Day Trips from San Antonio

Bald cypress trees at Gruene, near New Braunfels, Guadalupe River, Texas, USA
The Guadalupe River, near New Braunfels. Danita Delimont / Getty Images
Although San Antonio, Texas' top tourism city, has plenty to see and do inside the city itself, there are also a number of top-rate attractions within a short drive of downtown. San Antonio area tourists and residents alike will enjoy these day trips, all of which are within easy driving distance of the Alamo City.
  • 01 of 08
    Cedar trees at fall along the Frio River
    Cedar trees at fall along the Frio River. Darrell Vickers / Getty Images
    Located on the Frio River in Concan, Garner State Park is one of Texas' most popular summer getaways. Whether it's swimming, fishing, paddling, or tubing, most visitors to Garner find a way to get on or in the water. However, there are also "dry" activities such as miniature golf, birding, nature trails, hiking and more.
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    Lake Amistad, Texas
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    Located near the border town of Del Rio, Lake Amistad was formed when the Rio Grande was dammed in 1969. It's remote location is part of its charm, as are its clear, sprawling waters. Massive Lake Amistad encompasses neary 70,000 surface acres, which are shared between Mexico and the United States.
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    Natural Bridge Caverns

    An underground wonder, Natural Bridge Caverns shows the family a side of the world they probably haven't seen. In addition to a variety of subterranean tours, Natural Bridge Caverns offers a host of above-ground educational activities for kids of all ages.
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    Bald cypress trees at Gruene, near New Braunfels, Guadalupe River, Texas, USA
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    The very spot where "floating the Guad" was invented, New Braunfels offers excellent access to Texas' famed Guadalupe River. Float tubing, kayaking, swimming and fishing are just a few of the recreational opportunities available on this stretch of the Guadalupe.

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    Cascade Caverns

    Located just outside San Antonio, Cascade Caverns offer visitors a look beneath the surface of the Texas hill country. The cavern stays 68 degrees year around - making it a perfect place to beat the summer heat - plus it features a 100 foot underground waterfall!

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    Fredricksburg

    Shops on Main Street.
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    One of the most popular small towns in Texas, Fredericksburg offers visitors quaint shopping and fine dining in a relaxing Hill Country atmosphere. Fredricksburg is also rich in history and is home to several events and festivals throughout the year.
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     Located barely more than an hour's drive from San Antonio, Choke Canyon Reservoir is among Texas' best big bass lakes and perhaps the biggest bass fishing secret in the country. Choke Canyon Lake was formed by backing up nearly 26,000 acres of water from the Frio River over a variety of creekbeds, timber, and other structure. This combination, plus South Texas' temperate weather, has resulted in Choke Canyon consistently producing quality black bass.

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    Enchanted Rock Against Clear Sky
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    Located just north of Fredericksburg in the Texas hill country, Enchanted Rock is one of the largest natural rock formations in the United States, with a dome that rises 425 feet above the ground (1825 feet above sea level). Designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1970, Enchanted Rock is also part of the Texas State Parks System and attracts thousands of visitors annually. Hiking Enchanted Rock is a great way to spend a day trip from the Alamo City.