San Antonio Outdoor Recreational Activities

San Antonio is located right at the southern edge of the Texas Hill Country. Its location makes it a wonderful destination for outdoor activities. Within the city limits, there are a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, including golfing, fishing, boating, jogging, and hiking.

Within a relatively short drive of the city, visitors to San Antonio can also enjoy such iconic Texas outdoor activities as hiking Enchanted Rock, swimming at Garner State Park, and floating the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels.

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Take an Underground Hike

Natural Bridge Caverns

Courtesy of 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. And, because it is cooler below the earth's surface than on it, visitors can cool off in the Cavern's 70-degree temperature on a hot summer day.

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Fishing and Boating on Lake Braunig

Rental Boats at Lake Braunig
Danno Wise

Located just a few miles outside of San Antonio, Lake Braunig has become a popular location for Alamo City residents and visitors interested in water sports, fishing, and nature watching. As one of only three lakes in Texas that is home to freshwater redfish, Braunig has a solid following among fishing enthusiasts. And, since it is devoid of shoreline development as well, it is a favorite for bird watchers.

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Play a Round of Golf

Golf ball near hole

Courtesy of Lotus Head

The city has several great public and resort golf courses both within the city limits and on the outskirts. San Antonio's Hill Country setting, as well as its historical aura, combine to make many of these courses some of the most unique golf courses found in the Lone Star State. And, the sheer number of courses found in San Antonio ensures there is a course for every skill level and budget.

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Hang Out at Lake Calaveras

Lake Calaveras
Danno Wise

Located just outside of San Antonio, Lake Calaveras has become a favorite destination for fishing and water sport enthusiasts. The lake also boasts plenty of shoreside amenities such as picnic and camping areas, as well as a fishing pier—everything you need for a great 'day at the lake.'

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05 of 08

Explore Cascade Caverns

Cascade Caverns in San Antonio

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Open to the public in various forms since 1932; Cascade Caverns is a natural cavern just outside Boerne in the Texas Hill County. In 1984, a Texas Historical Marker was dedicated to Cascade Caverns, as one of Texas' top natural attractions.

Today, the cavern is open for tours daily and offers onsite campsites for tents, RVs, and travel trailers. The campground offers a children's play area, indoor workout facility, nature trails, barbecue areas, recreation room, and a convenience store

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Float the Guad in Nearby New Braunfels

Guadalupe River

Danno Wise

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. Although not technically in San Antonio, New Braunfels is a short 30-minute drive away.

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Hike at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Hikers at Enchanted Rock State Park

Courtesy of TPWD

One of Texas' most iconic natural attractions, Enchanted Rock is one of the largest natural rock formations in the United States. Its dome rises 425 feet above the ground, placing it 1,825 feet above sea level.

Located just north of Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock is right in the heart of what once was the Texas "Indian Territory." Through the previous centuries, this large rock formation played an important role in the lives of the Native American tribes.

Today, it is designated as a State Natural Area. Hiking is extremely popular at Enchanted Rock. A four-mile trail encompasses several rock formations. A shorter, steeper foot trail leads to the top of Enchanted Rock. Campsites are available for those wishing to stay overnight.

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Enjoy the Frio River at Garner State Park

Garner State Park

Courtesy of TPWD

Located on the Frio River in Concan (a little over an hour from San Antonio), 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.