Fredericksburg Travel Guide

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Fredericksburg Things to Do

  • LBJ Ranch

    As we toured The Texas White House and various sites related to our former President's childhood, I couldn't help but recall some of my childhood memories. My grandparents owned a farm in Pennsylvania where I spent much of my childhood running through the pastures, visiting the spring house, chasing the barncats and making friends with the other...

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  • Admiral Nimitz Museum

    Also associated with the National Museum of the Pacific War is the Admiral Nimitz Museum which is located in the historic Nimitz Hotel. This museum includes displays of the war campaign in the Pacific and the life of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz who was born in Fredericksburg. There are various sites and historic plaques relating to Nimitz in town.

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  • National Museum of the Pacific War

    5 out of 5 stars

    The National Museum of the Pacific War is dedicated to telling the story of the war in the Pacific during World War II is run by the Texas Historical Commission and the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. The museum is associated with the Nimitz Museum and consists of displays dedicated to the Pacific Combat Zone, a Veterans Walk of Honor and Memorial Wall,...

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  • Wildseed Farms

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    After seeing the LBJ Ranch, I visited Wildseeds, the largest wildflower farm in the United States. Acres and acres of lovely flowers -- and a lot of schlock to buy in the store. But I loved seeing those colorful fields and then browsing in the shop for seeds appropriate for my growing Zone. There are trial gardens with walking trails. One of the...

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  • Pioneer Memorial

    The Fredericksburg Pioneer Memorial Library is located in the old Gillespie County Courthouse which was designed by famed architect Alfred Giles, completed in 1882, and was the 2nd courthouse for the county. It was used as a courthouse until 1939. This is a nice place to stop and get more info on the town and to use the WiFi to keep up with the...

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  • Enchanted Rock State Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Enchanted Rock is granite bulge or dome arising from the topography 17 miles from Fredericksburg--it's a natural wonder around here! Over 1800 ft. in elevation and reached by walking the half mile Summit Trail, it entices many to its top. To enjoy this unusual sight you will need to pay $6.00 per person, which gives you access to picnic tables,...

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Fredericksburg Restaurants

  • Ahh! German Bakeries!

    Another great place to stop for a Jagerschnitzel is the Old German Bakery Restaurant. They are reputed to have the largest schnitzels in Texas. I did not eat a schnitzel here but have heard they are quite good. Try the cheesecake and chocolate tarts. Cheesecake!!!

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  • Shop and Eat

    Der Kuchen Laden is located in the historic Keidel Memorial Hospital Building and sells kitchenware and accessories. There is also a restaurant called "Rathskeller" in the basement with a varied and interesting menu. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and have a selection of house wines. Food and service was fine but I still preferred Altdorf....

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  • My Favorite Place to Eat in Town

    $16 as of April 2012. My favorite place to eat in Fredericksburg is definitely the Altdorf Biergarten. They have a nice German-style atmosphere complete with a biergarten (a nice outdoor seating area with wood tables and umbrellas). Sit outside if possible. The menu is varied with sandwiches, salads, burgers, "Tex-Mex" items and Texas favorites...

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Fredericksburg Nightlife

  • Drinks and Steaks

    If you have enough room after the schnitzels and the goodies at the bakery, stop next door to the Altdorf for a beer, some wine or a good cocktail at the Crossroads Saloon. They have live music and a dance floor. (More rum before I dance, please). Casual cowboy is good. Or just regular casual.

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  • "Showtime" Entertainment!-Rockbox...

    Our first time here was a "Whoa, where did this come from?" Surprise!! I was expecting some little "music review" type entertainment. We got a whole lot more! Comedy-They present fast moving comedy. Not "wait for the punchline" comedy skits. They are going n blowin!Impersonations-Sonny & Cher, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Elvis,...

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  • After dinner wine

    Great little wine/cigar bar, with live music! very fun, big city style place, for little ol' fredericksburg! cute little rooms throughout where you can sit and have wine. The owners/managers are super cool.

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Fredericksburg Transportation

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    by VeronicaG Updated Nov 16, 2007

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    The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is made up of 1,570 acres (672 Federally owned). A shuttle bus provides a tour which takes you to the Junction School*, the LBJ birthplace and Johnson Cemetery.

    Although the Texas Whitehouse is still being used by Johnson family members, the bus does pull up to the front of it to allow for pictures and a stroll to the cemetery, which is across the road. The bus drives you passed the private airstrip, a small building containing Johnson's vehicles and old fire engine, show barn and airplane hangar. You'll also stop to see some of the farm animals. The tour was very informative!

    *The Junction School is where four year old Lyndon Johnson first began his education (picture #2). It's of simple construction painted blue, sitting on a knoll a short distance from the Pedernales River.

    The park is opened from 8:45 am-5:00 pm and the tour is from 10am-4pm daily. Tour prices are $3 for age 62 and up; $6.00 for ages 18-61; $3 for ages 7-17 and under 6 is free.

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Fredericksburg Shopping

  • Antiques and Gifts

    Note: this shop is closing its doors and will be reopening (January 2012) in town and 'will be carrying a different type of antique', according to the ownerWe only visited a few of the shops lining Main Street since we wanted to see as much of the town as possible, but The Homestead was one of those shops we were glad to have stopped by.We're...

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  • Delicious jams, blistering hot sauces,...

    Once she heard I was going to Fredericksburg, my friend (who had grown up in Llano) immediately put in an order for some fresh pecans and peach preserves. It was a hot afternoon when I got there, and I really didn't want to carry a bulging sackful of jam around with me as I window-shopped, so I deliberately waited until I was ready to leave town...

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  • Main Street Fredericksburg

    Let's be real. If you're going to Fredericksburg you already know about the great shopping. But it really is great. The only negative thing I experienced were the early closing times (5pm-6pm) and even on the weekends! After shopping everyone then heads to the biergartens for some good times.*Definitely check out the website for the different kinds...

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Fredericksburg Local Customs

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    by Cinger55 Updated Jun 3, 2011

    It's a little known fact that Fredericksburg is one of the very few locations in the US where the US Open Container law does not apply. No liquor is allowed, but open containers of wine and beer are permitted along Main Street. If you haven't finished your beer when it's time to leave the Brewery, or you would love to sample a glass of a local wine from the Fredericksburg Winery on Main, you can take it to go! And, interestingly enough, it is rare to see anyone strolling along Main who is dangerously inebriated, probably because this fact is not advertised openly, although there are plenty of signs in the windows of the places along Main that offer wine or beer. So, sip along Main. Don't worry, it's legal!

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Fredericksburg Warnings and Dangers

  • What's Where?!?

    Ok, so looking at the website and planning our trip here was really confusing because LBJ National Historical Park is kind of in two places: Stonewall and Johnson City. On the website, they talk about things together and so I just want to clarify for YOU! (And for me when I return) :)In Johnson City (14 miles East of Stonewall)A visitors...

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  • Watch your step on uneven cobblestone...

    I took a very nasty fall on the Fredericksburg main street (north side) when my sandals caught on some uneven cobblestones. I also saw many other people nearly fall and they seemed more seasoned in sandals than I did.... Be careful!!

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  • The Arm of Justice...

    For all lawbreakers far and wide...the Fredericksburg Police Force means business!There is heavy patrol...and the station is located on Main Street. If you don't want a ticket then do not cut any corners...because there is no acceptable excuse....oh, they will let you tell your best story ....but alas...in the end you are the proud owner of a...

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Fredericksburg What to Pack

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    by Cherie_J Written Mar 13, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Light luggage...it is a historical town with many intriguing sights to visit. You can also switch to experience various Bed & Breakfasts...therefore, no one wants to lug unnecessary luggage. Therefore, if you are a Bigger Than Life Texas Gal....take it easy on your partner..

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be kind to your feet!! You will be doing a lot of standing and walking so wear comfortable walking shoes.

    There is also some nearby hiking opportunities. Some good hiking boots are helpful for protection against snakes and stability during your climb.

    Pack light-weight clothing...just accept you will sweat..of course ladies....we only glow! (wink wink)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Basic normal supplies.

    Photo Equipment: There are many fabulous photo opportunities. All camera's and video's are acceptable...However those who are really into photography...bring your gear! There are numerous beautiful sights...sunrise, sunset, blooming wildflowers, butterflies, your sweethearts, and the list goes on.

    Miscellaneous: Remember this is TEXAS....so expect it to be HOT HOT HOT...make sure to have some tasty H2O handy....especially if you are hiking.

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Fredericksburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Wildflowers everywhere

    Seven miles east of Fredericksburg on highway 290 is the nation's largest wildflower production center. The Wildseed Farms Market Center has lots to see at any time of the year. 29 State highway departments use Fredericksburg wildflowers alongside their highways. If you are from, Florida, Tennessee, Maryland, Oklahoma, Texas (of course) or Virginia...

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  • See the butterflies at Wildseed Farms

    This was probably the favorite part of the trip for my husband. He loves to garden and we spent a half a day here enjoying the outside garden area and the seed shop inside. We could smell fresh coffe and biscuits cooking outside and when we located the source of the aroma, we discovered they were offering free samples with local jam. The weather...

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  • Drive the 13 mile Willow City Loop

    This drive is an excellent way to see some of the Hill Country. We drove through "open range" areas and saw some of the cattle grazing along the roadside and in the fields. Drive slowly, because this is a twisty road and it's impossible to see an animal up ahead if you're driving too fast.

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Fredericksburg Sports & Outdoors

  • Biking the LBJ National Historical Park

    For only $1 you can tour the entire National Historical Park of LBJ's ranch. When I went we drove but there was a big family who biked the entire way. Just be careful in the summer...it can be very hot!*You do have to put a certain sticker on the bike that you get from the ranger at the visitors center...so make sure to stop by the center...

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  • Biking Willow City Loop

    If you've seen my Things to Do tips then you've seen the amazing pictures of the 13-mile Willow City Loop. While we were driving the loop we ran into a few groups biking it! I thought it was an amazing way to see the sights while getting some great exercise. *Note: The actual trail does not start and stop at the same place. Therefore, if you're...

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  • Late to Open, Early to close

    We had a very leisurely trip to Frederickburg, peppered with frequent naps. Unfortunately, even on a busy weekend most of the shops close at 8 pm. We woke early the next day on a Sunday and were disappointed to find that most of the shops would not open until 10 am.

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  • LBJ NHP: Bus Tours vs Audio CDs

    Just an FYI for those who love to plan trips and know all the details...On the website that talks about touring the LBJ Historical Park it talks about taking the ranger bus tours. They were not given the weekend my aunt and I went. They now give you an audio cd for your own car. The ranger at the visitors center they were getting away from the bus...

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  • President Lyndon B. Johnson

    Other than filling in as President after JFK's death, I didn't know much about LBJ before visiting his National Historical Park. Now I could write a book...just kidding! I do have some good stories to tell, though, for sure. So, I couldn't put this tip under Things To Do but wanted to add the pictures from the park about all the programs that LBJ...

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