things to do outside in san antonio

Are you ready for the great outdoors? You can do anything- lounge in the gardens, sweat in the park- and a WHOLE lot more! Don’t worry about trying to find free and cheap things to do outdoors in San Antonio. We’ve checked out them all and we’re sure you’ll love the list.

Read more below for our list of the Best Free and Cheap Things to do Outside in San Antonio:



There are plenty of great outdoor activities in San Antonio, starting with our awesome and numerous parks.

San Pedro Creek Culture Park

This creek in the middle of San Antonio has been carefully landscaped. You can take a stroll or see if you can hop across the stones to the other side. Local artists have created murals, tiled benches, and more.

Cibolo Nature Center

Here, you can go birding, listen to a book reading, learn about composting, or attend a farmers market. They have an upcoming outdoor concert series as well as festivals during the Spring!

Camanche Lookout Park

All roads lead to… the look out? This park has an abundance of trails, trees, an amphitheatre, and a look out from the Colonial period. You can’t go up to the top but the area has a pretty high elevation- in some spots, you can see for miles.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Speaking of overlooks, this park in Fredericksburg has the best views and the best hiking around. The scenery is so beautiful, you’ll be enchanted.

San Antonio Botanical Gardens

This garden is dedicated to keeping nature alive. You’ll be wow’d by the cherry blossoms, ready to run through the open fields, and picnic near the flowers. Admission is just $12 for adults.

Hemisfair Park

One of San Antonio’s favorite public hang out spots, this park has free workouts, children’s programming, nearby shopping, and delicious eats.



One of the great things about San Antonio is that it’s both walkable and bike-able. {Yes, we just made up that word!} If you’re looking for free things to do outside in San Antonio, why not spend the day peddling around our great city?


This is the art capital of the city and it deserves the title. Here, you’ll find the Blue Star Art Complex, galleries, museums, pubs, food truck parks, B&Bs, and a whole bunch of history. Be sure to check out the sidewalk chalk artists at Artpace.

The River Walk

Tourists flock to the River Walk all the time but locals know what’s up- ride there, then walk around! Besides getting in your steps, the people watching, shopping, and events are great.

Farmers Markets

There are tons of farmers markets in and around San Antonio. Grab a bike and head to the best San Antonio farmers markets near you for fresh produce, locally sourced honey, and handmade art. Or, you can bring your bike with you and explore the main streets in awesome cities near you!


San Antonio is one of the original destinations for theme parks. Today, we have dozens- big names and small. But those are expensive- we’re here to make it cheap!

San Antonio Missions Historical Park

There’s no better way to spend the day than learning about our culture and history. Visit the numerous historical missions and preserved buildings-¬†you get to see more than just the Alamo. Bring a picnic and plenty of water- you could spend the day here, for free!

Ride the River

There are dozens of companies you can rent tubes and buy passes from, or you can try to buy your own tubes and enter the river for free! Look up the river rules, pack snacks and drink, and drench yourself in sunblock. You can ride the river for free or cheap if you know the best tips and tricks. It’s one of the best outdoor activities in San Antonio!

Historic Market Square

If flea markets are your scene, San Antonio has plenty of them. Or, you can visit Historic Market Square for boutique, antique, and contemporary shopping. You don’t want to miss the free events they have all year long!

San Antonio Museums

Okay, this one isn’t purely outdoors but most of our gorgeous museums also have awesome outdoor spaces where they have frequent happy hours and events. Plus, you can always rent a bike and visit them on free museum days!


Get Wet

Looking for a place to cool off? There are plenty of places to get wet in and around the city, from water parks to splash pads to swimming holes. Check out the following guides to cool off:


What are your favorite things to do outside in San Antonio? Tell us in the comments: