Austin County’s rich history and thriving farms and ranches represent the best of Texas. The county is home to the first colony in Texas, San Felipe de Austin, established by Stephen F. Austin in 1823. Although no longer the thriving center of commerce and politics it was at its peak, you can still see it for yourself when you stop by the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site. That’s not the only piece of history to discover. Head to Bellville for the 1896 Austin County Jail Museum. See where the “World Famous Sealy Mattress” was first developed at the Haynes Mattress Factory in Sealy. Step inside the beautiful Guardian Angel Catholic Church, one of the last Painted Churches built in Texas. When you’re in Austin County, you’re never far from a significant piece of Texas history.
There is no shortage of other kinds of adventure in Austin County. Explore six miles of scenic hiking and biking trails at Stephen F. Austin State Park and cruise along winding two-lane roads past farms and fields of vibrant flowers. Go horseback riding at a working ranch or enjoy a glass of Texas wine while you listen to an Academy Award-winning pianist and composer perform at Yellow Brick Road Winery. Walk across the working drawbridge to explore Bellville’s Newman’s Castle, a medieval-style castle complete with exterior walls (to keep you safe from bandits, of course), a moat, and a central keep from where you can survey your domain.
Rodeos, drag races, and many other very Texan adventures await in Austin County. Located just an hour west of Houston, it offers a convenient escape and plenty of ways to enjoy both a family-friendly getaway and a romantic retreat. See all the possibilities here and start planning your trip today.
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