Things to do in San Antonio
Kids line up for rope swings at the Blue Hole, a natural swimming hole surrounded by live oak and pecan trees and picnic tables.
Daredevils can fly over limestone cliffs on one of 10 ziplines. You can also take a walking tour of the nature park-like grounds and learn about native plants, animals, and central Texas history.
Animal fans will love this family-owned alpaca farm and yarn store. Here, kiddos can pet the soft-hoofed animals and learn about carding wool and weaving.
Come Thanksgiving and Christmas, this unassuming pie shop has a line out the door. Stop in during the off season for a slice of key lime, buttermilk, or—the Lone Star State favorite—pecan.
Ostrich, zebras and ibex come right up to your safari vehicle on this 400-acre ranch loaded with over 500 animal breeds, including 40 exotics. Look out for the year-old twin reticulated giraffes, the only pair in the U.S.
Head here for hands-on exhibits—throw on your hard hat for the Lend-a-Hand Ranch; zip up your astronaut gear for Destination Space—in downtown New Braunfels.
There is arguably no better way to spend a hot summer Saturday than floating the Guadalupe or Comal Rivers. Rent inner tubes from companies such as Texas Tubes before the two-hour trip.
The Tuscan-influenced tasting room at this Hill Country winery feels more like Italy than Texas with its stone walls, high ceiling, and exposed beams. Stan and Lisa Duchman founded it in 2004 with the intention of wedding their favorite Italian grapes with Texan-grown varieties.
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A controversial enchilada-red design by Ricardo Legorreta. The library also holds a Botero sculpture and a mural by New Realist Jesse Treviño.
Why It’s Cool: This granddaddy of river walks charms with four miles of cypress-lined cobble- and-flagstone paths along both sides of the narrow San Antonio River.
Established in 1981 and housed in what was once the Lone Star Brewery Complex, the San Antonio Museum of Art boasts one of the largest collections of ancient Mediterranean art in the southern United States, as well as one of the nation’s finest Asian collections.
Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, and Arlo Guthrie are a few of the names that have graced the stage of this annual Hill Country music festival. Rod Kennedy started it in 1972, and the 18-day festival brings in more than 30,000 fans yearly.
Cookbook author Melissa Guerra stocks hard-to-find housewares from Central and South America and Mexico. Molinillos, hand-carved milk frothers from Mexico, and Chilean clay earthenware pots make useful souvenirs.
A reverential tone is everywhere in the mission itself, from the trinkets in the gift shop to the admonitions on the wall asking visitors to keep their voices down, as though this were a church, which, in a sense, it is.