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30 Adventures In and Around SA that are Perfect for a Day Trip 

Watch the bats at Old Tunnel State Park
10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg
According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, the "abandoned railroad tunnel that gives Old Tunnel its name is home to up to 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats," which you can see any night of the week from May-October.
Photo via Instagram, justwineaboutit
Explore Longhorn Caverns State Park
6211 Park Road, 4 S, Burnet
Take a walking, wild cave or photography tour through the Longhorn Caverns and get a geology lesson from the pros.
Photo via Instagram, sp1d3ypantzz
Conquer Seismic Wall
With about 30 routes to choose from, Austin's Seismic Wall is a well-shaded, Texas climber's dream. During the summer, jump in the water when the creek is full and bask in your victory.
Photo via Instagram, _doug_doug
Go skydiving in San Marcos
517 Airfield Road, Hwy 80 South, Fentress
Conquer your fears and take a dive 10,000 ft above the beautiful Texas countryside. For more info, check out skydivesanmarcos.com.
Photo via Instagram, Skydive San Marcos
Mingle with Alpacas at Wildflower Ridge Alpaca Ranch
5800 Center Point Road, Fredericksburg
Not far from San Antonio, you'll find a ranch full of Alpacas, owned by Don and Beth Weeks. Make an appointment to check out the ranch and meet the alpaca of your dreams.
Photo via Instagram, rolsanmordua
Find zen at Bastrop State Park
Whether hiking, geocaching, swimming or practicing yoga out in nature is your thing, Bastrop State Park — about a two hour drive from San Antonio — has everything you need to discover your happy place.
Photo via Instagram, pollokelisenicole
Paddle around Inks Lake
This Hill Country gem, about two hours away, offers just about all you need to for an adventure-packed day, including canoe and kayak rentals to navigate in the water.
Photo via Instagram,markhaak
Spend the day at Government Canyon
You don't even have to travel out of the city to have a full-day adventure. Hike, bike and walk in dinosaur tracks that are believed to be 110 million years old.
Photo via Instagram, cristina.ram03
Explore the Cascade Caverns
226 Cascade Cavern, Boerne
Take a guided tour through the 'live' cave, where water is constantly moving through the rock and creating formations.
Photo via Instagram, deveroutdoors
Zipline over Wimberley
300 Winn Valley Drive, Wimberley
Harness up and glide over canyons and creeks through 15-miles of Wimberley Valley. The tour lasts up to two hours and is right outside of San Antonio.
Photo via Instagram, wimberleyzipline
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Hike to the top of Enchanted Rock
16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg
There's something magical about the views from the top of Enchanted Rock that every Texan should experience. Bird watch, picnic, rock climb and geocache while you're there.
Photo via Instagram, rochatrompeta
Get a history lesson at Goliad State Park and Historic Site
108 Park Road 6, Goliad Located along the San Antonio River, the park and historic site features a refurnished restoration of the the Spanish Colonial Era Mission of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga, according to Texas Parks & Wildlife. Visitors can check out the ruin of the 1750s Mission Rosario State Historic Site by appointment, and visit the museum at Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site.
Photo via Instagram, fab3rd
Spend the day Garner State Park
234 RR 1050, Concan
Hike, swim, bike or just chill out at this gem of a park, located almost two hours outside of San Antonio.
Photo via Instagram, fredhp
Take a guided tour through Honey Creek State Natural Area
Located in Spring Branch, entry into the natural area is by guided tours only, which will give you a good look at the diverse geology, flora and fauna of Honey Creek.
Photo via Instagram, divaroxy
Get a great view from Eisenhower Park
Hike through one of the park's several trails — you can choose from paved paths or natural surface trails — and be sure to stop by the observation tower to see the city in a new perspective.
Photo via Instagram, mack.ram
Horseback through the Hill Country
There are several tours and rides to choose from when it comes to riding through the Hill Country, so pull out the boots and saddle up.
Photo via Instagram, bbygurlhal
Splash around in Jacob's Well
Located northwest of Wimberley, Jacob's Well is hot stop destination during the summer and one of our favorite places to cool off on a hot afternoon.
Photo via Instagram, mich_deal
Pick lavender at Chappell Hill Farm
Could there be any great smell than fresh picked lavender? The farm is open to the public on weekends from March through October.
Photo via Instagram, drewguice
Visit Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites
414 State Loop 92, La Grange
Join a group history tour of the house and brewery and enjoy the scenic Monument Hill.
Photo via Instagram, akilbourne
Swing into Krause Springs
Another spot to travel to during the summer, Krause Springs is located in Spicewood ( about 30 miles west of Austin) and sits on a 115-acre property listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites.
Photo via Instagram, krausethings
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Travel through time at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Take a ranger-guided tour of Johnson's childhood home, visit the ranch and explore the Johnson Settlement where Lydon Johnson's grandfather and great-uncle established cattle droving headquarters in the 1860s.
Photo via Instagram, genie_mack
Take your four-legged friend to Hill Country State Natural Area
10600 Bandera Creek Rd, Bandera
Don't want to leave your best friend behind? Bring them along for a hike through natural area's 4o miles of trails
Photo via Instagram, twhit210
Dive into Medina River
Whether your into kayaking, swimming or just splashing around, Medina River is an excellent summer spot.
Photo via Instagram, texasfever
Visit Pace Bend Park
2011 Pace Bend Rd N, Spicewood
Located in far western Travis County, Pace Bend Park packs more than nine miles of shoreline and offers barbecue grills, swim coves, plus hiking and primitive trails for a full-days worth of adventures.
Photo via Instagram, jaylc
Bike through Missions Trail
The trail connects San Antonio's four historic missions – Mission Concepción, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada – to the San Antonio River and is a great way to spend a free day.
Photo via Instagram, missionsnps
Go birdwatching at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
0750 Pleasanton Road
Keep your eyes peeled and your binoculars handy as your explore the Audubon center on guided tours and learn about plant species native to South Texas.
Photo via Instagram, erabeck
Hike through Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City
Thirty miles west of Austin, Pedernales is an excellent spot for a calm afternoon or an adventurous hike or turbulent river outing.
Photo via Instagram, lrose_nieman
Kayak, float or snorkel down the San Marcos River
You might have to fight your way through a crowd of college students, but the experience will be well worth it.
Photo via Instagram, inertiatoursspringbreak
Bike through O.P. Schnabel Park
You don't even have to leave the city for this adventure!
Photo via Instagram, paulramirezfit
Paradise Canyon
2220 Co Rd 2615, Rio Medina
With a name like that, why wouldn't you venture here?
Photo via Instagram, paradisecanyon
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Watch the bats at Old Tunnel State Park
10619 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg
According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, the "abandoned railroad tunnel that gives Old Tunnel its name is home to up to 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats," which you can see any night of the week from May-October.
Photo via Instagram, justwineaboutit
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