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Day Trippn' from Boerne

Boerne is the ideal “hub” during a visit to the Texas Hill Country because of its convenience to major airports, as well as the short distance to many other historic Texas towns. With the gorgeous summer and fall weather and a sunset that paints the Texas sky a vivid hue of orange, some people decide that they never want to leave! But if you are the adventurous type, here are some great day trip ideas.

San Antonio (20 minutes) is filled with family activities including Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme park, Sea World, the Alamo and the world-famous River Walk.  For shopping, the Rim & La Cantera Mall offer luxury, shopping.

Comfort (20 minutes) is famously unincorporated, and that’s exactly how the locals like it! A large number of antique dealers, whimsical retail stores, wineries, and eclectic eateries make up the downtown district, where nearly every building is on the National Register of Historic Places. This “Haven in the Hills” runs at a much slower pace than many of its bigger neighbors. Don’t miss the chance to see 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge nightly at the Old Tunnel State Park (May-Oct; 866-978-2287 for schedule) located between Comfort and Fredericksburg on Old San Antonio Road.

Fredericksburg (45 minutes) is a German-heritage town that is home to many national museums and attractions including the National Museum of the Pacific War, the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park and LBJ State ParkLuckenbach Texas— the no-stoplight town that Willy and Waylon and the boy’s made famous—is just down the road, and lots of shopping takes place along Main Street. There are also dozens of wineries and art galleries in the area, and many monthly events and festivals—many which celebrate German heritage. Catch an all-ages appropriate show at the Rockbox Theater, where professional Branson-type entertainment “wows” audiences at every performance. And a trip isn’t complete without a visit to Wildseed Farms, a working wildflower farm where visitors can walk among the crops and take the pictures of a lifetime!

Kerrville (30 minutes) sits along the banks of the Guadalupe River, which meanders its way through the middle of town. A vibrant cultural and arts scene, Kerrville has a great walk-able downtown area where you will find many of the retail stores, art galleries and restaurants. The Museum of Western Art and The Kerr Arts and Cultural Center are popular with art patrons and other great activities during the warmer months including kayaking, birding, tubing, and more. Make your way a few miles up the road to Ingram, where a working artists’ colony along the banks of the Guadalupe River. While you’re there, check out our very own Stonehenge II—a life-sized replica of the original one—which sits on the grounds of Ingram’s Point Theater.

Contributing Writer: Dayna Cartwright