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Autumn Fun This Fall in the Alamo City



While there is certainly no shortage of fun things to do in the San Antonio area, the best time to truly enjoy this city and all it has to offer is in the fall. When the sun cools down, it's finally time to get out and play!

Lost Maples, in particular, is a fall highlight. This gorgeous grove of "lost maples," turns vibrant autumn colors just once a year for about two weeks. Get out and hike, camp, fish, and do all of the exciting outdoor activities you treasure, just a couple hours from San Antonio.

Fall is also an ideal time to explore the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. Get lost for hours exploring the different ecosystems, plants, and the new additions to the park. Their culinary garden and outdoor kitchen are a wonder, and they offer a number of different classes and exceptional events throughout the year. 

If you're simply looking for a little culture, make a day of the San Antonio Museum of Art, from ancient to modern works of art that will inspire you for days on end. 


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The Pearl Brewery is one of the coolest places you can visit in San Antonio. This brewery, established in 1883 and once home to Pabst beer, has recently been transformed from a historic brewery to a thriving multi-use space where you can eat, shop, learn, work and live. The Pearl is situated next to the recent Riverwalk expansion, so you can catch a tour boat or walk from the Pearl all the way downtown, past the San Antonio Museum of Art and numerous artistic elements that have been carefully built into the landscape. You'll find fine dining to street food restaurants, a great coffee shop run by the Culinary institute and more. The Culinary Institute and the Aveda School have facilities at the Pearl and both are open to patrons. Every Saturday, the Pearl is host to an amazing Farmer's Market and has become a traditional Saturday event for locals.

Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: The Pearl is a hot destination right now, if your looking for a taste of the best San Antonio has to offer.

Kimberly's expert tip: Make sure to check out the farmers market during the weekend.

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There were five missions established in the early 1700's. These Spanish missions were more than churches. They became towns with a focus on encouraging the natives to become Catholic in order to be citizens. The Spanish king was able to extend influence outward from Mexico. Four missions are linked on this trail. San Jose, San Juan, Concepcion, and Espada. The fifth was the Alamo. With the exception of the Alamo, all four of the missions are still active Catholic parishes. Beautiful architecture remains almost as it was nearly 300 years ago. Step back into a beautiful history as you tour the San Antonio Missions. Family friendly and educational.

Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: The missions are idyllic to explore in the fall, particularly by bike.

Kimberly's expert tip: Rent some bikes and enjoy your own bike tour of the missions!

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The San Antonio Museum of Art boasts one of the most comprehensive collections of ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Near Eastern art in the southern United States. It is also one of the largest collections found in public museums. The size and variety of all the exhibitions is astonishing. Located on the River Walk, the museum is also host to many children during the school year. The vast array of educational information makes it a very attractive place for field trips. The museum hosts over 500 guided tours each year and is appealing to adults seeking scholarly immersion as well as families with young children.

Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: Enjoy a little culture or a lot this fall at SAMA.

Kimberly's expert tip: If you know that you'll be visiting in the future, it is a good idea to sign up for the email list on their website. They send out weekly updates about educational programs, upcoming exhibits and other interesting events that take place on site.

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The DoSeum
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The new DoSeum Children's Museum sits on 5.5 acres of property and includes 26,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space and an additional 39,000 square feet of outdoor exhibit play space. It offers unique exhibits unlike any other children's museum in the U.S., including an interactive robot, a spy academy filled with math challenges, an interactive puppet parade, a musical staircase like in the movie Big, an ADA-accessible treehouse, a children's river and a significant outdoor exhibit area. There's truly something for kids of all ages. Toddlers will enjoy spending time in Little Town, while the six- to ten-year-olds will have fun in the Spy Academy. The literacy exhibit, called Imagine It, is a brilliant interactive story-making exhibit that enables kids to pair fantasy with imagination in order to build a story where they are the real heroes. By using 2D and 3D elements they construct an animated story frame-by-frame. Parents will appreciate that the majority of the exhibits at The DoSeum boast a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focus, integrated with literacy and creative arts concepts, for a 21st century learning experience.

Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: It doesn't matter what time of year it is, The DoSeum is one of the best places to take the kiddos.

Kimberly's expert tip: Free Kids' Night is every third Tuesday of the month from 6pm-8pm.

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If you want to find the oldest dance hall in the Lone Star State, you'll have to make the trip back in time to this tiny community right outside New Braunfels. Gruene Hall has been in continuous operation since 1878, and over the years folks like Lyle Lovett, George Strait, and Robert Earl Keen've played to packed houses. During the day, Gruene is a favorite of history buffs and antique hounds, who scour stores like Cactus Jacks and Black Swann for everything from old bottles and battered signs to European furniture and arrowheads. There're also a few places to cool your heels, most notably Janie's Table, known for their Hill Country-style.

Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: For an afternoon getaway from the city, Gruene is a quaint historic city with river access, shopping and great food.

Kimberly's expert tip: Consider renting a house on the river to take full advantage of this lovely little community.

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Six Flags Fiesta Texas
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If you're a thrill seeker, you cannot visit San Antonio without stopping off at Fiesta Texas, one of the best entertainment parks in the country. Located on 200 acres of what used to be a rock quarry, this theme park features teeth-chattering rides, great shows, and incredible attractions, plus White Water Bay water park for cooling off during the hot summer months. Although Fiesta Texas used to be geared more towards the Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny, Fiesta Texas has now become the place to go for thrill rides. They have some of the most spine-tingling roller coasters you'll ever ride, including the Rattler and Superman Krypton Coaster.

Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: Fiesta is the perfect place to take the family this fall, with rides, food and fun on offer.

Kimberly's expert tip: Make sure to stay till the end of the night to catch the fireworks and laser light show! It's like the Fourth of July every night at Fiesta Texas.

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Just 90 miles from San Antonio lies the second largest batholith in the United States. Enchanted Rock has seen human activity up to 11,000 years ago. You'll enjoy fun and enriching activities like backpacking, camping (primitive also), hiking, rappelling and rock climbing, bird watching, and the stars at night are absolutely amazing!Local legend has it that the Tonkawa Indians named Enchanted Rock because of the sounds they heard coming from the rocks at night. They believed the formation was enchanted. This is one of the most beautiful natural areas in Texas. There is also a cave towards the top of the formation - but beware if you are claustrophobic, it is very cramped and at times you find yourself crawling. Flashlights are a must!

Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: Locals love Enchanted Rock for it's beauty and climbing challenges. Can you make it to the top!?

Kimberly's expert tip: In the summer and warmer months, arrive early because the park fills up quickly. If you're camping in the early spring or late winter, it can get windy and cold at night so come prepared.

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HemisFair Park


If you're visiting San Antonio for the first time or have not been before, Hemisfair Park is a must see destination spot. Recently renovated, this lush, beautifully landscaped neighborhood park, located in the center of downtown, was originally created for the World's Fair in 1968. Walking this park will not only give you a good workout, but will lead you to some of the best destinations in San Antonio, including the Tower of the Americas, the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Magik Children's Theatre, just for starters. The park is also located directly across the street from La Villita, the historic arts village which is great for shopping!

Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: Newly renovated, Hemisfair is a hub of activity with access to a number of this city's attractions.

Kimberly's expert tip: If you're in the mood for an adventure, take the trolley bus from downtown to the park and then continue on to San Antonio's arts district, Southtown, to see all the great places that San Antonio has to offer.

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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 glass environments surrounded by a sunken courtyard and tropical lagoon filled with aquatic plants. Specialty collections include epiphytic plants, desert cacti and succulents, equatorial tropicals, palms and cycads, tropical fruits, ferns and aroids and insectivores. The Gardens, which always strive to connect people to the plant world through experience, education and research also features a children's garden, a Japanese garden and even a garden for the blind. .

Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: The San Antonio Botanical Gardens is a must see in the fall, when it's cool enough to enjoy.

Kimberly's expert tip: Make sure to leave time for lunch at the Botanical Garden's excellent on-site restaurant!

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Lost Maples State Natural Area
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It's a rare thing in the San Antonio area to be able to witness the changing of the seasons, but if that's what you're looking for, you don't have to go terribly far to find it. Just a few hours northwest of San Antonio is a state park known as Lost Maples. Although it makes for an extraordinary excursion any time of the year, during the fall, this grove of "lost maples" turns all the beautiful colors of autumn. This scenic park is also known for its abundant wildflowers, steep canyon walls and the gorgeous Sabinal River. This is a great place to take the whole family, especially once fall has hit Texas. Go hiking, photo trekking, fishing, birding, camping, stargazing or hunting for geocaches. With 10 miles of trails, it's easy to get happily lost in this wonderland.

Recommended for Things to Do in Fall because: Lost Maples is the perfect excursion during the fall season, to see all the beautiful autumn leaves in their full glory.

Kimberly's expert tip: Make sure to check the website to find out exactly when the leaves are turning color, and get there early, especially on the weekend.

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