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Looking for a fun and easy escape from the hustle and bustle of Austin? Just a short 30-minute drive northeast, Elgin, Texas, offers a delightful day trip filled with history, charm, and various activities. Known as the "Sausage Capital of Texas" and home to picturesque landscapes, this small town packs a big punch for visitors of all ages. Here's your ultimate guide to making the most of a day trip to Elgin.

Morning: Historic Downtown Elgin

Breakfast at Lucy’s Kitchen

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Lucy’s Kitchen, a local favorite known for its homestyle cooking and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy classic breakfast dishes like fluffy pancakes, crispy bacon, and freshly brewed coffee to fuel up for your day.

Explore Main Street

After breakfast, take a leisurely stroll down Main Street, where you'll find charming shops and historic buildings. Don’t miss The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store, a unique spot where you can browse vintage home décor and sample a fine selection of wines.

Elgin Depot Museum

Dive into Elgin’s rich history at the Elgin Depot Museum. Housed in a restored 1903 train depot, the museum offers fascinating exhibits on the town’s railroad history, agriculture, and the famous Elgin Hot Guts sausage. It’s a great way to learn about the local culture and heritage.

Afternoon: Outdoor Adventures and Local Flavors

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm

Head to the Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, where the fun extends beyond the holiday season. This family-friendly destination offers hayrides, a petting zoo, and seasonal activities like pumpkin picking in the fall. It's an excellent spot for kids and adults alike to enjoy the outdoors.

Lunch at Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse

No visit to Elgin is complete without sampling its legendary barbecue. Stop by Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse for a mouthwatering lunch featuring their famous sausages, brisket, and ribs. Be sure to try their homemade sides and save room for dessert.

Explore Elgin’s Parks

After lunch, burn off some calories with a visit to one of Elgin’s scenic parks. Veterans’ Memorial Park offers beautiful walking trails, picnic areas, and a splash pad for kids. Alternatively, Thomas Memorial Park, with its serene pond and open green spaces, is perfect for a relaxing afternoon.

Evening: Relax and Unwind

Visit Circle Brewing Co.

As the day winds down, head to Circle Brewing Co. for a refreshing local brew. Located just outside of Elgin, this brewery offers a variety of craft beers in a laid-back setting. Enjoy a pint on their outdoor patio and soak in the Texas sunset.

Dinner at Jalisco’s Mexican Restaurant

Cap off your day with a delicious dinner at Jalisco’s Mexican Restaurant. This local gem serves up authentic Mexican cuisine, including sizzling fajitas, cheesy enchiladas, and tangy margaritas. It's the perfect way to end your Elgin adventure.

Catch a Show at The Elgin Opera House

If you’re in the mood for some evening entertainment, check out what’s playing at The Elgin Opera House. This historic venue hosts a variety of performances, from live music to community theater productions, offering a charming end to your day trip.


Elgin may be small, but it’s packed with charm, history, and activities that make for an unforgettable day trip from Austin. Whether you’re exploring historic sites, indulging in delicious food, or enjoying the great outdoors, Elgin offers something for everyone. So, grab your keys, hit the road, and discover the hidden treasures of this delightful Texas town.

For more tips on local adventures and the best-used cars for your next road trip, visit Texas Auto Center’s blog. We’re here to help you drive away in the perfect vehicle for all your Texas explorations!

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