Things To Do In Taylor, Texas

Taylor Texas

Though Williamson County is growing like wildflowers in the spring, it has maintained its rural roots amidst the tech giants and those we are calling CalAustins, who are moving in by the Tesla load. 

Taylor’s contribution to the tech migration is the mammoth Samsung plant, but farms and vast Texas skies still surround the gritty, sleepy town just up the road of Austin.

Spell Caster Ghost Tours has created a List of Top Spots for Eats, Drinks, Sleeps, and Strolls in Taylor, Texas.

Things To Do In Taylor, TX

Here are a handful of things to consider during your visit to Taylor. And know that more adventures and experiences are popping up around town daily. 

Where To Stay in Taylor

Taylor’s vibe is a mix of nostalgia and progressive coolness. The beautiful historic buildings of downtown house delicious locally owned restaurants, vintage and antique stores, pubs, inviting coffee spots, and one-of-a-kind retail shops. Downtown Taylor offers historical Texas architecture with smiling folks behind the scenes. Taylor still speaks Texas Friendly.

Taylor, Texas Vacation Homes
Scott and Cindy are Taylor Locals who have created amazing short-term rental spaces for visitors to Taylor, Texas.
Their thoughtful, hands-on approach to managing their rentals has made them Top Hosts in Taylor.
A few of the things they are noted for:
– Top-notch guest communication
– Listing and pricing management
– Coordination of cleaning, laundry, maintenance, and repairs
– Regular site visits to ensure quality
*And Cindy is a licensed massage therapist! Turn your Taylor Visit into some much-deserved Self Care!

 

Where to Eat & Drink in Taylor

MIXTAPE
108 East Second 
Taylor, TX 76574
We might be a little partial… we start our Taylor’s Spirits After Dark Ghost Tour at MIXTAPE, and they’ve even created a signature cocktail for our Ghost Tour Goers. But we wouldn’t have chosen MIXTAPE if they were anything less than a rockin’ good time with excellent eats and drinks. We can’t recommend them enough: good people, good service, and fantastic food and drink. 

MIXTAPE Taylor Texas

MIXTAPE in Taylor, TX

LaScala
203 North Main Street
Taylor, TX 76574
House-made pasta and elevated entrees are the perfect precursors to a killer dessert. La Scala offers delicious food in an intimate setting in the heart of downtown Taylor. To ensure the perfect dining experience, make a reservation! You won’t be disappointed.

Taylor Seoul Food
407 W 9th B
Taylor, Texas 76574
Taylor Seoul Food is Korean-inspired American comfort food. Their menu delivers homemade goodness from family recipes. You can taste their joy and passion with every bite.

Louis Mueller Barbecue
206 W 2nd St
Taylor, TX 76574
Louie Mueller is one of the most famous barbecue eateries in the world. Yep, James Beard Award-winning and in Taylor, Texas, since 1949 and three generations. Note, they are only open until 7:30 and be prepared for a wait if you go during peak eating times. But absolutely worth the wait! 

Second Street Station
201 W 2nd St114 W 2nd St
Taylor, TX 76574
If you’re in the mood for an ice-cold draft and tasty pub grub, Second Street Station is the perfect spot to quench your thirst and warm your belly. And something to note – Taylor is “open container,” so after your spicy wings and IPA, or basket of golden-fried fish and chips and a pint of lager, ask for a to-go cup so you can sip during your downtown stroll. 

Good Strangers
114 W 2nd St
Taylor, TX 76574
Fantastic coffee is in this quaint cafe inside one of Taylor’s beautiful historical buildings. Good Strangers is the quintessential neighborhood coffee shop. Pop in for a cup of joe, a breakfast taco, and Texas-friendly from the lovely staff who make Good Strangers a regular for locals. 

 

A Few Things To Do in Taylor, TX

Haunted Taylor Texas

Downtown Taylor

Taylor’s Spirits After Dark Ghost Tour! (duh)
Spell Caster’s Saturday Night Adults Only Ghost Tour takes you on a macabre journey into Taylor’s hidden secrets and hauntings. Grab a tasty beverage to-go as we blend a little True Crime and Dark History to create an evening of Hauntings and Highballs. It’s the best way to experience the magick of Taylor.                                                                                                     

Alchemy
119 W. 2nd St
Taylor, TX 76574
“Unique Goods for Unique People.” As soon as you enter Alchemy, you are transported to a safe place that warms your soul and opens your heart. The gals in the shop are kind and welcoming, allowing you to browse the beautiful imported adornments and accessories. Pop in, say “Hiya!” and begin your journey into Alchemy’s different cultures by way of pretty things. 

Curio Mrvosa
114 N. Main St
Taylor, TX 76574
This super cool bookstore carries new, used, and vintage books for the “creative and the curious.” Time tends to become irrelevant when you begin perusing the shelves and soaking in the vibes of this unique and welcoming bookstore. 

Red Cap Cigar Lounge
215 N Main St 
Taylor, TX 76574
If your idea of a treat is a fancy stogie (we know those are contradictory terms, but we wanted to use stogie in a sentence), you should pay a visit to Brad and Gina at Red Cap. Their humidor is stocked with premium hand-rolled cigars curated to appeal to anyone. And you can enjoy your smoke in the lounge for a relaxing moment of “self-care.” 

Western Darlin’
112 N Main St
Taylor, TX 76574
Boho Trucker chic in Taylor, TX. Western Darlin’ carries home goods, apparel, and accessories to adorn your body, barn, and abode. They also serve wine… So pop in, have a drink, grab a Trucker Hat, and snag a bag of chicken feed as you two-step back to your coop.

Hailey’s Grains
100 E 2nd St
Taylor, TX 76574
Hailey’s Grains is Taylor’s local ethical corner store. You’ll find locally sourced organic produce, clean pantry staples, as well as earth-conscious toiletries and household products. It’s also a really beautiful shop – Like a fabulous general store with air conditioning. 

Taylor Soap Bar
321 N Main St
Taylor, TX 76574
Pay Taylor Soap Bar a visit, your body, nose, and soul with thank you. Soaps, lotions, candles, and all things that feel like self-care indulgences are affordable, and many are crafted by locals of the Central Texas area. 

Black Sparrow

 

Black Sparrow Music Parlor
113 W 2nd St
Taylor, TX 76574
Solar Eclipse Weekend is the Re-Opening of this beloved Taylor Venue. Known throughout Texas as a coveted music and performance venue, The Sparrow has done some reimagining, and we will all be pleasantly surprised to see what they have in store for us in the future.

 

 

 

Old Taylor High
410 W 7th St
Taylor, TX 76574
The creative folks in Taylor love restoration and repurposing.  Old Taylor High is exactly that – the old High School that now serves as a destination. Eat. Shop. Drink. Play. Check out their site for a list of all the restaurants, pubs, shops, and “fun stuff” they have to offer. (Think of it as an 80’s mini-mall)

Old Stuff in Taylor

Vintique Taylor  Small towns in Texas are known for great finds. Unfortunately, many of those small towns have capitalized on the repurpose-cool factor, but Taylor has stayed true and honest to the vintage scene.

Vintique Mall
2121 N Main St.
Taylor, TX 76574
Over 10,000 square feet of antiques and vintage finds. Whether you’re looking for an old pair of Ropers, a 19th-century bureau, or mid-century china, chances are, you’ll find it at Vintique Mall. The Vintique folks have so much to offer they are opening a second location on 2nd Street!

Vintique Mall

Vintique Mall

KINCL House of Antiques
200 W 2nd St
Taylor, TX 76574
Inside the historic KINCL building, you’ll find a ton of antiques to choose from. Everything from stained glass to refinished dining tables, KINCL offers a variety of antique and vintage pieces for home decor.

Vintage Affaire
106 E 2nd St.
Taylor, TX, 78754
Vintage Affaire is a quaint shop in downtown Taylor that offers antiques, gifts, and sweet home pieces. Seasonal postcards, table runners, and holiday decor are some of the finds you’ll discover at Vintage Affaire Taylor.

 

Nature & Culture

Want to soak us some nature and experience four-legged and feathered wildlife? Or maybe you feel like you need to check off something on your list that doesn’t involve food, beer, or shopping.

Heritage Square Park
400 N Main St
Taylor, TX 76574
Heritage Square is 1.67 acres and hosts multiple seating areas under shade, a walking path, and historical markers. It’s a little oasis in the hustle of downtown. Pierce Skate Park is right across the street if you’re traveling with your board. 

Murphy Park
1600 Veterans Dr.
Taylor, TX 76574
120 acres dedicated to nature. There is a fishing lake, a heron/egret rookery and roost, a native plant garden, and hiking trails. Oggle, ooh, and ahh at the several different species of herons and egrets nesting on the island. Or just hang out and soak up some natural goodness.

Dan Moody Home and Museum
114 W 9th St
Taylor, TX 76574
The Robertson family built the Moody home in 1887. In 1890, Nancy’s daughter married Dan’l Moody, and the home became the Moody home. The home remained in the Moody family until 1975, when it was donated to the City of Taylor to be used as a museum. For those not familiar with Dan Moody, he was the youngest governor of Texas to date. 

Haunted Hoxie Bridge Granger Lake

Hoxie Bridge

Taylor Park – Granger Lake
4801 FM1331
Taylor, TX 76574
Taylor Park offers a great campsite, or if you’d rather just visit, it’s lovely for a morning hike and picnic. It’s also home to Hoxie Bridge, which was moved to Taylor Park in the 1970s and is known for its dark and macabre haunting.

 

There is so much more to experience in Taylor, Texas, and we hope this Things T Do in Taylor will give you a head start on your visit.