck bird watching in Buescher State Park.

17. Arrange a tour of the Smithville Heritage Society Museum.

18. Ask a local what "Smithville-Heart of the Megalopolis" means.

19. Look “Around the Corner” for David Smith’s fine antiques.

20. Eat beer-battered onion rings at Pocket's Grille.

21. See the beautiful sculpture commemorating Smithville’s worst day when a steam boiler exploded in 1911, next to Chamber.

22. Chow down at one of the best bar-b-que places in Texas: Zimmerhanzel's.

23. Enjoy the old painted billboards on the sides of downtown buildings.

24. Guess which buildings had signs painted for the movie "Hope Floats."

25. Have you had your photo made with our Gingerbread Man? Visit his Facebook page and add your photo.

26. Picnic at Vernon L. Richards Riverbend Park.

27. Kayak from Bastrop downstream to Smithville on the Colorado River.

28. Do you like resale shops? Shop both: Reachable Stars and Born Again.

29. Bicycle the residential streets lined with century-old oak trees.

30. Take a bubble bath in a claw-foot tub at the Katy House Bed & Breakfast.

31. Support the Heritage Society by taking home the book "Images of America: SMITHVILLE."

32. See the movie sites used in Hope Floats, Tree of Life, Artois the Goat, Five Time Champion, Doonby, Natural Selection and Beneath the Darkness.

33. Hike the many trails in beautiful Buescher State Park.

34. Take home one of Tom Tierney’s Paper Doll books from Tom-Kat.

35. Live it up at the Annual Smithville Jamboree.

36. See our 1939 mural inside the post office.

37. Love "Hope Floats?". See lots of signage at Pocket's Grille.

38. Order a custom woodwork piece from Bill's Creations.

39. Check the Chamber page for listing of Wireless access, 

40. Share your dog’s excitement at the Bark Park.

41. Order a custom leather jacket at our famous Patricia Wolf Designs clothing workshop on Main Street.

42. Attend a play at our own Playhouse Smithville, on Main Street.

43. Buy Silky Crockett’s “Early History of Smithville” at the library.

44. Plan to come to the "Fly In" in May.

45. Challenge yourself to name the movies filmed in Smithville.

46. Treat yourself at our DQ.

47. Choose something for yourself at Mosaic Art and Home.

48. Sweet tooth need attention? Old World Bakery can help.

49. Sip a cold one at Huebel's, our famous bier garden, seen in the movies “Hope Floats” and “Doonby.”

50. Bring the kids to our lighted parade during "Festival of Lights" the first Saturday in December.

51. Have a second helping of jalapeno cheese grits at the Katy House Bed & Breakfast.

52. Eat breakfast anytime during the day at the Comfort Café.

53. Entertain children at the Railroad Park playground.

54. Watch the low-flying action at the Skateboard Park.

55. Win at Bingo on both Tuesday and Saturday nights.

56. Take a class or buy some art at LPAA Art House.

57. Play an exciting game of racquetball at the Recreation Center.

58. Enjoy seeing our many beautiful historic churches.

59. Discover the world famous M D Anderson Cancer Science Park in Buescher State Park.

60. Make someone’s day! Buy a gift from the Pickett Fence for someone you love.

61. Angle the Colorado River for that big catfish.

62. Experience the heritage of Central Texas at the Katy House Bed & Breakfast.

63. Hard to find a ‘Slurpee’ in Houston? Our 7-11 Store has them.

64. Tex-mex can be enjoyed at Mexicano.

65. Eat pico de gallo at La Cabana.

66. Look up to the LCRA 1991 'High Water Mark' under the bridges over the Colorado River.

67. See the locations of Willie's music video, "Just Beathe."

68. Show off your bicycle skills at Rocky Hill Ranch Mountain Bike Park.

69. Delight your sweetheart with a rose from Smithville Florist.

70. Bed down under the trees at the RV Park in Vernon Richards Riverbend Park.

71. Make a gravestone rubbing from an old marker at our Cemetery.

72. Get to know your great-grandfather in the Smithville Public Library's genealogy        department.

73. Throw a hole-in-one at Riverbend Park Disc Golf course.

74. Enjoy a delightful lunch at the Back Door.

75. Rock your stress away on the Katy House Bed & Breakfast front porch.

76. Recycle your aluminum cans, paper and plastic at our award winning recycling center.

77. Drive down Burleson Street to see many of the houses seen in “Tree of Life.”

78. Be hip, slick and cool in biker leather at Thunder On The Colorado the third weekend in March at Riverbend Park.

79. Look for an endangered Houston toad in Buescher State Park.

80. Enjoy a bottle of Texas Rain, captured and bottled in Smithville.

81. Take a side trip to visit the painted churches.

82. Yell “fore” at the beautiful Pine Forest Golf Course.


Area Activities Map

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