The Best Things to Do and Attractions in Buda TX

Welcome to the city of Buda, Texas, a cute little town brimming with delightful experiences waiting to be discovered! Buda, nestled within Hays County, lies approximately 20 minutes southwest of downtown Austin, amidst the picturesque landscapes of the Central Texas hill country. My husband and I have always found such joy in this cute little town that brings in some of the Austin food and art, but mixed with gorgeous trails and a quiet sense of calm! There’s definitely no shortage of things to do in Buda, TX!

If you’re looking to explore Buda, you might find yourself surprised by the unique activities available. These include staying at movie-themed tiny homes, making your own wine, indulging in amazing cuisine, and, best of all, enjoying WIENER DOGS!!

Important note before visiting Buda! Save yourself the trouble before you get called out by a local. When you pronounce Buda, pronounce it like you’re saying BEAUTiful So BeauDa. 

So pack your sense of adventure and get ready to uncover the best that Buda, TX, has to offer!

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Best Things to do in Buda TX

Wiener Mania

Did you know that Buda, TX, is not just any town? It’s the Wiener Dog Capital of Texas! Yep, you heard it right – this adorable little town has gone to the dogs, in the cutest way possible. So, if you’re ever in Buda, make sure to add ‘hanging out with wiener dogs’ to your itinerary. Whether it’s at the annual Wiener Dog Races or simply strolling through town and spotting these lovable pups everywhere you go, Buda’s furry residents are sure to bring a smile to your face. It’s not every day you get to visit the Wiener Dog Capital of Texas!

a group of wiener dogs running on a football field

Movie Madness at Doc’s Drive-In Theatre

Visit Doc’s Drive-In Theatre for a retro movie experience under the stars. Enjoy classic snacks, a bar, and even mini-homes for overnight stays, all pet-friendly. The concession stand and bar remain open during the movie, offering your favorite movie theater snacks like hot buttered popcorn and movie theater candy. Additionally, they serve mouthwatering options such as pizzas, hotdogs, and movie-themed burgers.

And let’s not forget about Mama Merlot’s, where you can sip on specialty drinks. Enjoy options like espresso martinis while catching your favorite flick. There is also limited outdoor seating available at this great place, so if you’re not going in a car, be sure to book ahead.

a car with a blanket and blankets in the back

Step into Secrecy at Mama Merlot’s Speakeasy

Step back in time and discover Mama Merlot’s Speakeasy Club, an exclusive underground speakeasy right at Doc’s Drive In. Unwind with handcrafted drinks, appetizers, live performances and music. And the fun doesn’t stop there! Join Mama Merlot’s every Sunday for Bingo, Brunch, and a DJ spinning tunes alongside one complimentary mimosa or champagne, ensuring your weekend ends on a high note.

And if you’re looking to test your knowledge or simply enjoy some friendly competition, don’t miss Trivia Night & LIVE DJ every Wednesday at 7pm. For the latest updates and exciting events, be sure to check their social media pages

Play More Than Arcade Games at Pinballz

This spot is your all in one fun zone with multiple different activities! Dive into a world of classic arcade games at Pinballz, test your skills with axe throwing, challenge your friends to a game of pickleball, or race around in bumper cars. And if that’s not enough, enjoy a nice drink from the full bar onsite.

But the fun doesn’t stop there – experience the thrill of laser tag, immerse yourself in virtual reality adventures, and explore even more exciting activities.

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Go Line Dancing or Take Lessons at Mavericks Dance Hall

Mavericks Dance offers free line dance lessons in addition to its expansive space, boasting five bars and a patio perfect for a late night outing. You can enjoy a lively atmosphere with DJs, live music, and dance lessons. These include line dance sessions to make you feel comfortable getting out on the dance floor, no matter your experience.

Make sure to check their calendar to find different specials, lessons, and more.  It’s the perfect place to let your hair down and unwind!

people on a stage

Stroll Through Historic Downtown Buda

Stroll through the town of Buda and discover unique shops like Buda’s Red Door, and Posie Buda, showcasing home accessories, gifts, and more. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the past at Old Town Buda Antique Mall, where you can browse through treasures from 20 vendors spread across two floors, with some vendors even offering discounts on their items.

The downtown is so quaint making it such a beautiful spot to go for a leisurely stroll and find some incredible gems. 

Step into History at Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum

At Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum, step into a unique world where there is a World War II-themed 19-hole mini-golf course. Explore the small museum onsite, featuring authentic artifacts that bring history to life. While here, let the little ones enjoy the playground, complete with slides and fun activities.

Additionally, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Fellowship Hobby & Games, located within the premises.

Tabletop Fun at Fellowship Hobby & Games

Fellowship Hobby and Games in Buda, Texas, hosts an exciting lineup of gaming events, including regular sessions of Magic: The Gathering and Star Wars: Unlimited. Enthusiasts can also take part in the Blood Bowl League, showcasing their strategic prowess on the tabletop.