San Antonio is no stranger to parks that are breathtakingly beautiful and widely distinct. Most allow free admittance, while some charge a nominal fee. Nearly every one has a bit of history related to the area or a natural wonder. Visitor’s to the area can grab a camera and head to one of many public parks like Brackenridge Park with 343 acres of outdoor fun. The park features the San Antonio Zoo and provides bicycling and walking paths along the San Antonio River, picnicking, pedal boating, fishing and bird watching.
HemisFair Park, where the 750-foot tall Tower of the Americas provides breathtaking views, contains lush landscaped areas complete with cascading waterfalls. The park was built in 1968 to host the 1968 World’s Fair and still houses several historic buildings as well as the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Instituto Cultural Mexicano.
The San Antonio Botanical Garden is a 33-acre park featuring seasonal floral displays and exotic plants from around the world. An authentic log cabin and a native forest walk bring an ambiance of calm in the midst of a thriving city and floral gardens bring beauty to the eyes and nose. Gardens in the park include a rose, perennial, sacred and Japanese gardens as well as a garden for the blind.
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, located on 1200-acres of natural brush land, grassland mud flats, shallow ponds, deep ponds and a deep water lake, is a bird-watchers paradise. The area includes a 600 acre lake positioned on a natural migratory bird route, bringing 300 species of birds including pelicans, egrets, roseate spoonbills, wild ducks and hawks. The area also contains miles of walking trails and natural areas perfect for picnics or site seeing.