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Sea lion and handler at the San Antonio Zoo Copyright © Shannon D. Moore
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San Antonio Zoo, 343.7-acre Brackenridge Park is a focal point for outdoor family activities. The picturesque San Antonio River, which originates from artesian springs north of the park, meanders by paved, tree-lined paths suitable for bicycling and walking. Additional recreational opportunities include picnicking, pedal boating, fishing, birding and nature study. Facilities include athletic fields, playground, concessions and a 3.5-mile miniature railway. Brackenridge Golf Course, the oldest municipal golf course in Texas, is also located within the park.
The park's primary tourist attraction is the San Antonio Zoo, home to the third largest animal collection in North America, including several endangered whooping cranes. The Zoo is open
7 daysa week year-round. There is an admission fee.
Another popular attraction are the Japanese Tea Gardens -- a lush year-round garden and floral display featuring shaded walkways, stone bridges, 60-foot waterfall and attractive ponds. The gardens mesmerize and delight visitors to this natural oasis in Brackenridge Park. The Gardens are open
7 daysa week from 8 AM until dusk. There is no admission fee. Call (210)821-3120 for additional information.
In addition to the exotic and captivating birds and animals on display at the Zoo, Brackenridge Park itself attracts a variety of wildlife. Squirrels and wild birds such as green herons, great egrets, great blue herons and black-bellied whistling ducks, mallard ducks and cormorants are often observed in the park or on the Zoo grounds.
Explanation of Symbols Campsites/Overnight Facilities 0 star Leashed Pets Permitted? YES Picnic Areas/Playgrounds 4 star Solitude 1 star Trail System 0 star Water Recreation 0 star Wildlife 2 star Ratings are based on a scale of 0 (low) to 4 (high).
Wild Texas NotebookAs an urban park situated near many of downtown San Antonio's prime tourist attractions, Brackenridge Park can be quite busy, especially during holidays and weekends. Nevertheless, the park is a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic or leisurely stroll after visiting the nearby sights.
Trivia: Yes, it's really spelled Brackenridge Park. Although there is a Breckenridge, Texas, it is nowhere near San Antonio. If skiing and other winter sports are your thing, set your sights on Breckenridge, Colorado!
The nearest major Texas cities are: Austin, Del Rio, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Houston
The park is day use only, except during holidays such as Easter when the park is open to free camping on a first come, first served basis (no reservations available.)
3700 North St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78209