Top Weekend and 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.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.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.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.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. 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.