Lying approximately 70 miles northwest of San Antonio and near the small town of Fredericksburg, Kerrville is a charming city full of natural beauty, outdoor activities, and cultural attractions. It is an ideal destination for travelers looking to relax at one of our stunning Cozi vacation rentals and explore everything to do in Kerrville, TX.
Whether it is kayaking through the Guadalupe River with Hill Country backdrop sights, taking the scenic path of the Kerrville River Trail, or touring art galleries, the Cailloux Theater, and Schreiner Mansion, Kerrville can offer you and your family a well-rounded experience while staying in a peaceful getaway in the heart of the Hill Country.
In this guide, we compiled a list of the things to do in Kerrville, TX, that you won’t want to miss during your visit!
Take a Walk at the Kerrville River Trail
If you love taking leisure strolls, the Kerrville River Trail provides you stunning views of the Guadalupe River as it runs parallel to the trail.
The primarily paved pathway of the trail covers approximately 6 miles, where you can go running or biking to your heart’s content or take leisurely walks. There are also designated picnic areas to relax and enjoy the river during walking breaks. The river trail segments include some of Kerrville, TX’s best things to do, including the Riverside Nature Center, Louise Hays Park, Kerrville-Schreiner Park, and the Dietert Center.
Visit the Kerrville-Schreiner Park
Kerrville-Schreiner Park is one of the locations where you can start your walk to the Kerrville River Trail, as it serves as a trail segment. The park is right along the Guadalupe River and offers a playground for the little ones, sand volleyball, basketball, and river access to areas with kayak and canoe rentals nearby.
The park covers 517 acres of land and houses the Pollinator Garden, installed in 2000 by volunteers. Nowadays, the garden is a certified Monarch Way Station where you can see the butterflies, including the Texas Red Admiral, Texas Monarch, and the South Texas Black.
Explore the Riverside Nature Center
The Riverside Nature Center (RNC) is located in downtown Kerrville at the meeting point between the Guadalupe River and Town Creek. The RNC is a nonprofit organization and educational facility on a mission to educate the public about the natural resources of the Texas Hill Country, and it is free to visit.
Its garden has a diverse flora collection of some of the best wildflowers you can find in the Hill Country region, and it offers various events throughout the year. From nature nights to bird walks to exhibits, the RNC will allow you to connect with nature.
Tee Time at the Golf Course
If you prefer to admire the beauty of the Texas landscape backdrop during tee time, you can do so at the Scott Schreiner Municipal Golf Course. This 18-hole golf course features a mix of par-3, par-4, and par-5 holes ideal to practice your skills. In addition, Kerrville’s mild climate during the fall and spring months makes it a perfect time to play golf. The golf course has a pro shop, a practice facility, and a clubhouse.
Enjoy Water Activities at the Guadalupe River
One of the “can’t-miss” things to do in Kerrville involves getting wet on the Guadalupe River. There is no shortage of kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, or river tubing activities to do on the river.
You can rent your equipment at the Kerrville Kayak and Canoe, and if you would like to swim and go down an epic waterslide, you can head to Ingram Lake and slide down the Ingram Dam. If you prefer to stay off the water, try your hand at fishing or watching the wildlife in the area. You can spot different birds and turtles along the river or simply relax and unwind while sitting by the riverbank.
Eat at a BBQ Joint
When it comes to Texas BBQ, you haven’t really been to Kerrville unless you’ve visited Bill’s Bar-B-Que or Buzzie’s Bar-B-Que. Whether you wish to dine in or take out, you will have your choices of brisket, chicken, ribs, and sausages, and with many years in the industry, you can certainly ensure you will eat and enjoy true Texas BBQ.
Taste Wine at the Kerrville Hills Winery
- Address: 3600 Fredericksburg Rd, Kerrville, TX 78028
- Hours: Thursday to Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm and on Sundays from 12 pm to 5 pm
The Kerrville Hills Winery sits at the highest point in Kerr County and provides stunning views of the vast Texas Hill Country. The winery was established by John Rivenburgh in 2019, an award-winning winemaker with a passion for growing sustainable Texas grapes. You can pick from various red and white wines to taste, along with one of the house-made charcuterie boards. It’s the perfect pairing to enjoy in the Texas weather.
Visit the Museum of Western Art
- Address: 1550 Bandera Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028
- Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm
The Museum of Western Art has an extensive collection of artworks showcasing Western heritage, with exhibits featuring cowboys, Native Americans, the women of the West, settlers, and the history of famous ranches. The museum itself is also a piece of art as the building was designed by Texas architect O’Neil Ford. You won’t find another place in the Texas Hill Country showcasing the finest artwork of Western artists.
Explore the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center
- Address: 228 Earl Garrett St, Kerrville, TX 78028
- Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm
The Kerr Arts and Cultural Center is on a mission to enrich the community and support artists from the region by providing exhibitions and arts and crafts education programs.
The center has three main galleries: the James Avery Gallery, the Aline Cornles Gallery, and the James and SJ Derby Gallery, spanning over 6500 square feet of art. For those who wish to learn a skill, you can sign up for one of the upcoming art classes during your Cozi vacation rental stay.
Attend a Performance at the Cailloux Theater
The Cailloux Theater has an event calendar for performances you can attend throughout the year, from listening to symphony orchestras to watching ballet and comedy performances. The theater also does the Playhouse 2000 season program, where volunteers and audience members can attend and experience the seasonal plays.
Tour the Schreiner Mansion
- Address: 222 Earl Garret St, Kerrville, TX
- Tours: Tuesdays and Thursdays every half hour starting at 10 am. The last tour is at 1:30 pm.
Near the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, you will find the Schreiner Mansion. It was built in 1879 and was the first limestone home in Kerrville constructed by German masons. Nowadays, the mansion has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and you can tour this historic site overlooking the Peterson Plaza near Main Street.
Shop at the Sunrise Antique Mall
The Sunrise Antique Mall is located in the heart of downtown Kerrville, covering 20,000 square feet of vintage treasures. You will be able to find many random items, from glassware, hats, musical instruments, and lavender items. Get lost between the sections and aisles from different vendors at this antique mall and have fun discovering quirky items to buy and remember your Kerrville visit.
Check out The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Gardens
The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Gardens is a nonprofit Art Museum whose gardens house various Christian sculptures, such as the Empty Cross. This sculpture is seven stories tall and made of Cor-ten steel created by artist Max Greiner, Jr. The sculpture prayer gardens aim to commemorate faith using visual arts, music, and writing.
Attend the Kerrville Folk Festival
The Kerrville Folk Festival is an annual music event on Quiet Valley Ranch over 18 days. This annual event is part of a nonprofit organization’s mission to educate people about folk music and create a community between audiences and folk performers.
Every year, the folk festival has musical performances and offers various workshops, such as songwriting, Ukulele, harmonica, or guitar lessons. If you visit Kerrville during the folk festival event dates, you won’t want to miss it!
Stay and Discover Kerrville
With so many fun things to do in Kerrville, TX, this guide helps you discover all the outdoor activities, art centers, and historic sites you can explore during your stay at one of our luxurious Cozi vacation rental properties.