Area Attractions

Experience Medina Lake and South Texas' best attractions 20 minutes away, including world-class shopping at La Cantera and fun at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

area attractions

Medina Lake & San Antonio Attractions


Bandera County Park at Medina Lake
This park is a popular destination for fishing, boating, picnicking, swimming and water sports. A variety of bass, catfish, crappie, and shad can be found in Medina Lake.

Joe's Place Marina & Resort
Joe's Place Marina & Resort has much to offer to locals and guests. The fresh sand beach is the nicest on Medina Lake, and is very safe for swimming. Joe's also has a cove for divers and offers training and rental services. For a small fee, individuals can go bank fishing. Other recreational facilities include a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and an extensive playground for children. For more information, call (830) 612-3775.

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Long ago, Spanish explorers, Apache and Comanche Indians all settled land in the Lost Maples State Natural Area. Picnicking, hiking, camping, bird watching, swimming and fishing are just some of the activities visitors can find at Lost Maples. Enjoy some spectacular views of the vibrant and colorful trees in the fall. Call (830) 966-3413 for more information.

Love Creek Orchards
Offering some of the best apples in Texas, Love Creek Orchards welcomes guests to sample and purchase fresh apples, apple cider, apple pie, and other products. Visitors can also take a tour of the orchards, bring a lunch picnic, or dine at the Cider Mill Patio. For more information, call (830) 589-2880.

The Spa at Escondida
This innovative spa offers complete treatment packages and exceptional facilities – a swimming pool, hot tub, workout room, private therapy rooms and four treatment rooms. As their website says, "The hard part isn't getting here. It's leaving". For more information, call (888) 589-7507.


The Alameda National Center of Latino Arts and Culture
Recognized as the hot pink building in the historic Market Square, the Alameda is a memorable, special place for visitors. It combines art, history, education and live performance to illustrate the Latino experience in America. Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, the Alameda has some great collections, exhibitions and programs. Call (210) 299-4300 for more information.

The Alamo
This famous landmark is the old mission where a band of Texans held out against General Antonio López de Santa Anna for 13 days. It is a symbol of Texas independence, courage and bravery. The Shrine, Long Barrack Museum, Alamo Gardens, and Gift Museum are all open to visitors. The Alamo is located downtown and is open every day except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Aztec on the River
This unique theatre, located on the San Antonio River Walk, is an architectural and technological wonder. It has a Meso-American fantasy theme, complete with authentic columns, artifacts and decorations. Come view the beautiful theatre or see a show. For more information, call (877) 432-9832.

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum
Referred to as the Famous Hall of Horns, this eclectic museum began as an old-fashioned saloon. Don't forget to visit the curio store, the "Oddest Store in the World". This museum will give you a true taste of the Wild West. For more information, call (210) 247-4000.

The McNay Art Museum
50 years old, this museum provides a strong collection of 19th and 20th-century European and American paintings and sculpture. Some artists include Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper and Georgia O'Keeffe. There is also a small collection of medieval and Renaissance art. For more information, call (210) 824-5368 or e-mail

Rio San Antonio Cruises
Rio San Antonio Cruises offers river tours, taxis, and charters around the San Antonio River Walk. The 40 minute tours cover 2 ½ miles of the River Walk and provide a historical story of the San Antonio River. Tours are available daily. You can also book a dinner cruise or chartered tour. For more information, call (800) 417-4139 or (210) 244-5700.

The River Walk
The San Antonio River Walk is one of the highest rated attractions in Texas. Lined up along the San Antonio River are hotels, shops, restaurants and bars. Special events are held all year long. For more information, call (210) 227-4262.

Ripley's Believe it or Not!
Paired up with Louis Tussaud's Plaza Wax Museum, these two unique attractions provide great entertainment to all visitors. Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum offers more than 500 exhibits in themed galleries. The Plaza Wax Museum is one of the finest of its kind, presenting replicas of famous stars, fantasy characters and historical figures. For more information, call (210) 224-9299.

San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA)
The San Antonio Museum of Art's mission is to "collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret significant works of art representing a broad range of history and world cultures." You can find American, Asian, Contemporary, European, Latin American, and Oceanic Art, as well as Western Antiquities. Both self-guided and guided tours are available. For more information, call (210) 978-8100.

San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium
Home to more than 3,800 animals, the San Antonio Zoo offers a diverse collection of exhibits. Although this attraction has been around for almost 100 years, it has modernized and expanded greatly since its opening. The San Antonio Zoo gives visitors a hands-on, exciting experience, and guests leave with an increased knowledge of wildlife and nature. This attraction is open every day of the year. For more information, call (210) 734-7291.

SeaWorld Adventure Park
Whether you're interested in animals and life under the sea or your own day of adventure in the water, SeaWorld has it all. This amusement and water park offers daily performances, special events, music festivals and evening entertainment, making SeaWorld a special destination for visitors from all over the country. Call (800) 700-7786 for more information.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
With 20 locations all over the United States, Six Flags guarantees a good time with its superior attractions and entertainment. The park also has many dining, shopping, and gaming options. Special events, including a summer concert series, assure that something exciting is always happening at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. For more information, call (210) 697-5050.

Tower of the Americas
This 750-foot-tall building has offered visitors one of the most spectacular views of San Antonio for more than 35 years. Guests can dine in the revolving restaurant or walk around the observation deck. Some new additions include an upscale café, banquet hall and a 4-D, multi-sensory theater about Texas. For more information, call (210) 223-3101.

Witte Museum
The Witte Museum is home to Texas history, culture and natural science. Some exhibits include dinosaur skeletons, live animals, cave drawings, and historic homes. This beautiful museum is located in the scenic Brackenridge Park. Call (210) 357-1900 for more information.


BR Lightning Ranch
Located in the middle of cowboy country, BR Lightning Ranch offers an array of activities and events. You can also visit the Movieland Animals petting zoo. The ranch has cabins available for a weekend away from San Antonio. For more information, call (830) 535-4096.

Cowboy Capital of the World: Bandera
Whether you're looking for shopping, museums, tours, or outdoor activities, Bandera has plenty of events for people of all ages and interests. Live music, rodeos, farmer's markets, and cowboy shows are just some of the events Bandera hosts throughout the year. For more information, call 1-(800)-364-3833 or e-mail

Dixie Dude Ranch
Looking for a western getaway? Come here to relax, decompress and enjoy the outdoors. Dixie Dude Ranch is a working farm complete with cattle, goats and pigs. You will also find real cowboys and exciting rodeos. For more information, call (830) 796-7771.

Flying L Guest Ranch
If you're looking for a unique getaway, Flying L Guest Ranch offers golf, horseback riding, sport games, a water park, and a spa. Flying L Guest Ranch also hosts special events, parties, and picnics. Call (800) 292-5134 for more information.

Frontier Times Museum
The Frontier Times Museum is a memorial to the Pioneer Days and the Wild West. Complete with 40,000 pieces, the museum offers a large collection of artifacts from the old west. To learn more, call (830) 796-3864.

Hill Country State Natural Area
Horseback riders, hikers and mountain bikers can travel 40 miles of trails that wind around valleys, springs and hills. Several camping areas are available to all levels of campers. Hill Country State Natural Area has been well preserved and untouched by modern society, and is a truly beautiful destination for nature lovers. For more information, call 1-(800)-792-1112.


Enchanted Springs Ranch
Rated by Oprah as one of the best "Wacky Family Attractions" in 2008, this ranch brings in visitors from all over the country. You'll feel like you're stepping right into a Western town in the 1800's, with its natural beauty and diverse collection of animals. This town has been used for many TV shows, commercials, and Westerns. Special events are held throughout the year. For more information, call (800) 640-5917.

Cascade Caverns
Named after its 100 foot waterfall, Cascade Caverns is not just a popular attraction today, but has been used for centuries by many groups of people. This cavern has a strong history, as Native American Indians explored this cavern and held ceremonies here. There are plenty of rock formations to see along the half a mile long cavern. Guided tours illustrate the history and natural beauty of Cascade Caverns. For more information, call (830) 755-2400.

Cave Without A Name
One of the most beautiful caverns in Texas, the Cave Without A Name is abundant with a variety of rock formations. Always a cool 66 degrees year-round, a guided tour through the six rooms is an enjoyable and comfortable experience. For more information, call (830) 537-4212.

Cibolo Nature Center
The mission of the Cibolo Nature Center is "to promote conservation of natural resources through education and stewardship". This destination consists of 100 acres of trails and wilderness. Information classes, workshops, concerts and seminars are held throughout the year. Call (830) 249-4616 for more information.