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Parks and nature in San Antonio

Top parks

Botanical Garden
“This small park is a tranquil spot just off the highway! Worth a stop when visiting the Zoo, DoSeum, or the Witte.”
  • 78 locals recommend
“Brackenridge Park seriously has it all. There’s so much to do in the area – from sports and the zoo to just exploring the gorgeous grounds. Do yourself a favor and do just that – explore the park. You’re bound to discover serene spots that will have you feeling peaceful and much appreciate for such a place.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“This is a cool place to check out. Make sure you take plenty of water to drink. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
“A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the mission trail connect the missions. We recommended using the bike share program and riding to the parks in nice weather. Ranger tours are highly recommended. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
“Wonderful place to explore all the natural beauty south Texas has to offer!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“This is a cool place to check out. You stay in your car the entire time and the animals come up to you to feed them. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
“The Pearl is an iconic tourist attraction for San Antonio. There are multiple highly rated restaurants within walking distance. It is kid friendly with a splash pad and large grassy area to play. It is pet friendly as well! Every weekend they have a farmers market with multiple local vendors. It's my families favorite spot to hang out! Definitely a must see!!”
  • 55 locals recommend
“Tranquil park featuring multi-use trails from rugged to beginner-friendly, plus guided canyon hikes.”
  • 38 locals recommend


“Amusement park for all ages and abilities. Check there website in advance for park hours. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
“This is the community's rec park. They have a playground, a basketball court, and a huge pool which normally opens during the summer months. ”
  • 1 local recommends


“For a nature getaway within city limits, make your way to Friedrich Wilderness Park. You’ll seriously wonder how such a haven for nature exists within SA, but just be thankful that it does. A few minutes in this soothing spot will have you channeling your zen in no time.-San Antonio Current”
  • 29 locals recommend
“One of the best parks in SA for biking, hiking, dog park, kite flying, etc.”
  • 10 locals recommend
National Park
“The four southernmost Spanish colonial missions—Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada —are included in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which officially opened in 1983. These four missions, along with the Alamo, have been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).”
  • 15 locals recommend
“Nearby trails within walking distance for avid hikers but parking available if you'd prefer to drive before starting on the trail. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
  • 1 local recommends
“This spot is great for exercise but also, since it's on the river walk, you can walk to a mission, or find a spot to chill and have lunch. There's bike rentals near Halcyon (which is a good restaurant) at the Blue Star Brewery - which is a good place to park.”
  • 3 locals recommend
“Free to get in and fishing is available. Plenty of wildlife to see and don't forget to take food for the ducks!”
  • 1 local recommends