Whether you’re looking for the perfect location to move a loved one, entertaining grandkids who are visiting or want to spend an afternoon out on the town with your neighbors, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas, and the surrounding communities of Austin and San Antonio – all of which are close to our retirement community at The Villages of Windcrest.
The San Antonio and Austin area has some of the best shopping in the country. Shopping is one of the favorite things for seniors to do in Austin, TX, and the surrounding communities, and these locations are ideal for it.
Historic Market Square
San Antonio’s Historic Market Square has a Farmer’s Market and El Mercado. Here you can explore 100 local shops as well as Tex-Mex inspired places to eat. This is a great place to pick up some local souvenirs.
For a more traditional shopping mall experience, head to The Domain in Austin. This outdoor shopping mall has over 100 stores and restaurants for you to explore.
Barton Creek Square
Barton Creek Square is another option in Austin. This mall has over 180 retailers with large anchor stores like Nordstrom and Dillard’s for a traditional mall experience.
Are you wondering what to do in Fredericksburg, TX, this weekend? Check out these local attractions.
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
The Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Fredericksburg provides lovely views and beautiful hiking trails through Hill Country. Interpretive exhibits and rock climbing experiences are available here.
Texas State Capitol and Visitors Center
In Austin, you can take a tour of the State Capitol and its 22 acres of grounds and monuments. This impressive building is one of the tallest capitols in the nation. The Great Walk has monuments to many inspirational Texans.
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Explore the history of Texas with the artifacts and interactive exhibits at this location. The hull of the La Belle is one of the most popular exhibits at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Remember the Alamo
You can’t explore San Antonio without a visit to the Alamo. This world-famous historic site is must-see.
Texas Hill Country has over 50 beautiful wineries for you to explore. Here are some we really love.
Becker Vineyards is in Fredericksburg. This beautiful location hosts wine tastings and also grows lavender for a unique experience.
Chisholm Trail Winery
Another Fredericksburg location, Chisholm Trail Winery is home to longhorn cattle and miniature donkeys in addition to acres of vineyards. Taste their award-winning offerings in a saloon-style tasting room.
Live Music Venues
Catch a concert or a favorite local band at one of these popular live music venues.
The Aztec Theater
The Aztec Theater was once one of the most decorative movie theaters in the country. Today the beautiful chandelier and artwork welcome guests who want to enjoy live concerts.
This San Antonio live performance venue hosts numerous styles of music and entertainment. You’re sure to find something that matches your tastes at the Tobin Center.
Austin City Limits
Austin is world-famous for its live music performances, and many of them take place at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater. Check out headliners and local talent here.
In our part of Texas, you’ll find many excellent dining choices. Here are some of our favorite places to grab a bite to eat.
In historic San Antonio, The Pearl district is filled with dining experiences. It is also home to a campus of the Culinary Institute of America, which means even more dining experiences are available, and you can dine at its signature restaurant the Nao Latin Gastro Bar if you wish.
The menu is constantly changing at Barley Swine in Austin. This restaurant is dedicated to supporting local farmers and ranchers and the tastes are sublime!
A day spent in the park is a relaxing and enjoyable prospect, and our area offers a large number of parks to explore. Here are some of the best:
Zilker Metropolitan Park
Zilker Metropolitan Park in Austin sits on Lady Bird Lake. It has walking trails, disc golf, beautiful gardens, grassy areas and picnic spots for a lovely afternoon.
Japanese Tea Garden
This beautiful park is in San Antonio not far from the River Walk. Come to Japanese Tea Garden to walk among exotic plants or to spot Koi fish in the ponds during your visit.
Things to Do with Your Grandkids
Grandchildren of residents at The Villages love to visit our senior living community because there is so much for them to see and do nearby.
Here are some great options to keep them entertained during their visits:
Natural Bridge Caverns
Natural Bridge Caverns takes you and the grandkids below ground in San Antonio. It’s also home to a Canopy Challenge and Zip Line course for adventure-seeking kids.
San Antonio Zoo
Take a walk on the wild side at the world-famous San Antonio Zoo. This is a must-see attraction when the grandkids come for a visit!
The River Walk is one of the most popular things to do in San Antonio. If you have older grandkids, take them on a Gondola ride or to shop along the river!