Enjoy the Great Outdoors at San Antonio's Many Incredible Parks

San Antonio, Texas is one of the leading tourist destinations for a reason, actually, for several reasons. People come from all around the country just to go to Seaworld and Fiesta Texas, which should definitely be on your list, especially if you brought the kids with you, but San Antonio also has a wide array of other amazing parks that shouldn't be overlooked. 

Brackenridge Park is one of the best parks in town because it has a little bit of something for everyone and is also conveniently connected to the San Antonio Zoo and the Witte Museum, also fantastic destinations for the little ones. Brackenridge has beautiful tree-covered walking trails, bike trails, a playground, and private areas for families to barbecue and picnic in virtual privacy. On any given holiday, this park is packed, so make sure to get your spot early.

Those looking for some serious outdoor activity will love McAllister Park, which sports endless bike trails, but be careful because it's easy to get lost here! And if you happen to be here on the right day of the month Mercado O'liva downtown is a fun free event in a small park next to the Governor's Palace. 

For sheer beauty and elegance, The Japanese Tea Gardens are a great place to find serenity. The Botanical Gardens are equally beautiful, but require an entrance fee. They also feature special events, such as Shakespeare in the Park, which is a must-see if you're in town! 



Woodlawn Lake is one of the few areas in the city that has a lake. Although not impressive by most standards, San Antonio's proud of the pretty little body of water that you can canoe on and fish in, although it might be best to catch and...  Read More

Camanche Lookout Park
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Comanche Lookout Park is a 96-acre public park with an almost five-mile nature hiking trail. The park includes the fourth highest point in Bexar County with an elevation of 1,340 feet. Vegetation includes native ash juniper, Texas and Mexican...  Read More



San Antonio's Botanical Gardens is one of the prettiest places to see in the city. This extraordinary 33-acre facility showcases plants from desert regions to equatorial rainforests, some of which are housed in individual, climate-controlled...  Read More

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Concepcion Park is one of the smaller parks in San Antonio, but is conveniently located just south of downtown. If you're looking for a little sightseeing as well as some outdoor activity, check out Mission Concepcion, located next to the park....  Read More



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Mercado O'liva
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Mercado O'liva, located in a courtyard at the Plaza de Armas and Spanish Governor's Palace in San Antonio, is akin to a family-friendly block part. Mercado O'liva will be a place where locals and tourists can explore and buy original goods from...  Read More



San Antonio's Japanese Tea Gardens feels like a set straight out of a movie, something like What Dreams May Come or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The point is, it's a magical and enchanting place, perfect for declarations of love and sonnet...  Read More

Phil Hardberger Park


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SeaWorld should be on everyone's list when visiting San Antonio, no matter what your age. Although they have some great rides, such as the Steel Eel and Great White rollercoasters, the best reason to go to SeaWorld is for the animals and the...  Read More



Located just below the headwaters of the San Antonio River, not far from downtown, Brackenridge Park has been a gathering spot since prehistoric times (dating back 11,000 years) and has since evolved into one of the most popular family hang-outs...  Read More


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