FREDERICKSBURG — The tourist destination that is Fredericksburg, two and a half hours away from Fort Hood, offers a plethora of things to do. It is well known for wineries and German heritage, as well as the National Museum of the Pacific War. And this is all just on Main Street, the center of the action in Fredericksburg.

Once on Main Street, visitors will have the opportunity to visit shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, wine tasting rooms, a brewpub, the aforementioned museum and more.

It is incredibly convenient to visit downtown after spending most of the day at the National Museum of the Pacific War, which is what I ended up doing. Following the museum visit, I found myself craving a German pretzel with my girlfriend, Jess, craving food just in general. We stopped at the Silver Creek Beer Garden and Grille as the menu looked good and they had live music. After a delicious meal, with one of the best pretzels I’ve ever had, we wandered along Main Street.

We made sure to stop at tasting rooms of wineries that we knew we wouldn’t have time to visit otherwise. We also visited the Fredericksburg Brewing Company, which is apparently the oldest and most acclaimed brewpub in Texas. I highly recommend visiting the brewery, as they offer their own beers and have some fun games that visitors can try out while they enjoy their beverages.

Some tips that the city of Fredericksburg have for visitors include that most shops and boutiques close at 5 p.m. daily and that parking can be challenging on busy days. Both of which we experienced and wish I had known about in advance. Visitors would be wise to plan their stops out ahead of time to make sure that they can visit all the stores they want to.

For more information on the different things to see and do on Main Street, visit