Fredericksburg has been nicknamed the jewel of Texas Hill Country, and it won’t take you long to see why. This up and coming town is known for its wineries, but that’s not all that Fredericksburg has to offer. From its German heritage to its rich history and local festivities, Fredericksburg has something for everyone.
Where is Fredericksburg, TX?
Fredericksburg is located in south central Texas, deep in the heart of Texas Hill Country. Just an hour from both Austin and San Antonio, its central location makes it the ideal spot for a weekend getaway for Texans. For those visiting from out of state, its proximity to bigger cities presents several options for flying.
Fun Things to Do in Fredericksburg, TX
There’s something in this Texas town for everyone. You probably won’t be able to do everything below in one weekend (but don’t let us stop you from trying!), so pick a few activities that pique your interest and get ready to make some memories in Fredericksburg.
Learn Something New
Fredericksburg is full of history, and it has plenty of museums to fill your itinerary. If you’re a history buff, your first thought when you hear Fredericksburg might be the famous Virginia battles during the Civil War, but the city of the same name in Texas has a rich history as well. Spend a day visiting the National Museum of the Pacific War (named one of the top five history museums in the US), the Pioneer Museum, and Fort Martin Scott.
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, which boasts the former president’s country home, isn’t too far from Fredericksburg. Visitors can see bison, longhorns, and more. This park is a must-see for U.S history lovers!
If you’re itching to get some fresh air, your options are plentiful in Fredericksburg. Open all year round, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is nothing short of enchanted. Featuring pink granite and several trails, it is the perfect place for picnicking, hiking, geocaching, and camping.
Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park is a must-see for any visitor. At over 300 acres, there is plenty of room to explore, enjoy nature, and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Visit Elephants at the Preserve
Yes, there are elephants in Texas Hill Country! The Preserve is on a mission to protect elephants and educate people on elephant conservation. Participate in the Elephant Experience, where you can get up close and personal with Asian elephants, learn about them, and get plenty of photos!
See the Wildflowers
Fredericksburg is home to the nation’s largest working wildflower farm, Wildseed Farms. Whether you consider yourself a flower lover or not, this is a place everyone should visit at least once. Admission is free, and walking trails make wildflower viewing convenient. With a tasting room on the premises, you can enjoy a peaceful stroll while sipping wine. And don’t forget to purchase some wildflower seeds to take home with you!
Enjoy a Wine Tour
Did we mention that Fredericksburg is in the heart of Texas Wine Country? This town alone boasts over 20 wineries, including the iconic 290 Wine Trail that makes winery hopping a breeze. Take a look at the local wineries and plan your own tour, or schedule a wine tour with a company like 290 Wine Shuttle. We provide easy on-and-off transportation along the entire 290 Wine Trail so you can forget about driving and parking and focus on sipping and savoring.
Listen to Local Music
When in Fredericksburg, it might be harder to avoid live music than to find it! Many restaurants and wineries feature local musicians throughout the week, and the Backyard Amphitheater hosts larger shows throughout the year. Check out the latest schedule of upcoming shows at restaurants in town.
Eat Good Food
No trip is complete without good food, and Fredericksburg has plenty of that! From German cuisine to Texas BBQ, you’ll eat well in this town.
The Old German Bakery and Restaurant is a local favorite that serves traditional German food—not to mention, breakfast all day! Altdorf Biergarten is another must-try if you love German food. If you’re looking to satisfy your BBQ craving, try Backwoods BBQ or David’s Old Fashioned Pit BBQ. You can’t go wrong with BBQ in Texas!
We can’t leave the coffee lovers hanging! You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the variety of coffee shops in Fredericksburg, but we recommend Caliche Coffee and KaffeeHaus if you can’t try them all. Twisted Sisters Bakeshop is the place to go for baked goods—trust us!
One thing is for sure when it comes to this charming Texas town: there’s no lack of things to do! Fredericksburg offers a variety of activities to suit almost anyone’s interests—foodies, adventurists, wine connoisseurs, musicians, and history buffs included! We hope to be part of your next trip to Fredericksburg.