Picnics, Parks & Gardens in San Antonio

In addition to all the museums, restaurants, and great shopping that San Antonio has to offer, the city and surrounding area include several parks that will inspire you to get out and about on one of the city's 220 days of sunshine. Bring the whole family, and we do mean the WHOLE family, because these parks include something for everyone: the historically minded, the athletically inclined, the gardening lovers, the architecturally curious, and even those with special needs. Whether you want to take a stroll in between all your other sightseeing, or if you are looking to make a day trip, picnic included, where you can relax in the great outdoors, our top ten has you covered. Take some time out of your trip to San Antonio to get to know the land through its many parks and recreation areas. Downtown, the three quickest stops include the Main Plaza, Riverwalk (Paseo del Rio), and Casa Navarro State Historic Site. While each of these parks offers something different, from leisurely picnic space to shopping to Texas history, they are all conveniently located near the city's many other tourist attractions. If you are interested in the flora of the world, the San Antonio Botanical Garden will be right for you, and if fauna is what you're seeking, the San Antonio Zoo will have you mesmerized. HemisFair Park and San Antonio Missions State Park offer great outdoor space and a bit of Texas history from two distinct eras: the 1960s and two hundred years earlier. Brackenridge Park, which also includes the Japanese Tea Garden and San Antonio Zoo, is a sprawling 343 acre park with miles and miles of running trails and open space for games and picnicking. Finally, for families with children and adults with special needs, Morgan's Wonderland offers fun activities and rides that are fully accessible for everyone, while providing an environment that is safe and entertaining.

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Brackenridge Park

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3700 N. St. Mary's St
Main entrance 2800 block of N Broadway

Popular park near Alamo Heights... read more

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HemisFair Urban Park

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200 South Alamo St
Bounded by Alamo, Bowie, Market, and Durango Sts

Downtown park & playground... read more

San Antonio Botanical Garden

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555 Funston
(at N New Braunfels Ave)

Outdoor garden exhibits with conservatory... read more

Japanese Tea Gardens (Sunken Gardens)

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3875 N St. Mary's St.

Beautiful gardens dating from the early 1900s...
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Rosedale Park

303 Dartmouth Street

Well-known Picnic Spot... read more
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