The 25 Weirdest Attractions in the San Antonio Area
By San Antonio Current Staff
San Antonio and its surrounding areas have accrued a fair share of weird and wonderful destinations, ranging from the largest boots in the world to a perfect replica of Stonehenge. Here are a few of our favorite oddities.
Stonehenge II Point Theatre Rd. S., (830) 367-5120, hcaf.com
Located in Ingram, Texas on the campus of Hill Country Arts Foundation, Stonehenge II is an exact replica of the original prehistoric Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire, England. History lovers should also check out the fabricated Moai, or Easter Island statues, situated at HCAF. An added incentive to visit this amusing art project? It provides a wacky backdrop for plays and musicals, art shows and workshops year-round.
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Texas Snake Farm 5640 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd., (830) 608-9270, exoticanimalworld.com
This creepy, crawly roadside attraction off the highway in New Braunfels stars slithery snakes galore. However, those of a more squeamish demeanor can skip ahead to the petting zoo and interactive shows.
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Donkey Lady Bridge Applewhite Rd., facebook.com/Donkey-Lady-Bridge
Locals purport that a terrifying spirit known as the Donkey Lady haunts a bridge nestled in the woods south of town. Legend holds that if you park on the bridge, shut off your headlights and wait, you will almost certainly encounter something beyond this world.
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Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch 26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd. (830) 438-7400, wildliferanchtexas.com
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is a 400-acre safari park on the northern outskirts of San Antonio, near New Braunfels, Texas. The interesting part of this destination? You can observe over 500 exotic animals from the comfort of your own ride as you meander through the ranch.
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The Amazing Mirror Maze 217 Alamo Plaza, (210) 224-2288, amazingmazes.com
The Amazing Mirror Maze is a quirky downtown destination, showcasing thousands of mirrors that loop through endless circles, surprising corners and dead ends. While the mirror maze errs towards a touristy disposition, it's worth stumbling through at least once.
Photo via Instagram (amazingmirrormaze)
San Antonio Ghost Tours Multiple destinations
With its foundation dating back to 1718, San Antonio is one of the oldest cities in America and, appropriately home to a great variety of historical presences from beyond the grave. Tours groups such as Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours and Alamo City Ghost Tours investigate San Anto's most paranormal locales, an excellent 'weird attraction' for anyone with spooky inclinations.
Photo via Facebook (Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours)
Buckhorn Saloon & Museum 318 E. Houston St., (210) 247-4000, buckhornmuseum.com
The Buckhorn Saloon opened in 1881 with one enticing promise: "Bring in your deer antlers and you can trade them for a shot of whiskey or a beer." Now Buckhorn's is peopled by an overwhelming collection of animals and oddities, such as a stuffed snake spanning six feet and the longest Texas Longhorn.
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The World's Biggest Cowboy Boots 7400 San Pedro Ave.
Sitting right outside the bustlin' North Star Mall are the World's Biggest Cowboy Boots, a familiar oddity for San Anto shoppers.
Photo via Instagram (marksantaines)
The Treue der Union Monument High St.
Possessing a German title, the Reue Der Union Monument ("Loyalty to the Union") in Comfort, Texas honors the mass-grave burial site of thirty-four German Texans whom resisted Confederate governance and died at the 1862 Nueces Massacre. Almost lost in history, the obscure act of violent marked the general end to overt German Unionism in Texas for the remainder of the war.
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The Luxury 103 E Jones Ave., (210) 354-2274, facebook.com/The-Luxury
A popular beer garden near the quiet stretch of the River Walk's Museum Reach, the Luxury is an offbeat counter-serve kitchen and bar. The coolest part? The relatively affordable craft beer joint has awesome plastic dinosaurs that serve as tabletop markers for waitstaff.