San Antonio Nature and Wildlife Attractions

With pleasant year-round temperatures, San Antonio is the perfect location to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors! But, with a city as big as San Antonio, how do you choose which outdoor haven to enjoy? Living in the San Antonio for several years, our team has determined the best San Antonio nature and wildlife attractions! Grab your sunblock, a bottle of water, and the kiddos and head out to our favorite San Antonio nature and wildlife attractions:

San Antonio Nature and Wildlife Attractions

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The Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System

The Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System is a network of multi-use trails that wind alongside several creeks through San Antonio’s natural landscapes. Currently, 52.6 miles of the Greenway are open to San Antonio residents, and in total, the parks consist of approximately 1,400 acres of creek-side open space. Hiking, biking and taking in the natural beauty are what bring the San Antonio residents to this trails system!

Natural Bridge Caverns

The Natural Bridge Caverns are San Antonio’s natural and historic cavern system that offer guests an afternoon of family fun! From gem and fossil mining to a series of cavern tours (Discovery, Lantern, Adventure and Hidden Passages), the Natural Bridge Caverns have everything you need to keep the kiddos entertained! The Caverns are open daily (with some holiday exceptions), and prices vary based on activity.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

It’s time to go on an African Safari, Texas Style! With more than 450-acres of natural wildlife, guests can enjoy the great outdoors while interacting with animals from all around the world! The Wildlife Ranch is a drive-thru animal zoo that also features a petting zoo to interact with the wildlife directly. Admission to the Ranch is as follows: $22 for adults (age 12+), $20 for seniors (age 65+), and $13.50 for children (age 3-11).

San Antonio Botanical Garden

The San Antonio Botanical Garden offers 41-acres of wildlife for guests to explore. The mission of the gardens is to help people understand the importance of the plant world. Favorite exhibits include the Texas Native Trail, the Water Saver Garden and Water Saver Homescapes, the Old Fashioned Garden, the Conservatory and the Rose Garden. Admission is $10 for adults (age 14+), $7 for children (age 3-13), $8 for Seniors (age 65+), Military personnel and students.

Medina River Natural Area

The Medina River Natural Area gives San Antonio residents the opportunity to enjoy 511-acres of beautiful Texas wildlife while also enjoying seven miles of trails. In addition to the trails, the park also includes a large covered pavilion, parking, restrooms, water service, a trail head and a group camping area by reservation. Guests are allowed to bring their pet on a leash.

Friedrich Wilderness Park

This San Antonio park is home to approximately 10 miles of hiking trails with varying difficulty. The park also features some rare birds, terrestrial orchids, steep hills and deep canyons – making this park the perfect location for avid hikers! Only pedestrians are allowed at this park – no bikes or pets!


Did your favorite San Antonio nature and wildlife attraction make the list? If not, send us a note – we would love to include it in our next edition.

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