Top things to do

Top Choice Barbecue in Dripping Springs

Salt Lick

It's worth the 20-mile drive out of town just to see the massive outdoor barbecue pits at this park-like place off US 290. It's a bit of a tourist fave, but the crowd-filled experience still gets our nod. BYOB. Hung…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Dripping Springs

Jester King Brewery

To paraphrase David Allan Coe, Jester King may be the perfect country brewery. In a rural setting with picnic tables, cornhole games, shady oaks and a barn-style brewery, the backdrop is mighty picturesque, especial…
Park in Hill Country

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

What's so enchanting about a rock, you might ask? Well, when you see the dome of pink granite dating from the Proterozoic era rising 425ft above ground – one of the largest batholiths in the US – you certainly know …
Top Choice American in Kerrville

Grape Juice

For us, it was love at first sight – the sight being a little menu item called the Honey Badger that's a ridiculously wonderful combination of 'crack'-aroni and cheese surrounded by a moat of chili with Fritos on to…
Top Choice Mexican in Kerrville

Taco To Go

You can take your tacos to go or eat inside, but don't miss out on the excellent soft tacos – including breakfast tacos served all day – made with homemade tortillas and salsa.
Distillery in Dripping Springs

Treaty Oak Distilling

This destination distillery is the perfect host: fun, friendly and a master when it comes to cocktails. Sample their spirits in the tasting room then head to one of the bars for a fine mixed drink. You can supplemen…
Historic Site in Johnson City

LBJ Ranch

Fourteen miles to the west is the LBJ Ranch, now part of the Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park. Stop by the Visitor Center to get your free park permit, a map and a free CD audio tour; admission is only char…
Park in Hill Country

Lost Maples State Natural Area

The foliage spectacle in October and November at Lost Maples State Natural Area is as colorful as any you’d see in New England. In autumn, big-tooth maple trees turn shocking golds, reds, yellows and oranges. In the…
Farm in Hill Country

Wildseed Farms

To see vast cultivated fields of color, head to Wildseed Farms, which is 7 miles east of Fredericksburg on US 290. Aside from its magnificent blooms, there is a cafe where you can grab some tasty snacks and drinks (…
Museum in Fredericksburg

National Museum of the Pacific War

This museum complex consists of three war-centric galleries: the Admiral Nimitz Museum, chronicling the life and career of Fredericksburg's most famous son; the George HW Bush Gallery of the Pacific War, a large, im…