Brackenridge Park in San Antonio, Texas (Bexar County)

About the City Park

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Located adjacent to the San Antonio Zoo, 343.7-acre Brackenridge Park is a focal point for outdoor family activities. The picturesque San Antonio River meanders by paved, tree-lined paths suitable for bicycling and walking. Additional recreation opportunities include picnicking, fishing, birding, and nature study. Facilities include athletic fields, playground, concessions, and a 3.5-mile miniature railway. Brackenridge Golf Course, the oldest municipal golf course in Texas, is also located within the park.

The park’s primary tourist attraction is the San Antonio Zoo, home to one of the largest animal collections in North America, including several endangered whooping cranes. The Zoo is open 7 days a week year-round. There is an admission fee.

Another popular attraction are the Japanese Tea Gardens — a year-round garden and floral display featuring shaded walkways, stone bridges, 60-foot waterfall, and attractive ponds. The Gardens are open 7 days a week from 8 AM until dusk. There is no admission fee. Call (210)821-3120 for additional information.

In addition to the exotic and captivating birds and animals on display at the Zoo, Brackenridge Park itself attracts a variety of wildlife. Squirrels and wild birds such as green herons, great egrets, great blue herons, black-bellied whistling ducks, mallard ducks, and cormorants are often observed in the park or on the Zoo grounds.

Location

Located two miles from downtown San Antonio at 3700 North St. Mary’s Street. Located adjacent to the San Antonio Zoo.

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Hours

Open 7 days a week year-round from 5 AM to 11 PM. Daytime visits to the park are recommended.

The park is day use only, except during holidays such as Easter when the park is open to free camping on a first come, first served basis (no reservations available.)

Fees

There is no entrance fee for the park or the Japanese Tea Gardens.
The Zoo charges admission. Call (210)734-7184 for rates.

Reservations

Reservations for park facilities are available.

Events

Check the Wild Texas Events Calendar for activities scheduled at the park.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Contact the Brackenridge Park Conservancy for volunteer opportunities.

Official Contact Information

The City Park is managed by the San Antonio Department of Parks & Recreation.

San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department Brackenridge Park
3700 North St. Mary’s Street
San Antonio, TX 78209

Telephone: (210)207-7275

Trivia: Yes, it’s really spelled Brackenridge Park. Although there is a Breckenridge, Texas, it is nowhere near San Antonio. If skiing and other winter sports are your thing, set your sights on Breckenridge, Colorado!

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