Outdoors
in San Antonio, TX (showing 1 - 12 out of 22)

There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!

Alamo River RV Ranch & Campground

12430 Trawalter Ln
Von Ormy, TX 78073   Directions

(210) 622-5022

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Mosey on over to Alamo River RV Ranch & Campground in Von Ormy, TX conveniently located on the Medina River, just minutes south of Downtown San Antonio. Family-owned and operated, they are dedicated to making your stay enjoyable and memorable. Savor the beautiful Texas Hill Country with the best exploration park in the San Antonio area. 

The ranch and campground has a friendly staff always ready to help you plan your next adventure. You will find a camp store, pool table, fitness equipment, full kitchen, lounge area, private restroom with showers, laundry room, a large fenced-in dog and miles of beautiful trails for hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. Let them help you imagine your next unforgettable memory.

Bandera, The Cowboy Capital of the World

126 State Highway-16 S
Bandera, TX 78003   Directions

(800) 364-3833

(830) 796-3045

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Hitch your wagon and saddle up your hankering for all things Texan, Cattle Ranch and Old West and make it over to Bandera TX, The Cowboy Capital of the World where you will find everything from bicycling, golf, horseback riding, hunting, museums, music and nightlife, scenic drives, rodeos, shopping, and wineries and craft beer tours nestled in the picturesque Hill Country. 

You will find good eats and entertainment galore in Bandera lassoed in a mishmash of facts, folklore and half-forgotten fables, held together by little more than rope and baling wire. It'll be crystal clear why the cowboy mystique draws many who want to return to the early days where they still say 'howdy' and ride real horses. Giddyup!

Brackenridge Park

3700 N St Mary's St
San Antonio, TX 78209   Directions

(210) 826-1412

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Make every human effort to realize why every memorable visit to San Antonio must certainly include a step into its soul and center known as Brackenridge Park, a deep and essential soul of the city since 1899. There you will discover a world within a world immersed in green space with a river running through it and a charming passenger train encircling the lush grounds.

Keep in mind that this jewel of a park will help create new memories and relive old ones at your own pace and leisure. Whether you stop at the San Antonio Zoo, the Japanese Tea Gardens or the Wilderness Trails, wonder and fun await you as it has for literally millions of locals and tourists alike. Your park is calling out your name.

Comal Tubes

1880 S Business Interstate Hwy-35
New Braunfels, TX 78130   Directions

(830) 387-4408

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Float with the friendly and helpful staff at Comal Tubes in New Braunfels where their shuttle will drop you off at Prince Solms Park, the main entrance of the river. There you will enter the water just upstream of the world famous Tube Chute for a float which is about two hours of pure fun. One view of their video and you will definitely be hooked.

Comal River Tubing has all you need to have a fantastic tubing experience including koozies, towels, sunscreen and snacks. They even have a Party Bus that will pick you up anywhere in Texas and get you back home safe, sound and dry. The river maintains a 72-degree temperature all year long because the water comes from underground springs. What are you waiting for? It's time to get wet.

 

Cycle Ranch Motocross Park & Events Center

2066 County Rd 405
Floresville, TX 78114   Directions

(855) 571-6686

(210) 468-0312

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Get ready for the ride of your life at Cycle Ranch Motocross Park & Events Center in Floresville TX, because this isn't your ordinary motocross. There's more to it, much more!

This is a 200-acre events center hosting exciting motocross races, mud runs, benefits, music festivals, weddings, birthday parties and street rallies all year long.  You will discover a 7200-square foot pavilion, cafe with organic options, bleachers, showers, bathrooms and a pro-shop to meet your vacation needs.

Covered bleachers offer escape from the Texas sun and allow you to marvel at racing action at its finest. The park has 30 RV campsites and plenty of dry camping surrounded by amazing fresh and pristine oak trees, manicured lawns, sprawling playground, trampoline, BBQ & fire pits and hammocks. Cycle Ranch feels more like a hidden and fun-filled sanctuary than an events center.

 

Government Canyon State Natural Area

12861 Galm Rd
San Antonio, TX 78254   Directions

(210) 688-9055

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Strap on your favorite hiking boots and get ready to be amazed at the Government Canyon State Natural Area, a tranquil park in northwestern Bexar County featuring multi-use trails perfect for the experienced to the beginner hiker. Also provided are guided canyon hikes for all ages into rugged areas so typical of the Texas Hill Country.

The GCSNA preserves, which cover more than 19 square miles, have been designated a Natural Area rather than a State Park because the primary focus is on maintaining and protecting the natural state of the area. Accordingly, access and recreational activities may be restricted to protect the environment, including many and diverse species of plants & wildlife.

Hemisfair Park

434 S Alamo St
San Antonio, TX 78205   Directions

(210) 709-4750

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From any point in San Antonio you can easily spot the location of Hemisfair Park, home of the landmark 750-foot Tower of the Americas, The Institute of Texan Cultures and the thrilling 4D Theater Ride. While there you may board the elevators to witness the most spectacular view of the Alamo City from the Tower’s revolving Chart House Restaurant or the Observation Deck.

You may also choose to cool down at the Splash Pad, treat the kids to the Sand Play Area, the climbing and swinging structures at Yanaguana Garden, play larger-than-life chess and/or checkers on gigantic boards or just sit down to an old fashioned picnic at tables lined with chairs provided free of charge. Dogs on leashes are always welcome.

Japanese Tea Garden

3853 N Saint Mary's St
San Antonio, TX 78212   Directions

(210) 559-3148

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Take a deep and healing breath and make plans to visit the Japanese Tea Garden nestled within Brackenridge Park, a scenic enclosure with stone bridges, a pagoda and the Jingu House Cafe. The restored garden features a lush year-round garden and floral displays with shaded walkways, a 60-foot waterfall and ponds filled with Koi, large ornamental fish originally bred in Japan. 

The Japanese Tea Garden features areas available for rent and ideal for small weddings, memorial services, as well as an area for large corporate gatherings. It is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk and is wheelchair accessible. Visit one of San Antonio’s historical jewels centrally located just a short distance from Downtown. Youkoso. Welcome.

Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

10750 Pleasanton Rd
San Antonio, TX 78221   Directions

(210) 628-1639

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Connect with nature in a most profound way at Mitchell Lake Audobon Center just twenty minues from Downtown San Antonio to a veritable center of conservation and education focused on birds and their habitats. There you will be welcomed to participate in engaging nature education programs steeped in place-based learning and exploration.

Enter an amazingly different world of nature in the midst of pristine earth views with a variety of projects and activities for the whole family. Their goal is that you come take a breath of fresh air and enjoy your time at Mitchell Lake while you learn a little, play a little, and spend quality time at a world-class birding and reclaimed natural habitat environment.

Natural Bridge Caverns

26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd
San Antonio, TX 78266   Directions

(210) 651-6101

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Make time and come out to explore the Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest known commercial caverns in the state of Texas nestled in the beautiful Hill Country next to the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch outside of San Antonio. Their name is derived from the 60 ft natural limestone slab bridge that spans the amphitheater setting of the cavern's entrance.

Sign up for the Discovery Tour where you’ll see massive, otherworldly formations formed by single drops of water over the slow passage of time. Explore the astounding Hidden Passages Tour where shadows dance in delicate formations and mystery awaits in every shadow. Everyone must visit the Natural Bridge Caverns at least once in their lifetime and now it's your turn.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd
San Antonio, TX 78266   Directions

(830) 438-7400

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Create a full exciting day of memories including a breath-taking tour of the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch adjacent to the Natural Bridge Caverns outside of San Antonio. The Wildlife Ranch has provided educational, entertaining and adventurous experiences for visitors from all over the world since 1984 and is home to more than 500 animals, representing over 40 species. 

The Ranch is comprised of approximately six miles of a Safari Drive-thru on 450 acres where animals are free to roam and visitors explore from the comfort of their own vehicle. A Walk-A-Bout area with Giraffe Barns and Petting Barnyard round out your intrepid visit to NBWR including a stop at the Safari Camp Grill and Safari Trading Post for lunch and shopping.

Paradise Canyon

2220 County Road 2615
Rio Medina, TX 78066   Directions

(830) 751-9911

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"Come water your soul" at Paradise Canyon on the Medina River with an abundant array of fishing, boating, camping and a rustic lodge in a scenic canyon featuring a close walk with nature teeming with abundant wildlife. This amazing canyon offers a little place of heaven in a place some have referred to as "God's Swimmin' Hole."   

Lean back in your floating inner tube, close your eyes against the blue sky as the brilliant sun warms your face, and let your back and legs be refreshed in the cool revitalizing waters. With just one visit to Paradise Canyon you'll find it quite easy to see how it got its name. 

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