Surroundings, San Antonio
There are a number of interesting towns and attractions within a short driving distance of San Antonio.
Caverns of Sonora, Sonora, Texas
Guided tours of the cave take visitors past stalagmites, stalactites and helictites in a variety of colors. During the summer months a covered wagon old west dinner theater takes place on Saturday evenings.
The small town of Fredericksburg, located in the hills outside of San Antonio, is well known for its German heritage
Founded in 1855, Llano's downtown square is a designated National Historic District. Many of the building's in this area date to the late 1800's. The town also calls itself the "Deer Capital of Texas" as is popular with hunters.
Llano County Museum
Located in a restored drug store, the Llano County Museum features a variety of displays related to the history of the county.
Official site: www.llanomuseum.org
Address: 310 Bessemer Avenue, Llano, TX 78643-1602, United States
New Braunfels, Texas
Natural Bridge Caverns
17 mi. north-east of San Antonio on I 35 are the Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest stalactitic caves in Texas, with over 10,000 different stalactitic formations in chambers bearing such romantic names as Sherwood Forest. One of the finest features is the 40 ft high King's Throne in the Castle of the White Giants.
Official site: www.naturalbridgecaverns.com
Address: 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, San Antonio, TX 78266, United States
Castroville (pop. 3,000), with a touch of European influence, refers to itself as "The Little Alsace of Texas". Some of the buildings in the town are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The area is known for its genetic research and artificial breeding of livestock.
The town was once under the control of sheriff and outlaw, J. King Fisher. There are a number of historical markers in the town. Today the town is mainly a agricultural center and home to Southwest Texas Junior College, Rio Grande College, and Sul Ross State University.
Garner Memorial Museum (temporarily closed)
This is the former home of John Garner, vice president during the Roosevelt presidency. Historical items related to Garner and the area history are on display.
Address: 333 North Park Street, Uvalde, TX 78801-4658, United States
Grand Opera House
This restored 1891 Grande Opera House was once the cultural center of Southwest Texas. Today performances are still performed in an early 1900's setting.
Official site: www.uvaldearts.org
Address: 104 West North Street, Uvalde, TX 78801-5242, United States
Real County Historical Museum, Leakey, Texas
The museum offers displays on the history of the county.
Amistad National Recreation Area
Popular for year round water-based recreation, Amistad National Recreation Area was home to 300 generations of hunters and gatherers. Many items were found that trace their existence.
Official site: www.nps.gov/amis/
Address: HCR 3, Box 5-J, Del Rio, TX 78840-9350, United States
Bandera, located west of San Antonia, proclaims itself to be the "Cowboy Capital of the World". Dude-ranching is very popular in this area and allows visitors to experience ranch life first hand.
Frontier Times Museum
The museum's collection pertains to the history of Bandera County. Displays include American Indian artifacts, cowboy related items, clothing, weapons, and photographs.
Official site: www.frontiertimesmuseum.org
Address: 506 13th Street, Bandera, TX 78003, United States
Gonzales (pop. 6,200) was the first town during the Texas Revolution to challenge the Mexicans. Today the area is known for it's pecan, cattle and poultry production.
The Pioneer Village features 8 restored buildings which allow for a glimpse into the past. The buildings were collected from Gonzales County including a church, barn, log cabin, granary, blacksmith shop, broom factory, and homes.
Official site: www.thepioneervillage.com
Address: Box 431, Gonzales, TX 78629, United States
Yoakum - Heritage Museum
The museum displays historical items from the area including artifacts relating to the cattle industry, leather factories, railroad roundhouse, and the tomato growing and shipping industries.
Address: 312 Simpson Street, Box 2, Yoakum, TX 77995-3358, United States
San Marcos, Texas
San Marcos (pop. 29,000) is located northeast of San Antonio. The Texas Water Safari canoe race begins here on the San Marcos River, which is also a popular tubing spot. Also of interest in the area is a cave at Wonder World Park.
Wonder World Park
In Wonder World Park is one of the largest earthquake-formed caves in the country. Guided tours lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes allows visitors to see the cave, view the fault line's drop-off point from an observation tower, experience an antigravity house and take a tram ride through an animal petting park.
Official site: www.wonderworldpark.com
Address: 1000 Prospect Street, Box 1369, San Marcos, TX 78667, United States
Wilson County Jailhouse Museum, Floresville, Texas
The Jailhouse Museum, built in 1887, is open to the public on the first and third Saturday each month.
Hondo developed on the Southern Pacific Railroad in the late 1800's. Today the area is popular with hunters.
Medina County Museum
The museum is located in the Southern Pacific Railroad depot, built in 1897. The collection features pioneer items and other artifacts related to the history of the county.
Address: 2202 18th Street, Hondo, TX 78861-1529, United States
Pleasanton (pop. 9,000), located just south of San Antonio, refers to itself as "Birthplace of the Cowboy".
The museum features displays on the history of the area, including Indian and pioneer artifacts, farm and ranching equipment, oil, mining, and exhibits on longhorn cattle and mustangs.
Official site: www.pleasantontx.org/museum.html
Address: 1959 Highway 97 East, Pleasanton, TX 78064-9785, United States
Seguin (pop. 19,000) offers swimming, boating and other water sports. The area is known for it's pecan cultivation.
Seguin Wave Pool
The complex includes a 15,000 square foot wave pool, children's pool, and splash pool.
Official site: www.seguintexas.gov/parks_recreation/detail/wave_pool/
Address: Max Starcke Park East, Seguin, TX 78156, United States