Brackenridge Park

Brackenridge Park, San Antonio: Hours, Address, Brackenridge Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Brackenridge Park
4.5
Parks • Playgrounds
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5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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You'll never lack for something to do in San Antonio's largest park. Its grounds contain the San Antonio Zoo, a carousel, skyride, the Japanese Tea Gardens, a golf course, and playground.
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M J
Austin, TX7,966 contributions
Jan 2020
My husband and I have enjoyed going to Brackenridge Park for decades. The 343-acre park is about 3 miles from downtown and San Antonio River runs through the park. There are a few small waterfalls on the river and a miniature train. The fun train ride cost $5 (free under 2), travels 3.5 miles and takes 15 minutes. There are lots of picnic tables, benches, playscape and pavilions near the water. There are walking/hiking trails throughout the park. There are a variety of ducks and some geese. Half of the park is cleared and the trees are trimmed high. The rest of the park is heavily wooded. The Japanese Tea Garden and zoo are on the edge of the park. The gardens are beautiful and there is no charge. The zoo very nice and cost $18.41 for ages 12+, $14.55 for ages 3-11 and free for under 3. I got discounted zoo tickets on GroupOn. There is no charge for parking, hiking and picnicking.
Written January 29, 2020
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Jim T
Austin, TX956 contributions
Oct 2021
Awesome, huge park with something for everyone. Lots of birdwatching possible (ducks, swans, egrets, etc...). There is a zoo, and even a concert venue within the park itself. There are hiking trails and picnic areas and pretty much everything you'd need in a large park this size. Even just a mere drive through will relieve the stresses felt from seeing all the concrete everywhere else in the city.
Written October 29, 2021
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ElvisAndrus
Arlington, TX624 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We took the bus as far as the Witte and then spent a couple hours meandering back. Even off season the Japanese garden is lovely. It was a nice day and the place was alive but so massive I wouldn’t call it crowded. Basically you don’t have to do anything to enjoy the place but there is lots to do if you want.
Written February 7, 2020
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lixxy2002
San Antonio, TX10 contributions
The park is wonderful, a very beautiful atmosphere and a wonderful place to take your dog walking, your kids for a day out or a romantic place to walk around. The bridge is even a popular proposal place. But I am sad to inform you that the sky ride and Carrousel are no longer available. The city found that it was just too expensive to maintain.
Sorry guys. As well as the horse rides, the couple that owned the business retired with no intent to sell the business.
Written November 6, 2003
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jhhraw
Dallas, TX37 contributions
Mar 2013 • Family
This is a large beautiful park with an area for everyone. We saw couples having a picnic, playgrounds with kids, large family reunions in pavilions, multiple trails and picnic tables. We spent 3 days roaming the park and enjoying the day use areas. There are busy areas and secluded area, manicured areas and ares that were overgrown, they had pavilions with grills and just open fields. This park was had the sunken gardens to the east, witt museam to the west, zoo to the north, golf course to the south, day use and trails through out and a train that will take you on a tour around it Get there early and Brackenridge Park Parking Garage is free and right next to the Witt Museam.
Written May 26, 2013
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KentuckyDB
Nicholasville, KY523 contributions
May 2010
When you include all the different experiences from the attractions that are in the area. Brackenridge Park is a great place to spend a day and have a great time. The park by itself is a lot of fun too. Not part of the park, but close is the Botanical Gardens. The Zoo, Witte Museum are average for their type of attraction. They are connected by a miniature train that circles the park. The train is a very small fee and fun especially for younger kids. The Japanese Gardens is there and also and is free. But there are also plenty of picnic tables, grills, pavillions walking and hiking trails. If you drive past the miniature train station, there is a part you drive through water (when it is not flooded) to the backside of the park. There is a beautiful bridge that you cross and there is a children's playground with a picnic pavillion that looks like a mimi Alamo. The kids loved this area. You can take stairs down to the river below the bridge and feed ducks. Across the river from that playground is a hidden area where a great play area. It is a long play area that you can climb and hide and chase. There are tunnels, ramps, stairs. It is three levels and fun for the kids to play on. You can spend as much or as little money as you wish in Brackenridge Park. Picnic in a beautiful area. Or visit attractions.
Written February 8, 2011
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Jet12787
san antonio, tx1 contribution
This could be such a lovely park, but one just cannot get by all the trash, my gosh when was the last time anyone did litter patrol in the river and the banks? Avenue A is suppose to be birders paradise....I feel sorry for those birds having to live in such a place, come on San Antonio, lets clean up your act!
Written December 26, 2003
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1Wisetraveller
Austin, TX208 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
This lovely shaded park has everything you need for a great outing, including tables, trash cans, free parking, and convenient restrooms.
Written April 3, 2014
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Beth S
South Lake Tahoe, CA387 contributions
Mar 2021
What a great way to spend the day in the shaded areas in the park. There are so many things to do for the family including walking the paths though out the park. The park is soooo close to the zoo.
Written March 28, 2021
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martylutz
Big Sky, MT10 contributions
Jun 2018
We visited this park 50 years ago as children and now, in 2018. The park is even more beautiful than before. Plan a picnic and enjoy the natural beauty and shade of the park! You can go next door and ride the train, visit the zoo, and see the Japanese sunken gardens!!!
Written June 14, 2018
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