Taylor represents the best of Texas. Located just 30 miles northeast of Austin and surrounded by corn and cotton fields, Taylor has been the prairie, the railroad town, the idyllic country community and now the progressive edge of an urban landscape. Home to a community of more than 18,000, Taylor lies in the heart of the community, in the richness of its history, and in the pride of its heritage.
The progress and promise of Taylor is most evident in its newest additions: the new Taylor Public Library, the The Sustainable Technology Academy that provides training and industry support for emerging "green" technology companies, the tournament-grade Taylor Regional Park and Sports Complex and the East Williamson County Higher Education Center, a multi-institutional teaching center that boasts a partnership of Temple College, Texas State Technical College, Texas Tech, Concordia College and Legacy Early College High School.
You can catch citizens of Taylor as they celebrate their spirit with festivals (Blackland Prairie Days, rodeos, barbecue cook-offs, car shows), participate in sports activities at the new Taylor Regional Park and Sports Complex, or enjoy personal or group activities at Murphy or Robinson Park including hike and bike trails, tennis parks, and playscapes. Savor the unique flavor of Texan life as you stroll through historic downtown to admire buildings dating back more than 100 years, stop for some sizzling smoked barbecue, or tour exquisite renovated mansions, B&B's, and a host of cultural and historic landmarks. Experience the gusto of Texas with a sprinkle of spirit, a dash of charm, and a spoonful of heart from right next door.
Taylor is well-known world wide for its barbecue and historic downtown. It's also well known for its rich culture and progressive leadership. Here is just a few of the "bragging rights" we have about Taylor.
The charming Hill Country town of Taylor, now part of the Greater Austin area, is well over 100 years old in steeped in history.
If you're on your way to Austin from Dallas, it's only a 16-mile detour.
Can't-miss spots for barbecue fans (Louie Mueller Barbecue)
- Bon Appetit magazine
Feature of Tim Mikeska of Mikeska Foods on Food Network TV. Oldie but goodie.
- Food Network TV, Food Nations with Bobby Flay
Visitors are attracted to Taylor's bustling historic downtown area filled with distinctive shops and authentic barbecue joints.
The Best Barbecue in Texas, Part 1: Taylor
Best Places to Live (contender)
National Register of Historic Places: Taylor, Texas
Preserve America Community: Taylor, Texas
Mustang Creek Golf Course has continued to evolve into a tough, challenging course.
Taylor's Mustang Creek Golf Course is "One of the finest and most challenging 9 hole courses in the USA"
- Golf USA Tour.
"Summer Road Trips" ...the best Texas Style Barbecue.
- USA Today
Taylor is a town known for its good barbeque... Taylor's barbeque history intersects the legend of one of the best known families in Texas barbeque, the Mikeska brothers
Taylor is one of the few still functioning industrial towns in Texas, a unique throwback to an older age, with factories and active train traffic and a lot of character.