Things to Do in Fredericksburg

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Things to Do in Fredericksburg

The Texas Hill Country
Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 by German immigrants. In fact, German was still spoken in town until the 1970s. Now, it has become known as a premier wine region, promoting Texas wines and wineries. The area features up to 70 wineries and tasting rooms. About 10 miles outside of town, you'll find Luckenbach, which became famous from the Waylon Jennings song and still hosts musicians today. For those that enjoy the outdoors, you have easy access to Enchanted Rock State Park and Old Tunnel State Park where the bats come out of an old railroad tunnel every evening at dusk. For folks that enjoy history, Fredericksburg is also the home of the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific, which focuses on the war in the Pacific during WW II. Admiral Nimitz was a native of Fredericksburg. And of course, Fredericksburg has many exceptional restaurants and shops, and mouth watering peaches from May - September.
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Fredericksburg
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Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 by German immigrants. In fact, German was still spoken in town until the 1970s. Now, it has become known as a premier wine region, promoting Texas wines and wineries. The area features up to 70 wineries and tasting rooms. About 10 miles outside of town, you'll find Luckenbach, which became famous from the Waylon Jennings song and still hosts musicians today. For those that enjoy the outdoors, you have easy access to Enchanted Rock State Park and Old Tunnel State Park where the bats come out of an old railroad tunnel every evening at dusk. For folks that enjoy history, Fredericksburg is also the home of the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific, which focuses on the war in the Pacific during WW II. Admiral Nimitz was a native of Fredericksburg. And of course, Fredericksburg has many exceptional restaurants and shops, and mouth watering peaches from May - September.
Luckenbach is famous from the Waylon Jennings song. There's not much left in the way of a town here anymore, but you can stop in anytime for a beer and sit outside and listen to the guitar pickers sing their songs under the old oak trees.
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Luckenbach
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Luckenbach is famous from the Waylon Jennings song. There's not much left in the way of a town here anymore, but you can stop in anytime for a beer and sit outside and listen to the guitar pickers sing their songs under the old oak trees.
Peaches and More!
This is my go to for peaches! Peaches are available from May - September. This produce stand also offers fresh tomatoes, melons, summer squash, fresh beans and other goodies throughout the summer. They can tell you where everything came from and sometimes when it was picked. They also sell peach ice cream.
Donald Eckhardt Orchards - Fredericksburg Peach Grower
This is my go to for peaches! Peaches are available from May - September. This produce stand also offers fresh tomatoes, melons, summer squash, fresh beans and other goodies throughout the summer. They can tell you where everything came from and sometimes when it was picked. They also sell peach ice cream.
The Farmers Market is open May – September at the Marktplatz on Thursday evenings 4 – 7 pm. During Covid, hours were changed to 5 – 7 pm. If you are in town on a Thursday, be sure to buy some bread or scones from JoJu bakery. Get there early because he sells out!
Fredericksburg Farmers Market
126 West Main Street
The Farmers Market is open May – September at the Marktplatz on Thursday evenings 4 – 7 pm. During Covid, hours were changed to 5 – 7 pm. If you are in town on a Thursday, be sure to buy some bread or scones from JoJu bakery. Get there early because he sells out!
Wineries
Augusta Vin just opened in the fall of 2019. The property is gorgeous and only 5 miles from town on Hwy 16. They have a wide selection of grape varietals, including Viognier, Petit Syrah, Tempranillo.
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Augusta Vin
140 Augusta Vin Lane
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Augusta Vin just opened in the fall of 2019. The property is gorgeous and only 5 miles from town on Hwy 16. They have a wide selection of grape varietals, including Viognier, Petit Syrah, Tempranillo.
Becker Vineyards has a wide range of offerings and a beautiful property. In season from April through May, the lavender fields are in full bloom.
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Becker Vineyards
464 Becker Farms Road
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Becker Vineyards has a wide range of offerings and a beautiful property. In season from April through May, the lavender fields are in full bloom.
Pedernales Cellars, located off the 290 wine corridor in Albert, has award winning Viognier, Tempranillo, and red blends.
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Pedernales Cellars
2916 Upper Albert Road
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Pedernales Cellars, located off the 290 wine corridor in Albert, has award winning Viognier, Tempranillo, and red blends.
If you like bold red wines, this winery is a must. The winemaker Dan is passionate about wines and wine making and it shows. This winery notes the yield per acre for each of their wines, something that few other wineries do. The vines are trimmed so that each vine produces fewer grapes with more concentrated flavors.
Inwood Estates Vineyards Winery & Bistro
10303 US-290
If you like bold red wines, this winery is a must. The winemaker Dan is passionate about wines and wine making and it shows. This winery notes the yield per acre for each of their wines, something that few other wineries do. The vines are trimmed so that each vine produces fewer grapes with more concentrated flavors.
Outdoor Activities
Drive over to Cross Mountain Park on the north end of town and walk the short 1/4 mile to the top of the hill for stunning views of town and the surrounding hill country. This is a fantastic place to watch the sunset and moon rise! There are benches and a picnic table at the top, so you can take some provisions with you.
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Cross Mountain Park
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Drive over to Cross Mountain Park on the north end of town and walk the short 1/4 mile to the top of the hill for stunning views of town and the surrounding hill country. This is a fantastic place to watch the sunset and moon rise! There are benches and a picnic table at the top, so you can take some provisions with you.
This lovely park runs along the Live Oak Creek and includes plenty of shady picnic areas. I love the nature trail that features a bird viewing area and a butterfly garden. I have seen spotted deer, armadillos, and rabbits along the trail. This is a great place to take a morning walk/hike.
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Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park
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This lovely park runs along the Live Oak Creek and includes plenty of shady picnic areas. I love the nature trail that features a bird viewing area and a butterfly garden. I have seen spotted deer, armadillos, and rabbits along the trail. This is a great place to take a morning walk/hike.
Bluebonnets are the Texas state flower and bloom in March and April. You can drive the scenic Willow City loop to view bluebonnets during the season.
Willow City Loop Bluebonnets
6583-57 Willow City Loop
Bluebonnets are the Texas state flower and bloom in March and April. You can drive the scenic Willow City loop to view bluebonnets during the season.
Enchanted Rock is a pink granite mountain located approximately 17 miles north of Fredericksburg. Enchanted Rock covers approximately 640 acres and rises approximately 425 feet above the surrounding terrain to elevation of 1,825 feet above sea level. Note: This is a fun place to hike with amazing views of the surrounding hill country, but be careful in the summer when temperatures can get very hot. There is no shade on the mountain. Note: The State Parks started requiring reservations in 2020. Reservations are advised, especially on weekends.
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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
16710 Ranch Road 965
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Enchanted Rock is a pink granite mountain located approximately 17 miles north of Fredericksburg. Enchanted Rock covers approximately 640 acres and rises approximately 425 feet above the surrounding terrain to elevation of 1,825 feet above sea level. Note: This is a fun place to hike with amazing views of the surrounding hill country, but be careful in the summer when temperatures can get very hot. There is no shade on the mountain. Note: The State Parks started requiring reservations in 2020. Reservations are advised, especially on weekends.
Museums and Historical Sites
Also known as the Nimitz museum, the museum was named for Fredericksburg native Chester Nimitz who was a fleet admiral in the US Navy. The museum is the only institution in the United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific in World War II.
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National Museum of the Pacific War
340 East Main Street
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Also known as the Nimitz museum, the museum was named for Fredericksburg native Chester Nimitz who was a fleet admiral in the US Navy. The museum is the only institution in the United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific in World War II.
You can drive through the Ranch and stop along the way to view the President’s birthplace, Johnson family cemetery, and the Ranch House known as the Texas White House, since LBJ spent a lot of time here during his presidency. You can also go on a guided tour of the house, if it is open.
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Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
199 Park Road 52
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You can drive through the Ranch and stop along the way to view the President’s birthplace, Johnson family cemetery, and the Ranch House known as the Texas White House, since LBJ spent a lot of time here during his presidency. You can also go on a guided tour of the house, if it is open.
Walk through early Texas homes, out-buildings, shops and barns. View demonstrations of early Texas family life, education, professions, and culture.
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Pioneer Museum
325 West Main Street
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Walk through early Texas homes, out-buildings, shops and barns. View demonstrations of early Texas family life, education, professions, and culture.
Restaurants
From fresh seafood to Certified Angus Steaks to fried chicken, Cabernet Grill features locally sourced ingredients and a wine list from Texas vineyards. Reservations are required. Dinner only
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Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant
2805 S State Hwy 16
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From fresh seafood to Certified Angus Steaks to fried chicken, Cabernet Grill features locally sourced ingredients and a wine list from Texas vineyards. Reservations are required. Dinner only
Great lunch bistro with salads, sandwiches, soup, and quiche. Open for dinner on Fri and Sat only. If you can get a spot outside, it's great people watching on Main Street.
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Vaudeville
230 East Main Street
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Great lunch bistro with salads, sandwiches, soup, and quiche. Open for dinner on Fri and Sat only. If you can get a spot outside, it's great people watching on Main Street.
Upscale burger joint with a modern vibe. Bread is made in house, fries are hand cut, and shakes come with optional vodka infused whipped cream. You can also get wings or salads. Offers patio dining on Main Street
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Burger Burger
209 E Main St
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Upscale burger joint with a modern vibe. Bread is made in house, fries are hand cut, and shakes come with optional vodka infused whipped cream. You can also get wings or salads. Offers patio dining on Main Street
Casual Texas dining & live music. Named for Hondo Crouch, the man who bought Luckenbach in 1971 and declared himself the mayor. The restaurant is owned by his daughter Cris.
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Hondo's On Main
312 West Main Street
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Casual Texas dining & live music. Named for Hondo Crouch, the man who bought Luckenbach in 1971 and declared himself the mayor. The restaurant is owned by his daughter Cris.
There's a new restaurant in town and it's very good! Hill & Vine features Texas specialties from tender cuts to queso to fresh fish. I had the fish tacos and they were excellent. They also have a wine list offering a selection of Texas wines, as well as wines from further afield. Check out the patio in the evenings and order drinks from Das Bar Bus, a converted 1974 VW bus that has a new life as a traveling bar.
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Hill & Vine
210 South Adams Street
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There's a new restaurant in town and it's very good! Hill & Vine features Texas specialties from tender cuts to queso to fresh fish. I had the fish tacos and they were excellent. They also have a wine list offering a selection of Texas wines, as well as wines from further afield. Check out the patio in the evenings and order drinks from Das Bar Bus, a converted 1974 VW bus that has a new life as a traveling bar.

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290 Wine Shuttle on Saturdays

If you don't want to drive, you can hop on the 290 wine shuttle that operates every Saturday from 10:00 – 6:00. The shuttle picks up every 10 minutes at the Inn on Baron’s Creek and stops at select wineries along 290 up to Stonewall. Tickets are $29.95. Go to www.290wineshuttle.com for more information.
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Wine Buying Tip

The HEB grocery store in Fredericksburg has a good selection of Texas wines, and they tend to be cheaper than purchasing them directly from the wineries. Plus, you get an extra 10% off when you buy 6 or more.