Explore in Texas Wine Country for Spring Break

Explore in Texas Wine Country for Spring Break

Although the Texas Hill Country is certainly known for its world-class wineries, there is so much more to see and do throughout this region. If you’re looking to plan a spring break that your family will never forget, all while enjoying local varietals along the way, this is the guide for you.

Top Things to Do While Visiting the Texas Hill Country

Offering small-town charm with an unmatched level of excitement and sophistication, Texas Hill Country has it all — history, great food and drink, adventure, and fun activities for all. After all, there’s a reason why the Hill Country attracts millions of visitors each year — many of which appreciate the hospitality offered at the wineries scattered across the region.

Here’s a shortlist of some of the best attractions, activities, and must-see landmarks.

1.   Exploring Johnson City with the Whole Family

If you’re looking for stunning landscapes and family-friendly adventures, Johnson City has it all. Whether you’re looking for educational activities, are in the mood for outdoor exploration, or a little bit of both, then the little big town of Johnson City won’t disappoint.  While you are there you can also visit Texas Hills Vineyard, Ron Yates, and Lewis Wines.

Named after Lyndon B Johnson, you’ll find many state parks and historic sites where you can take a stroll and learn of the rich history in the town. You may even spot a longhorn, buffalo, or white-tailed deer!

Tip: Be sure to bring the kids to the Science Mill, it offers a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. And did we mention they have a great cafe for lunch too?

2.   Explore Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and then Enjoy a Glass of Wine

Located just north of Fredericksburg, you will find one of the largest natural rock formations in the country. After a moderate climb, you will enjoy panoramic views that are certainly worth the hike. In total, there are nearly 11 miles worth of trails. Once you’ve explored, head to Fredericksburg for a bite to eat, or visit one of the following wineries — Longhorn Cellars, 1851 Vineyards, or Fiesta Winery.

Tip: For a more immersive, all-day experience, check out Garner State Park — which covers over 1,700 acres.

3.   Seek Adventure in New Braunfels Before Exploring the City

While you’re in the area, stop by the McKenna Children’s Museum, browse the great shops in downtown New Braunfels, and if you’re visiting on a Saturday, stop by the local farmers’ market. For more great suggestions, check out this resource on New Braunfels, Comfort, and Kerrville day trip ideas. You can even stop by Dry Comal Creek for a glass or two!

Tip: If you’re coming from Austin and are looking for a scenic water experience, be sure to take a dip, bike, or kayak at Zilker Park.

4.   Explore Longhorn Cavern State Park

Many stories and legends surround Longhorn Cavern. But geology is what makes it truly unique. Just 1.5 hours northwest of Austin and stretched over 645 acres of rugged Hill Country is a long history of stories and legends from the Anglo settlers who discovered the caverns in the mid-1800s.

Tip: While in the area, be sure to check out Perissos Vineyard and Winery, Torr Na Lochs and Fall Creek for a glass of wine or picnic before or after your adventure.

With so many great wineries in this region, the Wine & Wildflower Journey Passport makes it easy for you to sip and sample your way through award-winning wines at 44 unique local wineries. Since so many wineries are included in this passport, it’s easy to plan your outings around each sip-worthy spot.