Kerrville is a city in Kerr County, Texas, on the banks of the Guadalupe River, popularly called the Capital of Texas Hill Country. Kerrville is known for its beautiful parks along the river such as Kerrville-Schreiner Park. Kerrville River Trail follows the river and has several trailheads throughout the city. The Museum of Western Art is dedicated to the paintings and sculptures of artists of the American West. Cailloux Theatre is a cultural and civic life center of Kerville. The city is home to Schreiner University as well as to the Texas' Official State Arts & Crafts Fair and the Kerrville Folk Festival. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Kerrville River Trail
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The River Trail is a day use 10' wide walking and biking trail in Kerville, Texas, an integral part of the city's parks system and a concept that has been planned since 1970s. The trail is about five miles long and it runs along the Guadalupe River. The trailheads are at Kerrville-Schreiner Park, G Street, Lehmann & Monroe Park, Louise Hays Park, Riverside Nature Center, Lowry Park, and the Dietert Center. Boat and bicycles can be rented at Louise Hays Park and Kerrville-Schreiner Park. The first segment of the Trail runs between the Riverside Nature Center and Tranquility Island and was dedicated in 2012. The second segment, from the Louise Hays Park to Kerrville-Schreiner Park, was dedicated at the same time as the Louise Hays Park improvements on June 13, 2015. The third segment, the Lowry Park, was dedicated on May 27, 2016. With the dedication of the segment from Lowry Park to Dietert Center the first phase of the project and five miles of the River Trail are complete.
Kerrville, TX 78028
2.The Museum of Western Art, Kerrville, Texas
The Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, Texas, is dedicated to the paintings and sculptures of artists of the American West whose works follow the tradition of Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Besides the rotating collection of artworks, the museum has an art library and teaching space. The museum opened on April 23, 1983 under the name the Cowboy Artists of America Museum, In 2003 the museum changed its name first to the National Center for American Western Art and then to the Museum of Western Art. The building that houses the museum was designed by O'Neil Ford, a renowned architect who pioneered the Southwestern style of architecture. The exterior of the museum looks like a fortressed hacienda. The exhibit of life-sized bronzes is located outside. The museum collection is distributed throughout the 14,000 square feet of indoor space. The art focuses on cowboys, Native Americans, early settlers, women in the West, ranchers, law-enforcement officers, and mountain men.
1550 Bandera Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028, Phone: 830-896-2553
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3.Kerrville -Schreiner Park, Kerrville, Texas
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Kerrville-Schreiner Park is a popular 517-acre recreational area on the Guadalupe River in Kerrville, Texas. It is the busiest park in the city, with a range of facilities such as playground for kids, butterfly garden, basketball and sand volleyball courts and seven and half miles of hiking and biking trails. There is an easy access to the river where visitors can rent kayaks and canoes, go fishing or have a picnic on one of many picnic areas that have standing grills. The park also offers a range of camping options including tent spaces, cabins and even a house. Within the park are the Recreation Hall and the Dining Hall. The park is home to plenty of wildlife such as white-tailed deer, blackbuck, axis deer, rabbits, fox, birds, and butterflies.
2385 Bandera Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028, Phone: 830-257-5392
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4.Cailloux Theater, Kerrville, Texas
Located on the Main Street in Kerrville, Texas, in the former 1950s Municipal Auditorium, Cailloux Theatre opened its doors to the public on March 27, 2003 with the performance by the San Antonio Symphony. It took four years and financial support from Kathleen C. Cailloux and a number of other donors to transform the old dilapidated building into the world-class performing arts center. It is now a cultural and civic life center of Kerrville. Playhouse 2000, founded in 1998, serves as the management company for the Cailloux Theater and produces up to seven community theater productions each year in the VK Garage Theater and the Cailloux Theater.
910 Main St, Kerrville, TX 78028, Phone: 830-896-9393
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5.Schreiner Mansion, Kerrville, TX
Built in 1879, the Schreiner Mansion is a historic site and event center in downtown Kerrville, Texas, surrounded by a courtyard that overlooks the Peterson Plaza . The mansion was built by San Antonio Architect Alfred Giles for Charles Schreiner, Texas Ranger and Confederate States Army veteran. The six-bedroom, two-story turreted limestone building combined Romanesque Revival and Chateauesque styles. In 1895, Giles added an elaborate porch. In 1927, the Schreiner heirs donated the mansion to the Kerrville Masonic Lodge. It was sold in 1972 to a private owner. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it serves as a historic event center and is available for special event rentals.
Earl Garrett St, Kerrville, TX 78028, Phone: 830-895-5222
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6.Buzzie's Bar-B-Q, Kerrville, Texas
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Opened in 1997, Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q is a popular eatery in Kerville, Texas, famous for its meats smoked on live oak, in an indirect heat pit. The space is rustic, cozy and relaxed, where folks do not mind paper and foam plates when they come loaded by incredibly succulent brisket, falling off the bone spareribs, sausages, pork loin, chicken and turkey. It all comes with a nice range of sides, followed by their equally famous peach or cherry cobbler or pecan pie. You can buy the meats by the pound, a plate, a sandwich or get a family meal. Buzzie’s serves soft drinks, bottled beer and wine by the glass, as well as his home-made lemonade.
213 Schreiner St, Kerrville, TX 78028, Phone: 830-257-4540
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7.Cowboy Steak House, Kerrville, Texas
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When the Cowboy Steak House opened in 1977 at 506 Junction Highway, Kerville, Texas, Richard Ferris became one of its best customers. He loved it so much that he bought it but decided to move it closer to downtown. The new Cowboy Steak House is an upscale eatery with beautiful dining areas, party rooms, a large old- fashioned bar area with it’s own cozy lounge, and its signature mesquite grill out in front. Quirky décor and colorful art on the walls create lively atmosphere, but the folks mostly come for the delicious grilled meats. The menu is extensive and the meals are accompanied by the award-winning wine list.
416 Main St, Kerrville, TX 78028, Phone: 830-896-5688
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7 Best Things to Do in Kerrville, Texas
- Kerrville River Trail, Photo: Di Studio/stock.adobe.com
- The Museum of Western Art, Kerrville, Texas, Photo: JackF/stock.adobe.com
- Kerrville -Schreiner Park, Kerrville, Texas, Photo: New Africa/stock.adobe.com
- Cailloux Theater, Kerrville, Texas, Photo: JohanSwanepoel/stock.adobe.com
- Schreiner Mansion, Kerrville, TX, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Buzzie's Bar-B-Q, Kerrville, Texas, Photo: Buzzie's Bar-B-Q
- Cowboy Steak House, Kerrville, Texas, Photo: Cowboy Steak House
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