Situated between San Antonio and Austin, Fredericksburg is a central Texas vacation destination that combines the very best of culture, flavor, and fun for guests of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax and unwind or can’t wait to hit the road with the entire family at your side, Fredericksburg is a place that promises to be as inviting as it is exciting no matter what your travel interests or passions may be. Even better is the fact that Fredericksburg is a destination where it’s possible to relax, unwind and have an amazing experience even if you only have a short amount of free time available. When there are 48 hours to spare, head to Fredericksburg and be sure to make the most of these fun-filled activities and stops along the way.
When time is of the essence, making sure to appreciate modern-day Fredericksburg alongside its rich past is key to an incredible experience in central Texas. Day one is a chance to spend time in the heart of the city through shopping and browsing before immersing yourself in the story of Fredericksburg and getting a bit more connected to it all in the process. The day ends on a flavorful note that’s closely linked to Fredericksburg’s German heritage. Booking a vacation rental in or around the center of town is recommended and a sure way to maximize time exploring when every second of vacation counts!
Stroll Along Main Street
Main Street Fredericksburg is a bustling center of commerce. Setting aside time to wander this stretch of road is a great way to not only get a feeling for the pulse of the city but to pick up some incredible souvenirs too! Main Street hosts more than 100 storefronts and shops that specialize in products that range from apparel and crafts to candy and home goods. Browse and shop while indulging in the many cafes, restaurants, and wine tasting options that are nestled in between this collection of historic buildings.
Visit The Pioneer Museum
Sitting at 325 W. Main, The Pioneer Museum is a must-see for first-time visitors who are excited to learn more about the historic road that led to modern-day Fredericksburg. History, culture, and tradition come to life through exhibits and displays that track the journey of German pioneers from their home country to the Texas Hill Country. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $3.00 for children. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Eat at Otto’s German Bistro
Follow up a day filled with shopping, browsing, and a look back towards the past with a meal at Otto’s German Bistro. Located at 316 E. Austin Street, Otto’s German Bistro offers up a savory menu of fine German fare that can be enjoyed indoors or on a spacious outdoor patio. This is a stop that’s just as well-known for its collection of handcrafted cocktails, making it the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. Otto’s is open daily from 4:00 pm until 10:30 pm.
The second day of a 48-hour adventure in Fredericksburg focuses on local insight and links to a military past. Once again, the day will end on a delicious note with options to extend the flavor into the trip home.
Take a Fredericksburg Trolley Tour
Fredericksburg landmarks, architecture, and history are yours for the enjoying when you book a Fredericksburg Trolley Tour during your stay. Hop onboard a red vintage trolley and take to the streets alongside a friendly and knowledgeable driver and guide who will offer up insight into Fredericksburg’s past, present, and future. Tours range from one-hour experiences to three-hour rides, and tickets can be purchased to focus on architecture, history, and even the city’s haunted past.
Visit the National Museum of the Pacific War
A stay in Fredericksburg isn’t complete without a stop at the stunning National Museum of the Pacific War. The facility is made up of three separate buildings, two of which host a collection of displays and exhibits focused on the triumphs and defeats of World War II. The third section of the museum is a combat zone where battles are re-created, and history comes to life in mesmerizing fashion. The museum is located at 340 E. Main Street and is open daily from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Eat at Vaudeville
Savor an innovative and inspiring meal at Vaudeville to end day two on a good note. Located at 230 E. Main Street, Vaudeville is known for its trendy atmosphere, tantalizing cuisine that puts a southern twist on American favorites as well as the art gallery that’s incorporated into the setting. Let creative juices flow once every last bite has been enjoyed as Vaudeville also features a wine store and gourmet market on-site.
Try the Wineries on the Way Out
If you’re a visitor to Fredericksburg with a passion for wine, the stretch of the Texas Hill Country between Fredericksburg and Johnson City provides you with more than 30 miles that host more than 40 wineries beckoning a stop or two. Turn the trip out of town into a collection of great memories that comes with undeniably flavorful benefits.