Things to do in Fredericksburg Texas
Things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas, the heart of the Texas Hill Country, will keep you busy all weekend long. This charming historic small town in Gillespie County is known for its unique German heritage and is a hot spot for many great wineries. It is a buzz with people from all over the United States according to Southern Living Magazine.
An intimate quaint wine country destination 1 hour north of San Antonio and 1.5 hours west of Austin. It is worth a weekend stopover when traveling deep into the heart of the Lone Star State.
Old World Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg, once known for its dominance in the agriculture industry, mainly cotton, isn’t just another dried up farm town on the Southern region map. This tiny town (population of about 11,000) is dripping with old-world customs and traditions and authentic German roots, dating back to 1846 when it was founded by German immigrants and settlers.
An easy day trip from either Austin or San Antonio, Fredericksburg, TX is such a charming central Texas town boasting great Texas wines, a wine trail, parks, German food, German culture and heritage, country music, a National museum, outdoor activities, and so much more.
Let’s take a look at some of the fun things to do in Fredericksburg, TX!
Climb Enchanted Rock
This is no Delicate Arch, yet the views of the Texas Hill Country on the drive to the entrance of Enchanted Rock are worth it. You will need to make a reservation and pre-pay for your ticket to enter the park. Pets are only allowed in the designated day-use picnic areas, the campgrounds, and on the Loop Trail (pets are not allowed on any other trail). Don’t leave pets unattended, including in vehicles and at campsites, and keep them on a leash no longer than six feet at all times.
Plan on exploring the entire park which contains 11 miles of hiking trails. Make your trek to the summit and explore surrounding trails. You can hike, backpack, camp, rock climb, picnic, bird, study nature, geocache and stargaze. (You cannot swim here or ride bikes on the trails.)
It is an entry level hiking trail, so bring the kids and get them excited about the outdoors and a life long love of hiking.
Seven German Restaurant Choices
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, head back to Fredericksburg to enjoy some Old World goodness. I’ve listed some German restaurants for you to try:
Altdorf Restaurant & Biergarten
301 W. Main St.Fredericksburg, TX 78624
6120 E U.S. Highway 290Fredericksburg, TX 78624
The Auslander Restaurant & Biergarten
323 E. Main St.Fredericksburg, TX 78624
312 E. Main St.Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Fredericksburg Brewing Company
245 E. Main St.Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Old German Bakery & Restaurant
225 W. Main St.Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Otto’s German Bistro
316 E. Austin St.Fredericksburg, TX 78624
The Heart of Wine Country
Fredericksburg is the start of the renowned 290 wine trail and you can taste many of the wines of the wineries from there without leaving the city.
I collected a list of all Wine Tasting Rooms in Fredericksburg:
- ANDREUCCI WINES
401 E MAIN STREET, 78624
- BECKER VINEYARD ON MAIN
307 E MAIN STREET, 78624
- FAT ASS RANCH AND WINERY STORE
153 E MAIN STREET, 78624
- FIESTA WINERY
147 EAST MAIN, 78624
- FREDERICKSBURG WINERY
247 WEST MAIN STREET, 78624
- GRAPE CREEK VINEYARD ON MAIN
223 E MAIN STREET, 78624
- LOST DRAW CELLARS
113 E PARK STREET, 78624
- NARROW PATH WINERY
115 E MAIN STREET, 78624
- PERSPECTIVE CELLARS
247 E MAIN STREET, 78624
212 E MAIN STREET, 78624
- PONTOTOC VINEYARD
320 W MAIN STREET, 78624
- TEXAS VINEYARDS & BEYOND
329 1/2 EAST MAIN STREET, 78624
- TEXAS WINE CELLARS
217 1/2 EAST MAIN STREET, 78624
- WESTERN EDGE CELLARS
228 W MAIN STREET, 78624
Main Street Shopping
After tasting a few award wining wines at the tasting rooms, don’t go home empty handed. Stroll along the main drag and have a peak inside all the shops. You’ll find boutiques with handmade artisan creations, bargain boots and western wear, and bakery smells of fresh bread fill the air.
If you want to find a real bargain or the antique your grandma use to have, you’ll find at Fredericksburg Trade Days at Sunday Farms. There are seven barns with over 350 vendors located just out of town, but worth a visit to find that diamond in the rough.
355 Sunday Farms Lane
Fredericksburg, TX 78624