For several weeks, San Antonians have been cooped up at home and following the stay at home order. Now, as businesses and attractions reopen, many people are looking for ways to get out and about safely. Fortunately, San Antonio has lots of beautiful green spaces and outdoor attractions to visit while maintaining a safe social distance. Many of these diversions are open to the public late into the night which makes it easy to visit at off-peak hours to avoid large crowds.
Places to Walk and Cycle
Cibolo Nature Center
San Antonio’s riverwalk district is famously beautiful but it is very popular and can be packed with people. Instead, visitors can hike like a local in the Cibolo Nature Center. A 3-mile hike through Cibolo allows guests to experience the four main ecosystems present in Texas. The Native Texas Prairie Trail offers views of the endangered prairie land that once covered a large portion of the state and is home to hawks, flycatchers, and deer. Or, guests can try the Cibolo Creek Trail for a cypress-shaded respite along the riverbank.
Leon Creek Greenway
Cyclists that want to get out for a long ride love the Leon Creek Greenway. This 18-mile stretch is a gentle ride with only a few hills and follows the creek it was named after. The trail runs adjacent to many parks making it easy to spot wildlife in the ponds and trees near the path. There are multiple places to join the trail so hikers can choose a shorter route more appropriate for children or those with mobility needs.
O. P. Schnabel Park
O. P. Schnabel Park is a great place for families looking for an outdoor excursion. There are over 200 acres of park to explore and amenities for family fun. The park is known as the “cleanest park in Texas” and has sponsored many clean up and conservation efforts throughout the city. Trails wind through forests and up cliffs offering beautiful views of the surrounding area.
Socially Distanced by the Sea
Mustang Island State Park
Socially distancing in the sun and surf is easy at Mustang Island State Park. There are 5 miles of soft, sandy beaches to relax on and catch the sunset. The gentle sea breezes allow for excellent kite flying, sailing, and windsurfing. Families can plan ahead and pack a lunch to enjoy at the seaside picnic tables. Spring and Fall are especially exciting at the beach for bird watchers because its in the migratory path of many bird species.
Matagorda Bay is another beloved beach destination for San Antonians. The gentle waves and sloping sand dunes are perfect for building sandcastles, casting a line, or beachcombing. Take a trip back in time and visit some of the historical sites nearby where settlers first arrived in the 1830s.
Relaxing in a Private Oasis
After being stuck at home for weeks, many people are looking for a change of scenery. Why not book a private, secluded Getaway House? These small, modern cabins are a perfect way to unplug and recharge in nature. The getaway retreats don’t have WiFi which makes it even easier to truly disconnect and live in the moment. Each house is equipped with a fire pit, grilling grate, and picnic area for outdoor dining and s’mores eating competitions. The mini-kitchens are stocked with cooking basics (including s’mores kits). Each house has 2 queen beds, and air conditioning to help beat the heat. You can even bring along your dog!
Only 90 minutes from San Antonio in the gorgeous hill country there’s another way to luxuriously get away from it all. Collective Retreats offers some of the finest glamping in southern Texas. The luxury tents have sumptuous bedding, electricity, plugs, wood-burning stoves, hot showers, and air conditioning. The surrounding area is great for fly fishing, hiking, and biking. Their farm-to-table meal options are locally sourced and lovingly prepared. The Collective has even made social distancing easier by delivering breakfast straight to the tents and offering to-go options for their other meals. They’re also taking work from home to the next level by offering tents with desks (for either inside the tent or the private patio), WiFi, and a bottle of wine to make Zoom meetings more tolerable. The private decks are a great place to stargaze and snuggle under a wool blanket.