Fredericksburg is known for its outdoor activities and beautiful Hill Country scenery. But when the Texas heat puts a damper on your outdoor plans, don’t sweat it! There are plenty of indoor activities in Fredericksburg that will keep you cool and entertained, whatever the weather.
Explore Fredericksburg’s history and heritage at the National Museum of the Pacific War. With more than 33,000 square feet of museum space, the average visit is three hours, and tickets can be purchased for two days of entry. Experience the rich German heritage of Gillespie County at the Pioneer Museum complex, featuring early German structures, artifacts and a gift shop. For some cool, quiet downtime, peruse the Pioneer Memorial Library, a historic structure that was Gillespie County’s former courthouse.
If you're looking for a family-friendly activity, try BB’s Billiards & Bowling. With 10 lanes, a snack bar, and a game room, it's a great place to stay active while staying cool.
For groups with older kids, check out Hill Country Escape, a live-action escape game that takes about an hour.
Brush up on your artistic skills with an in-studio painting class. The Yellow Door and Next Door Studios offer classes for all skill levels, and you'll create a memorable piece of art to take home. If admiring art is more your style, find inspiration—and relief from the heat—at Fredericksburg’s art galleries.
Step inside Fredericksburg Theater Company or Rockbox Theater to enjoy world-class musical and theater performances on a hot Texas afternoon or night. Both offer shows year-round, and tickets should be purchased in advance.
Visit the Street Dreams showroom at 7914 S. State Hwy. 16, just a short drive southwest of town, where they celebrate (and sell) restored, high-quality vintage automobiles, including classic and special interest cars, street rods and muscle cars.
Pro tip: While there is no formal charge to tour the showroom, consider the suggested $5 donation.
Between activities, you can grab a bite from Fredericksburg’s more than 100 restaurants, from casual cafes to fine dining establishments. Foodies looking for an indoor activity can beat the heat and get in the kitchen by taking a cooking class at Fischer & Wieser's Culinary Adventure Cooking School.
If you're set on wine tasting, sip like a pro by booking a wine tour and travel between wineries and tasting rooms in air-conditioned comfort. Fredericksburg wine tour companies offer a variety of services including full-day wine tours, half-day wine tours, and private wine tours. Or hop on the 290 Wine Shuttle, which departs from downtown Fredericksburg and ventures to select Fredericksburg wineries every 10 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays.
For the ultimate comfort, stay indoors and be pampered at one of Fredericksburg's many spas and salons. From manicures and massages to facials and pedicures, you can relax the day away at your own pace.
And if you just need to cool down between activities, the Visitor Information Center is available seven days a week with free WiFi, a water bottle filling station and a theater, featuring a 10-minute Introduction to Fredericksburg video.
When the forecast calls for triple-digit heat, finding things to do indoors in Fredericksburg is no sweat.
And when you're ready to return outdoors, check out these activities: