Five Fun Outdoor Activities in San Antonio (besides the Alamo or the River Walk!)

San Antonio is well known for a number of fabulous tourist attractions. There’s SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. You have the River Walk, and who could forget about the Alamo? Kids will love the DoSeum, and you can’t go wrong with a visit to the zoo. But if you are headed to San Antonio and not looking to hit up the usually tourist-y spots, there is a whole world of wonder that awaits!

South central Texas, where San Antonio is located, is a gorgeous area for a vacation. San Antonio is an area where the weather year-round is pleasant, with summertime weather averaging in the 90s and wintertime weather rarely dipping below 40 degrees. There are a number of attractions and natural sites to explore as well as a plethora of lakes and rivers for exploring by boat. If you are hoping to spend some time with Mother Nature on your San Antonio vacation, check out these five fun activities that will allow you to soak up the south Texas sunshine!

Five ways to explore nature in San Antonio

  1. Natural Bridge Caverns– Enjoy time both above and below ground exploring and marveling at natural wonders at Natural Bridge Caverns. Travel 180 feet below the surface of the earth to see the natural formations created by the natural drip of water over time in Texas’ largest show cavern. Then, enjoy fun on earth’s surface, where you can mine for gemstones, climb, do a ropes course and more.
  2. San Antonio Botanical Garden– Wander through 38 acres of lush greenery and gorgeous flowers at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Classes and events happen regularly, so check the website to see if anything piques your interest. Otherwise, simply enjoy the day observing plants, birds, insects and more and then stop through the gift shop for a unique treat to commemorate your excursion.
  3. Brackenridge Park– Brackenridge Park has a rich history in San Antonio, dating back thousands of years when indigenous people called it home. Today it offers a number of fun activities for guests of all ages, from fishing spots to walking trails and playgrounds to a train kids can ride. Stay for a few hours or for the day- the park consistently offers events and programs so check the website and plan a fun visit to the park with your family.
  4. Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch– Voted one of the top 20 safari parks in the US, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is an “African Safari, Texas-Style.” Stay in your car and spend one to two hours driving through the six mile route that takes you past animals of all sorts, from ostriches to zebras and so much more. Stretch your legs at the Walk-A-Bout area, where you can get up close and personal with giraffes.
  5. Calaveras Lake– If you are looking for a spot to just kick back and hang out for a while, Calaveras Lake is the place for you. Multiple boat ramps are available, and, while sailboats are prohibited on this lake, other boats are allowed. Spend the day boating or fishing on the water or hiking and picnicking on land. There is something so relaxing and exciting about spending the day at the lake!

San Antonio Lodging

There are a number of great hotels, rental homes and campgrounds in San Antonio for visitors from all over. However, if you are looking for a great facility just outside of the city that offers peace and tranquility within driving distance of the city proper, look no further than Alamo River RV Resort, located along the Medina River.

Alamo River offers guests so much, from RV sites and air-conditioned cabins to tent camping. Fishing, a dog park, kayaking and more can all be enjoyed on site at Alamo River. A swimming pool is set to open in 2022 along with a new, modern clubhouse. For affordable lodging in San Antonio, look no further than Alamo River RV Resort!


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