15 Parks Every San Antonian Should Visit at Least Once 

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McCallister Park
13102 Jones Maltsberger Rd.,McCallister Park
With over 25 miles of trails for biking, hiking, or strolling, McCallister Park facilitates a family oriented park open 7 days a week sundown to sunset. McCallister park fosters a diverse plot of land in which no specific section is quite like the other. From the baseball and soccer fields that have been hosting community games for years, to the dog park, and of course the multiple playgrounds, McCallister Park is a place to enjoy life and make memories with your community.
Photo via Instagram, Treena Beans
Hemisfair Park
434 S Alamo St.,Hemisfair
Hemisfair park truly is a park for every San Antonian of any age. Splash pads, sand boxes, playgrounds and games plaza all for children to play are only scratching the surface of what is provided at this park. There is a green space dedicated strictly to relaxation, paths for walking or jogging that are dog friendly, and learning activities that vary all the way from history to kite making. Hemisfair park has already established that it is a park to be reckoned with as it continues to evolve into an “urban oasis’” for all of San Antonio to enjoy.
Photo via Instagram, Adriana Macias Mata
San Pedro Springs Park
1315 San Pedro Ave., San Pedro Springs Park
San Pedro Springs Park is the oldest public park in San Antonio and second oldest park in the country. This park has become a notoriously popular recreational destination as there is a spring fed pool surrounded by trees, lawn, and pavilions for the San Antonio community to take advantage of the gorgeous nature scene we have.
Photo via Instagram, Mary Mosley Jenson
Japanese Tea Gardens
3853 N St Mary's St.,Japanese Tea Gardens
No, this isn’t necessarily a park, but it still embodies the soul and greenery that people love so much about parks and is simply a San Antonio gem. The tea gardens are inundated with flourishing life, color, and zen that have been attracting visitors since 1942. While this isn’t the place to start a game of football or bike around, it certainly is a place that any San Antonian should experience at least once.
Photo by SA Parks Foundation
Eisenhower Park
19399 NW Military Hwy., Eisenhower Park
Eisenhower Park is just the place for a break from the world and a picturesque haven to decompress. No need to bring your bikes or rollerblades, just explore the green nature trails that accommodate those wanting a more difficult hiking experience, as well as those seeking a smoother, paved path experience. Located at a high point in the park is an observation tower that sits just over the trees, perfect for a break to take in a spacious view of the park.
Photo via Instagram, Zachary Pickens
Brackenridge Park
3910 N St Mary's St.,Brackenridge Park
Brackenridge park is acclimated to accommodate a wide range of outdoor activities for anyone seeking to get in touch with nature and simply unwind. This unique and aesthetically pleasing park offers a more peaceful experience for those seeking a picnic by the water, yoga on the lawn, birdwatching, or even getting lost in a good book. Likewise, Brackenridge park offers biking and hiking trails, playgrounds and even CrossFit for some solid outdoor exercise and activity.
Photo via Instagram, Brackenridge Park Conservancy
Woodlawn Lake Park
1103 Cincinnati Ave., Woodlawn Lake Park
Photo via Instagram, trphotography.info Woodlawn Lake Park is a spacious outlet intended for those merely passing through to take in the breath-taking view of the lake, as well as those coming to take advantage of the outdoor fitness stations and paved trails. Along these trails are also a gym and swimming pool open for community use. Adjacent to the gymnasium is a new community center renovated for public accessible wifi so that any community member may come and go to relax and utilize this center for their online pass-times.
Photo via Instagram,TR Photography
Robert L.B. Tobin Park
150 Ira Lee Rd., Robert L.B. Tobin Park
This particular park, although only a 2.1 mile segment of Salado Creek Greenway, epitomizes finding beauty in the little things takes a more quiet, serene approach to park personality. As opposed to the playground scene, Tobin park accommodates bikers and strollers as there is a narrow paved path that weaves through the abundance of trees and wildlife. This is the ideal spot for disconnecting, taking things slow, or even perhaps capturing essence of natural tranquility through a camera lens.
Photo by: Scott B.
Nani Falcone Community Park
7625 Mystic Park., Nani Falcone Community Park
Nani Falcone Community Park is a concrete jungle--jungle gym that is--surrounded by vast amount of trees and complemented by amenities that you won’t find just anywhere. Unlike most parks, this one offers a disc golf course open to the public as well as a skatepark where beginners and avid boarders alike can enjoy the great outdoors. Nani Falcone also has pavilions that are shaded and ready to go for a nice picnic or even a celebration if coordinated in advance.
Photo by Panoramio
Phil Hardberger Park
13203 Blanco Rd., Phil Hardberger Park
Phil Hardberger Park has set the bar exceptionally high for fellow parks in the San Antonio area as its development and accomplishments continue to flourish. Since 2006, this park has transformed from 300 acres of land into a beautiful ecology center, an East and West park, a Salado Creek classroom dedicated to public education and events, and strives to accomplish future goals set by their Conservancy. From trails and fields to play grounds and sports courts, Hardberger park is a pleasant, scenic experience for anyone with an appreciation for the good ole outdoors.
Photo via Facebook, Tonie Tripet
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Fox Park
6518 W Hausman Rd.,Fox Park
Bring your bikes, put on your walking shoes, and head out to Fox park for a smooth, low impact terrain and some quality outdoor time. This is a park the whole family, including the dogs, can feel as one with nature and get exercise with a view. With trees everywhere you turn and sitting spots perfect for a break in the shade or a picnic in the park, Fox park is a for sure go-to.
Photo by San Antonio Parks
Denman Estate Park
7735 Mockingbird Ln., Denman Estate Park
Denman Estate Park, like most parks is green, vibrant and a tranquil getaway from the pressures of our everyday lives. However, this particular park distinguishes itself in the most artistic and remarkable way as it displays a stunning Korean monument, hand-crafted by artisans from our sister city Gwanja, Korea. With this red and black beauty contrasting the green and brown natural background, you can’t help but become fixated on such a sight. Surrounding the monument is a still pond and lawn to kick back and take in the view.
Photo via Instagram, One Love Photography
Concepcion Park
600 Theo Pkwy., Concepcion Park
Concepcion park welcomes all with its play grounds, pools, sports courts and pavilions. Perfect for a simple family outing or getting some vitamin C and fresh air, Concepcion will not disappoint.
Photo via Instagram, Albert Garcia
Comanche Lookout Park
15551 Nacogdoches Rd., Comanche Lookout Park
Trees, trails and...towers? Comanche Lookout Park holds true to its historical roots as a lookout tower is perched at the top of a hill where Native Americans used the height as a vantage point for hunting and warfare. The tower was constructed by a previous park owner with the intentions of it resembling a medieval castle, however, the owner passed away prior to seeing out the rest of the project. Now, in 2016 the tower remains tall and proud, ready to be admired as trails from every surrounding direction lead to the top of this hill.
Photo via Instagram, Joe Alexander
Orsinger Park
12230 Huebner Rd.,Orsinger Park
Orsinger park is just the place to take the kids to burn through some energy as it facilitates a safe and fun environment to socialize on the playground. Accompanying these large playgrounds is a covered pavilion available for rent for any birthday party or celebration along with scenic, mapped out trails.
Photo by Yelp
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McCallister Park
13102 Jones Maltsberger Rd.,McCallister Park
With over 25 miles of trails for biking, hiking, or strolling, McCallister Park facilitates a family oriented park open 7 days a week sundown to sunset. McCallister park fosters a diverse plot of land in which no specific section is quite like the other. From the baseball and soccer fields that have been hosting community games for years, to the dog park, and of course the multiple playgrounds, McCallister Park is a place to enjoy life and make memories with your community.
Photo via Instagram, Treena Beans