16 Texas Towns You Should Be Spending More Time In 

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San Antonio is great for a lot of things, but sometimes you just need to slow down and enjoy the country life. Check out these spots to enjoy the small town charm.
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Spicewood
Travel time from San Antonio:2 hours

Home to Krause Springs, aka one of the best swimming holes to visit during the long summer months.
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Marfa
Travel time from San Antonio: 5.5 hours
If you have a weekend to get away, head West to Marfa and see what the fuss is all about. Check out the Marfa Lights, the famous Marfa Prada and camp at El Cosmico for the full experience.
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New Braunfels
Travel time from San Antonio: 30 minutes

What isn't there to do in New Braunfels? Spend the day at Schlitterbahn, dine at a delicious hill-country restaurant, check out a theater performance or stop by one of New Braunfels’ many museums. Your options in this town are endless.
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Castroville
Travel time from San Antonio: 45 minutes
If you only have a day to get out of SA, head to Castroville, and splash along the Medina River or take a self-guided tour featuring 60 historic dwellings from the mid 19th century.
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Fort Davis
Travel time from San Antonio: 5 hours 30 minutes
Fort Davis has all the small town vibes you're looking for and is a National Historic Site. Check out the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens or visit the McDonald Observatory. However you spend your time, you're sure to discover something you won't find in the city.
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Concan
Travel time from San Antonio: 1.5 hours

Situated near the Frio River, Concan is basically a little slice of Texas paradise, where you can get delicious barbecue, cool off in the water and enjoy hill country living.
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Bandera
Travel time from San Antonio: 1 hour

Head out to the Cowboy Capital of the World, enjoy some local and live music, or jump in Medina Lake for a refreshing time. Bandera is only an hour away and is a charming place to spend the day.
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Gruene
Travel time from San Antonio: 45 minutes

Close to home is a designated Historic Town that shines with charm and Texas hospitality. Head over to Gruene Hall for a night of two steppin', shop the town's antique stores, or swim in the Guadalupe River all summer long.
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Lockhart
Travel time from San Antonio: 1 hour
Famous for its barbecue rivalries and antique shopping, Lockhart has plenty to offer when you need to escape the highways and crowded places of San Antonio.
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Luckenbach
Travel time from San Antonio: 1.5 hours
"Out in Luckenbach, Texas ain't nobody feelin' no pain." Enough said.
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Nacogdoches
Travel time from San Antonio: 5 hours

Run around at Pioneer Park, browse the Antique Mall or catch a show at the Lamp-Lite Theatre. Nacogdoches is a cozy place full of history and ways to help you escape the city.
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Port Aransas
Travel time from San Antonio: 2.5 hours
Port Aransas is an inviting and quaint town where that is basically the Texas equivalent of paradise. Fish off the pier, hang out at the beach and get your own on seafood straight from the gulf.
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Poteet Travel time from San Antonio: 1 hour
Visit the Strawberry Capital of the Lone Star State and enjoy some fresh air in only an hour outside of San Antonio. Poteet rich in history and makes a great day-long vacation for anyone looking to avoid the busy streets and packed restaurants of San Antonio on any given weekend.
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Fredericksburg
Travel time from San Antonio: 1.5 hrs

Where you can legally drink on the street and get your antique shopping fix, Fredericksburg has it all. Stop by one of the many wineries and enjoy the fresh Texas Hill Country air.
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South Padre Island
Travel time from San Antonio: 4 hours

Get on island time and chill out from the hustle and bustle of San Antonio. If you're looking to fish, swim or simply chill out, South Padre Island is the place for you.
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Wimberley
Travel time from San Antonio: 1 hour

Located in the middle of Lady Bird Johnson's wildflower country, any drive in and around Wimberley is sure to offer a beautiful scene. Jump into the Blanco River and cool off on a hot summer day, or enjoy the local art scene, full of artists, musicians and creatives.
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Spicewood
Travel time from San Antonio:2 hours

Home to Krause Springs, aka one of the best swimming holes to visit during the long summer months.
Photo via Instagram, violettbeane