Saturday, July 1, 2017

Day Trips From Austin: Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg is a well-known weekend destination for travelers coming from nearby Austin and San Antonio. The town was named in honor of Prince Frederick of Prussia and is known as the home of "Texas German", a German dialect spoken by the first generations of settlers who did not learn English. A popular site for day trips from Austin, if you can swing going on a weekday, it will be much less crowded.

Enchanted Rock  

Climb to the top of this popular pink granite rock dome at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area for amazing views. Kids can borrow a Junior Ranger Explorer Pack to help them explore the area. It’s advisable to get there early in the morning as the parking lot can fill up quickly. Bring lots of water and wear sunscreen. It’s also a great place to star gaze on a summer night.

Hours: 8am-10pm
Cost: Adult $7 daily, children 12 and under FREE
Location: 16710 Ranch Rd. 965, Fredericksburg
Phone: (830) 685-3636

Old Tunnel State Park 

From May through October, spectators gather at Old Tunnel State Park to watch up to 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasilienses mexicana) and 3,000 cave myotis (Myotis velifer) bats take flight at dusk. Bat-viewing opportunities are available seven nights a week, and nightly educational presentations are given Thursday through Sunday.

Hours: Sunrise until 5 p.m.; Park opens at 5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays May through October for bat viewing
Cost: Free for viewing at upper viewing area; $5 fee for viewing at lower viewing area
Location: 10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg.
Phone: Call (866) 978-2287 to get the latest emergence time information.

Wildseed Farms 

Just a few minutes outside of town, you’ll find Wildseed Farms, a family-owned wildflower farm where you can pick your own flowers, walk the trails, capture beautiful photos, shop for seeds and plants, and taste the wide range of products including jellies, jams, pickles, salsas and more that are available for purchase. Note: When saying hello to the Wildseed cats on location, make sure the kids don’t pet them as they can be a little feisty with little ones.

Hours: Daily from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Location: 100 Legacy Dr, Fredericksburg
Phone: (800) 848-0078

Marktplatz Playground 

Need the kids to burn off some energy before the ride home? Visit this playground right on Main Street, close to all of the shops and restaurants of downtown Fredericksburg. There there are many climbing, swinging and balancing options.

Cost: FREE
Location: 260 E. Main Street, Fredericksburg

Hungry? Embrace Fredericksburg’s German roots and indulge in some schnitzel at Rathskeller, a snug little restaurant in the basement of an old building. They serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week.If you're looking for a cool treat after exploring the town on a hot summer day, stop in for an ice cream sundae or a cone at Clear River Ice Cream. This retro ice cream shop has a flavor to please everyone and offers up bakery items as well.


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