What to do & See in Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg is a popular weekend destination for visitors from nearby Austin and San Antonio. The town was named after Prince Frederick of Prussia, and it is famous for being the home of “Texas German,” a German dialect spoken by the first generations of settlers who did not learn English. It’s a popular day trip from Austin, but if you can go on a weekday, it’ll be much less crowded.
Discover the charming German settlement of Fredericksburg. Known for its outstanding peaches, Fredericksburg is nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. This lively village offers a host of activities to appeal to all ages. Whether you are looking for a romantic get-away, a girls’ weekend or a large family reunion, Fredericksburg has a variety of homes and cottages to choose from. With a myriad of things to do and see in an idyllic setting, Fredericksburg is perfect for a family vacation or weekend getaway.
The Enchanted Rock Nature Area features a pink granite dome estimated to be one billion years old. Climb the 400 feet to the top to enjoy a spectacular view of the hill country area. The area includes a series of hiking, from an easy stroll to challenging.
Climb to the top of this popular pink granite rock dome at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area for amazing views. Kids can borrow a Junior Ranger Explorer Pack to help them explore the area. It’s advisable to get there early in the morning as the parking lot can fill up quickly. Bring lots of water and wear sunscreen. It’s also a great place to star gaze on a summer night.
Cost: Adult $7 daily, children 12 and under FREE
Location: 16710 Ranch Rd. 965, Fredericksburg
Phone: (830) 685-3636
Just a few minutes outside of town, you’ll find Wildseed Farms, a family-owned wildflower farm where you can pick your own flowers, walk the trails, capture beautiful photos, shop for seeds and plants, and taste the wide range of products including jellies, jams, pickles, salsas and more that are available for purchase. Note: When saying hello to the Wildseed cats on location, make sure the kids don’t pet them as they can be a little feisty with little ones.
Wildseed Farms is a real working wildflower farm with over 200 acres of wildflowers. Along with the wildflower seeds, they offer an assortment of locally made jams, jellies, salsas and marinades and even have a beer garden on the property.
- Hours: Daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Cost: FREE
- Location: 100 Legacy Dr, Fredericksburg
- Phone: (800) 848-0078
The Butterfly Haus is located in a historic house on Main Street and features hundreds of species of native butterflies amongst native Texas plants.
Old Tunnel State Park
From May through October, spectators gather at Old Tunnel State Park to watch up to 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasilienses mexicana) and 3,000 cave myotis (Myotis velifer) bats take flight at dusk. Bat-viewing opportunities are available seven nights a week, and nightly educational presentations are given Thursday through Sunday.
- Hours: Sunrise to 5 p.m.; Park opens at 5 p.m. Mon-Wed May through Oct for bat viewing
- Cost: Free for viewing at upper viewing area; $5 fee for viewing at lower viewing area
- Location: 10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg.
- Phone: Call (866) 978-2287 to get the latest emergence time information.
Need the kids to burn off some energy before the ride home? Visit this playground right on Main Street, close to all of the shops and restaurants of downtown Fredericksburg. There there are many climbing, swinging and balancing options.
- Cost: FREE
- Location: 260 E. Main Street, Fredericksburg
Pioneer Museum depicts the history and heritage of the settlement of Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country by German immigrants.
The massive Natural Museum of the Pacific showcases World War II history, featuring memorabilia and war relics along with displays and interactive exhibits. The museum also features live re-enactments. The Nimitz Museum, named after Fredericksburg native, Admiral Chester Nimitz, is next to the larger museum.
Stroll down Main Street in Fredericksburg for a shopping experience like no other. Lined with over 150 unique shops and boutiques, whatever your heart desires, you can find it on Main Street. Fashion, jewelry, home décor, specialty foods, antiques, western wear, you can find it all in Fredericksburg. If bargain hunting is more your style, Fredericksburg Trade Days occurs on the third weekend of each month from March through December. Homes and cottages are available with easy access to all the action in Fredericksburg.
Art in Fredericksburg
Named one of the “Top Five Art Towns” by Southwest Art Magazine in 2004, Fredericksburg features a number of eclectic and sophisticated art galleries ranging from traditional to modern. The galleries offer a First Friday Art Walk on the first Friday of each month, where the galleries stay open late for art viewing and appreciation.
Hungry? Embrace Fredericksburg’s German roots and indulge in some schnitzel at Rathskeller, a snug little restaurant in the basement of an old building. They serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week. If you’re looking for a cool treat after exploring the town on a hot summer day, stop in for an ice cream sundae or a cone at Clear River Ice Cream. This retro ice cream shop has a flavor to please everyone and offers up bakery items as well.
Wine Tours in Fredericksburg
Visit the Texas wineries lining both sides of Highway 290 for a countryside rivaling the wine regions of Central Italy and French Rhone Valley. Each winery is unique and features tasting rooms and tours.
- The Hill Country Film Festival is held in late April each year.
- The Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival happens annually over the Memorial Day Weekend
- The Gillespie County Fair, the oldest continuous county fair in Texas, is held in August.
- The Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest happens in October every year.
Fredericksburg enjoys mild winters and hot summers. Temperatures range from 82 degrees in the summer to 49 degrees in the winter. Fredericksburg’s mild climate makes it an ideal year round destination.
How to Get to Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg is centrally located in the Texas Hill Country, 78 miles west of Austin and 70 miles northwest of San Antonio. Fly to San Antonio or Austin and drive into Fredericksburg. Car rentals are available at both airports and in Fredericksburg. Greyhound bus transportation is also available in Fredericksburg.
Attractions In and Around Fredericksburg
Looking for things to do while you’re in Fredericksburg (and vicinity)? Don’t miss landmarks such as Holy Ghost Lutheran Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church and unique cultural highlights like Allman Art Gallery and National Museum of the Pacific War. If some outdoor time is on the agenda, experience the natural beauty of Cross Mountain Park, Vista Loop Trail and Live Oak Wilderness Trail.
Fun activities in the city include Fredericksburg Winery, Rancho Ponte Vineyard and Torre Di Pietra Vineyards. Other things to do while in town include a visit to Vereins Kirche Museum, Pioneer Museum and Fort Martin Scott Historic Site.