Just over an hour west of Austin, Fredericksburg is well-known for its Main Street shopping, wine tasting, and fine dining. Sitting at the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg has always been one of the best places to experience wide open spaces. This town is brimming with German heritage and has several outdoor activities for all ages.

Take a hike up or around Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Be sure to make reservations to guarantee entry to the park as it is one of Fredericksburg’s most popular attractions. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance. 

After a full day of hiking and watching the sunset over the hills, make sure to look up and enjoy the sights above. Fredericksburg is an International Dark Sky Community, and the area’s night skies produce an amazing stargazing experience

Check out other local favorites like nature trails at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, Cross Mountain, or Wildseed Farms, the largest working wildflower farm in the U.S. From bluebonnets to Indian Paintbrushes, wildflowers only add to the spring beauty in the area. According to wildflower experts, flowers will likely bloom in 2023 from mid-March through mid-May

For the kids, don’t miss the playground and greenspace at Marktplatz, or Market Square located in downtown Fredericksburg. 

With so much to see and do, you will want to extend your stay. Check out more than 1,500 vacation rentals, as well as 20 hotels and inns

To plan your visit to Fredericksburg, go to VisitFredericksburgTX.com.