DAY TRIPS

Explore the art and culture along San Antonio’s famed River Walk

From Elkhorn Ridge, the center of San Antonio is just 25 minutes away, where you can easily spend a day or two discovering exciting new developments along the River Walk. San Antonio recently completed a $358.3 million project to lengthen the River Walk from three to 15 miles. The Museum Reach connects downtown with museums, cultural districts and the historic Pearl Brewery to the north. The Mission Reach (noted as the largest ecosystem restoration in an urban area) joins the original River Walk to four of the city’s Spanish colonial missions in south San Antonio.

The Spanish colonial missions of San Antonio (Missions San José, Concepción, San Juan, Espada and the Alamo), are gaining global recognition since being designated as World Heritage sites. Take in the natural beauty of the river on San Antonio Missions National Historical Park’s hike and bike trails. 

The Briscoe Western Art Museum adds a new dimension to San Antonio’s art scene, along with upscale meeting space, and is in the heart of downtown on the River Walk. This one-of-a-kind museum is devoted to celebrating the art, people and history of the great American West with an emphasis on the Western art of San Antonio and the South Texas region.

Make your way along the Hill Country Mile

More than 150 years ago, the town of Boerne was established by German immigrants who made their homes along the Cibolo Creek. Over 140 of their historic structures remain, and Boerne citizens cherish their history and culture. The Hill Country Mile runs along the Haupstrasse (Main Street) in historic downtown Boerne and leads you to unique shops, highly regarded restaurants, pocket parks and well-maintained historic properties. Festivals fill Main Street and Main Plaza several times during the year, and Market Days is held the second weekend of each month. Enjoy the art galleries, antique stores, clothing boutiques and other specialty stores for which Boerne is known. And don’t miss the River Arts South District on the opposite side of Cibolo Creek.

OUTDOOR RECREATION IS AVAILABLE YEAR-ROUND

The Cibolo Nature Center is a few minutes southeast of downtown Boerne and offers 100 acres of grassland, marshland, woodland and river bottom for hiking, picnics, photography, birdwatching and citizen science projects. The center also holds frequent workshops, seminars, cultural events and other activities for all ages.

Other nearby parks convenient for day trips include

Boerne City Lake Park

Fishing, swimming, non-motorized boating, picnics, trails, Frisbee golf course, bird blind, paddle sports, butterfly garden

Cascade Caverns

Cavern tour, 105-acre park, camping
Cave without a Name
Natural national landmark with six major rooms inside the cave

Joshua Springs Park and Preserve

365-acre park with lake, walking and hiking trails, birdwatching, picnics, fishing, play areas

James Kiehl River Bend Park

25-acre natural area with 1.5 miles of multi-use trails, wildlife habitat, picnics

Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area

117 acres along Guadalupe River featuring fishing, paddling, swimming, birdwatching, picnics, hiking, Kronkosky Interpretive Garden, photography

Natural Bridge Caverns

Historical cavern system offering variety of exploratory experiences

Cibolo Nature Center & Farm

Provides nature-focused education, research, entertainment and outdoor activities while promoting sound stewardship of land, water and wildlife.

Old No. 9 Trail

Greenway nature trail through Boerne and named for old State Highway 9

Friedrich Wilderness Park

More than 630 acres of Hill Country habitat in NW San Antonio that features 5.5 miles of hiking trails, picnic tables, restrooms and drinking fountains

Dwight D. Eisenhower Park

320-acre urban park in NW San Antonio with barbecue and picnic areas, a playground and five miles of trails reaching an elevation of 1,300 feet above sea level

HILL COUNTRY TOWNS OFFER ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCES

The Texas Hill Country is dotted with small, close-knit communities founded by immigrants from Europe, most notably Germany. Fredericksburg is the center of the Texas wine area with 14 local wineries and more nearby. Almost half of the state’s peaches are grown here. With a population just over 10,700, Fredericksburg is known for its welcoming B&Bs, charming boutiques and antique stores, acclaimed restaurants and frequent festivals. Just north of town, Enchanted Rock is a great getaway for camping, hiking and picnics.

Other notable Hill Country towns in proximity include

Bandera

Cowboy capital of the world known for music, nightlife and guest dude ranches

Comfort

Historic gem with celebrated restaurants, quality antique stores, nearby wineries and Old Tunnel State Park bat cave.

Luckenbach

Tiny “town” with a celebrated musical heritage made famous by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson; general store with Texas-themed merchandise and a bar that is a great place to enjoy an ice cold beer and listen to singer songwriters.

Never-ending excitement in a variety of amusement and adventure parks

The San Antonio area is home to five amusement and adventure parks offering family fun and entertainment from morning to night. Some of these include:

Morgan’s Wonderland

World’s first accessible family fun park constructed specifically for special needs children and adults

Schlitterbahn

Nation’s most popular waterpark and resort in New Braunfels

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Rides of varying thrill-levels, water park and live entertainment

SeaWorld San Antonio

250-acre marine park featuring rides, shows, exhibits and animal tours

Splashtown

Family waterpark with more than 50 rides and attractions for all ages