Bastrop became a Texas Main Street City in 2007 and was named one of the Top 12 Distinctive Destinations in America in 2010. And it’s easy to see why.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy four outstanding golf courses, hiking and biking trails, canoeing and kayaking on the Colorado River, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, camping, rodeo events and more. Visit Fisherman’s Park, the June Hill Pape Riverwalk along the Colorado River, Lake Bastrop, Bastrop State Park and even the famous Farm Street Chicken Sanctuary.
History buffs will not want to miss the Museum and Visitor Center of the Bastrop County Historical Society, located at 904 Main Street in the old City Hall, Fire Station and Jail. Stroll through our historic downtown and take a casual drive through Bastrop’s historic district, which features more than 130 homes with historic markers or medallions.
Drink in some culture at the Bastrop Opera House, which produces a variety of performances throughout the year. Visit the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild Gallery and Deep in the Heart Art Foundry, featuring artists from all over the state.
Feel like you recognize one of our picturesque streets from a movie? You sure do. Recent movies filmed in Bastrop include “Fireflies in the Garden” (starring Julia Roberts), “Bernie” (starring Shirley Maclaine and Jack Black), “When Angels Sing” (starring Harry Connick, Jr.), and “The Alamo” (starring Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton).
When it’s time to settle in for the night, we’ve got you covered. Stay at one
of our rustic cabins or charming bed & breakfast inns. Choose a comfortable hotel or even a five-star Hyatt resort.
Bastrop Early History
At the beginning of the 19th century, the Tonkawa Indians inhabited this area. Comanche Indians hunted along the river each autumn. In 1804, Spanish Governor Manuel Antonio Cordero y Bustamante established a fort at the Colorado River crossing, and this is where the town of Bastrop now stands. The Baron de Bastrop had planned to establish a German community at the site, but it was not until 1827, after Stephen F. Austin obtained a grant for a “Little Colony” from the Mexican government, that settlement began. Pioneers met with intense Indian resistance, but by 1832, the town of Bastrop had been founded. Previously called Mina, the town was renamed for the Baron de Bastrop in 1837.