Fredericksburg is a fantastic destination for families over spring break. Warmer temperatures and plenty of family-friendly events and activities make the month of March a great time for a family vacation in Texas Hill Country.
When you arrive in Fredericksburg, make your first stop at the Visitor Information Center for maps and brochures, and check out the options below for family-friendly activities in the area during spring break:
Enjoy nature with the family
The natural beauty of Texas Hill Country is on full display in March, as wildflowers start to bloom and the days get a bit warmer. Get outside with the family and enjoy the outdoor recreation activities around Fredericksburg.
- On March 2, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area will celebrate its 45th birthday with a number of guided hikes and hands-on activities throughout the day. Guarantee entry by reserving a free day pass for this event. This is a very popular attraction and making reservations on the Texas Parks & Wildlife Reservation System as far in advance as possible is recommended.
- Visit Old Tunnel State Park to see the colony of Mexican free-tailed bats emerge every night. There are also ranger programs and astronomy events available.
- Visit The Preserve to get up close and personal with animals from Australia, Africa and Asia, including their famous elephant herd. The 1.5-hour Animal Experiences are focused on learning about the animals and conservation work, and are open to all ages.
Learn about history
The National Museum of the Pacific War will have exhibits and events throughout the month of March which are free and open to the public. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
- On March 4, there will be an Outpost program throughout the day detailing combat techniques, including a live demonstration of a flamethrower.
- On March 18, the museum will host the Outpost: Gear Up! event, featuring information on the gear worn by troops in the Pacific combat zone. There will be six programs throughout the day, with no advance ticket needed.
- On March 25, the Outpost: Artillery event will teach visitors about the light artillery used by the United States in WWII Pacific theater.
- A special exhibit about the life of Japanese teenagers during World War II runs through July 2023.
The Pioneer Museum offers a glimpse into frontier life, with kid-friendly activities and the opportunity to explore the German heritage of Fredericksburg.
- From March 13-18, Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum will feature living history exhibits on the grounds, including blacksmithing, cooking, butter churning, tomahawk throwing, music and storytelling.
The Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park offers self-guided tours of the property, where rangers dressed in WW1-era clothing give demonstrations of what life was like on a farm at that time. Families are encouraged to walk the grounds to explore the wildflowers, bison and historic cabins onsite.
Learn about the history of Texas and the Texas Rangers with family-friendly events in March.
- On March 4, celebrate Texas Independence Day at Luckenbach Texas with a flag retirement ceremony, cannon firing and live music.
- On March 18, learn about the history of Texas Rangers and Native Americans of the area at Celebrate Texas 2023. Join the Former Texas Rangers Foundation to honor the 200th year anniversary of the Texas Rangers with kid-friendly activities, a traditional pow-wow, living history exhibits, firearm demonstrations and live entertainment. Free admission and parking.
Check out a local event
- Head to the Rockbox Theater on March 4 for the acrobatic and circus entertainment show Acrobats of Cirque-Tacular.
- On March 17, the Texas Ranger Heritage Center will host Wyatt Earp Night, a one-man show portraying Capt. Bill McDonald, a famousTexas Ranger. Program begins at 6 p.m and tickets are $25 per person.
- Hunt for treasures at Fredericksburg Trade Days, an enormous shopping experience with over 350 vendors of antiques, collectibles, clothing, jewelry and more, with live music and food. The event runs from Friday to Sunday, March 17-19 and parking is $5 for the whole weekend.
- On March 18, the Hill Country Indian Artifact Show will be held at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, featuring a variety of Native American artifacts, pottery and more. Cost is $5 per person, with kids under 14 getting in free.
- The City of Fredericksburg will host the 4th Open House and Touch-A-Truck event at Marktplatz from 3:30-7 p.m. on March 23. This free event is a great opportunity to see large construction and first responder equipment up close.
- On March 25, the Scallywompus Wanderlust Half Marathon, 10k or 5k starts at 8 a.m. at Marktplatz. The 5k route is kid-friendly and stays in Fredericksburg.
- On March 26, bring the kids to Wags and Wine at Texas Wine Collective for a family-friendly afternoon of music and fun, featuring adoptable pets from the Hill Country SPCA.
- From March 31-April 2, the Texas Motorcycle Fandango will return to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds with a swap meet, races and vintage bike show. Admission is $10 or free for kids under 12.
Gastehaus Schmidt offer a wide variety of cabins and homes around Fredericksburg, Texas. We even have Texas Hill Country vacation rentals that are more suited for groups with kids. We have helped plan many kid friendly family getaways in Texas and would love to help you too! Please contact our office with any questions regarding traveling with children or for activity and itinerary ideas!
Book your vacation rental for spring break in Fredericksburg and make some great Texas Hill Country memories with the whole family!