DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas — If you’re looking for a place to spend time outside in the Hill Country or even pick up a new sport, there is an activity for everyone at Dreamland in Dripping Springs. It is a 64-acre outdoor entertainment, recreation and arts venue that opened in February.
When Team Daybreak headed out to Dreamland, we were ready to get right into the competition – but we didn’t stay on one team for long. Bryce Newberry and Conner Board represented “Team Reporter," while Yvonne Nava and Rob Evans joined forces to be “Team Anchor.”
The first activity we tried was the “Connect Four”-style basketball game. You must get the balls into the basketball hoops and get four balls in a row on the grid to win.
Newberry and Board really struggled with this one, never making a shot. Although Nava didn’t make any hoops during practice, she made three of the four shots that led her and Evans to victory.
Dreamland is also well known for the sculptures and murals throughout the property on Richard’s Rainwater tanks.
“The art experience is truly sort of unique. It's fine art, large-scale sculptures meets street art,” said Gareth Maguire, the artistic director at Dreamland.
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Maguire said that artists from around the world, as well as local artists, are behind the artwork. Dreamland also has three live music stages where all types of musical performances are held.
It also has a 54-hole golf course, a disc golf course and all kinds of lawn games. For the kids, there is even a splash pad to help them cool off in the summer months.
But no doubt one of the top reasons people go to Dreamland is for the 16-court pickleball facility. Everyone from professional players to newcomers can get on the court and play the game.
“It’s a sport anyone can play,” Maguire said. “We try to do things where, again, regardless of your athletic ability or your age, that you'd be able to have fun.”
When Team Daybreak played our match, Nava and Evans beat Newberry and Board yet again. But it was a learning experience for the whole group.
After sweating it out on the pickleball courts, the team was in need of refreshments.
Dreamland has food on-site and has 90 self-pour taps that include 50 local beers, ciders, hard seltzers and kombuchas, along with 40 international wines. They also have happy hour deals.
Maguire said Dreamland’s mission is to create a place where all people feel welcomed and can feel a sense of true joy.
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