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3 Amazing Ways to Explore Ingram, Texas

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Fredericksburg too crowded with tourists and shoppers? Find wonderful crafts and shops in Old Ingram, just about a half hour away. Tucked away in Ingram, Texas, a quarter mile north of where State Highway 39 veers off from State Highway 16, this quaint block of old shops and eateries is one of the best-kept secrets of the Texas Hill Country. But there is much more to Ingram than shopping. So, don’t discount this small Hill Country town. You and your family will find plenty to do and see. Here are a few ideas.

1. Scope Out the Murals and Shops of Ingram.

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Photo: Facebook/Old Ingram Loop

Before you head into the Old Ingram Loop, stop at the split. There stands the old T.J. Moore’s Lumber Yard. Be sure to visit the hand-painted murals which depict the history of the area. Painted in 1989 by Jack Fegan, the landmark recently received a much-needed restoration to restore the colors, which had become faded by heat and sun. These more-than-life-sized works of art are worth taking the time to peruse.

Then park and stroll the craftsmen shops, artist studios, and eateries in Old Ingram to round out the day. It is as if you stepped into a quiet, out of time place amongst shady old trees filled with birdsong. Perfect for leisurely browsing and chatting with the shop owners.

2. See a Play…and a Replica or Two.

The Point TheatrePhoto: Facebook/The Point Theatre

The Point Theatre is sponsored by the Hill Country Arts Foundation. During the day, you can wander through the exhibits by local artists in air-conditioned comfort. As the sun sets, slather on the bug spray and settle on the benches to watch a family-friendly play or musical at one of the few remaining amphitheaters in Texas, recently enlarged to accommodate up to 700 viewers. Renown actors from all over the United States have vied for parts in the productions since its premiere in 1959.

Can’t come during the summer months? Then enjoy a more intimate production indoors at the Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre, which seats up to 150. Either way, you will long remember your special evening in Ingram. And no, you aren’t hallucinating. Those are replicas of Stonehenge and of the Easter Island statues. Once on private property, the landowner donated them to the Hill Country Arts Foundation.

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