Because of its hilly scenery, the Texas Hill Country is one of the more popular areas in Texas for outdoor recreation. The area offers many state parks and historic sites including Blanco State Park, Colorado Bend State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Garner State Park, Hill Country State Natural Area, Lyndon B. Johnson State Historic Park, South Llano River State Park, and others.
Limestone hills and spring-fed canyons make up most of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, which is found in the Hill Country region. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. This park tells the story of the 36th president of the United States.
Cultural events from Oktoberfest Fredericksburg, to the Kerrville Folk Festival, range in genres, providing enough variety for everyone to enjoy. Fort Concho National Historic Landmark in San Angelo and Fort Lancaster State Historic Site in Ozona are just two of over a dozen sites that designate and honor the area’s early western history. The pace of life in Hills Country is known to be laid back and easy-going, perfect for a family vacation or a romantic getaway.
- Downtown Kerrville
- Fort Martin Scott
- Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival
- Gish’s Old West Museum
- Kerrville Folk Festival
- Kerrville Wine & Music Festival
- Louise Hays Park
- National Museum of the Pacific War – Fredericksburg
- Oktoberfest Fredericksburg
- Pioneer Museum Complex
- Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm
- Spicewood Vineyards
- Texas Arts and Crafts Fair
Settled along Guadalupe River, Downtown Kerrville enjoys many facilities, scenic pathways, shops, antiques, and eateries. Visitors can attend a number of annual festivals and visit historic buildings and museums.
Downtown Kerrville, 800 Junction Hwy | Kerrville, TX. Telephone: 1 830 792-8343
Fort Martin Scott
This site was originally a federal fort established in 1848 to guard the frontier. With 21 buildings, Fort Martin Scott served the public until 1853. Currently, it displays artifacts and documents about bear grease trade and more. This is a good walk through the Texas Ranger Memorial and Fort Martin Scott in Fredericksburg, Texas:
Fort Martin Scott, Fredericksburg, TX. Telephone: 1 830 997-1646
Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival
The Annual Jaycees’ Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival returns to Downtown Marktplatz, Fredericksburg, Texas, Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2014. The Festival will feature activities for the whole family including lots of great Cajun food, live music, crawfish races, and a Creole brunch with a special appearance by Chef John Russ of the renowned Lüke San Antonio.
Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival, 100 W. Main St Fredericksburg TX. Telephone: 1 830 433-5225
Gish’s Old West Museum
Displaying Old West Relics, this museum showcases a vast collection of saddles, badges of a legendary lawman and old guns. Visitors have the chance to experience first-hand the lifestyle of cowboys in the late 1800s.
Gish’s Old West Museum, 502 N. Milam St. | Fredericksburg, TX. Telephone: 1 830 997-2794
Kerrville Folk Festival
Every year in May and June, Kerrville Folk Festival celebrates 18 days with performances by more than 100 singer-songwriters and their bands. Songwriters and their bands congregate annually in Kerrville to celebrate music. Games, concerts, food, camping, and arts & crafts are a few of the many activities available during the festival.
Kerrville Folk Festival, Quiet Valley Ranch, Kerrville TX. Telephone: 1 830 257-3600
Kerrville Wine & Music Festival
An annual event of music activities and wine tastings. Concerts, food, entertainment and much more.
Kerrville Wine & Music Festival, Quiet Valley Ranch, Kerrville TX. Telephone: 1 830 257-3600
Louise Hays Park
Admission to this park is free. The Guadalupe River passes through the park making a natural pool. Located in the heart of downtown, Louise Hays Park has scenic areas and shaded picnic tables, where visitors can enjoy day outings. Visitors can also go to Tranquility Island through a footbridge crossing the river.
Louise Hays Park, 1700 Sidney Baker | Kerrville, TX. Telephone: 1 830 792-3535
National Museum of the Pacific War – Fredericksburg
Formerly known as the Admiral Nimitz Museum, this national museum now houses several historic exhibits over a nine-acre site. The museum features the George Bush Gallery, Admiral Nimitz Museum, Plaza of Presidents, Veterans’ Walk of Honor, Japanese Garden of Peace, Pacific Combat Zone, and the Center for Pacific War Studies. Featured displays include two castings that would have been the third or fourth atomic bomb.
Today, the museum includes exhibits on the life and career of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who commanded the U.S. and allied naval forces in the Pacific War, and who was born right here in Fredericksburg.
It also includes displays of Allied and Japanese aircraft, tanks, guns, other artifacts and, the most moving of all, the personal stories of our troops.
On scheduled weekends throughout the year, the Pacific Combat Zone is the site of a living history program. Re-enactors bring World War II to life by demonstrating the weapons and discussing the tactics and strategy that won the war.
National Museum of the Pacific War Fredericksburg, 340 East Main Street | Fredericksburg, TX | 78624. Telephone: 1 830 997-4379
Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg is a three-day festival celebrating the city’s German heritage. The festival features live German music, food, arts and crafts.
Oktoberfest Fredericksburg, Markplatz, 100 block of West Main St. Fredericksburg TX
Pioneer Museum Complex
This museum complex center features a fully furnished eight-room Victorian pioneer home that was built in 1849. A wine cellar, smokehouse, log cabin, wagon shed and a blacksmith shop are also located inside the complex. Special attractions include a fire museum with early fire-fighting equipment.
The historic Pioneer Museum Complex includes 3.5 acres and 12 different historic buildings- the Kammlah Homestead, an authentic Sunday Haus, School Haus, log cabin and more- all in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas.
The museum is open Mondays through Saturdays and offers self-guided tours of the grounds. Several times a year, the Pioneer Museum also hosts special living history events- where visitors can find costumed reenactors and participate in period activities.
Pioneer Museum Complex, 309 W. Main St | Fredericksburg, TX. Telephone: 1 830 997-2835
Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm
Travel back in time with these scenes from the Sauer-Beckmann living history farm at LBJ State Historic Site. This working-farm re-creates the farm life of the early 1900s in Texas. Several interpretative guides are present on-site to provide explanations and demonstrations of specific tasks and activities. Located at the LBJ State Park near Fredericksburg.
Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, Fredericksburg, TX
Using traditional handcrafted techniques, Spicewood Vineyards wines are estate-bottled and family-owned. The vineyard is located in an ancient bed in the Colorado River. Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc a few of the many wine varieties.
Spicewood Vineyards, 1419 Burnet County Road | Spicewood, TX | 78669. Telephone: 1 830 693-5328
Texas Arts and Crafts Fair
A Texas tradition for 35 years, the Official Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair, a juried fine arts and crafts show is nestled in the Hill Country on the banks of the Guadalupe River in Kerrville, Texas.
Texas Arts and Crafts Fair, River Star Arts & Event Park, Kerrville TX. Telephone: 1 888 335-1455