German pioneers founded Fredericksburg 160 years ago, and the language was still spoken by many residents up until World War II. There remains a strong German flavor in the names of streets, buildings and people. There is a lot to see and do here, all within reach of our Fredericksburg, TX hotels including:
The Second World War comes alive at the National Museum of the Pacific War, where the Admiral Nimitz Foundation supports a world-class military complex illustrating history from the Pacific Theater of Operations and in particular the history of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Bring the kids: this is a history lesson they won’t soon forget.
Stretch your legs after the museum and experience the beauty of a billion-year-old, 500-foot-tall monolith of pink granite at Enchanted Rock State Park, the second-largest such formation in North America. The echo canyon trail takes you to the top and then down into caves open for exploration—just be sure to bring a flashlight!
Once you have spent your day at the museum or the park, it is time for an evening of music at the Rockbox Theater, which offers family-friendly live entertainment in tribute to the great musical legends of the past: Roy Orbison, Frank Sinatra and more. It seats 392 people and presents a weekly show with costumed actors and musicians, choreographed dancing and often comedy.
One block away from the theater is Main Street for shopping, dining and strolling, though you should watch out for early closings - many of the shops roll up the carpet at 5 p.m. There is a general store, a five-and-dime, antique shops, clothing and jewelry stores and more. The street travels through Fredericksburg’s historic district, so there is some interesting architecture to observe as well.
Step back to Fredericksburg’s beginnings at the Pioneer Museum Complex where you will walk through three acres of pioneers’ homes, shops, sheds, a schoolhouse and the small “Sunday House.” All of the buildings are open to tour on your own (with motion-activated recordings) and are filled with period artifacts from the area and from Germany; it really is like going back in time to see and understand the area’s first settlement.
The Vereins Kirche Museum does even more to immerse you in Fredericksburg’s past with a maze, that is actually a timeline of the area, and interested and informative guides. It is a quick stop on your tour, but one that should not be overlooked. Admission is free, although donations are gratefully accepted.
Choice Hotels in Fredericksburg, TX will have you staying right in the middle of all the historic atmosphere. Plan your next vacation to include the Texas Hill Country and you will be surprised at the old-world charm—as well as the southern hospitality—that awaits you.
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