The unofficial capital of Texas Hill Country is calling! Kerrville, a Texas Hill Country paradise tucked away on the banks of the gorgeous Guadalupe River, is well worth a visit the next time you’re in Fredericksburg. Roughly a 30 minute drive from town, Kerrville boasts a number of special things to do in a community rich with culture, heritage and natural beauty. Here are 5 things to do in Kerrville:
1. Find Peace at The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Gardens
Sit in stillness and peace during a spiritual experience at The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Gardens. One of the most unique of things to do in Kerrville, this attraction is a 24.5 acre garden park teeming with tranquility. Stand inside a more than 77-foot-tall hollow, reddish brown, Cor-ten steel sculpture known as “The Empty Cross”. Picturesque Texas Hill Country views surround you at every turn as you explore numerous monumental, spiritual sculptures that fill the heart and soul with comfort.
2. Tour the Schreiner Mansion
Learn about the incredible history of Kerrville at the Schreiner Mansion! Built in 1879, this historic site in downtown Kerrville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It overlooks the popular Peterson Plaza and can even be rented for special events. Go for a guided tour of the mansion on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., exploring the period furnishings and architectural details that date back to Kerrville’s boom at the turn of the 20th century.
3. Visit A Park
Experience the Guadalupe River by visiting one of several beautiful parks! Kerrville-Schreiner Park, Louise Hays Park and Flat Rock Park line this river that runs through Kerrville. Enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, biking and plenty of access to the Guadalupe River from Kerrville-Schreiner Park, the most popular park in the city. More trails, an interactive fountain, trails and numerous events can be found at Louise Hays Park. Flat Rock Park is a picturesque riverside park full of kayakers, hikers, bikers and dog walkers.
4. Explore the Museum of Western Art
Relive Western heritage through the magic of authentic art at the Museum of Western Art! One of the most educational things to do in Kerrville, step inside a 14,000 square foot facility that preserves and promotes the American frontier. Examine drawings, paintings, sculptures and artifacts from some of this country’s finest cowboy artists. Attend educational workshops, special events and lectures that revisit the struggles of the earliest folks to make their home in the West.
5. Attend an Annual Event
There’s no better way to experience the vibrant culture of Kerrville than to attend an annual event! Annual festivals and events attract visitors from all corners of the globe. Popular events include the Official Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair, Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville Renaissance Festival, Texas Furniture Makers’ Show, multiple music festivals and more. These events are a great way to dive head first into Kerrville!
These things to do in Kerrville highlight some of the very best experiences Texas Hill Country has to offer! As you plan your next getaway, check out several more things to do when you visit Texas Hill Country!