Plan a Trip to Fredericksburg This Spring – Safely
Wide open spaces and the beauty of spring are a short drive away
Photographs courtesy of FCVB, taken prior to Covid-19
Spring fever might be hitting a little harder than usual this time of year. After an intense winter and a year of feeling cooped up due to limited travel options and safety concerns, many families are likely ready for an escape. You don’t have to go far to get away. Fredericksburg is an excellent idea all year round but shines particularly bright during the springtime. The town’s parks, shops, accommodations, attractions, bars and restaurants are ready and waiting to host visitors from Central Texas – safely. Here are our tips for having a blast – and staying healthy and happy – in Fredericksburg this spring:
Located just over an hour from Austin or San Antonio, Fredericksburg is home to wide open spaces and spring beauty. Take time to unwind with a bike ride around town or sign up with a local bike tour company to take on the hills around Fredericksburg, which are frequent training grounds for professional cyclists. Well known Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is a fantastic location to take in the Texas Hill Country, but be sure to book park passes well in advance online to guarantee entry (the park is operating at limited capacity due to COVID-19 precautions). Other opportunities to soak up the sunshine include a self-guided historic walking tour in the National Historic District, a relaxed hike at Cross Mountain Park or along the walking trail at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, or a round of golf with Texas Hill Country views at Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course. Spring is also the perfect time to visit the largest working wildflower farm in the nation, Wildseed Farms. While wildflowers are mother nature’s show (and somewhat unpredictable) in the wild, Wildseed Farms guarantees gorgeous blooms that are Instagram perfect.
Local restaurants, attractions and wineries are open and ready to welcome guests. Fredericksburg is home to several outdoor dining options and warmer spring weather makes it the perfect time to enjoy good food under beautiful skies. Local favorites like August E’s have expanded their patio dining area and Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant is now home to outdoor dining bubbles as well as a spacious patio. Establishments are operating at a lower than usual capacity, so remember to make reservations if possible. Have a specific restaurant or winery you have your eye on? Be sure to call ahead and verify operating days, hours and brush up on their COVID protocol. Some local attractions like the National Museum of the Pacific War are operating on a reduced schedule, so be sure to plan ahead and purchase tickets online to guarantee a great experience.
Looking for more room to spread out? Plan a midweek visit to Fredericksburg. With work from home and distance learning continuing for many families, consider spending the entire week in Fredericksburg. More than 1,200 guesthouses, cabins and rental properties are the perfect home away from home and offer up a change of daytime scenery, while allowing you to enjoy local restaurants, outdoor spaces and free evenings. As a bonus, with fewer folks visiting Fredericksburg during the week, it can be easier to get into typically booked attractions like Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, where you should always plan ahead and purchase your permit online to guarantee entry.
Please continue to “Protect FBG” by practicing social distancing and wearing a mask. Free masks are available at the Visitor Information Center located at 302 East Austin Street in downtown Fredericksburg. Learn more about current travel to Fredericksburg at visitfredericksburgtx.com/covid-19.
Get inspired and start planning your spring getaway to Fredericksburg here.