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Texas Hill Country's Most Unique Attractions

In Texas Hill Country, you'll find any number of offbeat attractions to explore. We've listed a few of our favorites below, and most are relatively close to Pipe Creek. Feel free to give us a call if you need more information about Texas Hill Country's unique attractions.

Old Tunnel State Park

  • Location: 10619 Old San Antonio Rd, Fredericksburg, TX
  • When to visit: May through October, after 5:00 p.m.
  • Distance from us: 42.9 miles

Old Tunnel State Park, is home to an abandoned railroad tunnel where three million Mexican free-tailed bats and thousands of cave myotis bats reside from May through October. Each evening at dusk, the bats leave the tunnel and swarm throughout the Texas skies. Visitors can watch the spectacle from bleachers set up near the tunnel.

Old Tunnel State Park, located midway between Comfort, Texas and Fredericksburg, Texas, covers around 16 acres, making it the smallest state park in Texas. The actual railroad tunnel is off-limits, and, because of the large amounts of bat droppings, is not a place you'd want to explore anyway. The rest of the park is free to visit during the day. The bats come out around dusk, so, after 5:00 p.m., you'll need to pay a minimal fee to stay and watch the show. 

Stonehenge II

  • Location: 120 Point Theatre Rd, Ingram, TX
  • When to visit: Daily, dawn until dusk
  • Distance from us: 46.0 miles

Stonehenge II is a massive concrete and steel sculpture with a design similar to England's prehistoric Stonehenge monument. Stonehenge II is located in Ingram, Texas, at the Hill Country Arts Foundation. The site of Stonehenge II also includes replicas of Easter Island moai.
The Stonehenge II site is one of the most popular places to visit in Texas Hill Country. The grounds are open daily, from dawn to dusk, and admission is free most of the year. Note that photographs of the Stonehenge II meant for resale require permission and, possibly, a fee.

Natural Bridge Caverns

  • Location: 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX
  • When to visit: Daily,
  • Distance from us: 47.9 miles

Natural Bridge Caverns, located just outside San Antonio, Texas, is a group of enormous underground chambers with a 60-foot limestone bridge near the main entrance. The caverns are privately owned and operated, and a variety of tours are offered daily. The most basic tour covers a half mile of the cavern and descends to around 180 feet below the entrance. Other tours involve exploring undeveloped sections of the caverns. Prices vary, depending on the type of tour.

National Museum of the Pacific War

  • Location: 311 E Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX
  • When to visit: Wednesday through Monday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  • Distance from us: 52.2 miles

If you're a history buff, the National Museum of the Pacific War is a must-see attraction. Located in Fredericksburg, Texas, it's the only museum in the United States dedicated to the Pacific theater in World War II. The museum has numerous exhibits and displays, including a Pearl Harbor exhibit, Doolittle Raid exhibit, and a two-acre re-creation of a Pacific island battlefield. There's also plenty of vintage World War II equipment, from a PT-boat to a Japanese midget submarine. All in all, this museum is a great place to learn more about battles in the Pacific during World War II.

Enchanted Rock

  • Location: 16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX
  • When to visit: Daily, 6:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Distance from us: 69.5 miles

Enchanted Rock, located north of Fredericksburg, Texas, is a beautiful dome (monadnock) of pink granite, rising over 420 feet above the surrounding area to an elevation of 1,825 feet. Hiking to the top of the rock is relatively easy, and the view of the surrounding Texas Hill Country are fantastic.

Enchanted Rock is part of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, and a small fee is required to enter the area. Enchanted Rock is also designated as an International Dark Sky Park, so, if you're interested in stargazing or night photography, you'll love this place.

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Cowboy Up

Enjoy the real Cowboy way. Learn to handle a Horse, throw a rope on a cow. Trail rides throw the Texas Hill Country, ride a real Texas Longhorn. If you want to learn to handle a horse rope a cow and have a cowboy experience call Valerie @ 210-438-2484
Outlaw Outfitters

For horseback riding Hill Country Natural area or Medina River area, Outlaw Outfitters can give you the real experience.

For 75 years, John T. Floore's Country Store has hosted Texas and American music legends alike.

The Texas Hill Country has the best paved roads for Motorcycle riding that include breath taking views, elevation changes with sweeping curves and twisting roads. Al's Hideaway is not only Biker Friendly but we also ride, our park was built for Bikers by Bikers. If you would like to include a guided Motorcycle Tour as part of your stay please contact us at ​Groups Welcomed

Bandera City Park is located in beautiful downtown Bandera. Which offers fishing, swimming and picnic areas with BBQ pits.
Bandera county Park Medina lake

Check out the Medina County Park at Medina Lake. Known for fishing, boating, swimming, and scuba diving. You will find your whole day filled with activities at this beautiful park.

Lost Maples State Park is so vibrant in the fall but it is spectacular year-round. You will see wildflowers, steep canyon walls and the scenic Sabinal River. Bring your whole family to enjoy the beautiful vistas.

Cool off in the heat of the summer and float the Medina River. You can get your tube or kayak rentals and they will even shuttle you to different locations depending on how long you want to stay on the river.

Government canyon, Hill Country Natural area, Lost maples and Tunnel Sate park are close to us. You can bike, hike and ride horses etc.
Movie Land Animal

Camel rides, kangaroos and many other interesting animals to see.
San Antonio River Walk

Enjoy the San Antonio River Walk as you stroll the riverside paths bordered with beautiful trees, restaurants, hotels, shops and museums. Experience the rich history as you enjoy everything along the way.
SeaWorld San Antonio

At SeaWorld San Antonio you can experience so much more than you would think. You can enjoy the amazingly trained whales and dolphins and then you can go enjoy rides in the park or to to the water park to cool off. This is the perfect place to spend your day.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Check out Six Flags Fiesta Texas. They have all the great rides as well as a water park, live shows and events and shops and dining.

Enjoy hiking, bird-watching, and general wildlife viewing on the half-mile nature trail at The Tunnel State Park. The trail opens daily at sunrise and closes at 5 p.m. Bring drinking water, as no water is available in the park. Picnic tables are available. Restrooms are only open in the evenings during bat season (May to October).

No matter where you visit in Bandera County you will find clear skies, bright stars, stunning scenery and, most of all, friendly folks just waiting to swap stories and tall tales with you.

Replicas of Dinosaurs, Ice Age animals, and educational play stations are located on the eight acre grounds.

The Frontier Times Museum is the trusted resource center for learning, historical research and information for Bandera County residents and visitors

Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, the Motorcycle Museum displays machines from the 1910's to now and from all around the world. Come and check it out.
Cascade Caverns

Cascade Caverns is host to the albino Cascade Caverns Salamander (Eurycea latitans), unique solution domes, "chubby" stalactites, Eastern Pipistrelle bats, cliff and leopard frogs, as well as an underground waterfall and lake. So don’t forget your camera.
Cave Without a Name

The Cave Without a Name is filled with spectacular formations of Stalactites, Stalagmites, delicate Soda Straws, Cave Drapery, magnificent Flowstones, Rimstone Dams, and more. Enjoy a tour of the six major rooms in comfort; 66 degrees year-round, easy walkways, brilliant lighting.

Bandera brewery has a tasty selection of locally brewed and carefully crafted beers. Each of their flavors is hand-picked including familiar tastes, new creations and seasonal favorites.

Fiesta Winery has some of the best tasting Texas Wine around. Uncork and expect a fiesta. You can go to a physical location and test six wines for only $20 so you know which bottles you want to take with you.

Sister Creek Vineyards use Bordeaux and Burgundy wine making techniques to produce their wonderful Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines.
Out of the way Cafe

Open Tuesday-Sunday 7 to 3, Out of the way Cafe provides a delicious breakfast lunch or dinner while serving the best coffee around. This is a very kid friendly place so come as a family.

Your night just got a lot better. Let the good times roll with live music and events the whole family is sure to love

The Old Forge serves only the choicest meats and seafood, freshest vegetables and their salad bar has only the freshest field greens and vegetables, made-from-scratch soups and baked potatoes. And don’t forget to try one of their fresh desserts

The Old Spanish Trail was used by the Conquistadors, who often followed routes established long ago by Native Americans. The O.S.T. Restaurant has been serving the dining needs of Bandera since 1921, making it the oldest continuously operated restaurant in Bandera County.

The Bandera General Store building is 108 years old – built in 1907. It has the original wood floors and the original tin tile ceiling. It has been a saddle shop, a feed store, an appliance store (word has it caskets were sold in the basement and during prohibition the cowboys drank beer and played cards on the empty caskets

Be sure to visit The Apple Store whenever you are in the area. The best dang Apple Pie and Apple Soft Serve Ice Cream EVER...
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