Must-see attractions in San Antonio & Hill Country

  • Enchanted Rock State Park is one of the Dark Sky area in available in USA. It is an amazing feelings to lie down on top of the hill and to watch at billions of stars. In this picture 3 person is enjoying the beauty of the universe while one can see the bright Jupiter in distance.

    Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

    Hill Country

    A pink granite dome rising 425ft above the grasslands north of Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock cuts a striking but mild-mannered profile. At first glance,…

  • The Alamo, San Antonio, TX

    The Alamo

    San Antonio

    For proud Texans, the much-fabled Alamo, entered freely off San Antonio’s central plaza, is not so much a tourist attraction as a place of pilgrimage…

  • San Antonio, Texas, USA cityscape at the River Walk.

    River Walk

    San Antonio

    The River Walk is a 15-mile-long glorious network of waterside pathways that’s tucked below street level and lined with bars and restaurants. It's the…

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    McNay Art Museum

    San Antonio

    This Spanish Colonial revival-style mansion, 5 miles north of downtown and originally owned by artist Marion Koogler McNay, is spectacular. McNay's 700…

  • The Mission San Jose, San Antonio, Texas.

    Mission San José

    San Antonio

    Known in its time as the Queen of the Missions, San José is certainly the largest and arguably the most beautiful of all the sites on the Mission Trail…

  • A couple having an evening drink in front of San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, Texas USA

    San Fernando Cathedral

    San Antonio

    Founded in 1731, San Antonio’s cathedral ranks as the oldest church in Texas. On the edge of Main Plaza, its prime interest for modern visitors is as a…

  • LBJ Ranch

    Hill Country

    Run by the National Park Service, the beautiful LBJ Ranch preserves the sites where Lyndon B Johnson was born, lived and died. Explored on a 7-mile…

  • Lost Maples State Natural Area

    Lost Maples State Natural Area

    Hill Country

    The foliage spectacle in October and November at Lost Maples is as colorful as any in New England. In fall, big-tooth maple trees turn shocking golds,…

  • Waterfall in Hamilton Pool Preserve grotto.

    Hamilton Pool Preserve

    Hill Country

    How gorgeous is the pool beneath Hamilton Creek, which spills over limestone outcroppings just upstream from the Pedernales River? Let's just say…

  • San Antonio, Texas - May 19 2020: Six Flags FIesta Texas; Shutterstock ID 1735910405; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Six Flags Fiesta Texas

    San Antonio

    You don't have to be a kid to enjoy Fiesta Texas – this popular theme park has plenty of rides that you must be 'this tall' to enjoy. Of course, there are…

  • Wildseed Farms

    Hill Country

    To admire vast cultivated fields of color – especially between March and April, when wildflowers like orange Indian paintbrushes, deep-purple wine-cups…

  • San Antonio, Texas, USA - June 23rd, 2021: Japanese Tea Garden (also known as Chinese Tea Garden or Sunken Gardens in Brackenridge Park)  view in summer

    Brackenridge Park

    San Antonio

    North of downtown near Trinity University, this 343-acre park is a great place to spend a family day. As well as the San Antonio Zoo, you'll find the…

  • Cave Without a Name

    Hill Country

    If your tour pauses while descending the 126 steps that lead into this cave, don't lean back. You might bump a sleeping bat! But no worries, they're…

  • Natural Bridge Caverns

    San Antonio & Hill Country

    About halfway between San Antonio and New Braunfels, this national landmark cave is one of the state’s largest underground formations. Its name comes from…

  • Spoetzl Brewery

    San Antonio & Hill Country

    The highlight of any trip to Shiner, the self-proclaimed 'cleanest little city in Texas,' is a free tour of the Spoetzl Brewery, where America's best…

  • National Museum of the Pacific War

    Hill Country

    The only US museum devoted exclusively to the Pacific War, in which over 100,000 American military personnel lost their lives, spreads through three sites…

  • Louise Hays City Park

    Hill Country

    This 60-acre park may not be Kerrville's largest, but it's free and offers river access, shaded picnic tables, sports courts and barbecue pits. Also, as…

  • Becker Vineyards

    Hill Country

    Located 10 miles east of Fredericksburg, just off US 290, this is one of the state's most decorated wine producers. Its vineyard has 36 acres of vines and…

  • San Antonio, TX - Aug 9th, 2019 : Atlantis, a water coaster ride at SeaWorld San Antonio Texas; Shutterstock ID 1490230949; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    SeaWorld San Antonio

    San Antonio

    SeaWorld San Antonio is home to both Shamu the 'killer' (orca) whale and Great White, an inverted 'heels-over-head' roller coaster. Loaded with…

  • San Antonio, Texas - 30 September 2019: The famous Buckhorn Saloon and Museum ; Shutterstock ID 1656105328; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

    San Antonio

    Waaaay back in 1881, when the Buckhorn Saloon first opened, the owner promised patrons a free beer or shot for any deer antlers they brought in. Although…

  • Historic Spanish Mission Concepcion in San Antonio, Texas

    Mission Concepción

    San Antonio

    The first mission along the Mission Trail heading south from San Antonio, and part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, this site…

  • San Antonio, Texas - April 17th, 2019: Mission San Francisco De La Espada Catholic Church;  Mission Espada

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    Mission Espada

    San Antonio

    The southernmost mission on the Mission Trail and part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, this site is home to the oldest mission in the…

  • San Antonio botanical gardens. Architect: Emilio Ambasz

    San Antonio Botanical Gardens

    San Antonio

    This expertly tended, 38-acre garden complex showcases native Texas flora. There's also a rose garden and a wonderful conservatory, with a bit of…

  • San Antonio; Tower of the Americas

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    Tower of the Americas

    San Antonio

    San Antonio’s 750ft-high Tower of the Americas is a skyline-defining landmark left over from the 1968 World’s Fair. From the 579ft-high observation deck…

  • Intricate Intertwined Cypress Tree Roots with Beautiful Fall Foliage on the River at Guadalupe State Park, Texas; Shutterstock ID 168608633; Your name (First / Last): Emma Sparks; GL account no.: 65050; Netsuite department name: Online Editorial; Full Product or Project name including edition: Best_in_the_US_POIs

    Guadalupe River State Park

    Hill Country

    Thirty miles north of San Antonio, this exceptionally beautiful state park straddles a 9-mile stretch of the sparklingly clear, bald-cypress-tree-lined…

  • AK311J exterior of Ripley's Haunted Adventure San Antonio  Texas  November 2007

Ripley's Alamo Plaza Attractions

    Ripley's Alamo Plaza Attractions

    San Antonio

    Time to throw the kids a bone? After touring historical sites all day, you can reward them with a visit to this teen-friendly trio: Ripley's Haunted…

  • San Antonio, TX/USA- May 18 2019: "Coming Home to the Briscoe" is a statue by artist T.J.Kelsey outside the Briscoe Western Art Museum along the San Antonio River Walk, San Antonio, Texas.; Shutterstock ID 1444943180; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Briscoe Western Art Museum

    San Antonio

    Devoted as much to general Western history as it is to art, this small downtown museum pays its respects to cowboys, Hispanic settlers, Native Americans…

  • The San Antonio Museum of Art houses a great collection of modern and ancient art pieces, located right next to the San Antonio River © Shutterstock

    San Antonio Museum of Art

    San Antonio

    Housed in the original 1880s Lone Star Brewery (a piece of art in itself), the San Antonio Museum of Art is home to an impressive trove of Latin American…

  • Woman walks down the steps at La Villita the little village of San Antonio, Texas

    La Villita Historic Arts Village

    San Antonio

    History meets commerce at downtown's La Villita. San Antonio's first neighborhood, this 'little village' of stone and adobe houses dates back to the early…

  • Black Bear at the San Antonio Zoo

    San Antonio Zoo

    San Antonio

    San Antonio’s zoo, in Breckenridge Park north of downtown, is home to 9000 animals from 750 different species. As well as one of the country's largest…

  • Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas. Harmon Li for Lonely Planet.

    Pioneer Museum

    Hill Country

    For an exhaustive insight into what life was like for Fredericksburg’s first settlers, take a fascinating self-guided stroll through this grassy downtown…

  • Fort Sam Houston

    San Antonio

    'Fort Sam' – as it's known 'round here – is ready to enlist you for a little military history. Its claims to fame? The Apache chief Geronimo was held here…

  • Pioneer Memorial Library in Fredericksburg, Texas. Harmon Li for Lonely Planet.

    Pioneer Public Library

    Hill Country

    Check out the enormous tapestry on the 2nd floor of the beautiful library building. About 8ft by 16ft, the mixed-media tapestry highlights many of…

  • Wittliff Collections

    San Antonio & Hill Country

    Screenwriter/photographer Bill Wittliff founded this repository of literary and photographic archives on the campus of Texas State University. Stop here…

  • Steves Homestead Museum

    San Antonio

    Most of the mansions in the King William District can only be appreciated from curbside, but one of them provides guided tours: the Steves Homestead…

  • Quadrangle

    San Antonio

    Part of the Joint Base San Antonio military complex, Fort Sam Houston is home to more than 900 historic buildings. It has long been known as an Army…

  • Spanish Governor's Palace

    San Antonio

    The name now attached to this low-profile adobe structure is an exaggeration. When built in 1722, it was the home and office of the captain of the local…

  • US Army Medical Department Museum

    San Antonio

    Fort Sam Houston has been a training facility for Army medicine for decades. In the northeast section of the grounds at Fort Sam, this museum features a…

  • Museum of Western Art

    Hill Country

    A nonprofit showcase of Western Americana, across the river 1.5 miles south of downtown. The quality and detail of the work, mostly paintings and bronze…

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