12 weekends. That’s all we get of Summer Vacation, which is why Day Trips are the perfect way to make your summer memorable! Most of these are under 60 minutes from San Antonio, and a world away from the hustle of the city!
1. Gruene Historical District (38 miles) In this historic little district, you’ll find amazing restaurants like the Gristmill Restaurant, shops like Gruene General Store, family friendly entertainment at Gruene Hall and plenty of fun tubing on the river with Rockin’ R!
2. Boerne (31 miles) This cute little suburb of San Antonio offers so much to do! Home to 2 unique cavern systems, Cascade Caverns and Cave With a Name are both neat tours! Take a hike at Cibolo Nature Center, or Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area. There’s so much to do you’ll need to grab lunch at the Dodging Duck Brewhaus just to catch your breath!
3. Kerrville (65 miles) Situated on the Guadalupe River, Kerrville is a great place to just relax in the river, go fishing, enjoy the Texas Hill Country on a hike at Kerrville-Schreiner Park or visit the shops and museums in Downtown Kerrville. While the lack of a patio is disappointing, The Lakehouse Restaurant, which overlooks the Guadalupe River, has amazing catfish and hand-battered onion rings! Don’t miss taking a walk around the Empty Cross, especially after dark when it’s lit up and visible for miles!
4. Fredericksburg (70 miles) Walk the Historic Downtown, visit the National Museum of the Pacific War, hike to the summit of Enchanted Rock, shop at Wildseed Farms, or visit one of the many area vineyards in this neat little town. You’ll find an eclectic selection of German fare, burgers and even pizza and Tex Mex here, but we love Alamo Springs Cafe.
5. Seguin (36 miles) You might find more to do in Seguin than you can accomplish in a day, but you can try! Spend a day lounging on the Guadalupe River with Seguin Tubes, or playing on Lake Placid! Son’s Island is a popular dayspot on the river! Grab lunch at The Power Plant, and get some thrills at ZDT’s Amusement Park!
6. Canyon Lake (48 miles) The clear water and rocky shoreline attracts people from all over to this beautiful lake in the Texas Hill Country! Take a tour of the Gorge, see dinosaur tracks, or head over to float on the Horseshoe of the Guadalupe at the TubeHaus!
7. Landa Park in New Braunfels (33 miles) Spend a day playing in this fun city park on the Comal River! Play putt putt, ride the little miniature train through the park, rent a paddleboat to explore the lake and swim in the historic swimming pool on the Comal River!
8. Paradise Canyon (34 miles) Bask the day away at this amazing section of the Medina River that you too will call Paradise! Pack a picnic lunch, bring your water toys and chairs for a relaxing getaway!
9. Wimberley (58 miles) This picturesque town on Cottonwood Creek offers two amazing swimming holes, the Blue Hole and Jacob’s Well! After a full day of fun in the sun, head in town for something to eat at Wimberley Cafe!
9. San Marcos (49 miles) An outdoor enthusiast paradise, you can tube at Lion’s Club Tube Rental or Texas State Tubes, snorkel on the crystal clear San Marcos River with Snorkel Texas, or take a Night Glow SUP tour with Paddle SMTX! Explore Spring Lake in a glass bottom boat with The Meadows Center or tour Wonder World Cave and Park, created by an earthquake! The cute Downtown is filled with shops and restaurants! We love the burgers at Centerpoint Station!
10. Corpus Christi (143 miles) You’ll find so much to do in Corpus Christi, from watching the Astro’s AA Corpus Christi Hooks games to touring the Texas State Aquarium and U.S.S Lexington, but if you’re here for the beach, head to either North Beach on Corpus Christi Bay or out to North Padre Island National Seashore, the latter of which offers turtle hatchling releases on select days during the early summer, windsurfing, and so much more!
12. Bandera (53 miles) Welcome to the Cowboy Capital of the World! Get your picture taken sitting on a longhorn in front of the Courthouse Square, enjoy the shops and restaurants in dowtntown, like the Chicken Coop and Bandera General Store, go hiking in the Hill Country State Natural Area or jump in the clear Medina River for a swim!
13. Lockhart (69 miles) Come hungry because Lockhart is the BBQ Capital of Texas! Start your day with a hike at Lockhart State Park, and cool off afterwards at the park pool! Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head in to town for your own BBQ Taste Test, trying the 4 Texas mega-BBQ shops, Smitty’s Market, the Original Black’s BBQ, Chisholm Trail Bar-B-Q and Kruez Market Texas Barbecue!
14. Guadalupe River State Park (38 miles) Swim, play and relax at this gorgeous state park on the Guadalupe River, with river-front access!
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