A Texas summer family road trip must include a few days in Fredericksburg. Centrally located in the Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg is an easy, scenic drive from just about anywhere in the state.
Fredericksburg has plenty of places to relax with over 20 hotels and nearly 1,500 vacation rentals, including some great places to stay featuring swimming pools where you can cool off on a hot summer day.
A Texas summertime tradition that can’t be missed is enjoying a juicy Fredericksburg peach straight from the orchard. Mid-May through mid-August, dozens of roadside stands are filled with bushels of just-picked peaches that are ready to be eaten. In addition to fresh peaches, one can expect homemade peach cobbler and homemade peach ice cream, along with peach jams, jellies and other fresh-from-the-garden produce waiting to be enjoyed.
Looking to beat the heat, the National Museum of the Pacific War provides an air-conditioned adventure with interactive exhibits and plenty of opportunities for all to learn about the sacrifices made during World War II.
Outdoor adventure is always available in Fredericksburg whether it is a hike at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, where you can experience nearly eight miles of trails, or one of the other great outdoor opportunities in town.
If you spend the evening in Fredericksburg, be sure to enjoy the stargazing. As an International Dark Sky Community, Fredericksburg is one of the top places in Texas to see the stars.
Throughout the Summer, Fredericksburg will be celebrating its 175th birthday throughout the summer. Visit the Pioneer Museum located in downtown Fredericksburg to learn how the little German Texan town came to be.
Summertime often provides flexibility on the days that you can visit Fredericksburg and an insider tip would be to plan your Texas Hill Country adventure for midweek. There are a number of perks when visiting town Sunday through Thursday.
Take a quick drive down Ranch Road 1 to the Lyndon B. Johnson State and National Historical Parks – where visitors will get a first-hand look at not only the 36th President’s place of birth, but also his ultimate resting place at the beloved ranch. The LBJ State Park is home to the Sauer-Beckman Living History Farm, where visitors can get a up close look at a typical farm from the early 1900s including farm animals, while the LBJ National Park, located just across the Pedernales River, is home to the Texas White House.
And don’t forget even in the summer, Fredericksburg’s 150 unique shops and boutiques are filled with something for anyone. Meanwhile, the wineries of Texas Wine County offer plenty of space to enjoy scenic views and award-winning wine. Finally, the restaurants of Fredericksburg serve up diverse culinary adventures from authentic German to Texas BBQ to casual patio dining.
Please be sure to head to VisitFredericksburgTX.com for the most up-to-date information on Fredericksburg shops, restaurants, wineries and attractions.