Along I-35 is a place you've maybe never visited, but always passed. If you take the exit, though, you'll find a village of artists, creators and makers that have built something that's truly worth the trip.
Salado Museum & College Hill Park
This is an incredible place to visit! What looks like just the ruins of an old building is actually the site of Texas’s first Co-Ed College that was established in 1859, and helped put Salado on the map! And at the museum down the street, you can learn about the Scottish heritage of Salado.
Ro Shaw Clay Studio & Gallery
Down Peddler’s Alley, folks have been peddling their crafts for decades, and at Ro Shaw’s studio, you can learn a trade of your own. Stop in for some pottery lessons and to see his artworks.
Sirena on the Creek
This beautiful creek has a dark secret. It’s said to flow with the tears of a woman who was cursed by a magical catfish to be stuck in the water forever, loveless and lost. If you visit, you’ll see a statue of Sirena the Indian Mermaid… just beware of any sneaky catfish!
Barrow Brewing Company
This is the first microbrewery in the county since Prohibition, and it’s also the locals living room. Everyday it’s opened, it’s packed — and for good reason. Along with great brews, there are also food trucks, live music and more! Try their signature Evil Catfish IPA and don’t be surprised if you’re enchanted by the taste…
A true Texas Icon and a historic stop on the Old Chisholm Trail is still serving up the classics you love (hello, addicting hushpuppies!) as well as new favorites with a Texas twist. Stop in for the history and stay for the eats and unique modern vibe!
Happy Pizza Co.
It’s easy to find a pizza happiness at this food truck at Barrow Brewing. These artisanal-style pizzas are wood-fired in a brick-oven built into the truck, and the sourdough crust is made with yeast from the brewery. The Big Don Pizza (topped with ALL MEAT) will rock your taste buds.
The naturally flowing springs of this creek make for a nice and cool afternoon swim. It’s one of Central Texas’s lesser known swimming holes, which means there’s plenty of room for splashing around and lounging in the shade. Just watch out for those evil catfish!
Ever felt like getting a real bird’s eye view of our beautiful state? If so, the pros at Skydive Temple gotcha covered! They take reservations for tandem jumps (which begin at 10,000 feet and have the jumper spiraling back to earth at 120 mph!) Thursdays through Mondays. You’ll have a fantastic time, but you might also kiss the ground once you get back on it.