Spring Adventures Around Bandera

Winter may be keeping many of us chilly, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of warmer days to come! Here are a few perfect springtime adventures around the Texas Hill Country:

  • San Antonio Zoo: Open year-round, the San Antonio Zoo has 750 species of animals on 56 acres!
  • Brackenridge Park Conservancy: Also located in San Antonio, the Brackenridge Park Conservancy offers historical sites, biking, hiking, bird watching and eateries, as well as the beautiful Japanese Tea Garden and Botanical Gardens.
  • The Saga at the San Fernando Cathedral Church: This video art installation takes place on the facade of the oldest operating sanctuary in North America, in the heart of historic San Antonio. The 7,000 square foot projection, with custom choreographed music in surround sound, narrates the historical discovery, settlement and development of San Antonio.
  • Fredericksburg Pie Company: Come early for the freshly made pies (once they sell out, they close for the day!), then explore handmade quilts, vintage books and other treasures.
  • Old German Bakery and Restaurant: Also located in Fredericksburg, this family-owned and operated bakery serves breakfast, lunch and fresh bread!
  • Wildflower Ridge Alpaca Ranch: Just a few miles from Fredericksburg, here you can learn all about the care and ownership of alpacas (and even purchase one to take one home!).
  • Wildseed Farms: This is the nation’s largest working wildflower farm, with over 200 acres in Fredericksburg alone. There is no charge for admission or for use of the beautiful walking trails. They also offer vineyards and a tasting room.

What are your favorite places to explore in the Texas Hill Country?

Adventures in San Antonio

Our Bandera resort is a perfect place to escape for a relaxing getaway… but it’s also an easy drive to San Antonio! If you love the cowboy life, and want to cement your cowboy status, head on over to Paris Hatters. The name may sound haute couture, but this world famous business has been making custom cowboy hats since 1917.  It’s located right around the corner from the Alamo, and is the oldest business in the downtown area. The cash register is from the 1930s, and you’ll likely be met by the 3rd generation owners. As they like to say: “If it ain’t from Paris Hatters, you ain’t a real cowboy!”

Or perhaps you’d prefer a trip to the theater… San Antonio’s Majestic & Empire Theaters are located downtown and have a rich history. The Majestic was built in 1929 in a Spanish Mediterranean style. The Empire was built in 1913 in the style of a European plaza. Both venues feature Broadway shows, concerts, comedians and other live events.

And don’t forget, Tuesdays are a wonderful time for some budget-friendly San Antonio fun! You can find our previous post about it here.

What are your favorite things to do in San Antonio?

 

San Antonio Rodeo!

Starting making your plans for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo! This huge event was established in 1949 and draws over 2 million visitors each year. Between February 7th and 24th, you can enjoy rodeos, horse and livestock shows, live music, a carnival, a petting zoo, a craft beer tap room and many other events.

If you’ll be visiting in January, check out some of the pre-rodeo events:

  • Let’s Rodeo Ball (January 19th)
  • The Cowgirls Live Forever Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show (January 22nd)
  • Bar-B-Que Kick-Off and Festival (January 25th)

Find all the information and buy your tickets here!

Museums in Bandera

The pool at our Bandera resort; a good spot to rest between museum visits

Want to learn more about the Cowboy Capital of the World? Come explore some of Bandera’s museums!

  • Start with the Bandera Natural History Museum, where you can find replicas of dinosaurs and ice age animals on the 8 acre grounds, as well as native Texas plants and art exhibits.
  • The Frontier Times Museum is the oldest in Bandera. This eclectic and eccentric collection honors the history of the American cowboy.
  • Another unusual museum in Bandera is the Town Mountain Miniature Museum. This newer addition to the area offers all kinds of tiny treasures, including many vintage items, and some are for sale in the gift shop.

Looking for more ideas for adventures in Bandera? Try the Bandera County Convention and Visitors Bureau website. It’s full of ideas for places to go and things to see!