Updated: Jan 22, 2021
Welcome to Texas’ best kept secret. This adorable, historic city is only a 50-minute drive from Fort Worth. If you love life on the lake, shopping while sipping your favorite wine, and also eating great food, then this is the place for you.
I have partnered with Visit Granbury and Hilton Gardens Inn for this post. The best part for me is they had zero restrictions when it came to my blog post. This is my honest opinion.
Where to Stay in Granbury:
Hilton Garden Inn Granbury
635 E Pearl Street, Granbury, TX 76048
This lakefront hotel will put you in the heart of Granbury. It’s within walking distance to Granbury City Beach Park (Lake Granbury) and a mile away from the historic town square.
My favorite part about this hotel, was drinking my morning coffee in my favorite spot by the window. There is something about watching the peaceful lake in the morning that just felt good for my soul. However, it WAS the perfect spot until my kids woke up, then they wanted so-called perfect spot to watch the geese play in the lake.
Look at this lake view! It is so relaxing.
My kids favorite part about our hotel stay was the inside pool, which is perfect for keeping the children entertained on a rainy day. Thank you Hilton for saving this momma from bored kids.
Insider tip: There is a black storage box in the swimming pool room that is filled with pool toys.
Granbury City Beach Park
505 E Pearl Street, Granbury, TX 76048
Park Hours: 8am-8pm
Want to have fun on the lake? If you are heading to Granbury, you will most likely want to spend a majority of your time on their beautiful lake. It’s a local hot spot and a great place to catch some rays.
No Glass Containers
What I loved about this lake park is that there is not only buoys surrounding the swimming area, but a bridge, as well, that will keep the boats from coming too close to the swim area. So, if you are a mom, sit back and kick up your feet while the kids safely play.
Also, show up early so you can claim a covered picnic table.
Look how close this park is to Hilton Gardens Inn in Granbury. We were able to just walk straight from our hotel room to the lake every day. Easy peasy. The Granbury Inn parking lot is next to the beach entrance so you do not have to cross any streets.
This beach park has a cool splash pad for the kids. Sadly, I believe all the splash pads in Texas will be closed for the rest of the summer due to COVID19.
Historic Granbury Square
Go shopping and eating at the first Downtown Square in Texas. Only a mile away from the Hilton Gardens Inn.
Insider Tip: Most shops are open with regular business hours. Eateries and Drinkeries are also opening up, but please call ahead for their hours and social distancing requirements.
Our favorite finds at the Historic Granbury Square:
If your daughter loves American Girl Dolls, then this store has the cutest Disney doll dresses and shoes for $7.00! They even have these adorable country style American Girl Dolls for $20.00.
We bought my daughter an Elsa dress, shoes, and crown for only $7.00. You cannot beat that price.
Insider Tip: Grab a beer or a glass of wine while you’re shopping the square. It makes shopping even more fun.
Madeline Woods Boutique
This boutique has the cutest dapper clothes for kids, and this store has some of my favorite brands.
While walking the town square you must stop at this adorable ice cream store and bar. You will feel like you stepped back in time. It’s really cool!
The ice cream will not disappoint.
If you love farm house furniture and accessories then this stop is for you They have everything you need to be farm house chic and the prices will shock you in a good way.
If you are looking for hidden Texas treasure, we found these incredible lamps in a store within the square. The lamps were created by a talented local artist.
Hood County Jail Museum
208 N Crockett St, Granbury, TX 76048
This haunted jail was featured on the Travel Channel. Sadly, it was not opened during our stay. However, this jail is a must see when in Granbury. The inside is awesome, please Google more pictures. We tried three different days to get in!
Where to eat in the Historic Granbury Square:
Nutshell Eatery & Bakery
137 E Pearl St, Granbury, TX 76048
This adorable place has amazing pancakes and the price is just right.
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House
114 W Pearl St, Granbury, TX 76048
This place is a must when in Granbury for those that love country cooking. I’m still dreaming about the food. Yes, it’s that darn good!
You start with a complementary salad and biscuits with honey. The salad looks boring, but the dressing is to die for. I wish they sold the dressing by the jar because they would make a killing! Also, the biscuits are probably the best I have ever had. I think Magnolia Table in Waco is still #1 on my list, but this is close #2.
For your entree you select from 5 meats and you share the sides. The sides are so good, I could just eat them by themselves. The corn, delish. The green-beans, delish. The mashed potatoes, yum yum! It’s like your grandmothers cooking on steroids. The fried chicken and chicken fried steak were amazing as well.
More things to do while in Granbury.
5600 Matlock Rd, Granbury, TX 76049
Have you heard of Revolver beer? My husband is a HUGE fan. You can visit the Revolver Brewing Company located in Granbury. They have tours with tastings, live music, and food vendors on Saturdays. Sadly, the tasting was closed when we visited due to COVID.
Big Rocks Park
1014 NE Barnard St, Glen Rose, TX 76043
Open 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Big Rocks Park, located on the Paluxy River, is known for it’s enormous boulders and swimming area. At this park you are able to walk across large, unusual rocks that date back to when the dinosaurs roamed the earth.
I suggest your kids wear a life vest if they are not strong swimmers. Luckily, the park has free life vests located next to the park sign by the entrance.
Insider Tip: They say it’s a kid-friendly river, but I was extremely nervous. The rocks and fast rushing water did not put this mom at ease. I was afraid the current would take my kids down the river. I think this place is perfect, but maybe for older kids. All ages will be found here swimming, though.
Park by Granbury City Hall
116 W Bridge St, Granbury, TX 76048
This beautiful park is located next to the Granbury City Hall. Your kids will enjoy the beautiful scenery and all the amazing wildlife.
Where to eat in Granbury:
512 W Pearl St, Granbury, TX 76048
Closed on Sundays
There is a reason everyone told me to eat at Joe’s, because it is so good! This picture does not do the pizza justice.
The complementary rolls are incredible.
Stumpy’s Lakeside Grill
2323 S Morgan St, Granbury, TX 76048
This is where all the locals eat and there is a good reason why. This place reminds me of Cheers, where everyone knows everyone’s name. Order your meal at the front and find a table outside by the water. This is lake life at its finest.
As you are heading out the door, grab a delicious cupcake. Yummy!
El Gallo de Oro
430 E Pearl St, Granbury, TX 76048
If you love authentic breakfast tacos, this restaurant is down the street from the Hilton.
If you have a picky eater, do not worry, they have waffles and pancakes too.
I hope you enjoyed my Granbury blog post, because I had a blast in Granbury. If you are in Texas and want a weekend getaway, this place is the spot. This city is opened back up and ready for business.
While in Granbury stop at the Dinosaur Valley State Park.
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