The city of Buda in Hays County is dubbed the outdoor capital of Texas due to the abundance of parks compared to other cities in Texas. Originally called Du Pre, the town was founded on April 1, 1881 on land owned by Mrs. Cornelia A. Trimble. In 1887, the town’s name was changed to Buda, derived from the Spanish word Viuda meaning widow. The town was a popular dining and rest stop for train travellers, and its name refers to a pair of widows who cooked at the Carrington Hotel in the 1880s. There is plenty to see and do in Buda City, which looks like a small town.
Visit historical attractions in the city of Buda
Tourists in the city of Buda will have plenty to do, see and explore, such as:
Visit the historic limestone building
Built in 1898, the historic one-story limestone building is one of Buda’s oldest and best-preserved commercial properties. Constructed of limestone, the building originally housed a general store called the Buda Mercantile Company. From 1913 to the Depression era, it was a grocery and retail store. Farm machinery, utensils, groceries, clothing, and other goods were sold or bartered here. The rich history of the building, told by the locals, is worth hearing as well as seeing its old limestone walls.
Visit the McElroy-Severn House (Stagecoach House and Onion Creek Post Office)
On 51 acres of land are the McElroy-Severn House/Stagecoach House and Onion Creek Post Office, whose rich history is closely tied to the early days of the city of Buda. Beginning in 1875, the Post Office and Stagecoach House served locals and people traveling the old San Antonio Road. After the postal service moved, the house served as the headquarters of the family ranch for over a century. The McElroy-Severn House (Stagecoach House) features beautiful 19th-century architectural designs including a hipped-roof porch, limestone chimneys and intricate designs. All of the buildings have detached houses that bear witness to Buda’s centuries-old agricultural heritage.
Visit the historic Carrington House
Regarded in local legends as the house that inspired the name of the city of Buda, the historic Carrington House was built in 1914 and is among the most historic buildings in central Texas. Today, Carrington House hosts events such as weddings, family reunions and group events for up to 275 people.
Clint’s Cabin is a tiny one-room log home located in historic Stagecoach Park. It served as accommodation for the employees of the Carrington Hotel for 105 years. It is named after Clint, an African American who worked at the Carrington Hotel.
Explore Buda City’s parks and outdoor recreation areas
Buda City has 13 park areas on 268 acres of public land with plenty of recreational facilities and is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. These parks have trails for hiking, biking, and picnicking and fields for sports like basketball, soccer, softball, and baseball. Some parks have ponds where visitors can boat and fish. Photo shoots, weddings and engagements can also be held at these sites. There are also wild animals in these parks, such as birds, turtles, ducks and rabbits, which visitors see.
Parks cost $45 to $200 to rent for events, and costs vary depending on whether one is a resident or non-resident. Other park amenities include ten playgrounds, nine pavilions, an amphitheater, and three miles of concrete and crushed granite trails. The four best Buda city parks to visit are:
Bradfield Village Park
Located at 140 Crescent Drive, the Bradfield Village Park is a 31-acre public park with two ponds with blue and channel catfish species, which visitors can fish. It also has a playground, barbecue, benches, picnic tables and a water fountain.
Buda City Park
Buda City Park is a scenic 7-acre park located at 204 San Antonio Street in the heart of downtown Buda. The park has two pavilions that are rented out for special events, parties, shows, and live music. The larger pavilion has two basketball courts and a playground with a small climbing wall. Annual events held here include:
- Fajita Fiesta – Last September Weekend
- Budafest-First weekend of December
- Red, White and Buda Independence Day Celebration – 4th of July
- Buda Lion’s Club County Fair and Wiener Dog Races – Last April Weekend
- Movies In The Park – Every Friday in June
Other amenities here are benches, swings, barbecues, picnic tables, restrooms, water, electricity, restrooms, water fountains, and basketball hoops.
Historic Stagecoach Park
Located at 880 Main Street, Historic Stagecoach Park has two historic sites on 54 acres of land. It also has a pavilion rented for private events, an amphitheater, a playground, walking and cycling nature trails, picnic tables, a natural park, a pond and of a municipal circle for scouts. Much of the scenic nature park has acres of land dotted with mesquite and oak trees. In December, the annual Buda Trail of Lights event takes place in this park. Other amenities include electricity, toilets and water fountains.
Jackson Tyler Norris Memorial Skate Park
This memorial skate park on Route 480 S. Loop 4 is named after Jackson Tyler Norris, an avid skateboarder and organ donor who died in a traffic accident on June 22, 2011, at the age of 15. The skating platforms at Jackson Tyler Norris Memorial Skate Park are:
- Grinding rails
- half moons
- Grinding bench
- Manual buffer
- Beveled transition
There is also a garden and toilets.
Buda Sports Complex Park
Along 310 Buda Sportsplex Drive is the 52-acre park which includes an open park, long nature trails and a large playground. The park also has a clubhouse, softball, baseball, and recreation fields, and a concession stand rented to vendors to sell food and snacks. On a Saturday before Easter there is an Easter egg hunt. Other amenities here are:
- dog park
- Hiking and biking trails
- water fountains
Attend annual Buda City events
Every year there are several festive events in the city of Buda that visitors can attend and enjoy, including:
First Saturday: Every first Saturday of the month, the Buda Downtown Merchants’ Group sells its wares in downtown Buda. There is live music, food and drink to keep shoppers entertained while shopping.
Buda Crawfest: This crawfish cooking and eating event takes place at the Buda Amphitheater and City Park. There is also live music, children’s events and vendors selling different products during this event.
Buda City Center Farmer’s Market: Every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Buda City Park there is a farmers market where fresh organic produce, baked goods and other locally grown foods are sold at fair prices.
Sip and stroll down Main Street: This is a spring event where visitors stroll through the historic city center of Buda and taste wines, sample the best food from local restaurants, and shop while having fun.