Antiques and collectibles, gifts, jewelry, clothing, and artists’ wares can be found in numerous shops along Luling’s quaint Main Street, and throughout town. The year-round Farmers Market and produce stands offer a large variety of fresh seasonal produce, from our world famous watermelons in summer to one of the largest selections of pumpkins in the state each fall.

Luling’s barbecue, Luling Bar B Q and City Market, are nationally recognized, having been featured in such diverse publications as People magazine, the New York Times, and most recently Reader’s Digest’s pick for the best ribs in the country. Luling restaurants offer a broad assortment of menus including traditional Mexican food, a variety of southern fare, and gourmet coffees and cuisine.

Rich in history, Luling is home to the Central Texas Oil Patch Museum, located in the historic Walker Brothers building downtown. The museum pays tribute to Luling’s rich cultural heritage and the important role that oil played in the development of the area. Researchers come from around the country to the Luling Public Library that houses the award winning Historical Research Center, funded and operated by the Caldwell County Genealogical & Historical Society.

An afternoon can be spent on our challenging 9-hole golf course that meanders along the San Marcos River. Also located on the banks of the San Marcos River is the historic Zedler Mill, currently under renovation by the city of Luling. It is the take out point for Texas’ first inland paddling trail and is fast becoming one of Texas’ “best kept secrets” for canoers and kayakers. Shuttle & Equipment Rental can be arranged through Luling Parks & Recreation Department (512) 227-1724.

You may also contact Holly from ‘Paddle with Style.’ She offers a variety of river tours and paddling instruction based out of San Marcos, Texas. Here’s here contact information: 512-749-2350,

There are almost two hundred oil well pump jacks within the city limits of Luling. The Chamber of Commerce commissioned a local artist to create moveable art to decorate many of the wells along the highways. A map of the Pump Jack Tour is available at the Chamber.

Along with the world famous Watermelon Thump, Luling is host to many annual events throughout the year. Check out the calendar for a complete list of events.
Downtown fills up in the spring for the Rough Neck Chili Cook-Off, benefiting the Central Texas Oil Patch Museum. Not long after the Chili Cook-Off, the museum holds its annual Art Show that attracts visitors from around the state. Pumpkins line the streets in fall in anticipation of Night In Old Luling, a long-standing family event that raises money for local non-profit groups.