Things to Do in Fredericksburg, TX

Attractions Fredericksburg

Fun Fredericksburg Attractions

Fredericksburg, a weekend destination for people in Central Texas, is situated in the Gillespie County, Texas, United States. Thousand of visitors, especially those from San Antonio and Austin, come to this city to enjoy abundant hunting, fishing, antique stores, bakeries, stores, restaurants, and peaches. The city of Fredericksburg is home to more than 300 accommodations, which are popularly known as the “bed and breakfasts”. This magnificent city is also well known for a unique form of residential architecture called “Sunday Houses”. These weekend homes were established by the German settlers. Most of these homes consist of a number of rooms downstairs, with an upstairs sleeping loft, which can be reached by an outside staircase.

Fredericksburg is located an hour west of Austin and an hour northwest of San Antonio. Fredericksburg is proud of its National Historic District status because of many turn-of-the-century historic buildings. Its German heritage is evident in the German restaurants & beer gardens, architecture, and mid 19th century settlement. Fredericksburg attracts many visitors to its antique boutiques, variety of restaurants, famed peach orchards, music events, wildflowers, steepled churches, Oktoberfest, museums, and agricultural events.

Fredericksburg is a city of beauty and charm. Visitors and residents routinely gather to share common interests in the arts and a respect for the city’s enduring history and heritage. The county seat of Gillespie County, Fredericksburg is 70 miles west of Austin in the central part of the county.

Activities include museums, a historic district, a wildflower farm, vineyards and wineries, an herb farm, peach orchards, brew pub, living history farmstead, art galleries, live music, lavender farms, scenic drives, golf and more.

Enchanted Rock

This massive dome of pink granite has captivated humans for thousands of years–and you can climb it yourself just north of Fredericksburg for spectacular views of the surrounding Hill Country.

Because climbing Enchanted Rock is one of the most popular activities in Fredericksburg and the surrounding area, arrive early to secure a spot–once the park is full for the day, cars are turned away. The climb to the summit is only 0.8 miles each way, but the lack of shade and steep inclines can make it a difficult trek, especially during the hot summer months.

Das Peach Haus

Das Peach Haus is more than just a lovely shop selling boutique Texas products like wine, jam, and olive oil–also it’s a peach orchard, cooking school, and wedding venue with breathtaking grounds!

Das Peach Haus should be on your list of places to visit in Fredericksburg whether you plan to shop for local food products or not (though you should!).

Fredericksburg’s Warehouse District

The Warehouse District in Fredericksburg is covered in antique stores, and even if you don’t plan on looking for large items like furniture, it’s worth a visit–browsing is (more than) half the fun!

Marktplatz & Vereins Kirche Museum

The central park and square of Fredericksburg, known as the “Marktplatz” in honor of the town’s German heritage, hosts many of the best events and festivals throughout the year. It’s also lovely to visit all year, especially to see the Vereins Kirche–the unmistakable, octagonal building built on the site of the town’s first church and school–and the lovely small garden located behind it.

Fredericksburg Peaches

Picking your own peaches right off the tree is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable things to do in Fredericksburg. Several orchards in the area allow visitors to pick their own peaches, and the season runs from mid-May to mid-August each year.

Peaches are not the only fruits available at Fredericksburg orchards: strawberries and blackberries are available in the spring, and pumpkins in the fall.

National Museum of the Pacific War

The National Museum of the Pacific War, situated in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas, is dedicated solely to illustrating the story of the Pacific Theater battles of World War II. The Museum encompasses an area of nearly 6 acres (0.02 sq-km) and is housed in the historic Nimitz Hotel. It features 34, 000 square feet (3158.6 square meters) of indoor exhibit space and holds a unique display of Japanese and Allied aircraft, guns, tanks, and other artifacts that were popular during the Pacific War Campaigns. The main features of the Museum include the George Bush Gallery, the Plaza of Presidents, Japanese Garden of Peace, the Center for Pacific War Studies, Admiral Nimitz Museum, the Pacific Combat Zone, and the Veterans’ Walk of Honor. The National Museum of the Pacific War, formerly named the Admiral Nimitz Museum, is a first-class experience, which can be enjoyed by people from all backgrounds.

The 23,000 square foot (2100 square meter) George Bush Gallery features extraordinary walk-through dioramas and a number of chronologically-organized exhibits, which offers an opportunity to the visitors to relive the history. The main highlights of the gallery include aircraft and battleship remnants, rare treasures associated with the war, and personal effects from those who made history in the Pacific. Nimitz Museum, on the other hand, features a breathtaking 15 ft (4.6 m) model of Nimitz and various exhibits illustrating the life of Chester Nimitz-from his birth in 1885 to his early childhood, his appointment to the US Naval Academy, his role during the World War II, and the time period until his death in 1966.

The Plaza of Presidents is a stunning outdoor accolade to the 10 American presidents who played integral roles during World War II. The Japanese Garden of Peace is the Memorial Courtyard, which houses plaques honoring the significant contributions of ships, individuals, and units during the war in the Pacific. The path to the Courtyard is paved by the Veterans’ Walk of Honor. The Museum is unique and a great learning experience for people of all age groups.

  • Address: 340 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
  • Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM daily, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Website: www.nimitz-museum.org

Pioneer Museum

Fredericksburg was founded in the 1840s by German immigrants. The Pioneer Museum, which is housed in several buildings throughout town, tells their story, including the origins of the settlement and the struggles that the first European settlers in Fredericksburg faced.

Wildseed Farms

The largest working wildflower farm in the United States is located in the Texas Hill Country, and a visit is one of the best things to do in Fredericksburg.  While the farm is lovely throughout the year, bluebonnet and sunflower season are both well-deservedly popular times to visit.

Wildseed Farms has lovely walking trails lined with picket fences that allow visitors to get up close and personal with the stunning flowers. Furthermore, they sell plants and local, artisanal foods on-site.

Old Tunnel State Park

Millions of Mexican free-tailed bats call the abandoned railroad tunnel outside of Fredericksburg home from May to October each year–and one of the coolest things to do in Fredericksburg is to watch them emerge over Old Tunnel State Park to hunt around sunset each evening!

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

German and Czech immigrants built many beautiful churches throughout Texas in the mid-nineteenth century, with intricately painted interiors done in the European style brought over from Europe.

While the small town of Schulenberg is known for having the highest concentration of these churches, Fredericksburg has its own example at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. It’s free and simple to go inside, and it’s well worth adding this to your list of things to do in Fredericksburg.

LBJ National Memorial Park

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Memorial Park is a short drive from Fredericksburg and an interesting look at the former president’s restored boyhood home and ranch, as well as the “Texas White House” (so named because Johnson spent about 20% of his time as president working there), the former president’s restored boyhood home and ranch, and even “Air Force One Half,” the plane used by LBJ when in office to fly back and forth from DC to the ranch.

Fort Martin Scott

Fort Martin Scott was the first outpost built by the US military in the state of Texas, and it was operated by the US Army from 1848 to 1853.

Fort Martin Scott, with its self-guided walkway that is free to visit (and dog-friendly! ), is a fun way to combine getting outside with learning some history during a trip to Fredericksburg.

Arts and History

The German families that settled Fredericksburg were proud of their education and culture. That spirit endures to the Fredericksburg of today.

Main Street is home to the famous Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War – touchstone for a generation; Pioneer Museum – preserving our heritage; Fort Martin Scott – a frontier outpost. A casual stroll down any street reveals historic German homes of limestone and fachwerk. A short drive takes you to jewels of history, including the LBJ Ranch.

An ever-growing number of artists find Fredericksburg the perfect inspiration and outlet for the arts. All types of visual artists support galleries and shows. Fredericksburg boasts a strong community theater. And of course, the area is gaining an international reputation for its live music scene, with many clubs, concerts, and performing venues.

Dining & Nightlife

Whether you yearn for sausage or souffle, brewed ale or fresh-brewed coffee, you can satisfy any appetite in Fredericksburg. With 60 restaurants and clubs, you can embark on a world tour of cuisine. You know us for our German flavor, but you’ll also savor our Southwest, South American, Asian and European offerings.

Dig in to hearty German, spicy Mexican, or smoky barbecue. Try lighter fare at a wine and cheese bar or cafe. Don’t dare pass up our many bakeries for delicious homemade breads and decadent pastries.

And when the sun goes down, the fun comes out. You will find a spot hosting live music nearly every night of the week, to enjoy while you dine, drink, dance, and make a toast to your good fortune to be in Fredericksburg, Texas.

So go ahead. Enjoy your sausage-on-a-stick. But save room for the sorbet.

Shopping

When we say you can shop the “widest Main Street in Texas,” we are not kidding. Our shopping choices are so wide they go beyond Main Street – beyond the ordinary! You can shop uptown, downtown, in town, or outside of town!

With 200 shops and stores, Fredericksburg offers a boundless array of the fresh, the quaint, the one-of-a-kind that you won’t find any place else. Antiques and art. Handiwork and home decor. Gifts, furniture, and specialty foods and wines. Texana, books, collectibles. Even top fashion!

In Fredericksburg, shopping is always beyond your expectations!

Lodging

Fredericksburg is the B&B Capital of the World!

In Fredericksburg, the destination is the journey. Choose from more than 300 bed and breakfast and guest accommodations. Retreat to a charming country cabin or surround yourself with Victorian delights. Retrace history inside a restored German Sunday House or pamper yourself at an elegant spa retreat.

Your options go beyond the B&B. Add in nine campgrounds and RV parks for a short trip or extended stay. Fredericksburg boasts 23 quality hotels and motels. Along with meeting and convention space that accommodates up to 500.

Wine

Fredericksburg is situated near the center of the wine industry in central Texas and is included in the designated American Viticultural Areas of the Texas Hill County AVA and the smaller Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country AVA. Besides, the city is the common starting destination for those visiting wineries in the Texas Hill Country. Fredericksburg is rich in history, beauty, and cultural heritage. The spirit of working together to make the city a beautiful place is responsible for the ambience of the city.

More than half of the wineries in Texas are in the Hill Country. The climate and soil of the Texas Hill Country is ideal for raising grapes which produce excellent vintages. In addition, Texas wines are coming of age on a world scale and entering into the international market. Come to Fredericksburg and experience the exciting Hill Country wine region.