Smithville TX is a small town of beautiful old neighborhoods with tree-lined streets. The Smithville area offers shopping, dining, recreation to relaxation and sightseeing opportunities.  Along Main Street, many old business buildings and homes have been restored to their original appearance.

The Katy House is located only one block from Smithville’s Historic Main Street.  You’ll enjoy exploring our many shopping options.  Walk to local restaurants and bars providing an array of dining and entertainment options.  Nearby, two state parks are a wonderful place to hike or bike.

Additionally, for a greater variety of dining and entertainment, Austin is less than an hour away from Smithville TX.


  • Have fun shopping the big antique selections at Bella’s Cottage Antiques, Dream Train Antiques and The Carriage Stop.
  • Visit the The Smithville General Store for shopping and great coffee drinks.
  • Walk across the street and shop for a new handbag at Consuela.
  • Shop at Golden Girls Boutique for on-trend clothing, bags, gifts, home decor and accessories.
  • Do you like resale shops? Shop both Reachable Stars and Born Again Emporium.
  • Shop for original artwork and furniture at Mosaic Art & Home.  Be sure to also get on the mailing list for Above Mosaic House Concerts.
  • Buy some locally made art, jewelry and more at Lost Pines Artisans Alliance (LPAA) on Main Street.
  • Visit artist Judy Paul at Lumberyard Studio.  In addition to Judy’s artwork, shop for fine crafted home goods and gifts including all natural soaps and more.
  • Shop E.H. Mercantile, offering one of a kind, usual and unusual, seasonal and everyday gifts, clothing and hope furnishings.
  • Hard to find a Slurpee in Houston? Our 7-11 Store has them.
  • Delight your sweetheart with a beautiful flower arrangement from Smithville Florist.
  • Shop for great deals at Smithville’s Dollar Store.
  • Groceries and personal items are available at Brookshire Brothers grocery store.
  • Stock up on wine, beer and spirits at Clint’s Liquor, one block away.
  • The convenience store inside the Texaco gas station on Loop 230 features an amazing selection of craft beer.


  • Walk across the street and enjoy a prepared-from-scratch meal at family-owned and operated Your Mom’s restaurant.
  • Walk one block to Honey’s Pizza, serving traditional wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, craft beers, and unique house cocktails.
  • Eat lunch or dinner at the Back Door Cafe.  Indulge yourself with Bourbon Chocolate Cream Pie for dessert.  Just one block away.
  • Enjoy some great food and drinks while watching your favorite sports on one of the ten flat screen televisions at Blazer Bar.
  • Enjoy a glass of wine and a snack at Front Room Wine Bar, one block away.
  • Chow down at one of the best BBQ places in Texas: Zimmerhanzel’s.  Rated by Texas Monthly as one of the 50 best BBQ joints in the world!
  • Eat a burger and beer-battered onion rings at Pocket’s Grille.  While there, enjoy the great film memorabilia on the walls.
  • Enjoy local fare at Kay’s Cafe.
  • Treat yourself at our DQ.
  • Sweet tooth need attention? Olde World Bakery can help and it’s just one block away.
  • Sip a cold one at Huebel’s, our famous bier garden, seen in the movies Hope Floats and Doonby.
  • Eat breakfast or lunch  at the Comfort Café.  Just two blocks away.
  • Tex-mex can be enjoyed at El Mexicano Restaurant.
  • Drive out to Winchester for a steak or burger at  Murphy’s Steakhouse.
  • Drive out to Red Rock for a steak at The Red Rock Steakhouse.


  • Hike the many trails in beautiful Buescher State Park. Activities include non-motorized boating, fishing in a stocked lake, nature study, hiking, geocaching, tours and biking.
  • Get in a workout at Iron Tiger Gym, just three blocks away.  Ask your innkeeper for our special deal.
  • Have a massage from Licensed Massage Therapist Ilaria Castro.
  • Walk to the Veteran’s Memorial Park and Splash Pad.  The beautiful fenced park includes historical plaques of Bastrop County veterans from all wars.  The splash pad at the back of the park provides a great place for young and old to cool of on a warm Texas day.
  • Walk to the Jim Long Railroad Park and Museum at First and Main.
  • Picnic at Vernon L. Richards Riverbend Park.
  • Kayak from Bastrop downstream to Smithville on the Colorado River.
  • Bicycle our residential streets lined with century-old oak trees.
  • Gather delicious pecans as you walk around town.
  • Entertain children at the Railroad Park playground.
  • Watch the low-flying action at the Skateboard Park.
  • Play an exciting game of racquetball at the Smithville Rec Center.
  • Angle the Colorado River for that big catfish.
  • Show off your bicycle or trail running skills at Rocky Hill Ranch Mountain Bike Park.
  • Yell “fore” at nearby Pine Forest Golf Club or Colovista Golf Club.
  • Throw a hole-in-one at Riverbend Park Disc Golf course


  • Be the first to see the Tin Man water tower on your drive into town.
  • Enjoying the relaxing view of the Colorado River from the city park at the north end of Main Street.
  • Stroll our Historic Main Street, just one block away
  • Count the passing trains from the Gazebo.
  • Stop by City Hall and read the History of Smithville marker.
  • Stop by the Smithville Chamber for more tourist information.
  • See the beautiful sculpture commemorating Smithville’s worst day when a steam boiler exploded in 1911, next to Chamber.
  • See our 1939 mural inside the post office. (Lobby is always open.)
  • Enjoy seeing our many beautiful historic churches.
  • Discover the world famous M.D. Anderson Cancer Science Park in Buescher State Park.
  • Look up to the LCRA 1991  High Water Mark under the bridges over the Colorado River.
  • Make a gravestone rubbing from an old marker at our Cemetery.


  • Drive by the home used in the movie Hope Floats starring Sandra Bullock at 201 E. Eighth & Olive St.
  • See the movie sites used in Hope Floats, Tree of Life, Artois the Goat, Five Time Champion, Doonby, Natural Selection and Beneath the Darkness.
  • Guess which buildings had signs painted for the movie Hope Floats.
  • Challenge yourself to name the movies filmed in Smithville.
  • See the locations of Willie Nelson’s music video, Just Breathe.
  • Drive down Burleson Street to see many of the houses seen in Tree of Life.


  • Attend a play at our own Playhouse Smithville, on Main Street.
  • Visit Gottschalls Music and Event Center on Main Street.  Enjoy live music or be part of it.  Also shop for instruments, clothes, records and other music memorabilia.
  • Win at Bingo on Saturday night at the VFW Hall.  Doors open at 6PM.
  • Read the The Smithville Times, our award-winning weekly paper, cover to cover.
  • Arrange a tour of the Smithville Heritage Society Museum.  Support the Heritage Society by taking home the book Images of America: SMITHVILLE.
  • Ask a local what Smithville-Heart of the Megalopolis means.
  • Take a selfie in front of one of the old painted billboards on the sides of downtown buildings.  Or hire Lori Gola Photography to do a professional photo shoot while you are here.
  • Check the Chamber page for listing of Wireless access,
  • Buy Silky Crockett’s Early History of Smithville at the Smithville Public Library.  Also, get to know your great-grandfather in the library’s  genealogy department
  • Recycle your aluminum cans, paper and plastic at our award winning recycling center.


  • Take a side trip to visit the painted churches in nearby Schulenburg, Texas.  Dine at Garden and Company.
  • Enjoy a day of shopping and dining in Roundtop, Texas.  Dine at Garden and Company, then grab a slice of pie at Royer’s and shop at the beautiful Lark (owned by Smithville’s Barbara and Russell).  On the way to Roundtop, you will pass Jersey Barnyard where you can milk a cow, feed a calf and shop in their darling gift shop.
  • Bring the kids to our lighted parade during Festival of Lights the first Saturday in December.
  • Fly your airplane into Smithville Crawford Municipal Airport.  We will pick you up so you can enjoy your visit.


  • Take a bubble bath in a claw-foot tub.
  • Have a second helping of our Jalapeño Cheese Grits.
  • Rock your stress away on our front porch.
  • Borrow Hope Floats from our DVD library and watch in your room.