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 ParkFishing, 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 Area117 acres along Guadalupe River featuring fishing, paddling, swimming, birdwatching, picnics, hiking, Kronkosky Interpretive Garden, photography
Natural Bridge CavernsHistorical cavern system offering variety of exploratory experiences
Cibolo Nature Center & FarmProvides 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 ParkMore 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 to Elkhorn Ridge include:
Bandera Cowboy capital of the world known for music, nightlife and guest dude ranches
ComfortHistoric 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 ofamusement and adventure parks
The San Antonio area is home to five amusement and adventure parks offering family fun
and entertainment from morning to night. 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
SeaWorld San Antonio 250-acre marine park featuring rides, shows, exhibits and animal tours
Six Flags Fiesta Texas Rides of varying thrill-levels, water park and live entertainment
Splashtown Family waterpark with more than 50 rides and attractions for all ages