12 Best Things To Do In Schulenburg, Texas

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Schulenburg, Texas is not just a halfway point between Houston and San Antonio. Though a small city, with just under 3,000 residents, it is rich in history. Many of Schulenburg’s early settlers were of German and Czech descent, and it is that culture that has impacted the central Texas town and made it what it is today. So let’s find out what today’s Schulenburg is all about, check the best places to stay and explore the best things to do in Schulenburg, Texas.

1. Learn the town's origin at Schulenburg Historical Museum

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Schulenburg is a town rich in history. Get to know its beginnings by paying a visit to Schulenburg Historical Museum. The museum has an extensive display of artifacts and events showing the origin and the development of Schulenburg. This historical museum is only open on Fridays and Saturdays, but the best part is that admission is free of charge. They do accept donations, which are used for maintaining the historic buildings and sustaining operations. Bring your kids to Schulenburg Historical Museum for an educational afternoon!

Schulenburg Historical Museum

Address: 631 N Main Street, Schulenburg, TX 78956, United States

Website: Schulenburg Historical Museum

Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 10am - 2pm (closed from Sun - Thu)

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2. Enjoy a quiet day at Wolters Park

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It’s funny to look back and see how going for a walk at the park has become an activity of our yesteryears. Some of us are now preoccupied with gadgets that seem to have everything we need to be entertained. Break the monotony of being glued to your phones and spend a quiet day at Wolters Park in Schulenburg. It may be your average city park with no fancy landscape, but that’s what makes it worthy of your time. Let your little ones run around and enjoy!

Wolters Park

Address: Schulenburg, TX 78956, United States

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3. Strike and spare at Tenth Frame

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Get your entire group together and strike out some pins at Tenth Frame, a bowling alley in Schulenburg. It may not be the flashiest entertainment center in town, but it sure gets the job done. If you’re simply looking to bowl, you won’t be disappointed. Bowling at Tenth Frame is monumentally cheaper than the fancy arcade-cum-bowling alley establishments that are filled with neon signs, so it’s a perfect place to play the day away if you’re traveling on a budget.

Tenth Frame

Address: 233 College St, Schulenburg, TX 78956, United States

Website: Tenth Frame

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4. Spend a day's reflection at St. Mary Catholic Church

St. Mary Catholic Church in High Hill, Texas
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High Hill, a small community near Schulenburg, is home to one of the most beautiful churches in Texas, St. Mary Catholic Church. With its intricate design and stained glass windows, coming into the church will genuinely take your breath away. Locals come together at the parish to volunteer for community improvement programs. Everyone is welcome to join gatherings and attend Mass, which is usually held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Pay a visit to St. Mary Catholic Church and commit to a quiet, reflective day.

St. Mary Catholic Church

Address: 2833 FM 2672, Schulenburg, TX 78956, United States

Website: St. Mary Catholic Church

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5. Satiate at The Garden Co. Marketplace & Cafe

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You’ll find a unique dining experience in Schulenburg at The Garden Co. Marketplace & Café. Originally a garden center that’s also a specialty shop and landscape company, the Garden Company delved into the coffee shop industry as of several years ago, completing the marketplace experience. Some of the bestsellers are wood-fired pizzas and juicy burgers, but of course, you are more than welcome to indulge in everything! Dine at The Garden Company and check out their marketplace - you might be able to bring home a thing or two.

The Garden Co. Marketplace & Cafe

Address: 217 Kessler Ave, Schulenburg, TX 78956, United States

Website: The Garden Co. Marketplace & Cafe

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6. Join the fun at Upstairs at the Downstairs

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Find some good ol’ Southwestern fun at Upstairs at the Downstairs. The name isn’t the only trippy thing about this pub - there are billiards and karaoke too. Gather your friends for an exciting night out in town and make sure to hit up this pub. Engage with locals who will see to it that you feel like family even when it’s your first time in Schulenburg. Empty a few mugs of beer, play some pool, and perform silly songs at the karaoke!

Upstairs at the Downstairs

Address: 525 N Main St, Schulenburg, TX 78956, United States

Website: Upstairs at the Downstairs

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7. Be wowed by the artistry of The Painted Churches

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The Painted Churches…are as inspiring as they are beautiful - Gerald E. Mcleod, austinchronicle.com

Step inside a plain, white steeple church and discover vibrantly colored hand-painted murals and frescoes, among tall spires and high Gothic windows. The Painted Churches are an absolute must-see when you don’t know what to do in Schulenburg. Fifteen of these churches survive today and are on the National Register of Historic Places; four of them are located a short drive from Schulenburg, in the towns of Praha, High Hill, Dubina and Ammannsville. The intricate and delicate artwork of The Painted Churches make this a one-of-a-kind wonder not to be missed. An added bonus is the scenic drive; the terrain between the churches is winding, and rolling, and contains some of the best views in Texas.

The Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce provides detailed directions for The Painted Churches and brochures are available outside the chamber office for weekend visitors. If you decide to take a guided tour, a docent will join you in your car and show you around. But you must make reservations in advance. However you choose to see the churches, guided or going it alone, you will be awestruck by the skillfulness of these Czech and German immigrants who brought Europe’s Old World beauty to Texas. For more information before you go, contact the Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce by phone or through their website.

The Painted Churches

Address: 618 North Main Street, Schulenburg, Texas 78956

Contact: +1 9797434514

Website: The Painted Churches

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8. Uncork and unwind at Majek Vineyard & Winery

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When people think of vineyards they conjure images of the Bordeaux region of France or California’s Napa Valley. But, in actuality, Texas has a long history of growing and stomping grapes. Luckily, Schulenburg has a delightful vineyard in its own backyard. Majek Vineyard & Winery is a top-notch destination for wine lovers. The wine tastings and vineyard tours offered are both informative and entertaining.

Majek Vineyard & Winery is located on a 1.5 acre (0.6 hectare) piece of land. The tasting room is an old barn, where paintings created by local artists adorn the walls. There’s several picnic tables outside where you can pop the cork on a bottle of Sweet Blanc Du Bois, recognized as a Best of Texas Wine for 2015 by Texas Monthly magazine, and enjoy good conversation under the big, blue Texas sky.

Majek Vineyard & Winery

Address: 12508 CO RD 957, Schulenburg, Texas 78956

Contact: +1 2104138912

Hours: Friday 4pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-6pm

Website: Majek Vineyard & Winery

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9. Get your nut on; shop at the Potter Country Store

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Potter Country Store actually has two locations in Schulenburg, affectionately called The Big Store and The Little Store. Fresh Texas pecans are what put Potter Country Store on the map. Its wide variety of flavored pecans, from the standard caramel pecan to an elaborately sinful red velvet, are mouthwatering. What makes this Schulenburg tourist attraction special is they grow their own pecans at their family-owned farm. So freshness is an absolute guarantee!

Not a pecan lover? Not a problem. Potter Country Store offers plenty of tasty treats. The fudge candy counter will definitely satisfy any sweet craving, with mint chocolate chip fudge, fudge with butterscotch, and chewy praline fudge available. The fudge is made with real butter and cream and there’s always a special going on, like buy 4 fudge pieces get 2 free! Potter Country Store even allows you to shop online. So, if you fall in love with a certain item, like Potter’s blackberry roasted pecans, more is just a click away!

Potter Country Store

Address: 16 N. Kessler Ave., Schulenburg, Texas 78956 (Little Store) & 716 N Us Hwy 77, Schulenburg, Texas 78956 (Big Store)

Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sunday CLOSED

Website: Potter Country Store

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10. Relish the home cooking at Oakridge Smokehouse Restaurant

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COME AS U R BRING MA N’ PA is the slogan above the entrance of the old-fashioned, country style Oakridge Smokehouse Restaurant. Serving German and American cuisine, this Schulenburg institution features truly tantalizing Texas BBQ, as well as German sausage and sauerkraut and chicken and dumplings. Be sure you get the squash casserole when you order your sides for your main dish. It is a crowd-pleaser!

The decor is lively and unique with red and white checkered tablecloths, wagon wheel light fixtures overhead, and various Texas-German-Czech motifs hanging on the walls. Don’t forget before you leave to visit the gift center and check out the souvenirs, and a variety of novelties and toys. The food section of the gift shop offers candy, kolaches, a delicious Czech pastry, and smokehouse jerky. There’s also a selection of Texas jams and jellies.

Oakridge Smokehouse Restaurant

Hours 5:30am-9pm, every day

Address: 712 US-77, Schulenburg, Texas 78956

Contact: +1 9797436119

Website: Oakridge Smokehouse Restaurant

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11. Model plane lovers' paradise; Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum

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Opened in 1999, the Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum is dedicated to the past, present and future of the model and toy aircraft world. Brothers Victor and Joe Stanzel, natives of Schulenburg, pioneered miniature aviation in the 1930s. The “Tiger Shark”; their most well-known plane, and the first control-line model kit in the world, is on display here!

Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum consists of three areas: the Main Museum, the Factory Wing and the Historic Stanzel Home. In the Main Museum visitors can explore the original shop where the Stanzel model planes and other items were manufactured. The well-designed complex also features drawings, old machines and interesting tales of how the brothers founded one of the most-loved model plane companies in America.

Those who grew up flying these exciting battery-powered model aircrafts, like the Lil’ Rascal Stunt-Master Bi-plane or the Electro-Jet F-2000, will feel a twinge of nostalgia as they walk past the various exhibits, while others will marvel at this bygone era. Even if you don’t swoon over model airplanes, this modest Schulenburg tourist spot is still a great way to spend an afternoon.

Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum

Address: 311 Baumgarten Street, Schulenburg, Texas 78956

Contact: +1 9797436559

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:30 am-4:30 pm

Price: 4 USD, children under 12 FREE

Website: Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum

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12. Put some oom-pah-pah in your day; check out Texas Polka Music Museum

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“The Texas Polka Music Museum is "dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of polka music in Texas by honoring Texas polka bands and musicians of Czech, German and Polish ancestry” - texaspolkamuseum.com

The doors opened in 2010 with a display of vintage records, instruments, costumes and other memorabilia on Polka in Texas. Texas Polka Music Museum also makes a point of honoring disc jockeys who have promoted polka, as well as historic and contemporary polka bands. If, after exploring these musical pioneers, you want to own a piece of this authentic music, CDs are available for purchase. Who knows, you may even be inspired to make some oo-pah-pah music of your own by learning the accordion or tuba! Spending the day at this museum is one of the fun things to do in Schulenburg.

Texas Polka Music Museum

Address: 625 N Main St, Schulenburg, Texas 78956

Contact: +1 9797434752

Hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11am-3pm

Website: Texas Polka Music Museum

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Schulenburg...cultural roots bind this city

Schulenburg, Texas is a city that keeps its cultural ties close to its heart. Pride of heritage is apparent in the museums, attractions, restaurants and shops that, in large part, make up this town. It’s what draws visitors from far away cities and nearby towns. So, when you visit Schulenburg, start your day with a hot cup of coffee and a fresh kolache from the local bakery and experience first-hand the best of this unique and interesting locale in central Texas.

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Catherine has written professionally for over 10 years, and a sizable amount has been travel writing. Her desire to see the world was sparked at a very young age. Growing up, there were many family...Read more

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