March 09, 2018

10 Beautiful San Antonio Parks That Aren't Just for Dogs

Whether you’re looking to enjoy some fresh air, take your pup out on a scenic walk, or get the children out the door and into nature, San Antonio has no shortage of natural spots to pass the time. Secluded wildlife habitats, pristine picnic spots — even tiny railroad rides are just some of the things you’ll encounter in some of San Antonio’s best green spaces.
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Japanese Tea Gardens
3853 N. St. Mary’s St., saparksfoundation.org/japanese-tea-garden
Photo via Instagram / amity_ridge
Japanese Tea Gardens
3853 N. St. Mary’s St., saparksfoundation.org/japanese-tea-garden
Photo via Instagram / amity_ridge
If you’re searching for some peace and quiet, or a place to practice your photography skills, the tea gardens are the place to be. It may not be a traditional park, but it’s still an ideal outdoor spot to break away from the daily grind and catch your breath while enjoying the calm ponds and delicate greenery. Bring a book to read over a cup of tea or under a pagoda.
Photo via Instagram / sweeny_toad
If you’re searching for some peace and quiet, or a place to practice your photography skills, the tea gardens are the place to be. It may not be a traditional park, but it’s still an ideal outdoor spot to break away from the daily grind and catch your breath while enjoying the calm ponds and delicate greenery. Bring a book to read over a cup of tea or under a pagoda.
Photo via Instagram / sweeny_toad
Yanaguana Garden
434 S. Alamo St., hemisfair.org
Photo via Instagram / jahisagod
Yanaguana Garden
434 S. Alamo St., hemisfair.org
Photo via Instagram / jahisagod
The playground at Yanaguana is the perfect spot to take your kids to on a sunny day: There are life-size chess and checker boards, a massive playground, and a splash pad for kids to jump around in and cool down. Plus, there’s a paleta shop, a coffee shop, a bar and a food truck now open in structures original to Hemisfair Park, in case you’re just looking to relax and people-watch. This central San Antonio spot is a must-see.
Photo via Instagram / makingsymphonies
The playground at Yanaguana is the perfect spot to take your kids to on a sunny day: There are life-size chess and checker boards, a massive playground, and a splash pad for kids to jump around in and cool down. Plus, there’s a paleta shop, a coffee shop, a bar and a food truck now open in structures original to Hemisfair Park, in case you’re just looking to relax and people-watch. This central San Antonio spot is a must-see.
Photo via Instagram / makingsymphonies
Confluence Park
310 W. Mitchell St., confluencepark.sariverfound.org
Photo via Instagram / skylinedronetx
Confluence Park
310 W. Mitchell St., confluencepark.sariverfound.org
Photo via Instagram / skylinedronetx
This brand-new park features an interactive learning space and colorful murals, and the unique architecture of the pavillion will surely become a local landmark in no time. Located on what was formerly a lot used by CPS for storage, the newly inaugurated park also encourages visitors to learn about environmental science and sustainability while enjoying the outdoors. The park offers easy access to hiking, biking and kayaking along the Mission Reach.
Photo via Instagram / saparksfoundation
This brand-new park features an interactive learning space and colorful murals, and the unique architecture of the pavillion will surely become a local landmark in no time. Located on what was formerly a lot used by CPS for storage, the newly inaugurated park also encourages visitors to learn about environmental science and sustainability while enjoying the outdoors. The park offers easy access to hiking, biking and kayaking along the Mission Reach.
Photo via Instagram / saparksfoundation
Chris Park
111 Camp St., chrispark.org
Photo via Instagram / diamond_blackstar
Chris Park
111 Camp St., chrispark.org
Photo via Instagram / diamond_blackstar
This one-acre, private park, created in memory of its founder’s son, opens its gates to the public from Tuesday to Sunday. While small, there is plenty of space for an afternoon picnic, sustained silent reading, or a peaceful, zen-like stroll, and there are a few meaningful, contemporary art exhibits throughout the park to admire.
Photo via Instagram / theginger_snap
This one-acre, private park, created in memory of its founder’s son, opens its gates to the public from Tuesday to Sunday. While small, there is plenty of space for an afternoon picnic, sustained silent reading, or a peaceful, zen-like stroll, and there are a few meaningful, contemporary art exhibits throughout the park to admire.
Photo via Instagram / theginger_snap
San Pedro Springs
1315 San Pedro Ave., sanantonio.gov
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
San Pedro Springs
1315 San Pedro Ave., sanantonio.gov
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
This spot is the oldest park in San Antonio, and the second oldest in the entire country — people have gathered near the springs for around 12,000 years. The natural spring-fed pond, once the center of a Payaya Indian village, is now a go-to spot for Tobin Hill residents looking to cool off in the unforgiving Texas heat. There’s something for everyone: aside from the pool, there are neighboring tennis courts, a skate park, a library and a theatre.
Photo via Instagram / lalepro
This spot is the oldest park in San Antonio, and the second oldest in the entire country — people have gathered near the springs for around 12,000 years. The natural spring-fed pond, once the center of a Payaya Indian village, is now a go-to spot for Tobin Hill residents looking to cool off in the unforgiving Texas heat. There’s something for everyone: aside from the pool, there are neighboring tennis courts, a skate park, a library and a theatre.
Photo via Instagram / lalepro