Guide to the Best Parks & Trails around San Antonio

Did you know you could go hiking in South Texas? Take a look at some of the San Antonio parks and trails you can go to with your kids and hike for the day.

I have an insane calling to be where I am not – craving adventure and opportunity to do things that make me nervously excited. In the years to come, I want to look back on this and smile because it was life and I decided to live it. My kids will love that we did these things.

We don’t always have the chance to leave town on Spring Break, and they aren’t always up for a long distance adventure. So normally we kick it around here and look for free things to do. Here are a few ideas of things we are doing, and you can do this Spring Break.

Get Outside & Hike

Normally the weather this time of year is decent. You do have a few days when it is cool, but normally there are warm sunny days. This is the perfect time to get outside. A few of our favorite parks are:

Government CanyonGovernment Canyon offers more than 40 miles of hiking. The trails range from easy to moderately strenuous and from grasslands to rugged canyons. These trails are great for either a half-day or full-day hike. Don’t forget to check out the dinosaur tracks. It is about a 2 mile hike to the tracks. It is a bit of a hike, but it will be worth it.

Enchanted Rock – The 425-foot climb to the top has amazing views of the area surrounding area of Fredricksburg. The massive pink granite dome rising above Central Texas has drawn people for thousands of years. But there’s more at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area than just the dome. The scenery, rock formations and legends are magical, too! Be sure to get there early as they will close when they reach capacity.

Phil Harberger Park – This park is a stunning landscape, with some of its trees having stood here since the Battle of the Alamo. Kids can play on the playground. They playscapes have a variety of equipment that encourage the development of motor skills while kids play, as well as rubberized ground cover for safety.  You can also hike the many trails or take your furry friend to the dog park. There is so much to do at Phil Harberger Park.

San Antonio Missions Hike & Bike Trail – The historic San Antonio Missions Trail can be a great hike for your Spring Break adventures. You can customize your journey: from a 20-mile round trip that starts at the Alamo and goes all the way to Mission Espada and back, or something simpler. The trail is also great for cycling, hiking, or kayaking. You can check out our experience in this blog post.

Friedrich ParkFriedrich Wilderness Park offers approximately 10 miles of hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. It is home for rare birds, terrestrial orchids, steep hills and deep canyons. It is internationally known for bird watching. Take a lunch and make it a day of hiking.

Eisenhower ParkEisenhower Park has a variety of different level hiking trails. You can see the beautiful Texas scenery. Once you are done hiking, the kids can play on the rock wall and playground. This is a favorite park in our home.

Did we miss your favorite hiking park? San Antonio has so many parks, we were bound to forget one of them. You can find a full list of local parks here.

Did you know you could go hiking in South Texas? Take a look at some of the San Antonio parks and trails you can go to with your kids and hike for the day.

Let’s Go Play

There are so many great parks around San Antonio. Most neighborhoods have their own, but if you want to get out and try another park. Here are a few of our favorites

Hemisfer Park – We absolutely love this park. If you haven’t been downtown to this park, you are seriously missing out. It has everything from ping pong tables, to the splash pad, to the rope climbing scultures and giant sandbox. If it’s a hot day the artisan paletas at Paleteria San Antonio will be your new best friend. It’s also an easy walk to the Tower of Americas.

Pearsall Park – This park is a 500-acre park located on the South side of San Antonio. It has a huge playground, zip line, splash pad, and skate park, and more. You can also take a strong on the trails and enjoy the scenery and hills.

Confluence Park – We haven’t been to this park yet, but it is on our bucket list for next week. This park is located at 310 W Mitchell Street. It is said to offer murals, interactive learing opportunities, and much more.

Cibolo Nature Center – Cibolo Nature Center is not too far north of San Antonio in Beorne. Much of the original 10,000-acre ranch has been developed, but the Friends of the Cibolo Wilderness group was able to acquire 62 acres of historic farmland across Cibolo Creek from the CNC’s nature preserve. This beautiful area has walking trails, a creek to play in, and a playground. You can even check out their dinosaur tracks.

Fischer ParkFischer Park is located in New Braunfels. It is the largest park in the New Braunfels park system, offers a variety of amenities for discovery and exploration. Stroll or run around the park on over two miles of greenway trails, where fresh air, sunshine and nature are abundant. Relax at the two fishing ponds, splash at the sprayground, enjoy the playgrounds or take in the dramatic views of New Braunfels from the 62-acre hill top park.

Japanese Tea Gardens – I know this isn’t your typical playscape park or hiking trail, but it is still worth taking the kids to. The Japanese Tea Gardens features a lush year-round garden and a floral display with shaded walkways, stone bridges, a 60-foot waterfall and ponds filled with Koi. You can’t take your stroller here, but it is a beautiful walk.

Floating Down the River

It might still be a little cold to head to the Rivers to float, but incase we have a few really warm days check out our Guide to the Best Rivers.

The Beach

Now I know I said we usually stay close by, but sometimes I can convience the kids to go to the beach. The nearest beach is in Corpus, 2-3 hours away. We usually make a day of it. We pack a lunch, leave early, spend all day making sandcastles, flying kites, swimming, etc. When it starts to get too cool (usually around dinner), we head home. You can pick up dinner on the way home and enjoy a nice quite car ride home. Which Trail or Park are you going to try?

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Did you know you could go hiking in South Texas? Take a look at some of the San Antonio parks and trails you can go to with your kids and hike for the day.
Did you know you could go hiking in South Texas? Take a look at some of the San Antonio parks and trails you can go to with your kids and hike for the day.

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