October 25, 2019

25 San Antonio-area parks to spend time at now that it isn't miserably hot outside

With cooler temperatures comes the temptation to actually spend time outside — yes, by choice. Take advantage of the more comfortable weather by hitting up some local and regional nature spots to take in the beauty of the great outdoors.
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Stone Oak Park
20395 Stone Oak Pkwy, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
More like a hike-and-bike park, Stone Oak Park has paved and unpaved trails totaling to about three miles. While it’s perfect for moving around and staying active, it also has pavilions, playgrounds and open areas to stay and play or rest for a bit. Located near Canyon Ridge Elementary School, Stone Oak Park is a great place to take your kids and yourself for a walk to unwind in the cooler weather.
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Stone Oak Park
20395 Stone Oak Pkwy, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
More like a hike-and-bike park, Stone Oak Park has paved and unpaved trails totaling to about three miles. While it’s perfect for moving around and staying active, it also has pavilions, playgrounds and open areas to stay and play or rest for a bit. Located near Canyon Ridge Elementary School, Stone Oak Park is a great place to take your kids and yourself for a walk to unwind in the cooler weather.
Photo via Instagram / psychadelic_bee
Friedrich Wilderness Park
21395 Milsa Dr, (210) 207-3781, fosana.org
A favorite for bird-watchers, Friedrich Wilderness Park is an internationally-known bird watching destination, and is home to two endangered species: the black-capped vireo and the golden cheeked warbler. It also has about ten miles of hiking trails of varying difficulties, and includes steep hills and deep canyons.
Photo via Instagram / ldubb41
Friedrich Wilderness Park
21395 Milsa Dr, (210) 207-3781, fosana.org
A favorite for bird-watchers, Friedrich Wilderness Park is an internationally-known bird watching destination, and is home to two endangered species: the black-capped vireo and the golden cheeked warbler. It also has about ten miles of hiking trails of varying difficulties, and includes steep hills and deep canyons.
Photo via Instagram / ldubb41
River Bend Park
118 River Bend Road, Comfort, (830) 249-9343, kendallcountyparks.org
A straight shot north on IH-10 for about an hour, River Bend Park is located in Comfort, an adorable little town where you can get pizza, ice cream and antiques. Now that it the pavement won’t melt the soles of your shoes, you can comfortably stroll along the river and explore the riverbanks as well as visit downtown Comfort.
Photo via Instagram / chaseschippers
River Bend Park
118 River Bend Road, Comfort, (830) 249-9343, kendallcountyparks.org
A straight shot north on IH-10 for about an hour, River Bend Park is located in Comfort, an adorable little town where you can get pizza, ice cream and antiques. Now that it the pavement won’t melt the soles of your shoes, you can comfortably stroll along the river and explore the riverbanks as well as visit downtown Comfort.
Photo via Instagram / chaseschippers
Enchanted Rock Natural Area
16710 Ranch Road 965, Fredericksburg, (830) 685-3636, tpwd.texas.gov
It’s pretty much necessary to reserve your spot to visit Enchanted Rock, but it’s so worth making accommodations. “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. Consequently, you need to reserve your spot to get in since there are only a certain amount of visitors allowed inside the park.
Photo via Instagram / danielmillering
Enchanted Rock Natural Area
16710 Ranch Road 965, Fredericksburg, (830) 685-3636, tpwd.texas.gov
It’s pretty much necessary to reserve your spot to visit Enchanted Rock, but it’s so worth making accommodations. “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. Consequently, you need to reserve your spot to get in since there are only a certain amount of visitors allowed inside the park.
Photo via Instagram / danielmillering
Brackenridge Park
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 Gardens Theater and the Japanese Tea Gardens, as well as some of the thiccest (hehe) trees you’ve ever seen. It’s a shady spot — in a good way. Brackenridge Park is named so from being donated in 1899 by a philanthropist named George Washington Brackenridge, who was an advocate of women’s suffrage and education for minorities. Hell yeah.
Photo via Instagram / peterbnyrenphoto
Brackenridge Park
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 Gardens Theater and the Japanese Tea Gardens, as well as some of the thiccest (hehe) trees you’ve ever seen. It’s a shady spot — in a good way. Brackenridge Park is named so from being donated in 1899 by a philanthropist named George Washington Brackenridge, who was an advocate of women’s suffrage and education for minorities. Hell yeah.
Photo via Instagram / peterbnyrenphoto
Hill Country State Natural Area
10600 Bandera Creek Road, Bandera, (830) 796-4413, tpwd.texas.gov
If you’re into rugged terrain, Hill Country State Natural Area is gonna be your jam all autumn long, especially if you’re a cowboy or something. It offers primitive camping — so like, without plumbing — as well as horseback trails. The 5,000-acre area has beautiful landscape, including tranquil creeks and rugged terrain where you can literally forget that you have a job to go back to at some point. Treat yo’ self.
Photo via Instagram / brady_kunkel
Hill Country State Natural Area
10600 Bandera Creek Road, Bandera, (830) 796-4413, tpwd.texas.gov
If you’re into rugged terrain, Hill Country State Natural Area is gonna be your jam all autumn long, especially if you’re a cowboy or something. It offers primitive camping — so like, without plumbing — as well as horseback trails. The 5,000-acre area has beautiful landscape, including tranquil creeks and rugged terrain where you can literally forget that you have a job to go back to at some point. Treat yo’ self.
Photo via Instagram / brady_kunkel
Garner State Park
234 RR 1050, Concan, (830) 232-6132, tpwd.texas.gov
Just about two hours west of San Antonio, Garner State Park lies in Concan, which is near literally not a whole lot else. Part of the beauty of Garner is its distance from large cities. It’s a place for you to camp with less light pollution and less reminders of back home. Plus, it’s gigantic and located right along the Frio River.
Photo via Instagram / hiking_yessie
Garner State Park
234 RR 1050, Concan, (830) 232-6132, tpwd.texas.gov
Just about two hours west of San Antonio, Garner State Park lies in Concan, which is near literally not a whole lot else. Part of the beauty of Garner is its distance from large cities. It’s a place for you to camp with less light pollution and less reminders of back home. Plus, it’s gigantic and located right along the Frio River.
Photo via Instagram / hiking_yessie
San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Pl, (210) 536-1400, sabot.org
More like a carefully curated living museum than a natural area, the San Antonio Botanical Garden is a gorgeous place to take some pictures for Insta — and during this time of year it can be without your full face of makeup melting off. Fair warning — even though the weather has cooled off, some of the indoor topiaries have artificially enhanced humidity that might, so be generous with that setting spray.
Photo via Instagram / momjortz
San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Pl, (210) 536-1400, sabot.org
More like a carefully curated living museum than a natural area, the San Antonio Botanical Garden is a gorgeous place to take some pictures for Insta — and during this time of year it can be without your full face of makeup melting off. Fair warning — even though the weather has cooled off, some of the indoor topiaries have artificially enhanced humidity that might, so be generous with that setting spray.
Photo via Instagram / momjortz
O.P. Schnabel Park
9606 Bandera Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Once dubbed “the cleanest little park in Texas,” O.P. Schnabel Park was originally named Bandera Road Park, but the name was changed in honor of, oddly enough, an insurance salesman by the name of Otto Phillip Schnabel, who dedicated his life to raising awareness for making San Antonio a beautiful city by encouraging people to clean up trash and not to litter. So...the more you know. The park itself features abundant natural vegetation and woods, you’ll be surprised how untouched this section of San Antonio is.
Photo via Instagram / stephanieb324
O.P. Schnabel Park
9606 Bandera Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Once dubbed “the cleanest little park in Texas,” O.P. Schnabel Park was originally named Bandera Road Park, but the name was changed in honor of, oddly enough, an insurance salesman by the name of Otto Phillip Schnabel, who dedicated his life to raising awareness for making San Antonio a beautiful city by encouraging people to clean up trash and not to litter. So...the more you know. The park itself features abundant natural vegetation and woods, you’ll be surprised how untouched this section of San Antonio is.
Photo via Instagram / stephanieb324
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 know, 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, now that it isn’t so damn hot outside.
Photo via Instagram / lilladyfromtexas
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 know, 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, now that it isn’t so damn hot outside.
Photo via Instagram / lilladyfromtexas