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Why You Need to Visit San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park

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Located on a lush 343 acres at the base of the San Antonio River headwaters, Brackenridge Park has shown evidence of human habitation dating as far back as 11,000 years, and it’s still just as popular! Yes, that was just in good humor, but in all seriousness, this present-day park in San Antonio is currently home to so many activities and things to see. The San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio Botanical Gardens, The Japanese Tea Garden, The Brackenridge Eagle (a kiddie train), Kiddie Park (the oldest children’s amusement theme park in the U.S.), the Sunken Garden Theater, and the Witte Museum all make their home at Brackenridge in the Texas Hill Country. And although it can’t be your home, it can certainly help in the creation of great memories for you and your family.

The Japanese Tea Garden

Why You Need To Visit San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park In The Texas Hill Country

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Opened in an abandoned limestone rock quarry early in the 20th century, the Japanese Tea Garden (also referred to as the Sunken Gardens) is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Circa 1917, City Parks Commissioner Ray Lambert foresaw an oriental-style garden in the pit of the quarry. After planning and fundraising, the work began to layout pathways and bridges, with all work being completed by prison labor. After a storied past, parts of the garden and its outbuildings underwent restoration in both 2007 and 2009, after which it was named a Texas Civil Engineering Landmark, and a Registered Texas Historic Landmark.

The Brackenridge Eagle

Why You Need To Visit San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park In The Texas Hill Country

Photo: Facebook/Mike Potter

A good little ride for the kids, lasting approximately 20 minutes, the Brackenridge Eagle moves through the foliage of the park as well as a short tunnel, where the engineers encourage the kids to join in a cheer. The ride first opened in 1956 and it currently makes use of 3 Chance Rides C.P. Huntington locomotives. It also makes a stop at the Japanese Tea Garden and of course the San Antonio Zoo. It’s a quiet and fun ride for the kids, and relaxing opportunity to sit for the parents!

Playgrounds, Pavilions, and Walking Trails

Why You Need To Visit San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park In The Texas Hill Country
Photo: Facebook/San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department

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