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Alternative Fredericksburg: Stunning Vintage Cars and Thrilling Dog Races

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Thinking about visiting Fredericksburg but don’t necessarily want to shop boutiques, patronage a winery, or visit historical sites? Consider then two places for alternative entertainment: Street Dreams, which charges no admission to view their vintage automobiles, and The Race Barn’s simulcast horse and dog racing from across the country. Both are located quite close to downtown Fredericksburg, so visiting is a cinch!

Street Dreams

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Street Dreams is now located in a larger space at 7914 S. State Hwy 16. Keep an eye out for a green gated entrance near a Phillips 66 sign. It’s open Tuesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This group focuses on buying, selling, and trading high-quality classic automobiles, street rods, and muscle cars. Inventory is always revolving, and there is no charge to come out and check out what’s onsite. Open since 1999, they do not wholesale deal but rather provides classic cars upgraded to proper standards. Some cars currently open for viewing are a 1929 Ford Model A Pickup, a 1937 Ford Tudor, and a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454. Memorabilia is also sold; current items include a homemade chuck wagon and a Texaco mannequin.

Dog track

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If visiting Street Dreams gives you a need for speed, The Race Barn is a good next stop! Drive five miles over to the Gillespie County Fairgrounds on Highway 16. Found at 35 Fair Drive, this is a great place to watch and wager on simulcast horse and dog racing on over 30 televisions. It is climate controlled and offers a full bar and casual dining. Doors are open Thursday through Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.

Viewing and betting options include circuits form New York, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, and California, as well as special events including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont, All American Futurity, and Breeders’ Cup. Be sure to call ahead to get race info at (830) 997-4058. Admission and parking are free!

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