20 outdoor activities in San Antonio for your spring bucket list

The sun's warming up, school's winding down and summer is just around the bend. This is the time of year that San Antonians love to get out and play.

In case you're drawing a blank on how best to enjoy your outdoor time or are just tired of going to the same old park, we gathered 20 unique opportunities in local outdoor spaces that should be on every local's bucket list.

Whether you're looking to immerse yourself in art or just get your sweat on, there are plenty of ways to experience all the Alamo City has to offer, no matter your budget.
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Take the kids to play at Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair434 S. Alamo St., (210) 709-4750, hemisfair.org
Hemisfair’s Yanaguana Garden is a park created with kids in mind. The play area was designed by cognitive development specialist Susan Goldmen to incorporate learning into play. The play land includes circular swings for activating balancing skills, climbing structures that reinforce coordination and a sandpit requires teamwork to accomplish tasks.  
Photo via Instagram / therandycarroll
Take the kids to play at Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair
434 S. Alamo St., (210) 709-4750, hemisfair.org
Hemisfair’s Yanaguana Garden is a park created with kids in mind. The play area was designed by cognitive development specialist Susan Goldmen to incorporate learning into play. The play land includes circular swings for activating balancing skills, climbing structures that reinforce coordination and a sandpit requires teamwork to accomplish tasks.
Photo via Instagram / therandycarroll
Take a swim at San Pedro Springs2200 N. Flores St., (210) 732-5992, sanantonio.gov The blue, clear waters found in San Pedro Springs Park have been used since hunters and gatherers roamed the land nearby and drank from its springs. As the second oldest public space in America, it’s likely that your ancestors have swam in the park’s pool. There’s no fee for San Antonians looking to jump in this cold-refreshing water hole this summer.             Photo via Instagram / michelletcarson
Take a swim at San Pedro Springs
2200 N. Flores St., (210) 732-5992, sanantonio.gov
The blue, clear waters found in San Pedro Springs Park have been used since hunters and gatherers roamed the land nearby and drank from its springs. As the second oldest public space in America, it’s likely that your ancestors have swam in the park’s pool. There’s no fee for San Antonians looking to jump in this cold-refreshing water hole this summer.
Photo via Instagram / michelletcarson
Trek the Westcreek Trail by horseback 12230 Westcreek Oaks, (210) 616-6585, westcreektrailrides.com You can’t live in Texas without a little time on horseback. San Antonio horseback riding center Westcreek Trail Rides offer guided trips through wooded trails just west of Sea World. Whether you want to take the entire family out for an adventure, host a child’s birthday party, or enjoy a romantic getaway, Westcreek offers Western-style riding that is suitable for all groups and abilities. Rides are $40 per person, or $30 per person in a group.             Photo via Instagram / meganalexiss_
Trek the Westcreek Trail by horseback
12230 Westcreek Oaks, (210) 616-6585, westcreektrailrides.com
You can’t live in Texas without a little time on horseback. San Antonio horseback riding center Westcreek Trail Rides offer guided trips through wooded trails just west of Sea World. Whether you want to take the entire family out for an adventure, host a child’s birthday party, or enjoy a romantic getaway, Westcreek offers Western-style riding that is suitable for all groups and abilities. Rides are $40 per person, or $30 per person in a group.
Photo via Instagram / meganalexiss_
Let your pup run free at Phil Hardberger’s two dog parks8400 NW Military Hwy. or 13203 Blanco Rd., (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov For off-leash adventures with four-legged friends, Phil Hardberger Park has two dog parks that make up the City’s largest dog-dedicated outdoor space. The Park’s east entrance has a 1.8-acre park for dogs to stretch their paws, while the on the west side is 1.5 acres. Both parks have large and small dog areas, and are equipped with amenities including obstacle courses, a two-story doghouse for smaller pups and a shady area with picnic tables and seating for owners to lounge.             Photo via Instagram / the_heckin_philosodog
Let your pup run free at Phil Hardberger’s two dog parks
8400 NW Military Hwy. or 13203 Blanco Rd., (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
For off-leash adventures with four-legged friends, Phil Hardberger Park has two dog parks that make up the City’s largest dog-dedicated outdoor space. The Park’s east entrance has a 1.8-acre park for dogs to stretch their paws, while the on the west side is 1.5 acres. Both parks have large and small dog areas, and are equipped with amenities including obstacle courses, a two-story doghouse for smaller pups and a shady area with picnic tables and seating for owners to lounge.
Photo via Instagram / the_heckin_philosodog
Go mountain biking at O.P. Schnabel9606 Bandera Rd., (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov With 10 miles of mountain bike trails, including six easy rated trails, three intermediate and one difficult, it’s no wonder mountain bikers of all levels flock to O.P. Schnabel Park. Smooth trails in the upper part of the park are suitable for beginners while a single-track trail following the dry creek bed offers drops and downhill areas for those who like to free-ride. The Monkey Loop is the most difficult, with up to 3-foot jumps and 4-foot drops.             Photo via Instagram / big_shred_e
Go mountain biking at O.P. Schnabel
9606 Bandera Rd., (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
With 10 miles of mountain bike trails, including six easy rated trails, three intermediate and one difficult, it’s no wonder mountain bikers of all levels flock to O.P. Schnabel Park. Smooth trails in the upper part of the park are suitable for beginners while a single-track trail following the dry creek bed offers drops and downhill areas for those who like to free-ride. The Monkey Loop is the most difficult, with up to 3-foot jumps and 4-foot drops.
Photo via Instagram / big_shred_e
Take a street art bike tour(210) 901-8981, sanantoniomuralride.com San Antonio Mural Ride offers guided bicycle street art tours to over 20 mural stops throughout the Alamo City.  Guides are local cyclists knowledgeable in the history of the local street art scene including graffiti and murals. A favorite tour stop is Essex Modern City, a mixed-use urban infill development that attracts artist from across the country. Book group and private tours with bike rental for $45 per person.             Photo via Instagram / mural_ride
Take a street art bike tour
(210) 901-8981, sanantoniomuralride.com
San Antonio Mural Ride offers guided bicycle street art tours to over 20 mural stops throughout the Alamo City. Guides are local cyclists knowledgeable in the history of the local street art scene including graffiti and murals. A favorite tour stop is Essex Modern City, a mixed-use urban infill development that attracts artist from across the country. Book group and private tours with bike rental for $45 per person.
Photo via Instagram / mural_ride
Go skating at Pearsall Park 4838 Old Pearsall Rd., (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov Pearsall Park’s 13,000 sq. ft. concrete skate park is the largest offered in the City. The skate park’s smooth flow and clean obstacles attracts skillful skaters around the city to features like its handrails, flat rails, half bowl, slick curbs and ledges, pole jam and stair set.             Photo via Instagram / dazeskateboards
Go skating at Pearsall Park
4838 Old Pearsall Rd., (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Pearsall Park’s 13,000 sq. ft. concrete skate park is the largest offered in the City. The skate park’s smooth flow and clean obstacles attracts skillful skaters around the city to features like its handrails, flat rails, half bowl, slick curbs and ledges, pole jam and stair set.
Photo via Instagram / dazeskateboards
Catch unique freshwater Red Drum at the Calaveras and Braunig lakes Calaveras Lake, 12965 Bernhardt Rd., (210) 635-8359, tpwd.texas.gov
Braunig Lake, 17500 Donop Rd., (210) 635-8289, tpwd.texas.gov Red Drum are known for being caught along the Texas coast, but the temperature of two nearby freshwater lakes create a uniquely hospitable environment for these Redfish. With power plants nearby, Calaveras Lake and Braunig Lake stay warm enough year-round to host Red Drum, with thousands stocked annually as fingerlings. Red Drum is known as a great sport fish because it will take most kinds of bait.             Photo via Instagram / sanantoniofishing
Catch unique freshwater Red Drum at the Calaveras and Braunig lakes
Calaveras Lake, 12965 Bernhardt Rd., (210) 635-8359, tpwd.texas.gov
Braunig Lake, 17500 Donop Rd., (210) 635-8289, tpwd.texas.gov
Red Drum are known for being caught along the Texas coast, but the temperature of two nearby freshwater lakes create a uniquely hospitable environment for these Redfish. With power plants nearby, Calaveras Lake and Braunig Lake stay warm enough year-round to host Red Drum, with thousands stocked annually as fingerlings. Red Drum is known as a great sport fish because it will take most kinds of bait.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniofishing
Learn local history on a downtown walking tourVarious locations, (210) 560-0807, amigowalkingtours.com “Fun, friendly and free,” Amigo Walking Tours combine sight-seeing and storytelling into an immersive visitor experience. Various themes of stories and history are offered on two routes: Downtown Tour and King William District Tour. The current downtown tour is themed “Challenge and Triumph in San Antonio.” Schedules and history themes are released monthly. Reservations are required.             Photo via Instagram / amigosatx
Learn local history on a downtown walking tour
Various locations, (210) 560-0807, amigowalkingtours.com
“Fun, friendly and free,” Amigo Walking Tours combine sight-seeing and storytelling into an immersive visitor experience. Various themes of stories and history are offered on two routes: Downtown Tour and King William District Tour. The current downtown tour is themed “Challenge and Triumph in San Antonio.” Schedules and history themes are released monthly. Reservations are required.
Photo via Instagram / amigosatx
Practice your photography skills at the Japanese Tea Garden 3853 N St Mary's St., (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov Bring your camera to the Japanese Tea Garden and put your amateur photography skills to the test, capturing images of numerous tropical and native plants, koi ponds and a 60-foot waterfall. Take a break from the camera and head to the Jingu House Café for a bento box and a blooming tea pot.             Photo via Instagram / texascountrypups
Practice your photography skills at the Japanese Tea Garden
3853 N St Mary's St., (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Bring your camera to the Japanese Tea Garden and put your amateur photography skills to the test, capturing images of numerous tropical and native plants, koi ponds and a 60-foot waterfall. Take a break from the camera and head to the Jingu House Café for a bento box and a blooming tea pot.
Photo via Instagram / texascountrypups