5 Fun Things to Do in Boerne
Located in the Texas Hill Country and just 30 miles from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Antonio, Boerne has established itself as one of the most desirable small towns in the U.S. in recent years.
Established by German immigrants more than 150 years ago, Boerne boasts a mixture of 140 historic homes and buildings nestled among exciting new developments and areas to dine, shop, and play.
Whether you’re a new resident or considering relocating to Boerne, you’ll quickly grow to love the city’s small-town feel and the amenities that come with being located just a short distance from a major metropolitan area, including these five local attractions:
- Browse through the local shops and boutiques on Haupstrasse
Reflecting the city’s Germanic origins, “Haupstrasse”is the German word for “Main Street”, and Boerne’s Main Street is a great place to shop and find unique antiques, home decorations, gifts, art, and jewelry. Grab refreshments at any of the local coffee shops or bakeries, and be sure to stop for a bottle of vino at The Boerne Wine Company or a frosty ale at The Dodging Duck Brewhaus.
- Enjoy the majesty of Texas Hill Country at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm
There’s nothing like taking in the great outdoors in Texas, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than a day at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm in Boerne. Enjoy a brisk walk or hike on the nature center’s walking trails that connect to the downtown area, then cool off in the Cibolo Creek and bask in the shade created by huge Cypress trees that line the waterway.
- Take a guided tour through two breathtaking caves
Boerne has not just one, but two world-renowned cave systems. Cave Without a Name is located 11 miles northeast of the downtown area and is a natural, living cavern filled with awe-inspiring ancient rock formations. Cascade Caverns is another local cave that was discovered in the 1700s by the Lipan Apache and it contains several rare animals, including cliff frogs, tri-color bats, and cavern salamanders. Both caves offer guided tours that are available year-round thanks to constant cool and comfortable temperatures inside the caverns.
- Kayak and paddle board on City Lake
City Lake is ideal for kayakers and paddle boarders. In addition to vendors offering equipment rentals and instructional classes on the 300-acre site, the lake also prohibits the use of motorized boats. That means avid paddlers and swimmers can enjoy tranquil and calm waters any time of day. After spending time on the water, enjoy a picnic, a walk along one of the lake’s nature trails, or games of volleyball and disc golf.
- Celebrate the city’s unique charm by taking part in exciting weekly and monthly events
With events planned for residents and tourists alike nearly every day of the year, there’s never a dull moment in Boerne. Take home fresh produce from the city’s farmer’s markets, enjoy the excitement of weekly rodeos, and check out classic cars on Hot Rod Night. If you love live performances, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Boerne Community Theatre and a night out at a local concert.