Parks & Recreation

San Antonio is not short on fun and recreational activities for families and adventure seekers. The city owns and maintains 236 parks including swimming pools, gymnasiums, sports facilities, recreation centers, and the Botanical Garden and Conservatory. The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the maintenance of 14,312 acres of park land, including 118.76 miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. For additional information on city parks and recreation, click here.

San Antonio is also home to several theme parks and recreational activities to explore, including:

San Antonio Zoo
Established in 1914. Every year, more than one million guests visit the 35-acre, nationally recognized zoo, to view the 3,500 animals representing 600 species. www.sazoo-aq.org

SeaWorld
One of 10 parks in the nation operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, it offers animal attractions, shows, thrilling rides and water parks. www.seaworld.com/sanantonio

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Offers the best in family fun and entertainment featuring more than 50 rides and attractions as well as the Water Bay water park. www.sixflags.com/fiestaTexas

Schlitterbahn Water Park Resort
More than three miles of tubing adventures, seven children's water playgrounds, 17 water slides, the world's first surfing machine, and three uphill water coasters spread over 65 acres. www.schlitterbahn.com/nb

Natural Bridge Caverns
Beautiful and historical cavern system offers an experience that is high energy, educational, fun and family oriented. Pan for precious stones, take the ultimate leap of faith from the Watchtower, or go caving on adventure tours. www.naturalbridgecaverns.com

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
A 400-acre safari park featuring more than 500 animals representing over 40 species. Visitors can drive through the private property where animals roam freely within three large pastures. www.wildliferanchtexas.com

Morgan's Wonderland
The 25-acre park is the world's first ultra-accessible family fun park for children and adults with special needs and their caregivers. www.morganswonderland.com

HemisFair Park
The park was built to host the World's Fair of 1968. Today it showcases San Antonio's ethnically diverse culture and includes a Magik Theater for kids, educational museums and the Tower of the Americas. www.texasexplorer.com/HemisFairPark.htm

Rio San Antonio Cruises
Visitors are provided a ride on the river they will love, on beautiful, safe, fully accessible, environmentally sound cruise vessels. www.riosanantonio.com

San Antonio Riverwalk
One of San Antonio's most recognizable features, the Riverwalk snakes through downtown offering attractions such as hotels, restaurants, shops, museums and art galleries along the river banks. www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com

Scobee Planetarium
The planetarium is housed at San Antonio College and serves the community as a resource of astronomy and space science knowledge, providing everyone with an enriched understanding of our place in the universe. www.alamo.edu/sac/ce/scobee

Camping
State parks provide the most conventional camping opportunities in central and south Texas. Camping spots include: Bastrop State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Pedernales Falls State Park. Reservations are handled through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.

Hunting
Most hunters lease property from ranchers and farmers. For information on public hunts, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us

Fishing
Bank fishing can be found at several city park ponds and at larger lakes within an hour's drive of the city. Most lakes contain a variety of fish such as largemouth bass, catfish and sunfish. Places to fish include Calaveras Lake, Braunig Lake, Medina Lake, Canyon Lake, the Guadalupe chain, the Highland Lakes or the coast. For more information, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/programs/gofishing/santoniofish.

Boating
Opportunities include:

  • Lake McQueeney and the Guadalupe chain lakes near Seguin. Visit www.gbra.org.
  • Inks, Marble Falls, and LBJ in the Highlands chain. Visit highlandlakes.com.

Golf Courses
Nearly 60 courses are scattered throughout San Antonio and include public, private, military and resort golf courses. www.golflink.com

Private Golf Courses

Ranked by Toughest Golf Courses

Club NameUSGA Slope Rating *USGA Course Rating **Course LengthPar
TPC San Antonio – AT&T Oaks 145 74.7 7,034 72
Cordillera Ranch Golf Club 145 73.7 6,816 72
The Dominion Country Club 136 71.5 6,546 72
Oak Hills Country Club 135 71 6,382 72
The Club at Sonterra/North-Sunburst 132 72.3 6,601 72
* USGA Slope Rating – The USGA's mark that indicates the measurement of the relative difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers compared to the Course rating.
** USGA Course Rating – An evaluation of the overall difficulty of the golf course under normal course and weather conditions for the scratch golfer.
Source: San Antonio Business Journal, Book of Lists, 2011

City-Owned Golf Courses

The city of San Antonio owns seven golf courses. They are maintained by the Alamo City Golf Trail and open to all golfers. Among these is the famous "Old Brack" – the historic Tillinghast-designed Brackenridge Park Golf Course. For more information, click here.

Daily Fee Public Golf Courses

Ranked by USGA Slope rating *

Club NameUSGA Slope Rating *USGA Course Rating **Course LengthPar
Palmer Course at Westin La Cantera Resort Golf Club 139 72.4 6,535 71
Olympia Hills Golf & Conference Center 136 72 6,543 72
Hill Country Golf Club/Oaks – Lakes Course 134 71.7 6,518 72
Silverhorn Golf Club of Texas 131 70.9 6,333 72
Hill Country Golf Club/Creeks-Lakes Course 130 71.3 6,425 72
* USGA Slope Rating – The USGA's mark that indicates the measurement of the relative difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers compared to the Course rating.
** USGA Course Rating – An evaluation of the overall difficulty of the golf course under normal course and weather conditions for the scratch golfer.
Source: San Antonio Business Journal, Book of Lists, 2011