With an incredible food scene, a vast array of wineries, and several outdoor activities, there are plenty of things to do in Fredericksburg, Tx! Last fall, two friends, my two dogs, and I took a weekend trip to Fredericksburg. This town is located in Texas Hill Country, about an hour’s drive from Austin, making it a perfect weekend getaway or day trip from the city.
We had a blast during our weekend in Fredericksburg, and luckily, I made note of all the fun attractions in this area while I was there. Keep reading to discover my favorite things to do in Fredericksburg, Tx.
What to Expect in Fredericksburg, Texas
Fredericksburg is located in central Texas, about an hour west of Austin. This is a smaller town, with a population of around 10,000, but there is still a lot to see and do. With over 50 wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms in the area, Fredericksburg, Texas is a premier destination for Texans who love wine.
Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 by a group of German immigrants, and today, the town still honors its German heritage. Some households in Fredericksburg still speak German, and in October, the city celebrates its largest festival of the year, Oktoberfest, in its Marktplatz, or town square.
Where to Stay in Fredericksburg, Texas: Carter Creek Resort & Spa
During our time in Fredericksburg, the Carter Creek Resort & Spa was kind enough to host us for the weekend, and we loved it! I particularly loved that this resort is dog-friendly, allowing me to bring along my two pups for the weekend.
We also really enjoyed the onsite brewery, Old 290 Brewery & Restaurant. This joint had fantastic craft beers and Texas-inspired dishes made from local ingredients. They also have a stage specifically for live music, which is always a lot of fun!
Carter Creek Resort and Spa has a variety of villas to choose from, and all of them are equipped with a separate living space, private patio, two flatscreen TVs, WiFi, an electric fireplace, and plush linens. Our villa was lovely, and we especially appreciated all of the things to do around the resort.
Besides the brewery and restaurant, this resort also has a winery where you can stroll through the vineyard or enjoy the tasting room. Carter Creek also recently opened a brand new spa, offering various services, a heated outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center.
With excellent accommodations and plenty of onsite activities, I would definitely recommend staying at Carter Creek during your time in Fredericksburg!
The Best Things To Do in Fredericksburg, Texas
Das Peach Haus
Das Peach Haus is home to Fischer & Wieser’s full collection of award-winning products. What began as a roadside market for fresh Fredericksburg Peaches now serves as the company’s showroom.
The property features a man-made pond and is surrounded by tall East Texas pine trees. Sit back and relax in one of the Adirondacks surrounding the pond and take in the views of the family’s peach orchards.
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site is a gorgeous park in the heart of former President Johnson’s childhood home.
Influenced by Native Americans, Spanish, and German cultures, you’ll find miles of walking trails, American bison, Texas longhorns, wildflowers, creeks, and historic cabins on the site.
Stop and Smell the Wildflowers
Spotting the vibrant wildflowers throughout the area is one of the best things to do in Fredericksburg, Tx. The best time to check out the wildflower areas is in the spring when you can see the Texas state flower, the Bluebonnet.
Wildseed Farms is the largest working wildflower farm in the country, so you will definitely want to make a stop here while in Fredericksburg.
If you are visiting Fredericksburg in the summer, enjoying the local peaches is something you have to do! Mid-May to mid-August is the prime time for enjoying peaches.
You can buy a bushel at the many roadside stands or farms, like Behrends Orchard or Harvestville Farm Market. Better yet, check out one of the local restaurants and order a slice of peach pie.
Antique Shopping in the Warehouse District
If you’re an antique enthusiast, the Warehouse District is one of the best Fredericksburg, Texas things to do. This district begins south of Main Street and extends to Llano and Washington Streets.
You will find plenty of local home goods shops in this area, including Carol Hicks Bolton Antiques, Larry Jackson Antiques, and Blackchalk Home and Laundry. There are also plenty of great places to eat nearby to replenish your energy after a day of shopping.
Enchanted Rock is a great place to spend the day connecting with nature. With 11 miles of hiking trails, beautiful rock formations, Hill Country views, and plenty of rock climbing opportunities, this is the spot for nature lovers.
This park can get busy, especially on the weekends, so click on this link to purchase your tickets ahead of time.
Serving delicious American cuisine, Hye Market is one of the best Hill Country restaurants. The menu offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, and sides, and you will definitely want to try the pulled pork sandwich while you’re here. This restaurant prioritizes local ingredients, so everything is as fresh as possible.
Explore 100+ Wineries in Fredericksburg and the Surrounding Area!
Fredericksburg is at the center of the Texas Hill Country, boasting over 100 wineries and vineyards, so exploring wine country is a must. It can be challenging to figure out which wineries are worth visiting with so many to choose from. Keep reading to discover the best Fredericksburg wineries!
The Best Wineries in Fredericksburg, Texas
Wine tasting is one of the most popular things to do in Fredericksburg, Tx! The original settlers of Fredericksburg, Texas used the native mustang grape to produce wines during their time.
Due to these original settlers, wine production exploded in Texas Hill Country, and now includes over 100 wineries near Fredericksburg and the surrounding area. Out of these 100 wineries, I have included only the best of the best (and my personal favorites) in the list below!
Barons Creek Vineyards
Barons Creek Vineyards offers a beautiful tasting room, an elegant covered patio, and charcuterie boards to enjoy with your glass of wine. This pet-friendly winery boasts a variety of both reds and whites. Tastings are $25 per person, and onsite villas are available for overnight stays.
Nestled in a 19th-century German stone barn reproduction, surrounded by blooming lavender fields, Becker Vineyards boasts a particularly dreamy atmosphere. This winery serves both snacks and fine dining that pair well with its menu of handcrafted Bordeaux, Burgundian, and Rhone-styled wines.
In the warmer months, you can enjoy the outdoor veranda. An open fire warms up the tasting room in the winter. Pets are allowed, and wine tastings start at $30.
Heath Sparkling Wines
Clean lines, modern design, and panoramic vineyard views abound at Heath Sparkling Wines. As the name implies, this winery specializes in sparkling wines, which you can enjoy in the contemporary and chic tasting room, or on the patio. Seasonal small bites are thoughtfully paired with each wine. Tastings start at $35 and pets are not allowed.
Lost Draw Cellars
Located only a few blocks from Main Street in Fredericksburg, Lost Draw Cellars offers wine tastings, or wine by the glass or bottle. Enjoy sitting on the lovely patio or homey indoor tasting room. Either way, you can order an array of meats, cheeses, and snacks that pair nicely with the wine. Wine tasting starts at $20, and pets are allowed.
Encompassing 200 acres of land, Signor Vineyards offers a French country garden atmosphere and farmhouse shopping at the onsite Joanna’s Market. White walls, earthy tones, and trendy furniture permeate the tasting room, but the outdoor areas are just as beautiful.
Charcuterie and limited menu items are available. Wine tastings start at $18, and pets are allowed.
William Chris Vineyards
William Chris Vineyards take pride in offering a diverse portfolio of wines produced from 100% Texas-grown fruit. This venue provides an elevated food menu that changes seasonally.
The tasting room boasts an abundance of natural light through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the patio has lovely views of the surrounding landscape. Pets are welcome and tastings start at $20.
The Best Restaurants in Fredericksburg
You’ll likely have worked up quite an appetite between all of those wine tastings! Check out these incredible Fredericksburg restaurants below.
This 1940s-style diner is adjacent to the Gillespie County Airport, so you can watch airplanes as you enjoy your food. Choose from a selection of breakfast classics, burgers, sandwiches, and milkshakes.
Altstadt Brewery is an authentic Bavarian-inspired brewery crafting German lagers under the direction of head brewer Craig Rowan.
Their 120-acre brewery in Fredericksburg features several different dining areas, tours, and a dog-friendly patio. And honestly, the building will quite literally take your breath away!
Situated in the historical Hye post office, this bistro and deli serves lunch from Wednesday through Sunday. Enjoy local craft beer, cold sandwiches, hot sandwiches, salads, sides, and dessert.
Otto’s German Bistro
To fully experience Fredericksburg’s German heritage, grab a bite at Otto’s German Bistro. Serving dinner and Sunday brunch, you can order German specialties, like the Wurst Plate, Duck Schnitzel, or Mushroom Strudel.
Twisted Sister Bakery
I have a massive sweet tooth and can never pass up a good bakery, so you know that I just had to visit Twisted Sisters Bake Shop! Offering a standard bakery menu with a German flair, they serve delicious sandwiches, pretzels, cakes, muffins, cookies, and more!
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