25 beautiful San Antonio-area parks to visit this fall
As longtime Texans, we know better than to declare that the hot days are over for the year, but it's looking like the worst of the summer temperatures may now be behind us.
If you're looking to get a breath of fresh air now that we're entering the fall season, we rounded up parks in and around San Antonio that everyone from casual outdoor enthusiasts to hardcore hikers can enjoy.
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310 W Mitchell St, (210) 224-2694, sariverfound.org
Confluence Park features winding riverside trails that are perfect for biking, walking and jogging. Along the riverbanks, you can find various works of art and educational plaques. It also has a sweet, Instagram-worthy pavilion.
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Guadalupe River State Park
3350 Park Rd 31, Spring Branch, (830) 438-2656, tpwd.texas.gov
It's all in the name — Guadalupe River State Park, located west of 281 in Spring Branch, features four miles of river frontage, where visitors can swim, canoe, fish and tube. There's plenty to do for those that want to stay dry, though. On certain sections of the 13 miles of the park's trails, you can even ride your horse!
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Phil Hardberger Park
13203 Blanco Road, (210) 492-7472, philhardbergerpark.org
At the end of 2020, Phil Hardberger Park opened its new land bridge, allowing for both native wildlife and human visitors to cross back and forth between the two sides of the 330-acre park over the top of Wurzbach Parkway. This new addition joins the park's other amenities, including massive dog parks and plenty of trails for hiking and biking.
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Denman Estate Park
7735 Mockingbird Ln, sanantonio.gov
Denman Estate Park may very well have one of the most unique features on this list. It features a traditional South Korean pavilion, styled similarly to the Gwangju Democracy Bell in South Korea. Gwangju, South Korea and San Antonio, you may be surprised to learn, are sister cities. Denman Estate Park is a beautiful place to visit, not only for the pavilion, but for the pond and garden as well.
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3700 N St Mary's St, (210) 207-7275, brackenridgepark.org
Brackenridge Park is located near Alamo Heights, the Witte Museum and the San Antonio Zoo. It’s also home to the Sunken Garden Theater and the Japanese Tea Garden, the latter of which also made this list. If you're short on time, its convenient location makes it the perfect place to stop for a picturesque picnic lunch.
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19399 NW Military Hwy, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Eisenhower Park features paved trails more suited for strolls, as well as more natural and rugged trails that are more suited for an experienced hiker. Since it's designated as a natural area, bikes, roller blade and skateboards are prohibited at the park, so strap on your hiking boots if you’re down for an afternoon of nature.
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Enchanted Rock Natural Area
16710 Ranch Road 965, Fredericksburg, (830) 685-3636, tpwd.texas.gov
Climbing Enchanted Rock is a local rite of passage. “What makes Enchanted Rock so special?” you may ask? It’s a pink granite mountain, that’s what, and it’s the biggest one in the United States. If you're looking to make a weekend of it, you can camp at the park, or stay in nearby Fredericksburg if you don't want to leave civilization completely behind.
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San Pedro Creek Culture Park
715 Camaron St., (210) 302-3652, spcculturepark.com
If you want to get some fresh air but aren't feeling like a trek into one of the more rugged parks on this list, San Pedro Creek Culture Park might be just the place for you. Located on the western edge of downtown, culture, art and nature come together as a tribute to the birthplace of San Antonio. Murals, tiled benches, ceramic art and historical texts and poetry can be seen along with the creek's natural flora and fauna.
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4838 Old Pearsall Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Pearsall Park is definitely one of the most kid-friendly parks on this list — but in reality, it’s perfect for almost everyone because it basically has it all. With two dog parks (one for big mutts and small pups), a skate park, multiple sports courts, a golf course, open areas, and paved and unpaved trails, you’re basically in outdoor heaven.
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Japanese Tea Garden
3853 N St Mary's St, (210) 559-3148, sanantonio.gov
To the out-of-towner, tourist or the rare San Antonian who doesn’t already know, the Japanese Tea Garden is located inside of Brackenridge Park. Built in a former quarry, the garden features elaborate pathways and carefully cultivated landscaping, as well as waterways filled with koi.
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