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Fredericksburg, Texas, located in the heart of Hill Country, is one of the state's most popular destinations for some pretty good reasons. It's less than two hours by car from both San Antonio and Austin, has many outdoor and historical attractions, a lively food and wine scene, and unique and affordable accommodations. Originally settled by German immigrants in the 19th century, the town's roots are still apparent in the maibaum, or traditional maypole; the marktplatz town square; the many German restaurants in town; and the wide streets designed when ox carts needed plenty of space to turn. Today, Fredericksburg tourism doesn't just attract one type of traveler. Cycling enthusiasts visit year-round to take advantage of the good weather and endless array of well-paved country roads. Multi-generational vacationers go for historical attractions such as the National Museum of the Pacific War and the Pioneer Museum, or for the wildflowers and the produce farms. The young and hip hit the boutiques that line Main Street, then later head to wine bars that offer both local varieties and wines from around the world. And plenty more go for the music festivals and other events that the town hosts each year. The major airports nearest to Fredericksburg are San Antonio International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

When To Go

Fredericksburg has mild winters, hot summers, and plenty of year-round sunshine. The most popular times to visit are during spring and fall, though events and holidays draw crowds throughout the year. In spring, wildflowers and spring events attract visitors, while fall is popular for its cooler temperatures and variety of festivals. August is less popular due to the heat, and the first six weeks of the year also see a drop in visitation.

high season: mid-March to mid--July, October to December
low season: January, lateJuly to August
shoulder season: February to mid--March, September

Weather Information

Fredericksburg is mild in the winter and hot in the summer. The average daytime high in January is 61 degrees, while the average high in August is 93 degrees. The most rain falls in May, June, September, and October.

Crowd Information

Crowds are the largest in spring and fall. The city is also packed during major events such as Night in Old Fredericksburg in July, the Food and Wine Fest in October, and Oktoberfest in October. Fredericksburg holds about 150 events annually, including many German cultural festivals and live music events. Throughout the year, weekends are busier than weekdays. The weekend around Valentine's Day, spring break weeks, the day after Thanksgiving, and the week between Christmas and New Year's are also particularly busy.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open throughout the year.

Other Information

Many people visit in spring to see the wildflowers. However, weather patterns can sometimes affect bloom times. When planning a trip, it's not a bad idea to contact one of the local businesses that deal in flowers to check on the season.

When to Save

During the slower seasons, it may be easier to find lower lodging rates. Because Fredericksburg is a popular weekend destination for Texans, visiting during the week will yield the best rates and the most selection.

When to Book

Book one month to six weeks in advance for high-season weekends and farther in advance for festival dates. For airfare, those with flexible travel plans can take advantage of low last-minute airfares. However, those with a set schedule should book flights at least three weeks in advance to obtain lower prices and ensure availability, especially for travel during the high season.

Information provided by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce