Whether your upcoming Fredericksburg vacation is your first or fifth time visiting this Hill Country town, there is always something new to discover. After checking into your Cozi Vacation Rentals home base, explore all there is to do and see.
Start your morning with breakfast from a top spot around the central Marktplatz, then enjoy an afternoon of activities such as picking peaches and visiting elephants. You could even check out one of the wineries in the center of town or farther out in the vineyards.
Fredericksburg’s history starts with the first German settlers arriving in 1846. Since then, there have been countless important figures who have called this area home. The best way to learn about them and the events that shaped the town is by exploring the museums and historical sites found throughout Fredericksburg.
If you’re looking to learn about the town’s past, visit one of the many history museums in Fredericksburg, TX.
The National Museum of the Pacific War
- Website: https://www.pacificwarmuseum.org/
- Address: 311 E Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
- Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm Wednesday to Sunday
This museum, dedicated to those who served in the Pacific War, is a superb museum focused on World War II’s Pacific Theater. During a visit, guests can immerse themselves in a huge collection of artifacts to learn stories about the people who lived and died during the Pacific War. Discover how the Allied victory in WWII impacted your life and how it might affect the future, too.
Areas of the museum not to be missed include the George H.W. Bush Gallery where you can learn about Pearl Harbor via artifacts and first-hand accounts. The Nimitz Museum is located in a beautifully historic building and is named after Fredericksburg native Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. Here, you’ll discover interactive displays that create a living history of Nimitz’s fascinating life and career.
No visit is complete without a stroll around the Japanese Garden of Peace which serves as a tribute to Japan’s Admiral Heihachiro Togo who influenced Admiral Nimitz during the war. Also, be sure to take a moment to honor all the men and women who fought for freedom in the Memorial Courtyard.
General tickets are valid for one day and include the George H.W. Bush Gallery, Admiral Nimitz Gallery, and the Pacific Combat Zone. Head to the official website to buy tickets and to find recommended itineraries that will help you see as much of the 6-acre museum as possible in the time you have available.
The Pioneer Museum
- Website: https://www.pioneermuseum.org/
- Address: 325 W Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
- Opening hours: 10 am – 5 pm Monday to Saturday
Operated by Gillespie County Historical Society, this series of ten structures showcases what life was like for past residents of the region. The 3.5-acre complex is comprised of artifacts, buildings, and displays of early pioneers. Throughout the year, the museum has events and reenactments where staff and volunteers dress up in period clothes, and visitors can learn about soap making, sheep shearing, and more. So, be sure to check the events calendar on the website for what’s happening during your visit.
The Vereins Kirche Museum tells the story of two Vereins Kirche structures and provides a detailed insight into the first German settlers all the way through to modern-day Texas. The original building stood in the middle of Main Street for 50 years and was used as a church, school, and meeting place for the local community. It was sadly demolished in 1897 but the replica structures are well worth visiting to get a glimpse into the area’s past.
A day pass is $12 for adults and children, students, seniors, and military personnel receive a discounted price. Day passes provide entry into the Pioneer Museum, the Vereins Kirche Museum, and the Historic Jail.
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
- Website: https://www.nps.gov/lyjo/index.htm
- Address: 1048 Park Road #49, Stonewall, TX 78671
- Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily
Located just outside Fredericksburg in Stonewall, the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park was once home to the 36th president of the United States. The park features the ranch, Johnson’s boyhood home, a visitor center, and the Johnson settlement.
A popular and unique way to explore the town while learning about its history is on a self-guided tour of Fredericksburg’s National Historic District. There are over 80 points of interest and significance. You can pick up a map at the Visitor Information Center on East Austin Street.
Fort Martin Scott
- Website: https://fbgtx.org/416/Ft-Martin-Scott
- Address: 606 E Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
- Opening hours: 10 am – 5 pm Friday to Sunday
Fort Martin Scott was the first U.S. Army outpost built on the Texas Frontier and it makes a fascinating trip for anyone interested in American military history. The fort was operational from 1848 to 1853 and Texas Rangers used it as a camp before and after military occupation. The Confederate States Army also occupied the fort for a brief period during the Civil War, adding to the area’s historic significance.
The site contains one of the original garrison buildings which has been carefully restored, plus one late 1800s farm shed, and three reproduction garrison buildings. Self-guided tours of the site can be done from dusk until dawn, so you can wander at your own pace and take in the historic surroundings. However, the buildings are only open at the times detailed above, so bear that in mind if you’d like to explore those, too.
Texas Rangers Heritage Center
- Website: https://trhc.org/
- Address: 1618 E Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
- Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday
This site is spread across 12 acres and is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the legendary Texas Rangers. Here is where visitors can learn all about the role the Rangers have played in U.S. history. Head to the Campanile Bell Tower Be sure to take a moment to pay your respects at the Texas Rangers Ring of Honor — a memorial dedicated to the brave men who sacrificed everything to protect the people of Texas.
The Heritage Center also has a large pavilion which can be hired for special events. What better way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary than by doing so while surrounded by rich history and reminders of the bravery displayed by the Rangers?
Unwind in Comfort on a Memorable Visit to Hill Country
Whether you’re exploring hiking trails or wandering nearby museums, adventure is all around you in Fredericksburg, TX. With so much to keep you busy from sunrise to sunset, you need a cozy and centrally located place to call home. When you book your stay with Cozi Vacation Rentals, you’ll get just that.
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