Things To Do

There is so much to do in Fredericksburg. We drove down on a whim earlier this week, and were in heaven! I highly suggest taking to time to walk down Main St. and visit some of the shops!

Main Street Map (Hi-Res)

Historic Sites & Museums

Fredericksburg Attractions

Parks & Outdoors

Arts & Galleries 

Shopping

 

Old Tunnel State Park (Bat Cave)
BATS, Y’ALL. BATS.
An abandoned railroad tunnel that is home to millions of Mexican free-tailed bats every May through October.  Located 10.5 miles south of Highway 290 on the Old San Antonio Road.  The upper viewing deck is open nightly at no charge. The lower viewing area is open on Thursday through Sunday evenings for special educational presentations for a $5 per person fee.

Please call for the current bat emergence time:  (866) 978-2287.
The Peach Tree Gift Gallery & Tea Room
210 South Adams
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Sunday – Thursday ~ 11:00am-2:00pm
Friday ~ 11:00am-2:30pm
Saturday ~ 11:00am-3:00pm

Watch a Sunset from Enchanted Rock
via: Southern Living

Round as a giant Easter egg, Enchanted Rock sits half-buried in the hills near Fredericksburg. It’s the nation’s second largest granite dome, next to Georgia’s Stone Mountain. It’s a half-mile hike to the top, but for an unforgettable experience, make the trek at the end of the day, about a half hour before sunset. You won’t forget the view, or the sound. Because this rock talks. At least that’s what the Tonkawa and other Native American tribes who revered it believed. They swore they could hear strange noises at night. Scientists contend it’s fissures in the granite expanding at the end of a hot day, but you should come hear for yourself.

Drive Scenic Highway 16
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It twists so much you have to slow down to a crawl in a few places, but this sidewinder of a highway that climbs through the Hill Country for 30 miles between Kerrville and Medina (south of Fredericksburg) is one of the most scenic in Texas. Ancient live oaks and white-flowering yucca plants decorate the roadsides, and green grasses cling to limestone outcrops like the hide on a rawboned longhorn steer. You can also find a little local color along the highway.

Hike to Gorman Falls
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One of the most scenic wildflower drives in Texas takes you along State 16 through Llano and Ranch Road 501 to Colorado Bend State Park, 325/628-3240. Reaching Gorman Falls, the park’s main attraction, takes a 1.5-mile-long hike through rugged ranch country. The last 100 yards is a rocky descent down a steep path to the misty chill of half a dozen cascades that spill from a 60-foot-high limestone cliff into a moss- and fern-draped grotto. I almost have it all to myself. There’s only one other couple here, and we’re all so mesmerized by the falls that none of us says a word. We’re just content to let the waterfall do all the talking.

Dig for Topaz
via: Southern Living

In Dallas, Houston, and other big cities, you have to go to the mall to buy jewels. In the Hill Country, you find them lying on the ground. Topaz, the state gem of Texas, is found only in Mason County, about an hour’s drive from Fredericksburg. Clear or blue-tinted stones are generally located close to the surface around granite outcroppings in creek beds and ditches. Hunt all you want at Lindsay Ranch, 325/ 347-4052. Or buy a stone custom faceted with a Lone Star cut by gemologist B. Diane Eames at Gems of the Hill Country Lapidaries & Jewelers, 325/347-0475, on the town square in Mason.

Sleep in a Garden
via: Southern Living

Wake up to the smell of rosemary, thyme, and other fresh scents when you stay in one of the newly opened Sunday Houses at Fredericksburg Herb Farm, 830/997-8615. The cozy cottages are styled like the old-time “Sunday Houses” built by German farmers for weekend stays when they came to town for church and shopping. Owners Rosemary and Dick Estenson also added an elegant spa and restaurant to the herb farm that hides away on a residential lane just a few blocks from Fredericksburg’s Main Street. he farm’s Rock House Bistro features dishes made with freshly harvested herbs and produce.

Pick Peaches
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You’ll have to wait a while—the first peaches don’t ripen until the end of May—but it’s worth it to taste a sweet Hill Country peach plucked fresh from a tree at Marburger Orchard, 830/997-9433, near Fredericksburg. Gary Marburger grows 13 varieties that ripen in stages until early August. Can’t wait till then? Strawberries!

West End Pizza
232 Main St.

Amish Market
410 West Main Street
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
Mon-Fri 10:00 am – 5:00 pm • Sun 10:00 am – 4:00pm

Lincoln St. Wine & Cigar Bar

Luckenbach, Texas 
Some highlighted events:

The Pioneer Museum
325 West Main Street
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Admission: $5 – adult, Free – 5 & Under


The Pacific War Museum

Sunday, Feb 24 2013
Admiral Nimitz 128th Birthday Celebration
Join us as we celebrate Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s 128th birthday in the ballroom of the Nimitz Hotel. The St. Mary’s choir will perform at 1:30 pm in the historic Nimitz Hotel Ballroom. Following the performance, there will be cake and coffee for all in attendance. Starting at about 2:30 pm, members of the Nimitz family will share stories about Admiral Nimitz – their ancestor who answered the call and lead the US to victoryin the Pacific during WWII. Free museum admission for anyone sharing the same birthday; otherwise, admission to event is free ( but does not include admittance to museum).

Address: 340 E. Main St.
Phone: (830) 997-8600

WhistlePik Galleries
“All You Need is Love. . .and Art!” Show at Whistle Pik Galleries
February is the perfect time to feature original works whose subject is all about LOVE! What does love look like to you? Come see what it looks like to our artists and fall in love with art.

Address: 425 E. Main St.
Phone: (830) 990-8151

“Wildlife in Color” Art Show at The Good Art Company
An art exhibit by Theresa Paden featuring horses and wildlife painted with vibrant colors, masterful brush strokes and dynamic compositions. Styles include expressionism, impressionism and realism. Daily viewing Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Address: 218 W. Main St.
Phone: (830) 997-1111

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