If you find yourself looking for a fantastic vacation destination that comes with just the right combination of history, flavor, fun, and culture there’s no place in central Texas quite like Fredericksburg. Whether you arrive with a passion to please the palate or can’t wait to see the past come to life through stunning displays, Fredericksburg is sure to have an inspiring collection of stops and landmarks waiting. Here are ten that are not to be missed while you’re in town.
Indulge in the very heartbeat of Fredericksburg when you make time to browse more than 100 storefronts that make up historic Main Street. Shop everything from crafts and home goods to candy and apparel in an area that also includes plenty of cafes and wine tasting options too.
2.The Pioneer Museum
Fredericksburg’s German heritage is proudly displayed at this one of a kind museum located at 325 W. Main Street. Exhibits and tours take guests back in time to track the journey of German immigrants as they made their way to the Texas Hill Country.
3.The Pacific War Museum
Enjoy time at this three-part museum where the history of World War II is both highlighted and brought back to life. The combination of exhibit and displays halls alongside a re-enactment field makes this an engaging stop that’s sure to educate and inspire. The museum is located at 340 E. Main Street.
4.Elk Store Winery and Distillery
Savor every flavor at this craft distillery and international wine bar that calls Fredericksburg home. Guests are invited to make their way to 327 E. Main Street and indulge in the best of wine, beer, and spirits in a setting that’s upbeat, friendly and welcoming. Admire the wall of wine while you indulge your taste buds with a robust cheese and meat plate to bring out the best in the beverages.
Take time to admire the architecture and beauty of St. Mary’s which is located at 304 W. San Antonio Street while you’re in town. One of several painted churches in Fredericksburg, St. Mary’s is perhaps the most recognizable with her spires stretching towards the sky. With roots reaching back to 1846, a visit here is an homage to German heritage as well as religious sanctity.
6.Fredericksburg Herb Farm
Sitting just adjacent to Main Street, the Fredericksburg Herb Farm is a fantastic place to wander the many garden paths or visit the gift shop. This 1800s homestead turned city landmark also hosts a day spa as well as a quaint bistro perfect for a mid-afternoon snack.
7.Fort Martin Scott
Setting up a homestead or settlement in Texas in the 19th century required military security that often took the shape of a fortified outpost. Today, guests to Fredericksburg are free to visit the now inactive Fort Martin Scott which functioned from 1848 to 1853. Self-guided and guided tours are available at this restored army outpost and re-enactments are regularly hosted on the grounds as well. The site can be visited at 1606 E. Main Street Thursday through Monday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.
8.Das Peach House
Fruit, wine and the tasting of both are favorite daily activities to be enjoyed at Das Peach House in Fredericksburg. Situated at 1406 US-87, Das Peach House is also home to The Culinary Adventure Cooking School and is a restored railroad-side property with roots dating back to the mid-19th century. Flavor, fun, and history collide at this family-owned retail store and restaurant that provides a great space for locals and visitors alike to get together in the name of flavor and great conversation.
9.Vereins Kirche Museum
Step back in time when you step into the Vereins Kirche Museum. Located at 100 W. Main Street, this is known as one of the oldest structures in the city and is easy to identify by its octagon-shaped façade. Inside, the museum hosts a collection of local artifacts that tell the story of Fredericksburg and its early inhabitants stretching back to the early 19th century.
10.Lost Draw Cellars
The Texas high plains have long lent themselves to fantastic wine production and it’s superbly highlighted at Lost Draw Cellars. This stop is known for its high-quality wines available for purchase and tastings that are produced in sustainable fashion. Visit the cellars to gain insight into the process of winemaking before savoring the local flavors that have earned this area of Texas a delicious reputation. The relaxed atmosphere at Lost Draw Cellars makes this a wonderful place to linger with family and friends.
Make the Most of Your Fredericksburg Getaway
This 10-part itinerary is sure to keep you busy, so make the most of every moment of your getaway by booking one of the many vacation rental properties in the heart of Fredericksburg while you’re here. Stay close to the fun so you can maximize each day’s adventures. Fredericksburg can’t wait to welcome you to what is bound to be an unforgettable experience!
Author Bio :Caitlyn Knuth is a travel writer whose own adventures have inspired her to write about everything from the most delicious cafés in Paris, France to the breathtaking salmon runs in Juneau, Alaska. Working in association with Absolute Charm Luxury Accommodations, she enjoys writing and sharing about Fredericksburg in the hope others will pack up and head out on Texas-bound adventures of their very own.