1. Brackenridge Park
3700 N. St. Mary's St.
Sure, there’s the Alamo and one could easily count various others, but it would be hard to dispute that Brackenridge Park doesn’t belong on the list of venerable San Antonio institutions. Well, at least, come every Easter when seemingly the park’s 343 acres are filled with families partaking in the yearly tradition of camping on park grounds. Yet there’s tons more to do. The park has biking/running trails (shady, too, a welcomed respite in the summer), playgrounds, bird watching, sports fields and it doesn’t hurt to have the San Antonio River in the middle. It’s a big draw for kids, with the zoo (including a miniature train) and Witte Museum right next door. Considering that human presence in the park’s area dates back 9,000 years, it’s no surprise it continues to be a perennial favorite gathering spot in the Alamo City.
2. Phil Hardberger Park
13203 Blanco Rd. & 8400 NW Military Hwy.
3. Hemisfair Park
434 S. Alamo St.
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