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11 days around San Antonio what to do?

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11 days around San Antonio what to do?

We will arrive SA airport Thursday Dec 5 for an 11 night visit. We want to spend some time seeing the museums and missions in San Antonio and enjoying riverwalk. We also love hiking and birdwatching and are attracted to the idea of spending some time at Big Bend and/or the Gulf Coast (Port Aransas area?). However we do not want to spend too much of our vacation driving. Big Bend seems special but I'm not sure about the 6 hour drive. There are rooms available in the park so we would stay there. Any suggestions for an itinenary will be appreciated.

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1. Re: 11 days around San Antonio what to do?

That's Easy - explore Texas Hill Country between San Antonio and Austin, which makes a small loop. There are plentiful opportunities for entering some great show caves, and you could spend a day at Enchanted Rock State Park. Just break it up with overnights at Fredericksburg, Austin and perhaps New Braunfels in the loop. If you're into museums, the Bullock State History Museum in Austin is a fantastic introduction to the area. If you watch all the short films, you could easily spend a day doing just that. And don't miss the Congress Avenue Bats at dusk!

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2. Re: 11 days around San Antonio what to do?

To be clear, the bats will have moved south (Mexico) by December.

Whooping Cranes should be on the coast by then.

I have rafted in Big Bend as late as Thanksgiving.

Christmas events will be ramping up so you might want to check activities as you get closer. There are some fun art fairs in Austin around then.

Local musicians have gigs around the holidays also. Folks like Robert Ear Keen, Lyle Lovett, etc. Again check closer to December.

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3. Re: 11 days around San Antonio what to do?

Thanks, I think we will save big Bend till another time and concentrate on Hill country SA and Austin with a trip to the coast. We are big Lyle Lovett fans and also blues so will check into that as well. Thanks

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4. Re: 11 days around San Antonio what to do?

It's a short trip to Gruene in New Braunfels. Keeping checking the calendar to see see who will be playing in Dec. (Maybe Lyle). If Joe Ely is playing while you are here, he's one of my favorites to see at the Hall.

http://www.gruenehall.com/

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