My husband and I went down to Fredericksburg, Texas with his mother and grandmother last fall, and we all definitely enjoyed ourselves, despite our drastic differences in ages and tastes. It’s a great place to drop by if you’re visiting Texas on a budget, or you can take a cheap vacation there and relax for a few days. This summer travel guide for the Texas town will help you find the best place to stay and a wide variey of places to visit.
Fredericksburg, Texas is a quaint German town nestled away in the Texas hills, about 75 miles outside of Austin. And while Austin might be famous for its crazy nightlife on infamous 6th street, Fredericksburg has a special street of its own.
The Main Street of Fredericksburg, Texas is lined with shops full of everything from beautiful, hand-made candles, antique shops, homemade candy stores, ice cream shops, and jewelry boutiques, but what makes it truly unique is the fact that you can walk down to The Fredericksburg Brewing Company (it’s hard to miss, the vats the beer are brewed in are on display in the front of the restaurant/bar), select one of the brews made right there on site, and walk up and down the street, bringing your beer into whatever store you wish. It’s this little secret that makes this German town so unique. And talk about cheap! My husband and I just bought our beer and enjoyed looking at all of the shops; they’re so fun to look around in, you don’t really feel the need to buy anything. If wine is more your thing, try the D’Vine Wine bar, where you can sample wines from all over Texas, or pick up a wonderful wine-a-rita to sip on while you window shop. There are also many, many wineries around Fredericksburg that you can visit for tastings. Visiting the local vineyards in Fredericksburg, Texas is a budget-friendly way to pretend that you’re in a more exotic location. For more information on all of the wineries in Fredericksburg, check out this website; it’s a great guide to the many wineries located near town.
Also on Main Street is the National Museum of the Pacific War, which is great for history buffs. The cost of admission is $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children, and it’s well worth the money. My husband and I loved it because we’re both into history, but kids should enjoy just getting to see the tanks, mini submarine, planes, and other big machinery in the Pacific Combat Zone section of the museum. (I just hope you get our tour guide, a volunteer who took part in the Pacific War; he contradicted everything the automated portion of the tour said, and it was extremely entertaining!)
Outside of Fredericksburg, there’s the Enchanted Rock, which is great for a pleasant hike on a summer’s day. It’s a huge, pink granite dome with a breathtaking view from the top (it’s also a legendary landmark with lots of history that was very important to Native Americans), and a must-visit for anyone who’s active and enjoys the outdoors. Best of all, a visit here is free!
For accommodations, try finding a nice country cabin outside of town, like those on A Getaway Ranch, 10 miles outside of Fredericksburg. A cabin here will cost you $125 per couple, with an extra $25 for every child over age 10. These little cottages are way better than hotels; they’re located in the peaceful quiet of the country, surrounded by wildlife (like friendly dogs and ponies!); and they have all the amenities you’re used to having at home, making your stay as pleasant as possible. As an added plus, you can bring your four-legged friends along; the owners of the cabins have no problem with dogs or cats, as long as they have good manners. Plus you’ll get to sample some of the organic fruits and vegetables that are in season on the ranch, where many yummy things are grown. You may even be tempted to stay at the cabin all day relaxing and enjoying the scenery, so you could end up taking an incredibly cheap vacation! Of course there are many, many bed and breakfasts and hotels around Fredericksburg, so you might want to shop around for better deals.
For a meal, you must visit one German restaurant, and it’s easy enough as staying on Main Street. Just look for The Auslander Biergarten and Restaurant, and be sure you try one of the many sausages on the menu. You can make a pretty cheap meal doing as my husband and I did, splitting an appetizer and one of the sausage meals (trust me, you still get plenty of food this way).
And now I’ve saved the best part of my trip to Fredericksburg for last: The Exotic Resort Zoo. It’s really closer to Johnson City and about 25 miles outside of Fredericksburg, but it’s definitely worth the trip. There aren’t prices on the site, but I believe we all paid $12 a piece to take the tour (for children I think it’s cheaper), and it was worthy every penny. Unlike other safari-style tours, guests are in an open wagon where they can really interact with the animals (and if you buy a bucket of feed, the animals will definitely interact with you, especially the camels!) You’ll see elk, dozens of different kinds of deer, buffalo, llamas, endangered species like rare types of gazelles, and my personal favorite, the zebras! And every single one of them is not afraid to eat out of your hand; just beware; the camels will take your whole bucket of feed and run! There’s also a petting zoo for the kids, and there’s no way your children will leave without a new respect for their fellow creatures.
So from wine to wildlife and shopping to history, there’s no shortage of things to do in Fredericksburg. This is one of the cheapest vacation destinations you can find in Texas, and I hope this summer travel guide helps you get the most out of your visit to this big state on a budget.