Blue Hole Park in Georgetown on the South San Gabriel River is a popular summer time place providing cool water and a place to get wet and swim. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Big doings going on to the north of Austin: Georgetown was the fastest-growing city with a population of 50,000 or more from July 2014 to July 2015, according to the Census Bureau.

As we’re reporting on in a story about regional growth that also includes big gains in New Braunfels and Pflugerville: Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross said his city’s charms are attracting new residents, including its “19th century buildings on the most beautiful town square in Texas,” a “world-class” park system as well as top-rated public safety operations and great schools, including Southwestern University.

Not familiar with Georgetown’s charms but curious? We’re here to help with this list and a slide show.

Here are a few ways to get a newcomer’s taste of some of Georgetown attractions:

Go for a dip at Blue Hole, a lagoon-like swimming hole on the San Gabriel River. The entrance is at West Second and Rock Streets, and it’s open from dawn to dusk. Information: 512-930-3595.

Enjoy the outdoors in San Gabriel Park. Besides the Blue Hole, the 180-acre park features a looped hike-and-bike trail, a disc golf course, a skate park, plenty of shade under 200-year-old oak trees, soccer and baseball fields, and areas that can be reserved for events. 445 E. Morrow St. Information: (including hour and reservation fees).

Go to a sunset movie. The series includes events at both pools and parks. The movies start around 7:45 p.m. Coming up: “Dolphin Tale” on June 18 at Williams Drive Pool (pool fees apply); and “The Good Dinosaur” on July 23 by the gazebo in San Gabriel Park (free to attend).

Take your four-legged friend to the Bark Park. The 6-acre, off-leash park is divided into areas for small dogs (30 pounds or less) and large dogs. Features include water fountains for dogs and their people, an agility course, and poop bag stations (pick up after your pooch!). The city has a list of rules — dogs must be current on vaccinations, for example — at Open from dawn to dusk at 151 Holly St.

Georgetown Art Center, designed by architect Gary Wang. A splash pad is surrounded by a multi-functional bench and planter made of Brazilian hardwood. On the left is combination bike rack and discrete container for a trash can also made of Brazilian hardwood.

Get some culture at the Georgetown Art Center. In a renovated 19th century building in the city’s historic square (which also includes a splash pad), the Georgetown Art Center offers art exhibits as well as a variety of classes. The center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and exhibits are free. 816 S. Main St. Information: 512-930-2583,

Live theater at Georgetown Palace Theater. They’re finishing up a run of “Camelot” on May 22, and “Legally Blonde” opens June 3. They also offer workshops and classes for both kids and adults. See the full season and class schedule at