Back by popular demand!
Texas Hill Country Tour
Available Sunday ONLY!
Fredericksburg * LBJ Ranch * Texas Wine Tasting
MORNING: Relax during the scenic drive through the Texas Hill Country to the charming German community of Fredricksburg, once the edge of the frontier and the home to brave German pioneers. You will have the opportunity to shop and browse in the quaint antique shops and boutiques along Main Street, and/or explore the home of Admiral Chester Nimitz, the National Museum of the Pacific War and the Japanese Garden of Peace.
LUNCH: Enjoy lunch at authentic German biergarten or at any one of the many fine restaurants in Fredericksburg. Drink wine, taste craft beer, try the local whiskey, or just sit and take in the beautiful surroundings.
AFTERNOON: you will have a choice:
LBJ Ranch & The Texas White House
The tour will continue to Stonewall, Texas, where you will visit the LBJ Ranch located on the Pedernales River. You will see the Texas “White House” and hear of the legacies of both Lyndon B. Johnson, America’s 36th President, and Lady Bird, his beloved wife.
Texas Wine Tasting
Travel to a unique Hill Country winery (or two) to tour the vineyards and sample wine produced in this bounteous region. Then, stop and take in the musical history of the colorful town of Luckenbach, where “everybody’s somebody”, made world-famous by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P Nunn, Hondo Crouch, and other artists and colorful characters.
RETURN TO SAN ANTONIO
Historic San Antonio Trolley Tour
Trolley Tour Available on Saturday and Sunday!
Let an old-time trolley take you on a historic journey through San Antonio. Guided trolley tour starts in front of the Alamo and takes 60 mins to visit eight historic San Antonio locations. Tour includes two days of unlimited hop-on, hop-off privileges so that you can spend as much time as you desire visiting any of these historic sites.
The Alamo: The cradle of Texas Liberty where Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Colonel William Barrett Travis and 186 men sacrificed their lives for Texas independence. Walk through these hallowed grounds and see where these valiant heroes died.
Tower of America’s: Take a ride up the Tower of the America’s glass elevators and experience the breathtaking views from the observation deck located 600 feet above ground. The tower also has a revolving restaurant and gift shop.
Hemisfair Park: Site of the 1968 World’s Fair, it was created as the Texas Pavilion for Hemisfair and is now a part of the University of Texas San Antonio. Explore over 50,000 square feet of exhibits representing 27 ethnic groups who settled in Texas.
Mission San Jose: Established in 1720, this is the best example of a restored Mission in the United States. The famous “Rose Window” and carved stone façade at the entrance are examples of the fine detail and craftsmanship of the artisans who built the mission.
Mission Concepcion: Experience the strength of the Friars who Christianized the Indians. View the original frescos still visible within the rooms of the mission. This is the oldest unrestored stone church in our nation today.
King William Historic District: Established in the 1840’s this 25 block historic district was originally settled by prominent German merchants. Stroll down King William Street, names after King William of Prussia, and marvel at the beautiful homes nestled along the banks of the San Antonio River.
San Fernando Cathedral: The oldest cathedral sanctuary in the United States built in 1734 by settlers from the Canary Islands. General Santa Anna raised the flag of “No Quarter” from the tower of the cathedral during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. See where some of the remains of the heroes of the Alamo are entombed.
Spanish Governor’s Palace: Built in 1749 as the residence headquarters for the captain of the Spanish Presidio. The palace walls are almost three feet thick and the rooms are furnished with original Spanish period furnishings. Called one of the most beautiful buildings in San Antonio by National Geographic, this attraction is a must see.
La Villita Historic Arts Village: Return to Old San Antonio, site of the city’s first neighborhood dating back to the 1750’s. Originally a settlement of primitive huts for the Spanish soldiers stations at the Mission San Antonio de Valero (Alamo), these streets are now lines with shops, working artists, restaurants, art collections and artifacts.
The Historic San Antonio Trolley Tour will be organized as an afternoon activity on Saturday, Sept. 15th (for early arrivers) and again on Sunday, Sept. 16th. This tour is perfect for those traveling into San Antonio in the morning or for those who want to take advantage of both tour options.
Experience Texas is to provide attendees the time and opportunity to network and enjoy the destination with NIFDA members. As we gauge the interest of each of the activities, we will narrow down the exact details of the activity including cost and departure/return times. These experiences are optional and not included in convention registration. The final cost will be determined by the number of attendees for transportation. If you are interested in golf, shooting, or another activity, please let us know!