Enjoy The Arts
If you want to expose your kids to a little art and culture, Kerrville has you covered. At The Museum of Western Art, statues of cowboys on bucking broncos welcome you to a fascinating trip through Texas history. Children younger than nine get in free, and tickets for adults are just $7. For a place to get the whole family in for free, visit The Kerr Arts & Cultural Center. The Center showcases the work of more than 500 artists, and hosts events like the Youth Art Show and the Texas Furniture Makers Show. The River's Edge Gallery is also a great place to find and purchase work from some of the best artists in the area. For the performing arts, head to the spacious Cailloux Theater, one of the top attractions in downtown Kerrville. Here you'll find community theater productions courtesy of Playhouse 2000, orchestral performances by the Symphony of the Hills and the Hill Country Youth Orchestras, and many other entertaining acts. You can also catch a show under the big Texas sky at the Smith-Ritch Point Theatre, home of the Hill Country Arts Foundation.
Take a Dip in the Guadalupe River
Going to Kerrville and not getting in the river would be like going to San Francisco and skipping the Golden Gate Bridge. Head to Kerrville Kayak and Canoe to rent a boat or tube and buy fishing gear. For a fun swimming spot, head to the Ingram Dam and slide down the side with the locals, or frolic in the waterfalls at Schumacher Crossing. For the fishermen and fisherwomen, the Guadalupe is dotted with streams, tributaries, lakes, and dams that may hold your next trophy fish. The river is home to the native Guadalupe bass, as well as large- and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, sunfish, and perch. Certain areas require a float tube or kayak to reach, but opportunities for fly fishing can be found in and around town. Be sure to get your Texas fishing license before you go and follow all regulations for handling and keeping fish.
Explore the Y.O. Ranch
This incredible 160-year-old, 29,000-acre spread has been called "America's original game ranch." For decades, big game hunters and animal lovers from Kerrville and beyond have come to the Y.O. Ranch in Mountain Home. Hunters come for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a Dama Gazelle or Himalayan Tahr (or one of over 50 other species of game) with the help of an expert guide. Because of the huge population of exotic wildlife at the Y.O. Ranch, some hunters refer to it as "Africa in Texas." For those who want a photograph and not a trophy, the Y.O. Ranch offers both private and group tours of the property, where you'll have a chance to get as close as possible to the animals (and even feed them through your window). For extended visits, stay in one of the 13 cabins on the property, with dining available at the ranch restaurant, The Chuckwagon, and access to the pool and hot tub.