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!

Bandera’s Best BBQ

If you’re planning a visit to the Texas Hill Country, local BBQ is a must! Here are a few of our favorites around the Bandera area:

  • Busbee’s Bar-B-Que is a great choice for families. It was even featured on the History Channel a few years ago!
  • Another popular stop is Sid’s Main Street BBQ, for truly home-cooked, southern-style BBQ.
  • Or perhaps you feel like grilling some of your own? We love the 11th Street Cowboy Bar, which invites you to bring your own meat and grill it on their Texas-sized BBQ pits every Wednesday. They also offer live music, side orders, spices and all the other “fixins” you’ll need!

Have you own favorite BBQ places and tips? Do tell!

Autumn in Bandera

Autumn is one of our favorite times to travel to Bandera. Here’s a small sample of the fun events happening in the Cowboy Capital of the World:

  • Boerne Oktoberfest (October 1st): Celebrate Bavarian culture, food… and beer! Held at Boerne’s historical downtown and Olde Town Shopping Center.
  • Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg (October 5th-7th): Held in downtown Fredericksburg, this event celebrates German heritage with music, food, drinks, artisans and more.
  • Texas Hill Country Musicfest (October 13th): Live music in the cowboy capital of the world!
  • Bandera Honors Veterans (November 10th): A parade, music and, of course, more bar-b-que!
  • Ford Holiday River Parade (November 23rd): Come to San Antonio’s River Walk for this special event. Tickets are available here, or free seating is available on a first come basis (bring your own chairs!).
  • Dickens on Main (November 23rd-24th): One of the most-loved events of the season, the 19th Annual Dickens on Main is held in the historical downtown of Boerne. Two days of family fun include a tree lighting ceremony, horse-drawn carriage rides and a chance to start your holiday shopping in the local shops. Don’t miss the concert held Saturday night!

Looking for more ideas for what to do in the Texas Hill Country? Stop by the front desk during your stay — our friendly staff is a wealth of information and would love to help you make the most of this special area.

Summer in Bandera

Poolside in Bandera

Heading to the Texas Hill Country this summer? Here are a few favorite events happening in July and August:

Or perhaps you’d enjoy tubing and kayaking on the Medina River, a visit to the San Antonio Zoo or the always popular Cowboys on Main in Bandera. How do you like to spend summer in the Hill Country?