Seven of the Best Kept Secrets in San Antonio

You’ve done the Alamo, you've taken your out-of-town guests for food on the Riverwalk, you've been through all of the museums. Want a little bit more out of the city? Let's take a deeper are a few great spots in San Antonio that not even all of the locals know about.


Magic Lantern Castle Museum. A magic lantern, the earliest known slide projector, dates all the way back to the late 1600s. Images were first painted on glass and projected onto buildings, cloth drapes or wet screens. For audiences of Kircher’s time, seeing images suddenly appear on a flat surface was considered something quite magical.

Scobee Planetarium. The newly renovated and revamped Scobee Planetarium and Challenger Learning Center is now open to the public. Visitors can explore Mission Control, the Orion Launch Vehicle, Airlock and the Space Station ending with a visit to the Star Deck. Enjoy planetarium shows and evening star parties.

Stonehenge II. Located in Ingram, Texas on the campus of Hill Country Arts Foundation, Stonehenge II is an exact replica of the original prehistoric Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire, England. History lovers should also check out the fabricated Moai, or Easter Island statues, situated at HCAF. An added incentive to visit this amusing art project? It provides a wacky backdrop for plays and musicals, art shows and workshops year-round.

Ye Kendall Inn. From the original limestone building and it's unique rooms to a series of historic cabins and out buildings transported from across the region, there's plenty to marvel over in this themed lodge. In addition to plenty of areas to sit and enjoy the birds in the tree-laden garden area, you'll find outdoor fireplaces, a hot tub large enough to accommodate a small party, and a restful, relaxing ambiance that accentuates the overall theme of this hideaway hotel and lodge. A first class restaurant, the Limestone Grille, features a unique blend of progressive American cuisine.

...And Outside, Too!

Boerne City Lake Park. Just north of San Antonio, Boerne's City Lake Park features a 9-hole golf course,

butterfly garden, and volleyball park, with access to fishing, sailing, and more. And check out the view!

Denman Estate Park. Located near I-10 and Callaghan, Denman Estate Park offers the opportunity to enjoy quality time with family and friends in the great outdoors. Pack a picnic lunch and head out to the park to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine today. Walk the trail and view the beautiful Korean monument, hand-crafted by artisans from our sister city Gwangju, Korea.

Bracken Cave. At dusk each summer, the skies over Bracken Cave fill with bats, pouring from the entrance of the ancient sinkhole. An estimated twenty million tiny flying mammals take up residence in this cave between March and October, making it not only the largest such colony of bats, but perhaps the largest concentration of mammals anywhere in the world.

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