When simply “seeing” a destination just won’t do.
Float the Guadalupe
Tubing the rivers in and around San Antonio is a South Texas tradition – with the Guadalupe River being one of the most popular for its “party” atmosphere and scenic limestone cliffs and lush views. The most popular floating destination is a little bend in the river known as the Horseshoe, where you’ll have the most options for outfitters offering different float lengths and shuttle packages. Choose to float just the Horseshoe, which takes around two hours, or continue beyond the first river crossing for a longer float.
Lost Maples State Park
When you think of fall foliage, you probably picture the mountains of Vermont, but Texas has its own unique corner of color. The park boasts a protected stand of bigtooth maples, a species that can only be found in the western interior of the United States. While the foliage is beautiful, the park is year-round as well, with its abundant wildflowers and steep canyon walls carved out by the Sabinal River.
Climb the Enchanted Rocks
People have been coming to this pink granite dome for centuries, drawn by its myths and legends of magic. Today it’s a rock-climbing destination for those looking to challenge themselves. To protect the rocks, routes have been predetermined and pre-bolted, often with ample space between, making them more challenging than your typical climb. Still, you don’t have to be Alex Honnold to get to the top – just comfortable with crack climbing and leading.
National Shooting Complex
Sprawled across 671 acres, this complex is home to the National Skeet Shooting Association and the National Sporting Clays Association – meaning you’re surrounded by people who know their stuff. The complex holds events all year for shooters of all abilities, so stop in for a game or two of skeet, clays, trap, or 5-stand.
Built in 1878, Gruene Hall is the oldest continually running dance hall in the state. In the more than 140 years since the false-front style building was erected beneath the Gruene water tower, not much has changed – other than its national notoriety and its star-studded lineup that has included Loretta Lynn, B.B. King, and Kacey Musgraves. When not hosting some of the biggest names on the scene, you can find local and touring country, rock, and blues artists every weekend.