Right in the heart of the Texas Hill Country sits the charming and historic small town of Fredericksburg, Texas in Gillespie County.
Known for its unique German heritage and loads of great wineries, Fredericksburg, TX is a hot spot for people all over the United States according to Southern Living Magazine.
After experiencing the German hospitality of Fredericksburg, Texas we understand why. Located near Austin and San Antonio, about 1.5 hours outside of Austin and not far from San Antonio, it is a great town for a weekend getaway from the big city and an easy day trip from Austin.
Fredericksburg, TX is such a charming central Texas town boasting great wines, a Texas wine trail, parks, German food, German culture and heritage, country music, a National museum (and other museums), outdoor activities, and so much more!
Let’s take a look at some of the fun things to do in Fredericksburg, TX!
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Things to do in Fredericksburg TX
Hike Enchanted Rock
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area definitely has to be on your list of things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas year-round as it is one of the great outdoor activities.
Located about 20 miles outside of this small town, Enchanted Rock State Park is one of the most popular hiking and photography areas in the Texas Hill Country and a popular road trip.
Today, visitors can enjoy hiking, camping, rock climbing on the massive pink granite dome, picnicking, and spend some time enjoying some of the best stargazing around while visiting Enchanted Rock.
Since Enchanted Rock state natural area is such a popular place in central TX, make sure to arrive at the park early on the weekends Also, take note that if you are choosing to go rock climbing, Enchanted Rock is made of granite and becomes very slippery when it rains.
Of course, the park is one of the top attractions near Fredericksburg, Texas. It is extremely busy on the weekend, so be sure to make your reservations in advance and pack a picnic.
Be sure to visit the Enchanted Rock website for the most up-to-date information while planning your trip to Texas Hill Country.
See the Bats Take Flight at Old Tunnel State Park
Watching the Mexican free-tailed bats take flight from the historical Old Tunnel State Park is one of the most popular things to do in Fredericksburg for tourists. Honestly, this is one of the best parks around!
Located near the town of Fredericksburg, TX, on the Old San Antonio Road, Old Tunnel State Park is where the bats live is an old abandoned railroad tunnel that once belonged to the Northern Railway. Home to more than three million Mexican free-tailed bats, the railroad tunnel was declared a state park in 2012.
Today, visitors flock to the historic Old Tunnel State Park before sunset to watch the bats take flight.
This exhilarating experience at Old Tunnel State Park tops the list of Fredericksburg, Texas things to do if you’re a nature lover.
Please note that the tunnel is a protected area for bats, so entry is forbidden. You can just hang out near the tunnel to see the bats emerge at night.
Old Tunnel State Park is just one of the best places to visit to see bats in Texas.
Step Back in Time at the Pioneer Museum
Down on the west end of downtown Main Street, you will find the family-friendly Fredericksburg Pioneer Museum. The 3-acre complex that makes up the Pioneer Museum is home to 11 historic buildings from the original small-town authentic German immigrants.
While taking one of the self-guided tours of the Pioneer Museum, pay attention to the historic 19th century German homes, a church, and buildings at the Pioneer Museum, visitors get to see a vast collection of 19th century German artifacts that are at the center of the Pioneer Museum.
Take note that the Pioneer Museum is one of the best museums in Fredericksburg, Texas. It gets busy on the weekend, so make reservations for your visit if you can.
Try Everything Made With Peaches
The orchards near the town of Fredericksburg and in the Texas Hill Country produce 40 percent of the peaches in Texas.
So if you find yourself near or visiting the town of Fredericksburg in the summer, then tasting everything possible made with peaches has to be on your list of the best things to do in Fredericksburg, TX.
The peaches here are great, and one of the best things around (especially the peach ice cream), so don’t miss trying them!
Hang Out at Das Peach Haus
Another Fredericksburg, Texas thing to do is to hang out at Das Peach Haus store. This cute store, located not far from Main Street, has century-old buildings dating back to the German immigrants.
If you’re a peach lover, then Das Peach Haus is a great place for you. They have everything you can think of made from the best peaches, even ice cream!
You could also buy some peach products and have a little picnic outside of Das Peach Haus if you would like! This is such a great place in town.
Catch a Live Performance at Rockbox Theater
The former warehouse turned live music venue, Rockbox Theater has been entertaining Fredericksburg since 2007.
Located just off of Main Street, the Rockbox Theater originally focused on live music from the 50s and 60s. The Rockbox Theater has since evolved to welcome bands and comedians for you to watch.
Become Immersed in History Museum of the Pacific War
I have often wondered why a National museum like the National Pacific War Museum is located in the small town of Fredericksburg, Texas. So, I did a little research on the history and discovered that Admiral Nimitz, a leader in the battles of World War II in the Pacific, was from Fredericksburg.
The property that the National Museum of the Pacific War occupies was once home to the Nimitz Steamboat Hotel, a hotel in town that Admiral Nimitz owned and operated on this site on Main Street.
The National Museum of the Pacific War focuses on the battles of World War II. When you explore the Museum of the Pacific War, you will notice that it contains world-class artifacts, some of which are directly from the Pacific War combat zone.
See the memorial and Japanese Garden of Peace during your visit also. The Japanese Garden of Peace was a gift from Japan and serves as a reminder of the friendship between Japan and the United States. Don’t miss the Japanese Garden of Peace during your visit to the Museum of the Pacific War.
If you are a lover of history, then the National Museum of the Pacific War is one of the best tours to put on your list of attractions while visiting Fredericksburg and the Hill Country.
Shop on Main Street
Shopping is one of the best things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas. We know people that come to Fredericksburg just for the shopping!
Fredericksburg’s main shopping lies on each side of Main Street and is easy to walk around.
Located inside the beautiful historic buildings along this stretch of Main Street, you will find cute specialty stores selling jewelry, home goods, clothing, and art.
Stay at a Fabulous Bed and Breakfast
One of the most romantic things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas is to stay with your sweetie at a fabulous bed and breakfast.
Fredericksburg’s Main Street is lined with bed and breakfasts.
They range from century-old German houses to cottages, so you are sure to find one that suits your style and that is near to downtown and the wineries on Wine Road 290. I mean, this is Texas wine country and one of the best things to do here.
Take a Walk Around Wildseed Farms
Wildseed Farms is another of the many great things to do in Fredericksburg, TX, and is a photography hot spot.
This wildflower farm is home to numerous Texas flower and plant species. The goal at Wildseed Farms is to grown wildflowers for the production of seeds so that the Texas wildflowers, including bluebonnets, can continue for generations to come!
Visit their website for more information on the wildflower farm.
Walk in the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park
Spend some time exploring (or camping) in the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park should be part of your itinerary for sure.
This 150-acre park has all of the features that you would need for a great day out in nature. This family-friendly outdoor activity should definitely be on your list of things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas.
There are numerous pavilions for visitors to enjoy at Lady Bird Johson Municipal Park. The park also has a lake to fish in, sports courts, hiking trails, and a playground on-site!
Visitors in the summer months will also find a public swimming pool. Since it is located about 3 miles outside of town, it makes for an easy outing. So pack a picnic and head out.
See What’s Playing at the Fredericksburg Theatre Company
For over 20 years now, the Fredericksburg Theatre Company has been producing live theatre right here in the small Texas town of Fredericksburg, Texas.
Performances range from live musicians (including country music) to full-scale Broadway-style productions. You can watch a show at the Theatre Company on the weekends if you’re in town.
Take a Texas Wine Tour
Texas is quickly becoming a wine destination and Fredericksburg is definitely wine country!
Wineries are popping up everywhere in the Texas Hill Country, but especially along Highway 290, nicknamed “Wine Road 290”. This is apparent when you drive the road and all you see for miles are wineries.
Highway 290 is a 30-mile stretch of road that runs from Johnson City to Fredericksburg and is home to over 30 wineries, with more appearing daily, making it one of the top trip attractions.
Consider taking a guide tour with the Fredericksburg wine tour or hopping on the Wine Road 290 shuttle bus when you are ready to sample some fabulous Texas wines. Of course, the wine shuttle is an extra cost, but it is worth it!
The wineries near Fredericksburg also host a wine trail a few times a year. Participating in the wine trail events is one of the best things to do as it allows you to try several Fredericksburg, TX wineries.
Honestly, wineries are the most popular things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas!
Vereins Kirche Museum
The Vereins Kirche Museum is located right on Fredericksburg’s Main Street in the Marktplatz.
Vereins Kirche was built on this site in the Marktplatz by some of the first German settlers that founded Fredericksburg, Texas.
This structure has served as the town hall, a school, a fort, and an old-style church, and a general store. Although the original town hall building at the Vereins Kirche Museum was demolished in the late 1800s, it was rebuilt in 1935 to the building you see today in the Marktplatz.
Located right in the center of Marktplatz, visitors to the Vereins Kirche Museum get to see a glimpse of Fredericksburg’s past by visiting the family-friendly museum that is housed inside.
The Marktplatz is also home pavilions, picnic areas, a playground, and more. The Marktplatz is also where Oktoberfest and other festivals are hosted.
Of course, the Vereins Kirche Museum as well as Fredericksburg’s other museums are some of the best things to see in the Hill Country, so take time to check them out while visiting Fredericksburg.
Enjoy Some German Restaurants and a Biergarten
Like we said before, Fredericksburg, TX was founded by German settlers, so it is only fitting that you take in some of the German cultures while you are visiting. We can’t think of a better way to experience a culture than through food and restaurants!
Explore some of the German heritage that Fredericksburg has to offer by popping into one of the many German restaurants and biergartens that you will find around town. Some nights you will even find live music!
Explore History at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center
The 12-acre complex that is the Texas Rangers Heritage Center is housed near Fredericksburg, TX on Highway 290.
This complex, which supports a wide range of events, was built to honor those that serve.
Visitors can come for campfire stories, living history re-enactments, and walking tours to learn how the Texas Rangers helped to guard the first forts in Texas.
This is a great addition to your small town itinerary.
Visit a Painted Church
Now, the historic painted churches aren’t directly in Fredericksburg, but they are in the Texas Hill Country that is near to Fredericksburg.
Originally built between 1830 and 1900, the famous churches are called the “pained churches” because they are uniquely designed and painted with elaborate faux finishes inside.
There are 20 painted churches scattered around miles of the Texas Hill Country that welcome visitors for tours. All of the churches have been listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, making them one of the top attractions here.
Visiting the churches is an easy day trip from San Antonio or any place in central Texas.
Tour Fort Martin Scott
Located a few miles east of Fredericksburg on Highway 290, visitors will find the historic Army complex, Fort Martin Scott.
Fort Martin Scott was in operation from 1848-1853 when it was used as a military operation both before and after the Civil War.
This self-guided tour allows visitors to see several of the original settler’s buildings. The original garrison building, a late 1800s farm shed, and three reproduction garrison buildings are all part of the complex and available for visitors to tour.
Twice a year Fort Martin Scott hosts live re-enactments to allow visitors to “live” history.
Visit “Tuscany in Texas” at Grape Creek Vineyards and Winery
When I first read “Tuscany in Texas”, I giggled a little. I wondered how any place in Texas could dare compare themselves to my beloved Italy.
I have to admit though, Grape Creek Vineyards and Winery is the closest thing to Tuscany that I have seen in Texas. From the towering Cypress trees, a favorite in Tuscany, to acres of sprawling vineyards, this did have a Tuscan feel.
Drive the Willow City Loop
Just outside of Fredericksburg, you will find the scenic drive that is the Willow City Loop in Gillespie County.
The landscape around the Willow City Loop is quite interesting. The terrain changes from pastures and gently rolling hills to dramatic canyons and meandering streams, often dotted with flowers. This makes this 13-mile stretch a breathtaking drive in comparison to most other parts of Texas.
While the drive is gorgeous year-round, it is at its best during the spring and summer (March-May) when the Texas wildflowers, especially the Texas bluebonnets, are in bloom.
Admire the Texas Wildflowers
Spring in Fredericksburg means that the countryside comes alive with beautiful Texas wildflowers.
Visit between March and May to see sunflowers, Indian paintbrushes, poppies, and Texas bluebonnets.
Honestly, Texas wildflowers are definitely one of the favorite things to see in this area. There are so many wildflowers near Fredericksburg that you will easily find some during your springtime trip!
Visit the Fredericksburg Herb Farm
Now, don’t let the name fool you, the Fredericksburg Herb Farm is much more than fields of herbs. They do grow their own herbs which they use in their restaurant, but there is so much more to the Fredericksburg Herb Farm than just that.
Here visitors will find a fabulous spa facility and shop for you to relax at while on your trip.
You can also pick up the perfect Texas souvenir in their gift shop before retiring to one of their fabulous cottages!
The Fredericksburg Herb Farm is also near downtown, making it a great place to come and relax.
Enjoy One Of the Fun Festivals
Fredericksburg hosts many great festivals throughout the year.
In the summer months, you will find the Gillespie County Fair and a rodeo, both of which are near downtown.
For a full calendar of events, check out the Fredericksburg, TX website.
The tiny town of Luckenbach was made famous by a Texas county music legend and is located near Fredericksburg, so you might as well visit while you’re here.
Luckenbach is a short trip outside of Fredericksburg, and should definitely be on your list of fun things to do in Fredericksburg, TX.
Luckenbach has hosted the top names in live country music for years and continues to do that still today.
While you’re visiting, be sure to grab a Texas beer from the bar, browse the general store, and then hang out to absorb the country atmosphere and live music!
Tour a German Brewery
If you are driving on Highway 290 east of Fredericksburg, you are sure to notice the Altstadt Brewery. This award-winning brewery combines old-world brewing practices with modern technology to create its fabulous beer.
Grab a beer while visiting this German brewery so you can experience more of Fredericksburg’s German heritage.
Visitors can take a guided tour the facility daily for free before enjoying eating some German food in their on-site restaurant.
They can also enjoy their huge outdoor patio or maybe catch some live music.
Visit a Local Distillery
While Fredericksburg is known to have great Texas wine, there are also several great distilleries near Fredericksburg that welcome visitors.
One of our local favorites is the Garrison Brothers Distillery where every bottle of Texas-style bourbon is made with pride from Texas distillers.
After your tour, head to their bar to do a tasting or order a cocktail.
Find a Treasure at Fredericksburg Trade Days Sunday Farms
The third weekend of every month brings about the Fredericksburg Trade Days. Located on Highway 290 is Sunday Farms, Fredericksburg Trade Days are the perfect place to find you a little Texas treasure.
The trade days contain over 350 vendors and small shops selling antiques, food, candles, jewelry, clothing, and more. The shops are quite eclectic and fun with a wide variety of goods.
Take a break in the outdoor Biergarten and enjoy some yummy “fair food” while here also. The Trade Days grounds are near Wildseed Farm, so you won’t miss them while on your trip.
Tour the “Texas White House”
East of Fredericksburg toward Johnson City, takes you to the “Texas White House”, the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and working ranch.
President Lyndon B. Johnson was born and raised in this area of the Hill Country so it is only fitting that the Texas White House be here.
Stop in at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park and Visitors Center to get a permit and map indicating the tour route in order to access the beautiful ranch grounds that house the Texas White House.
On the property, you will find several historic buildings, a working ranch, a farm, parks, a church, the Texas White House, and the Lyndon B. Johnson Family Cemetery welcoming having visitors.
This is one of the historic things to see in Fredericksburg and a truly great National Museum.
Visit the Art Galleries
Fredericksburg is home to several great local artists that love to show off their work. There are several art galleries near Fredericksburg and many are located right on downtown Main Street.
Most art galleries showcase local art and photography from the Texas Hill Country, making these galleries of the great things to see in the area.
Go Antique Shopping
Antique lovers will definitely want antique shopping to be on their list of things to do in Fredericksburg, TX. Of course, if you are visiting during the third weekend of the month, then you can antique shop at the Fredericksburg Trade Days mentioned above.
If you are visiting during other times of the month, don’t worry, you can still get your fill of antique shopping at places like The Red Baron antique store. The Red Baron is a huge antique mall that has a large selection of reasonably priced goods.
There are also a few antique shops on Fredericksburg’s Main Street.
Final Thoughts on Things to do in Fredericksburg, TX
As you can see, there are so many fun things to do in Fredericksburg, TX. Give Fredericksburg and the Hill Country a try, and then comment below and tell us what your favorite thing to do in Fredericksburg, Texas is.
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About The Author
Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blogs, That Texas Couple and Totally Texas Travel. Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region. She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.