The FFR's location makes for easy day trips, or even ½ day trips, to surrounding points of interest. If you want to do a little exploring and take in some of the local sights, here are some ideas to help you plan your itinerary:
Just 14 miles north of Blanco, Johnson City is home of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, which features tours of the birthplace, boyhood home, schoolhouse, ranch house, and burial place of the 36th president. In season you may also take in the Wildflower Loop. Ladybird Johnson endeavored to improve the Texas roadsides with wildflowers and this is where it all started. There are both guided and self-guided tours of the gorgeous vistas of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, and other wildflower varieties in the springtime.
This is a town know for its market days which take place the first Saturday of every month from April through December. Vendors set up their booths and sell everything from antiques to clothing to jellies. There are a lot of ‘craftsmen’ making their home in Wimberley. We recommend a stop at Wimberley Glass Works to view a demonstration by their master glass blower. Wimberley is approximately 24 miles from the FFR.
An hour west of the FFR is the town of Fredericksburg. The city has a quaint setting near the Enchanted Rock State Park. It was originally settled by immigrant families from Germany in 1846 and has retained much of its traditional German heritage. Fredericksburg offers historic sites, Hill Country wines and cuisine, arts and antiques, museums, architecture, scenic beauty, festivals, day spas, shopping, golf and so much more.
Gruene is the German word for "Green" and that is how the local people pronounce the name of the town, "Green". Gruene has been designated a Historic Town by the State of Texas and, as their motto goes, “Gently resisting change since 1862.” Stop into any of the numerous gift and antique shops on the town square. The General Store is a great place to grab an ice cream cone. Peak into Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas and finish your visit with dinner at The Gristmill. Gruene is approximately 45 miles from the FFR.
People flock to New Braunfels in the summer months to either cool themselves with a tubing adventure down the Guadalupe River or to visit Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, America’s #1 water park according to The Travel Channel! Other popular sites in this historic German town include Natural Bridge Caverns, Landa Park, and the Natural Bridge Wildlife Park. Approximately 40 miles from the FFR.
If you’re missing city life…….
The FFR is 45 minutes north from the city limits of San Antonio. Venture into the city to stroll on the Riverwalk and see the Alamo. Grab dinner at the Mexican Market and then catch a Spurs game at the SBC Center. If you’ve got the kids with you, a day at Fiesta Texas or Sea World is always fun.
The State Capital and home of the University of Texas, Austin is known for its hip and artsy crowd, its music scene and its love for the outdoors. If you make a trip to Austin, stop in for a tour of the Capital Building, visit The Bob Bullock State History Museum and be sure to stay for the bat emergence at dusk – that’s right. Over a million (yes million) bats live under the Congress Avenue Bridge and at dusk they take off in search for dinner. It really is something to see. The FFR is about 40 minutes southwest of the Austin area.