24 must-see roadside attractions within driving distance of San Antonio

Texas has plenty of beautiful destinations that are worth a road trip — beaches, winding rivers and scenic camping spots, for example.…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Barbadilla, Buffalo Gap
3002 FM 89, Buffalo Gap, roadsideamerica.com
Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, Texas, has a 30-foot armadillo for a mascot, appropriately named Barabadilla.
Photo via Instagram / periniranch
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26 beautiful Texas swimming holes, pools and lakes in driving distance of San Antonio

There's nothing better on a scorching Texas summer day than a refreshing swim. If the neighborhood pool isn't doing it for you,…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Blue Hole
100 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley, (512) 660-9111, cityofwimberley.com    
Minutes from downtown Wimberley, Blue Hole makes for a refreshing stop during a day trip to the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Reservations are required, so be sure to plan ahead.
Photo via Instagram / blueholeregionalpark
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20 gorgeous San Antonio hotel pools you totally shouldn't sneak into

San Antonio has plenty of public pools to enjoy, but sometimes you're looking for something a more ... ahem ... exclusive. Luckily,…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Hotel Contessa
306 W. Market St.,  (210) 229-9222, thehotelcontessa.com
Found on the River Walk, this hotel hits the high marks in every realm. When it comes to its rooftop pool, you’ll also be able to enjoy panoramic views of the city whether you’re in the water or chilling on one of the cozy patio chairs.
Photo via Instagram / thatsarakim
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25 small towns within driving distance of San Antonio that are worth a weekend road trip

Certain times of year, wanderlust rises up and takes hold, but it's not always possible to plan a cross-country road trip. If…

By San Antonio Current Staff

About a 45-minute drive northeast of San Antonio
Though considered part of New Braunfels (which can’t really be considered a small town these days), the Gruene Historic District should be a bucket list item for Texans. In addition to the legendary Gruene Hall, the district offers other live music venue options, the local general store, a prized antique shop, and the Gristmill Restaurant. This is the place to be for a good time packed with history.
Photo via Instagram / gruenetx
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20 Christmas tree farms in driving distance of San Antonio where you can cut down your own

Sure, you can nab a pre-cut tree from a local lot, or get a faux version from a big box store. But…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm
120 Natures Way, Elgin, (512) 281-5016, elginchristmastreefarm.com
Head up to Bastrop County and you may find yourself at this tree farm. Open rain or shine, this farm offers Virginia Pines and Leyland Cypress trees that are grown on-site. This year the farm is open Nov. 26-Dec. 10, or sellout.
Photo via Instagram / elginchristmas
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The 23 best places to see Christmas lights in driving distance of San Antonio this holiday season

Looking for some holiday cheer? Even the Grinchiest among us would have to admit there's something heartwarming about twinkling Christmas light displays.…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Museum Reach River of Lights
It isn't just the downtown portion of the River Walk that gets the holiday treatment. The San Antonio River Authority's annual Museum Reach River of Lights extends the Christmas cheer further down the river, and even features a 30-foot-tall musical Christmas tree at the Museum Reach lock and dam. The lights will be on view through January 3, 2022.
Photo Courtesy of San Antonio River Authority
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25 Texas parks to see fall colors that are worth a road trip from San Antonio

"Texas" and "fall colors," in the same sentence? Yeah, we know, it sounds hard to believe. While we typically don't get the…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Lost Maples State Natural Area
37221 FM 187, Vanderpool, (830) 966-3413, tpwd.texas.gov
If you’re a sucker for fall foliage, Lost Maples is a must-visit – especially if you don’t want to go too far from home. This natural area is perfect for hiking, so grab your camera and let the views here take your breath away.
Photo via Instagram / lady_daphne_usvc
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22 fall date ideas in San Antonio that are actually good

You don't have to wait for the winter holidays to go on super-cute dates. Between the cooling temperatures, many autumn festivals and…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Hit up some Halloween parties
If y’all are one of those couples that waits all year for Halloween, you better make all the Halloween happenings part of your date night plans. From drinking events to costume contests and something tailoring to pretty much every aspect of the eerie holiday, there’s something for everyone.
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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…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Crownridge Canyon Natural Area
7222 Luskey Blvd, (210) 207-5320, fosana.org
Crownridge Canyon has around 200 acres and has a variety of hiking terrain — from level 1 ADA-accessible trails all the way up to level 4 difficulties. If you’re into birding, it’s also a pretty cool spot since the golden cheeked warbler nests there.
Photo via Instagram / heathertakesontexas
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25 cool things to do in and around San Antonio when it's hot AF outside

San Antonio has plenty of fun to offer, but it can be hard to leave the house on hot days. You know,…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Make a splash at a local water park
If you want to amp up the fun while cooling down in the water, head to one of the area’s water parks for a rip roarin’ good time. You can stay in town and visit Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ White Water Bay or Sea World's Aquatica, or drive up to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels.
Photo via Instagram / sixflagsfiestatexas
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25 gorgeous swimming holes and pools within driving distance of San Antonio

No matter how high you blast the air conditioning, sometimes the best way to beat the Texas heat is with a swim.…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Blue Hole
100 Blue Hole Lane, Wimberley, (512) 660-9111, cityofwimberley.com    
Minutes from downtown Wimberley, Blue Hole makes for a refreshing stop during a day trip to the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Reservations are required, so be sure to plan ahead.
Photo via Instagram / jamiehornbuckle_realtor
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These farms in driving distance of San Antonio let you cut down your own Christmas tree

While faux Christmas trees seem like they get more common each year, there's something special about decorating your home with the genuine…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Papa Noël Christmas Trees
6333 Broadway St., (512) 200-4088 ext. 108, papanoeltrees.com
Whether you pick up a tree curbside or make arrangements for tree delivery to your home or office, this tree lot in the heart of Alamo Heights has got you covered.
Photo via Instagram / papanoeltrees
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The 15 best Christmas light displays within driving distance of San Antonio

While the holiday season doesn't look or feel quite the same this year, there is one tradition that can be safely enjoyed…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Travis Park
301 E Travis St, (210) 207-3677, travisparksa.com
The holiday season in San Antonio officially begins with the lighting ceremony of the city’s 50-foot Christmas tree on Friday, November 27. This year's festivities will be virtual, so that everyone can enjoy safely from home. Just tune in at 7 p.m. to H-E-B's YouTube channel to enjoy the lighting, which will be followed by a performance by Mariachi Las Altenas. 
Photo via Instagram / skylinedronetx
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20 Texas Farms Where You Can Choose and Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

If you haven't already, you'll probably want to snag a Christmas tree soon. Whether it's an old family tradition or something new…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Pipe Creek Tree Farm
805 Phils Road, Pipe Creek, (210) 426-6191, pipecreekchristmastrees.com
Just a short drive to the Hill Country and you’ll be able to visit the land of “living Christmas trees.” This farm is open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily so that Texans near and far can pick out and cut their fresh tree of choice. The folks here can cut the tree if you want them to, and they can also wrap your tree for the ride home. If you visit on the weekends, you and the family can also take a hayride!
Photo via Instagram / sowingseedstx
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The Best Christmas Light Displays Within Driving Distance of San Antonio

It's the most wonderful time of the year – and mostly because of the beautiful Christmas lights displays! Whether you want to…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Enchanted Springs Ranch
242 State Hwy 46 W Unit C, Boerne, (210) 570-7669, christmaslightfest.com
Just up the road in Boerne you’ll be able to enjoy the Old West Christmas Light Fest. The magic of the holidays will be alive with this Texas-themed light display that’s synchronized to special tunes. There’s also other fun activities on site, from laser tag to a themed escape room. Just don’t forget to take a picture with Santa! This display opens Thanksgiving night and will run through Christmas Day.
Photo via Instagram / christmaslightfest
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24 Beautiful Texas Parks Where You Can See Fall Colors

As gorgeous as Texas is, it isn't too common in these parts to be able to see the change in colors in…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Daingerfield State Park
455 Park Road 17, Daingerfield, (903) 645-2921, tpwd.texas.gov
You’ll be up for quite a road trip if you head out to Daingerfield. This state park is located southwest of Texarkana, which is quite a drive, but provides top-notch views. With a range of fall colors found in the foliage, you’ll be enamored by the scenery here.
Photo via Instagram / mackenzieall
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20 Fall Date Ideas in San Antonio That Are Actually Good

Lots of folks look forward to fall – whether it's because of the spooky happenings or seasonal treats like PSLs. Wherever you…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Have a photoshoot in a pumpkin patch
Say cheese, babies.
You may cringe at the constant pumpkin photos in your Instagram feed, but you won’t roll your eyes at the opportunity to have a cute, fun photoshoot with your favorite piece of eye candy. Ask a friend (*cough* third wheel *cough*) to tag along to be your photographer for the day, or just bug someone nearby for a few photos..
Photo via Instagram / biancacelene
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20 Haunted Houses and Ghost Tours Within Driving Distance of San Antonio

Being in the midst of spooky season, that means you have to spend a night or two (or many) getting scared at…

By San Antonio Current Staff

REDRUM Haunted House
1800 E Hwy 90 Alt, Richmond, (281) 762-0034, redrumhaunt.com
Though this attraction takes safety seriously, REDRUM is all about scaring you from start to finish. All four attractions – Twisted Circus Rewired, Cinecore, Deadwood Asylum and the new Lazer Fury – were upgraded last year to make sure your outing is worthwhile. Open weekends now through November 2.
Photo via Instagram / skitzosfreakz
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7 Gorgeous Tiny House Glamping Spots Within Driving Distance of San Antonio

If the idea of spending time in the great outdoors without actually being outdoors sounds appealing, you're not alone. We've rounded up…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Rustic Tiny House Rental for a Peaceful Vacation, Waco
from $108.37 per night
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20 Texas State Parks You Should Visit Before Summer is Over

Now is the time to plan the summer getaways you look forward to all year. Whether you're into camping and hiking or…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Devils River State Natural Area
21715 Dolan Creek Road, Del Rio, (830) 395-2133, tpwd.texas.gov
Head west and take a daytrip out to Devils River, which offers plenty of summertime fun. This remote getaway is home to a beautifully pristine rivers, featuring clear spring-fed water. Take advantage of such beauty and have a day of fishing, swimming or paddling if you’re up for a strenuous adventure. On land, you can hike or bike parts of the area packed with history.
Photo via Instagram / g.meeker
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Beautiful Texas caves you should explore before you die

There's so much beauty to be explored in Texas, especially when it comes to breathtaking caves and caverns. So, consider this a…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Cave Without a Name
325 Kreutzberg Road, Boerne, (830) 537-4212, cavewithoutaname.com
Just up the road you’ll discover a mysterious cave right in our backyard: Cave Without a Name. This limestone solutional cave is a national natural landmark, of course for its spectacular formations of stalactites, stalagmites, cave drapery, flowstones, rimstone dams and more. Oh, and the cave is 66-degrees year-round so you can visit whenever you please.
Photo via Instagram / b.d.maiorino
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Where to Hike In and Around San Antonio Before It Gets Unbearably Hot Outside

It's inevitable – it'll be 100+ degrees outside in a matter of months, maybe sooner. Quick, while there's still time, take a…

By San Antonio Current Staff, Gabriella Pawelek

Pace Bend Park
2011 Pace Bend Rd N, (512) 264-1482, parks.traviscountytx.gov
Located on Lake Travis near the northwest side of Austin, Pace Bend Park boasts more than nine miles of prime shoreline location. Incredible views are included, of course, in the admission cost.
Photo via Instagram / katekrez
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20 outdoor activities in and around San Antonio to experience before summer ends

It might always feel like summer in Texas because of the scorching temperatures, but let's be honest: the carefree summer days are…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Catch a San Antonio Missions game
5757 US-90, milb.com
With just a few games remaining through early September, you’ll definitely want to go out to the ballpark. Tickets are super cheap, meaning you’ll be able to take the entire family or crew for a reasonable price. Plus, nights here are equally entertaining and memorable.
Photo via Instagram / anncrystal714
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10 Gorgeous Texas Glamping Spots You Should Take Advantage Of

Getting dirty is so yesterday. Check out these unique glamping locations throughout Texas if you're one of those folks who like the…

By San Antonio Current Staff, Alisa Pierce

These modern cabins merge art and scenic views to create a super unique experience.
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25 Festivals In and Around San Antonio to Check Out This Summer

Summer is here, which means there's plenty of cool festivals happening very soon! We gathered the best things to do and sights…

By San Antonio Current Staff, Alisa Pierce

PRIDE Bigger Than Texas Festival
Prices vary, Sat June 30, Crockett Park, 1300 N. Main Ave, pridesanantonio.org
The official San Antonio LGBT Pride Celebration is pulling out all the stops this year to encourage everyone to “live now - forever proud.” The celebration will have food and merchandise available while guests enjoy an illuminated night parade, a rainbow dash and a family fun run/walk.
Photo by: Julian P. Ledezma
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20 Things Every San Antonian Needs To Do This Fall

Shoutout to fall for coming through so we don’t sweat every time we leave the house! Celebrate the best way you know…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Explore one of the small towns surrounding San Antonio
Multiple locations
Venture out to Floresville for the town’s peanut festival or maybe out to Devine for a festival dedicated entirely to avocado. Whether you go out for the fair food or just to explore the town square, a day in a quaint town will be the perfect way to unwind and relax.
Photo via Instagram, mayra_r95
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20 San Antonio-Area Breweries Every Beer Lover Should Tour

Whether you're a craft connoisseur or amateur drinker, every Texan has a relationship of some sort with beer. Get to know your…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Pedernales Brewing Company
    97 Post Tr., Fredericksburg, (830) 998-7486, pedernalesbrewing.com
    Head up to Fredericksburg one of these Saturdays to hit up this brewery tour. Take your pick from Robert Earl Keen brews or that of the Lobo series. Lobo’s Texas Lager or the classic Bitter Battle beer are fan favorites.
    Photo via Instagram, staciegab
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30 Romantic Texas Spots to Have an Outdoor Wedding

You might have Pinterest boards full of wedding ideas. Perhaps you’re a hopeless romantic that loves nature. Or maybe you’re more of…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Barr Mansion & Artisan Ballroom
    Get the beauty of the Hill Country just a few minutes from downtown Austin.
    10463 Sprinkle Rd, Austin, barrmansion.com
    Photo via Instagram, barrmansion
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8 Hill Country Airbnb Rentals Perfect for a Quick Getaway

If you're looking for a quick vacation, you don't have to look far. We've picked 10 of the best Airbnb rentals that…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Casa Carmen, aka the most charming Spanish Bungalow we've ever seen, is a fully restored home that accommodates up to four guests and is located in the center of Kerrville. Pets are welcome  to this historic home, which is near several restaurants, parks and the river.
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