A Texas road trip isn’t complete without spending a few days in Fredericksburg. Centrally located just an hour outside of Austin and San Antonio, the town is an easy scenic drive from just about anywhere in the state.
A great destination for the entire family, the Texas Hill Country has plenty of places to relax. The small town atmosphere and laid-back lifestyle of Fredericksburg can be enjoyed by all.
Strolling Main Street you will find more than 150 unique shops and boutiques filled with home goods, clothing, locally-made soaps and lotions, handmade boots, the best in specialty foods like dips, jams and jellies and more.
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A summertime tradition that can’t be missed is enjoying a juicy Fredericksburg peach straight from the orchard. Mid-May through mid-August, dozens of roadside stands are filled with bushels of just-picked peaches that are ready to be eaten. In addition to fresh peaches, one can expect to find homemade peach cobbler and homemade peach ice cream, along with peach jams, jellies and other fresh-from-the-farm produce waiting to be enjoyed.
When you’re ready to enjoy some scenic views – head to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, where you can hike nearly eight miles of trails including the famous Summit Trail, which features 360-degree views of the Texas Hill Country at the top. Stick around after dark and enjoy a night hike or stargazing, as Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is one of the few International Dark Sky Parks in Texas. Insider Tip: Be sure to purchase passes online before you visit the park to guarantee entry.
Another can’t miss thing to do in Fredericksburg – immerse yourself in history. Visit the Pioneer Museum located in downtown Fredericksburg to learn how the little German Texan town came to be – and all about the town’s upcoming year-long 175th Anniversary Celebration, set to kick off in May 2021.
Don’t miss the National Museum of the Pacific War’s brand new Admiral Nimitz Gallery, which opened in February 2020, bringing dozens of artifacts and exhibits to the public for the first time. For the latest information and details on visiting the nine acre campus, be sure to visit pacificwarmuseum.org.
Take a quick drive down Ranch Road 1 to the Lyndon B. Johnson State and National Historical Parks – where visitors will get a first-hand look at not only the 36th President’s place of birth, but also his ultimate resting place at the beloved ranch. The LBJ State Park is home to the Sauer-Beckman Living History Farm, where visitors can get a up close look at a typical farm from the early 1900’s including farm animals, while the LBJ National Park, located just across the Pedernales River, is home to the Texas White House.
Fredericksburg is Texas Wine County, where you’ll find dozens of Texas Hill Country wineries – from small urban wine tasting rooms located in the downtown historic district to large acreage vineyards located on the outskirts of Fredericksburg and nearby Stonewall. The wide variety of tasting rooms and vineyards allow a visitor to experience wines from all over Texas – and beyond – with a visit to Fredericksburg.
Please be sure to head to VisitFredericksburgTX.com for the most up-to-date information on Fredericksburg shops, restaurants, wineries and attractions.