August 25, 2018

20 outdoor activities in and around San Antonio to experience before summer ends

It might always feel like summer in Texas because of the scorching temperatures, but let's be honest: the carefree summer days are dwindling. Whether you want to squeeze in one last vacation, or just have time for daytrip, or even just want enjoy the great outdoors here in SA (hydrate plenty first), be sure to cross some of these activities off your summer bucket list.
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Spend a night under the stars at Calaveras Lake
12991 Bernhardt Rd, (210) 635-8359, tpwd.texas.gov
Though it’s a prime spot for fishing, those who don’t want to spend time with a pole in hand still have plenty to do here. May we suggest camping? That way, you’ll be able to get away without spending a tank of gas. Calaveras Lake is basically the epitome of summer days in SA, don’t miss this one.
Photo via Instagram / danieladonacar
Spend a night under the stars at Calaveras Lake
12991 Bernhardt Rd, (210) 635-8359, tpwd.texas.gov
Though it’s a prime spot for fishing, those who don’t want to spend time with a pole in hand still have plenty to do here. May we suggest camping? That way, you’ll be able to get away without spending a tank of gas. Calaveras Lake is basically the epitome of summer days in SA, don’t miss this one.
Photo via Instagram / danieladonacar
Hit up a farmers market
312 Pearl Pkwy, (210) 212-7260, atpearl.com
While there’s a number of farmers markets in SA, the one at the Pearl is definitely a city-wide favorite. Get there early and have your pick of all kinds of goodies – produce, sweets, crafts and more.
Photo via Instagram / asktheants
Hit up a farmers market
312 Pearl Pkwy, (210) 212-7260, atpearl.com
While there’s a number of farmers markets in SA, the one at the Pearl is definitely a city-wide favorite. Get there early and have your pick of all kinds of goodies – produce, sweets, crafts and more.
Photo via Instagram / asktheants
Score some great deals at a flea market
707 Moursund Blvd, (210) 923-8131, missionopenairmarket.com
If Traders Village is a little too commercial/carnival-esque for you, head on over to the legit South Side where you’ll find the Mission Market. This open-air market is popular for a reason with free parking and shopping carts as well as dozens of vendors.
Photo via Instagram / queenoftacostx
Score some great deals at a flea market
707 Moursund Blvd, (210) 923-8131, missionopenairmarket.com
If Traders Village is a little too commercial/carnival-esque for you, head on over to the legit South Side where you’ll find the Mission Market. This open-air market is popular for a reason with free parking and shopping carts as well as dozens of vendors.
Photo via Instagram / queenoftacostx
Have a photoshoot in the Hill Country
Fredericksburg, Kerrville
Consider this a summer bucket list item as well as a must-do task as a Texan. While the height of bluebonnet season is long past us, the Hill Country looks beautiful all year long. Whether you need a new IG photo or just some R&R, a drive out to the Hill Country will do you right.
Photo via Instagram / traveltex
Have a photoshoot in the Hill Country
Fredericksburg, Kerrville
Consider this a summer bucket list item as well as a must-do task as a Texan. While the height of bluebonnet season is long past us, the Hill Country looks beautiful all year long. Whether you need a new IG photo or just some R&R, a drive out to the Hill Country will do you right.
Photo via Instagram / traveltex
Catch a San Antonio Missions game
5757 US-90, milb.com
With just a few games remaining through early September, you’ll definitely want to go out to the ballpark. Tickets are super cheap, meaning you’ll be able to take the entire family or crew for a reasonable price. Plus, nights here are equally entertaining and memorable.
Photo via Instagram / anncrystal714
Catch a San Antonio Missions game
5757 US-90, milb.com
With just a few games remaining through early September, you’ll definitely want to go out to the ballpark. Tickets are super cheap, meaning you’ll be able to take the entire family or crew for a reasonable price. Plus, nights here are equally entertaining and memorable.
Photo via Instagram / anncrystal714
Explore the Cave Without a Name
325 Kreutzberg Rd, Boerne, (830) 537-4212, cavewithoutaname.com
Just a hop, skip and jump away you’ll find probably the coolest cave in Texas. Made of a limestone solution, you and your crew will be amazed by the natural wonder. Trust us, this should definitely be on your shortlist of adventures to be had.
Photo via Instagram / douggep
Explore the Cave Without a Name
325 Kreutzberg Rd, Boerne, (830) 537-4212, cavewithoutaname.com
Just a hop, skip and jump away you’ll find probably the coolest cave in Texas. Made of a limestone solution, you and your crew will be amazed by the natural wonder. Trust us, this should definitely be on your shortlist of adventures to be had.
Photo via Instagram / douggep
Get familiar with a nearby small town
Castroville, Hondo, Poteet, Lytle
While many San Antonians are quick to pay a visit to one of the other big TX cities or escape to the Hill Country, the small towns to the south are worth a daytrip. Castroville is a hub of Alsatian culture (re: German and French fusion), and Haby’s Alsatian Bakery is reason enough to visit. Hondo has adorable local shops, weekly market and the coolest library in the area. Lytle is located in three counties – Atascosa, Bexar and Medina – and has an H-E-B Fuel connected to a Whataburger (can you think of anything more Texan?). Lastly, Poteet is the strawberry capital of Texas and deserves some recognition other than its annual festival.
Photo via Instagram / kellysgreen
Get familiar with a nearby small town
Castroville, Hondo, Poteet, Lytle
While many San Antonians are quick to pay a visit to one of the other big TX cities or escape to the Hill Country, the small towns to the south are worth a daytrip. Castroville is a hub of Alsatian culture (re: German and French fusion), and Haby’s Alsatian Bakery is reason enough to visit. Hondo has adorable local shops, weekly market and the coolest library in the area. Lytle is located in three counties – Atascosa, Bexar and Medina – and has an H-E-B Fuel connected to a Whataburger (can you think of anything more Texan?). Lastly, Poteet is the strawberry capital of Texas and deserves some recognition other than its annual festival.
Photo via Instagram / kellysgreen
Take a dip at San Pedro Springs Park Pool
2200 N Flores St, (210) 732-5992, sanantonio.gov
If you want the thrill of swimming in the great outdoors without leaving city limits and not full of chlorine, this spot is everything you could ever want. It’s a favorite among locals and woke tourists, so be sure to squeeze in a visit before the weather turns cooler.
Photo via Instagram / cody_bryan_shelton
Take a dip at San Pedro Springs Park Pool
2200 N Flores St, (210) 732-5992, sanantonio.gov
If you want the thrill of swimming in the great outdoors without leaving city limits and not full of chlorine, this spot is everything you could ever want. It’s a favorite among locals and woke tourists, so be sure to squeeze in a visit before the weather turns cooler.
Photo via Instagram / cody_bryan_shelton
Bike (or scoot) around Southtown
Between Downtown and the South Side
Southtown offers a handful of ways to explore without leaving a carbon footprint. Rent a bike or one of those new scooters everyone is making a fuss about and take in SA’s most hip neighborhood. Whether to eat, drink or play, you’ll undoubtedly have a new memory to share – especially if you go the scooter route. Just beware of asshole drivers who could give a shit.
Photo via Instagram / tomchase2017
Bike (or scoot) around Southtown
Between Downtown and the South Side
Southtown offers a handful of ways to explore without leaving a carbon footprint. Rent a bike or one of those new scooters everyone is making a fuss about and take in SA’s most hip neighborhood. Whether to eat, drink or play, you’ll undoubtedly have a new memory to share – especially if you go the scooter route. Just beware of asshole drivers who could give a shit.
Photo via Instagram / tomchase2017
Join the pack for River City Run
1004 S St Mary's St, (210) 201-3786, rivercityrunsa.com
Have you lived in San Antonio your whole life (or at least a good portion of it) but never played tourist? Skip the stuffy bus tour and get active while learning about the Alamo City. River City Run offers just that – seeing SA by foot. This tour is appropriate for runners and families alike, so don’t think you’re signing yourself up for a marathon.
Photo via Instagram / rivercityrunsa
Join the pack for River City Run
1004 S St Mary's St, (210) 201-3786, rivercityrunsa.com
Have you lived in San Antonio your whole life (or at least a good portion of it) but never played tourist? Skip the stuffy bus tour and get active while learning about the Alamo City. River City Run offers just that – seeing SA by foot. This tour is appropriate for runners and families alike, so don’t think you’re signing yourself up for a marathon.
Photo via Instagram / rivercityrunsa