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Things to do in Hill Country

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Hill Country. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Hill Country attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Hill Country to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Hill Country.

  • 11th Street Cowboy Bar

    You can chow down on grilled steaks and two-step to live country music at this family-friendly bar and restaurant. More
  • Bandera General Store

    This main street staple has original 1950s wood floors and pressed tin ceilings. Practice your bowlegged saunter up to the shop’s old-fashioned ice... More
  • Blanco Bowling Club &Café

  • Bunkhouse Leather

    Get ranch-ready at Bunkhouse Leather & Biker Shop where owner Michael Hancock tools just about anything out of leather, including reigns, saddles, ... More
  • Crider's

  • Deutsch Apple

  • Fredericksburg Brewing Company

    The oldest brew pub in Texas has a biergarten and its own blonde ales and porters on tap. You can also spend the night in one of 11 rooms—a bed and... More
  • Fredericksburg Winery

    Head to the tasting room to sample wines—including ports and sherries—made from Texas-grown grapes at this family owned winery in downtown Frederic... More
  • Garrison Brothers Distillery

    Dan Garrison of Garrison Brothers Distillery attributes his whiskey’s superb taste to the organic wheat grown on his 213 acres as well as the area’... More
  • Gruene Hall

    Gruene (pronounced green) is famous throughout Texas thanks to this 1878 saloon, the oldest in the state. The tap doesn’t run dry at the Gruene’s n... More
  • Hamilton Pool Preserve

    Long privately held but open to the public because its owners didn't feel right about not sharing it, Hamilton Pool is now the centerpiece of a nat... More
  • Hill Country Wildlife Museum

  • Insight Gallery

    Step into this historic Main Street building to see paintings and sculptures by American artists, many of whom focus on Texas and southwest subject... More
  • Lake Buchanan Adventures

  • Longhorn Cavern

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