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Located along the San Antonio River at 3700 N. St. Mary’s Street, Brackenridge Park is home to many San Antonio designations, including the lush Japanese Tea Gardens and the Brackenridge Park Golf Course – the oldest municipal golf course in Texas. This much-loved San Antonio oasis provides a variety of recreational opportunities including playgrounds, picnic areas, fishing, bird-watching, a miniature railway, golf, biking, walking, the Witte Museum and the San Antonio Zoo. Families and groups can reserve space at one of the three pavilions or enjoy team sports at the Lambert Beach or Tony Martinez softball fields. Click here to download a self-guided family tour focused on the park's historic resources, or here if you are interested in the use of natural resources in the park.
Tuesday Musical Club
Founded in San Antonio, Texas, in 1901, the Tuesday Musical Club is dedicated to the promotion, study, and performance of music as a fine art.
The Witte Museum
The Witte Museum promotes lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs, and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage.
The Japanese Tea Gardens
The Japanese Tea Gardens are a relaxing botanical refuge located in a former quarry in Brackenridge Park. These lush year-round gardens feature shaded walkways, stone bridges, a 60-foot waterfall, ponds with multi-colored koi, and a grand exhibition of vegetation ranging from tropical plants to floral landscapes. The Japanese Tea Gardens are free to the public and are open 7 days a week from 8 AM until dusk. The Jingu House Restaurant features tea and sandwiches as well as Japanese specialities from 9 AM until 4 PM Tuesday through Sunday. Call 210-821-3120 for additional information or click here for more information.
The San Antonio Zoo
San Antonio is proud to be home to the San Antonio Zoo, a major family destination and the third largest animal collection in North America. Located in the northwest corner of Brackenridge Park, the Zoo is a popular and convenient destination for park visitors and tourists. Call 210-734-7184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The San Antonio Zoo isn’t the only opportunity for park visitors to interact with animals and wildlife. The park itself attracts a large variety of native wildlife (including birds and ducks) and is an excellent destination for bird watching and wildlife observation, particularly along the San Antonio River at Avenue A.
Brackenridge Eagle Miniature Train
A great way to view all that Brackenridge Park has to offer is to take a ride on the Brackenridge Eagle miniature train. This open-air train will take you on a three and a half mile trip around the park and give you a great overall look at the splendid views and facilities. The Brackenridge Eagle is operated by the San Antonio Zoo and information about hours and fares can be found at their website.
If you are planning a large event or group visit, consider renting one of the three public pavilions. They're the perfect place for family reunions, company picnics, birthday parties and all sorts of social events. The Joske Pavilion, Koehler Pavilion and Cypress Pavilion are available year-round. Pavilion reservations are made in person at any one of the five City of San Antonio Community Link Service Centers. For more information about booking pavilions for events such as runs, walks, concerts, or special events, call 210-207-3053.
Brackenridge Park Golf Course
Golf fans will appreciate the historic significance and tranquil beauty of the Brackenridge Park Golf Course. This 18-hole course was the first to be inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and the Texas Open Hall of Honor, having been the first site of the Texas Open Golf Tournament. This course offers a challenging front nine experience with its ancient oak and pecan trees. The green fees are $75 on weekends, $60 on weekdays and a $45 twilight fee. The course is located at 2315 Avenue B in San Antonio. Call 210-226-5612 for more information.
Sunken Gardens Theater
The historic Sunken Gardens Theater is a natural amphitheater with a classical proscenium stage adjacent to the Japanese Tea Gardens in Brackenridge Park. The Sunken Garden Theater was completed in 1937 as a part of the city’s Texas Centennial celebration and remains in use today as a performance and festival venue.
A Bird Watcher’s Paradise
Birdwatchers have long known that Brackenridge Park is a great place to see migrant passerines, red-shouldered hawk, golden-fronted and ladder-backed woodpeckers, white-winged doves, wood ducks, yellow-crowned night-herons, carolina wrens, green herons, black-crested titmouses, carolina chickadees, and a variety of open field birds. Birdwatchers who visit the park will find the area along Avenue A (on the southeast side of the park) particularly enjoyable, as this area is well known for this hobby. More information can be found on the San Antonio Audubon Society website.