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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Travel Guide: Top Activities and Attractions in San Antonio and Austin, Texas

 Texas, one of my favorite states, is loaded with so many awesome places to see and things to do. San Antonio and Austin, a little over an hour’s drive apart, have some of the most popular tourist attraction in the state. 

Along with the most popular, I have found some amazing secret spots!

The Alamo

The Alamo, originally the MisiĆ³n San Antonio de Valero, is best known for the 1836 Battle of the Alamo during Texas’ war for independence from Mexico. It has played a role in many historic events for over 300 years. 


Open daily 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.



Free General admission with different cost for tours



300 Alamo Plaza

San Antonio, TX 78205

San Antonio River Walk (Paseo del Rio)

San Antonio River Walk, Texas’ #1 attraction, is 15 miles of beautifully landscaped walkways along the San Antonio River. 

Along the walk you will find unique architecture, shops, restaurants, hotels, apartments, and waterfalls.  

Riverboats tours are another way to experience the area without walking. 

Sea world

This popular marine park offers animal interactions, shows, and is even a theme park with rides.



Monday - Friday 10:30 am to 9 pm

Saturday  10:30 am to 10 pm 


$80.99 at door

$49.99 if preordered online



10500 SeaWorld Drive San Antonio, TX 78251

Cross Mountain Park

Historic Cross Mountain, a marl and limestone hill with an elevation of 1951 feet, was once a popular lookout spot for Indian tribes. 

Walk the trail to the top to see the cross and enjoy an amazing sunset. 


dawn to dusk




1510 N Milam St, Fredericksburg

Hamilton Pool

A short hike will lead you to this jaw dropping sunken grotto with a 50-foot waterfall. This is one of Texas’ most unique swimming spots. 



9:00am - 12:30pm

2:00pm - 5:30pm


Reservation Fee - PAID ONLINE (Required Daily) $12 ($11 + $1 credit card service charge) per Vehicle

Day Use - PAID UPON ARRIVAL  $8 per Person

Day Use for Seniors (62 years and older) - PAID UPON ARRIVAL   $3 per Person

Day Use for Children (12 years and younger)       No Charge

Day Use for Disabled Veteran (50%+ disabled)    No Charge



24300 Hamilton Pool Rd., Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Jacobs well

Jacobs Well is 140 feet deep under water cave system that is a popular swimming spot in Texas. Swimming is permitted May – September. 


8am to 6pm daily


Entry is free but swimming is $5 - $9 depending on age


1699 Mt Sharp Rd., Wimberley, TX 78676

Krause Springs

Krause Springs is a 115-acre Historical Sites popular for camping and swimming. Stroll through the garden or take a swim in a natural or manmade pool. 


Daily 9am to 8pm

Closed November 1st and February 15th


Adult (12+ years) $9

Child (4-11 years) $5

Camping is extra


 424 County Road 404 | Spicewood, TX 78669

Lake Travis


Lake Travis is 30 square-miles of beautiful clear water to explore and enjoy.

Watersports, lodging, restaurants, and ziplining are some of the things you can find around the lake.  

Muleshoe Bend

Muleshoe Bend is a 654-acre park with 9.8 miles of trails and scenic lake views. My favorite time to visit is during bluebonnet season. The bluebonnets usually bloom in April.


Daily 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM




2820 County Road 414, Spicewood, TX 78669-1468

Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock is a 325 feet pink granite mountain National Natural Landmark. It has

eleven miles of hiking trails surround the mountain.

Daily 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Adult: $8 Daily

Child 12 Years and Under: Free


16710 Ranch Rd. 965

Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Pederanels Falls

Pederanels Falls is an area of the Pedernales River where the water flows over descending boulders of layered limestone. 


Daily 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.


Adults $6

Child (12 & under) Free


2585 Park Rd 6026, Johnson City, TX 78636

Inks Lake State Park

Hope you are inspired now to check out the many awesome places in Texas!

Happy Travels!