Fun Parks in San Antonio

Bracken Cave

home to the world’s largest bat colony, with more than 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats.

Mexican free-tailed bats are an essential predator of corn earworm moths and other crop pests, and the Bracken colony alone is estimated to consume over 100 tons of these moths every summer night.

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Fort Sam Houston Quadrangle

Fort Sam Houston is the headquarters of the 5th United States Army. The quadrangle is the oldest building on post and is one of four buildings at Fort Sam Houston open to the public.

The Quadrangle, built in 1876 as a supply depot has a distinguished historical past housing Indian outlaws including the Apache war chief, Geronimo in 1886.

The centerpiece of the Quadrangle is the clock tower which still bears the inscriptions and architecture of 19th century Texas.

The historical significance Fort Sam's Quadrangle is just as impressive as it's beauty, attraction and gentle resident animals.

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Hayes Street Bridge

In the early 1900s the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway was in the midst of an expansion from the City of San Antonio, Texas, westward, and as its tracks intersected the city’s existing roadways, the railway was required to construct above-grade crossings for horse-drawn carriages and, later, motor vehicles.

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San Pedro Springs Park

San Pedro Springs Park is the second oldest park in the United States.

The park gives people an opportunity to spend time enjoying the outdoors, with fresh air, sunshine and exercise on  tap for visitors.

Take a walk, enjoy the scenery, and de-stress.

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Yanaguana Garden

The Yanaguana Garden is the first area of the redeveloped Hemisfair park to open with 4.1 acres of active play environment designed for all ages and ability levels.

Designed by Susan Goldsman of MIG, an expert in how children and adults use play for cognitive development, the park serves a dual purpose to provide education and recreation to the community.

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Confluence Park

Evenings and weekends at Confluence Park offer opportunities for appreciation and celebration of our vibrant contemporary and historic culture.

Less than half a mile from Mission Concepcion, the park sits along the pathway connecting the San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Brekenridge Park

Historic Brackenridge Park is a perennial favorite with San Antonio natives and visitors alike.

The park is home to a stretch of the San Antonio River, the Japanese Tea Garden, Sunken Garden Theater, the San Antonio Zoo, Lambert Beach and Tony "Skipper" Martinez ball fields.

Lions Field Adult and Senior Center is also located on the permimeter of the park and San Antonio Botanical Garden is nearby at 555 Funston Place.

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Government Canyon

Around 110 million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period, water brought dinosaurs here.

Two kinds of ancient giants left their tracks on what was a beach, along the Gulf of Mexico’s early reaches. Today, you can take a strenuous hike to a creek bed to see tracks.

Scientists believe these are tracks of theropods, three-toed, two-legged animals who ate meat; and much larger sauropods, round-footed, four-legged animals who ate plants.

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Mission San Jose

In 1720, Fray Antonio Margil de Jesús founded what became the best known of the Texas Missions, San José y San Miguel de Aguayo.

Viewed as a model of Mission organization.

Mission San José was a major social center. The unique architecture of its church and the richness of its fields and pastures led visitors to comment on its beauty.

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McNutt Sculpture Garden

The McNutt Sculpture Garden is the Briscoe Museum's lush public outdoor space that features a beautiful courtyard surrounded by bronze sculptures depicting iconic figures of the American West.

Throughout the Sculpture Garden and exterior of the Museum campus, visitors will find impressive works by the country's leading Western artists. 

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Kidde Park

Kiddie Park is the oldest children’s amusement park in the country! While modern updates have been made, the park has preserved it’s 1920’s style by maintaining all of the original rides.

Guests can enjoy the park’s old-fashioned ferris wheel, famous hand-carved Herschell Spillman carousel, and other classic children’s rides that have made Kiddie Park an iconic San Antonio attraction for over 90 years!

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Little Flower Basilica

The Basilica is dedicated to Ste.

Thérèse de Lisieux of the Child Jesus, and bearing her nickname, "The Little Flower" of Jesus.

The cornerstone of her basilica "was solemnly blessed and laid" on October 15, 1929.

Its remarkable edifice and accompanying works of religious art are uniquely uncharacteristic of its relatively recent construction.

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Hemisphere Park

Built to host the 1968 World's Fair, the future vision for the redevelopment of Hemisfair is to create a series of beloved urban parks embraced by a vibrant and walkable neighborhood.

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Pearsall Park

Pearsall Park is 505 acres and is designed to offer a dynamic open space with fitness and recreational amenities ideal for facilitating health/wellness/sports activities and outdoor family social gatherings.

Park expansion efforts doubled the total size of the park from 243 acres through City purchase of an additional 262 acres as part of the 2012-2017 City Bond Program.

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Cibolo Nature Center

The Cibolo Nature Center is located on what once was the Herff Ranch, established in 1852 by pioneer surgeon Dr. Ferdinand Herff.

Much of the original 10,000-acre ranch has been developed, but the Friends of the Cibolo Wilderness group was able to acquire 62 acres of historic farmland across Cibolo Creek from the CNC’s nature preserve, including the original ranch homestead, which has been restored to National Register of Historic Places standards and is permanently protected through a voluntary conservation easement. 

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SAS Shoe Tour

How does SAS create the most comfortable shoes in the world? Come and see first hand where our shoes begin with a free factory tour!

Each pair of shoes can go through up to 100 different steps, performed by approximately 80 different pairs of skilled hands, before they are declared SAS quality.

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McAllister Park

McAllister Park is comprised of 976 acres on the north side of San Antonio between Jones Maltsberger and Wetmore Roads.

The park’s original 713 acres were purchased and developed using 1964 Bond funds and a Federal Open Space grant.

When the park officially opened on April 13, 1968, it contained four miles of trails, 125 picnic units, restrooms and parking areas

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Phil Hardberger Park

This 330-acre former dairy farm is one of the few remaining undeveloped parcels in San Antonio, an oasis surrounded by subdivisions, freeways and shopping centers.

It is a stunning landscape, with some of its trees having stood here since the Battle of the Alamo.

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Walker Ranch

What is now known as Walker Ranch Historic Landmark Park is part of a larger archaeologically significant site.

The area near the confluence of Panther Springs Creek and Salado Creek represents a favored campsite revisited over thousands of years by hunting and gathering peoples apparently attracted by the availability of crucial resources such as water, plants, animals and lithic or stone materials.

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O.P. Schnabel

O. P. Schnabel Park, first called Bandera Road Park, includes 202 acres purchased by the City in 1964.

The site was noted for its many oak trees, mountain laurels and other native vegetation. Because its natural beauty was in keeping with the interests of O.P. Schnabel, the park was renamed in his honor in 1977.

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Eisenhower Park

The park was formerly part of the US Army training ground Camp Bullis. It was opened to the public in 1988.

The park is named after U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower who was originally from Texas and was an army commander at nearby Fort Sam Houston.

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Landa Library Park

Located near Trinity University in Monte Vista, Landa Library Park is just that: a park adjacent to a library.

The benefit of having an air conditioned library with clean bathrooms and a cozy children’s section at the park make it far and away one of the best parks for parents in San Antonio.

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Built in 2005, CHRISpark is the Linda Pace Foundation’s one -acre public green place named in honor of Pace’s son.

It is San Antonio’s only privately owned and operated public park.

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Elemedorf Lake

Elmendorf Lake and Park are located on a portion of the land once known as the Coulson Tract that comprised 687 acres on he San Antonio's west side.

Purchased by the New England Syndicate from H.E. Elmendorf in 1889, the land was later conveyed to the New England Land Company of Maine in 1890.

After the company experienced financial difficulties, the land was sold in 1893 to the highest bidder, Mrs. Amalie Elmendorf, who evidently was protecting her family's original investment.

She sold the property later that year to a New Yorker, and three weeks later, it was acquired by the Lake View Land Company, which like the New England Land Company, was based in Maine.

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Denman Estate Park

The City of San Antonio purchased 12.52 acres of land from the estate of philanthropist Gilbert Denman Jr. in 2007 at a cost of $2,561,081.

An adjacent 7.70 acres were purchased by the University of Incarnate Word.

In 2010 Gilbert Denman Jr. Estate Park, 7735 Mockingbird Lane, opened as a jointly used park and a retreat center for UIW. Park amenities include a .5 mile walking trail, labyrinth, picnic benches and tables, parking, fencing and lighting.

It also features a monument hand-built in Gwangju, Korea, by Korean craftsmen and artists who traveled to San Antonio to assemble it.

The City and UIW entered into a joint use agreement in which UIW maintains the property and uses the buildings as a retreat center. 

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Olympia Park

At just over two acres, this clean, pretty park includes lots of amenities families appreciate: two play structures (one for bigger kids, the other for small), swings, a pavilion to rent, a basketball court (first come, first serve), a softball field (for rent), and restrooms.

Parking is available on the street

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Olmos Park

Vast at just over 1,000 acres, varied in its offerings (60 picnic tables, a pavilion, softball/football/soccer fields, a paved trail and a nature trail, and a playground), and cool and shady with oak trees all around, Olmos Park has something for everyone in the family.

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Maverick Park

In 1881, politician, lawyer, and land baron Samuel Maverick donated the land for the park to the City of San Antonio which, in turn, named the park after him.

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Comanche Lookout Park

Comanche Lookout Park is a 96-acre public park owned by the City of San Antonio.

The site includes the fourth highest point in Bexar County with an elevation of 1,340 feet.

The Cibolo floodplain lies at the base of this escarpment between the Gulf Coastal Plain and the Edwards Plateau. Vegetation on the hill includes native ash juniper, Texas and Mexican buckeye, chinaberry, graneno, Lindheimer hackberry, honey mesquite and huisache.

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Japanese Tea Garden

Great in spring and fall flowers, waterfall, coy fish (if you want to they will play. Use caution if you stick one finger in the water and swish around they will try to suck on your finger)

There is what I would call a foofy drink place. Try the Bubble Tea, its a fun surprise.

It can get hot if you are in the middle of the garden.

It is a stop on the Braken ridge train so if you were so inclined to buy a $4 Train ticket you can get on and off across the street.

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San Antonio Fire Museum

What began as a dream of 5 firefighters assigned together at old #19's station in 1997, the Museum finally found a home in the former "Central Fire Headquarters," or Fire Station #1's, and we finally opened our doors on May 31, 2013. 

It didn't take us long to run out of display space, and we have now expanded into the next-door "Annex", another WPA project that housed the San Antonio Fire Department Shops, located next door to the Museum. A kid's area, more trucks, an EMS display, and a small theater showing short videos of the history of the Fire Service, and even how Firefighters train today!.

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San Antonio Zoo Eagle Train

Since 1956, the San Antonio Zoo Eagle, formerly known as the Brackenridge Eagle, has chugged along the tracks skirting the banks of the San Antonio River as it makes its way through one of San Antonio's most popular parks.

Today, various stops include the Witte Museum, Kiddie Park, and the Japanese Tea Gardens, also known as the Sunken Gardens. All stops are weather permitted and may change without notice.

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San Antonio Botanical Garden

The San Antonio Botanical Garden’s mission is to inspire people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives. 

Engaging cultural activities, practical community classes, inspiring children’s camps, dynamic school programs, critical endangered plant research efforts, and diverse and spectacular plant collections educate visitors to the many roles that plants play in our lives.

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Lost Maples State Natural Area

You may know Lost Maples for its fall color, but it is spectacular year-round.

Visit any time to see abundant wild­flowers, steep canyon walls and the scenic Sabinal River.

We’re just two hours northwest of San Antonio.

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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

The massive pink granite dome rising above Central Texas has drawn people for thousands of years. But there’s more at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area than just the dome.

The scenery, rock formations and legends are magical, too!

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