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8 Top Weekend & Day Trips from San Antonio

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Looking for day trips from San Antonio? We’ve rounded up 8 of the best San Antonio day trips and weekend getaways, all under 2 hours from the city.

San Antonio, the 2nd largest city in Texas and 7th in the US by way of population size, is in and of itself a fantastic destination to visit. There is a fantastic array of things to do in San Antonio, including the famous Alamo mission, the iconic Riverwalk, and a bustling shopping and gastronomy scene. You certainly won’t get bored visiting San Antonio.

The colourful San Antonio River Walk at night.

However, if you have some extra time and want to explore beyond the city limits on a few day or weekend trips from San Antonio, there are some great destinations all within easy reach of the city.

We’ve listed a few of our favorite San Antonio day trips to help round out your visit to the Lone Star State.


You Might Also Like: For a weekend away, Fort Worth is only 4 hours from San Antonio, a great base for access to all the attractions of Dallas and Arlington.


Behind the waterfall at Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs Texas.

8 Best San Antonio Day Trips

Fredericksburg

  • Distance from San Antonio: 71 miles
  • Driving time: Roughly 1 hour 15 minutes

Fredericksburg with its strong German heritage and charm is considered one of the most romantic towns to visit in Texas and one of the most popular day trips from San Antonio. 

Stroll down the charming Main Street and browse in the numerous boutique stores and specialty shops, and sample some of the local restaurants.

Take a ride on the Fredericksburg Historic District Narrated Trolley Tour to learn the history of Fredericksburg, especially the German ties that make it one of the most fascinating places to visit in Texas, and see parts of the city off the main tourist trail. See here for more details on this tour or to pre-book tickets.

Vineyard signs in Fredericksburg Texas.

This site is open daily to the public and visitors can choose from a selection of different tours such as the Discovery Tour, the Hidden Passages Tour, or the Combo Tour. Ticket prices start from around $25 per adult. 

Lockhart

  • Distance from San Antonio: 70 miles
  • Driving time: Roughly 1 hour 10 minutes

You simply cannot leave San Antonio without indulging in a proper Texan-style barbecue meal. And, what better place than in the “Barbecue Capital of Texas”, Lockhart.

Visitors come from far and wide to sample the best in town at renowned barbecue spots such as Black’s, Smitty’s, and Kreuz, to name a few. Coupled with a drink from one of the town’s breweries and you’ll be in Texas foodie heaven.

Blacks barbecue in Lockhart Texas.

The Lockhart State Park encompassing over 250 acres is also a short 10-minute drive out of town and offers visitors a range of activities to enjoy including hiking trails, camping, and several lakes to explore. 

With so much to see and do, a trip to Lockhart could honestly form part of a San Antonio weekend getaway.

Castroville

  • Distance from San Antonio: 27.4 miles
  • Driving time:  30 Minutes

For a short but worthwhile day trip from San Antonio with a unique French flair, head 30 minutes west of San Antonio to the small town of Castroville.

Typical Alsatian French building in Castroville Texas.

Originally founded in the mid-nineteenth century by French immigrants from the region of Alsace in France (referred to as Alsatians), the town is packed with gorgeous Alsatian-inspired architecture and buildings. One such example being the Steinbach Haus Visitors Centre, set in a 17th-century French building. 

Other notable places to visit in Castroville include the Castroville Regional Park, the Landmark Inn State Historic Site, and just out of town, the Medina River Winery.

Dripping Springs

  • Distance from San Antonio: 74 miles
  • Driving time: 1 Hour 25 minutes

The gateway to the Texas Hill Country and situated a short 40-minutes drive west of Austin and roughly 1.5 hours from San Antonio lies Dripping Springs.

Behind the waterfall at Hamilton Pool Preserve with clear blue swimming hole.

Dripping Springs has earned itself the nickname ‘The Wedding Capital of Texas’ is much-loved for its fine selection of wine estates, distilleries, and olive farms. 

Also nearby is the gorgeous natural limestone pool and waterfall named Hamilton Pool Preserve. Carved out thousands of years ago, today it is a popular swimming hole and thanks to its natural beauty a very popular photo spot.

Guadalupe River State Park 

  • Distance from San Antonio: 39.4 miles
  • Driving time: 45 minutes

As far as state parks near San Antonio go, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Guadalupe River State Park, a short 45-minute drive from the city.

Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., visitors flock to this beautiful park for its excellent outdoor activities including fishing, swimming, canoeing, tubing and so much more.

The park features 13 miles of hiking and bike trails, with a handful of these being open to horseback riders too.

The park also offers 85 campsites and 9 walk-in tent sites for those looking to camp overnight. Camping rental prices range from $15 upward plus the $7 (per adult) park entrance fee. Children aged 12 and under are allowed entry free of charge. 

Garner State Park 

  • Distance from San Antonio: 93.5 miles
  • Driving time: 1 hour 40 minutes

One of the most popular state parks near San Antonio is undoubtedly Garner State Park. Located roughly 94 miles from San Antonio and set on the Frio River, this park has long been a favorite with locals and considered one of the most beautiful in this region of Texas.

The clear waters of the Frio River in Garner State Park Texas.

Tucked away in the Texas Hill Country, the park is spread out across 1,420 acres of stunning natural landscapes. It lends itself beautifully to the various outdoor activities available including fishing, hiking, camping, kayaking, as well as tubing down the Frio River. 

Entry to the park will cost you $8 per adult, with children up to 12 allowed free entry. Gates open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Canyon Lake

  • Distance from San Antonio: 43.7 miles
  • Driving time: Roughly 1 Hour

Outdoor enthusiasts who are looking to hit the water don’t need to travel too far out to enjoy the very best of San Antonio’s surrounding natural beauty.

Canyon Lake is set just under an hour from the city, located on the Guadalupe River, and is perfect for watersports and nature-lovers. 

The beautiful turquoise waters and surrounds allow visitors the chance to fish, swim, boat, kayak, and hike around the area by visiting any of the lake’s 8 public parks.

If you’re a certified diver interested in a unique diving experience, you can also dive at the lake’s designated diving spot through a protected entry point on the lake’s north shore. Divers will encounter sunken boats, cars, and even trees which are all remnants from before the lake was filled with water. Definitely makes a unique underwater adventure.

Natural Bridge Caverns

  • Distance from San Antonio: 28.4 miles
  • Driving time: Around 36 minutes

For a quick yet fascinating day trip out of the city, only 36 minutes by car from San Antonio, you can opt to visit the famous Natural Bridge Caverns. First discovered in the 60s by four college students, this fascinating limestone cave system is one of the best show caves in the world and the largest in the US. 

Inside the natural bridge caverns in Texas.

This site is open daily to the public and visitors can choose from a selection of different tours such as the Discovery Tour, the Hidden Passages Tour, or the Combo Tour. Ticket prices start from around $25 per adult. 

Downtown Jackson with the antler arch and western style town.
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