10 Family Getaways Near(ish) San Antonio

Has 2020 given anyone else a serious case of wanderlust? Maybe it’s being stuck in our own houses for seven months. Maybe it’s the insanity that can only be caused by attempting virtual school. Whatever it is, we all need a getaway this year! Luckily there are some fantastic options near(ish) San Antonio. So pack up the suitcase, pile the kids in the van, and enjoy a weekend away!  

1. Horseshoe Bay Resort

Whether you’re looking to relax or play all day, Horseshoe Bay Resort has you covered. Pools, shopping, kayaking, lake cruises, tennis, pickleball, and golf are just a few of the available activities. There’s also a full-service spa for those craving a massage treatment. You have your choice of hotel room, condo, or private home––all near the beautiful Lake LBJ. 

2. Foxfire Cabins

Located just two miles away from Lost Maples State Park, Foxfire Cabins is perfect for a summer or fall getaway. During the warmer months guests can enjoy swimming in the Sabinal River. When the temps finally cool off, you can view the changing leaves at Lost Maples. The cabins have a wood burning fireplace inside as well as a fire ring outside. You can make s’mores, stargaze, and soak in some beautiful Texas Hill Country.

3. Flying L Ranch Resort

Flying L Ranch Resort is a family owned and operated resort in Bandera. It offers many amenities including an 18-hole golf course, putt-putt golf, a pool, campfires/s’mores, fishing, tennis, and playgrounds. They have a variety of lodging options from suites to cabins or even a lodge. There’s also an onsite restaurant.  

4. Son’s Island

Ever want to stay on a hidden island? Did you know that there is one in Seguin? Welcome to Son’s Island. Accessed by driving across a 100-foot wooden bridge, Son’s Island promises visitors lakeside cabanas, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, swimming, and water sliding. Additionally there is a glamping option for those wishing to stay overnight. Staff will set up a 14×9 tent with two queen size beds, a bedside table, fans, and lanterns. If camping isn’t your thing, no matter how glamorous, Son’s Island recommends checking out the air conditioned cabins and teepees at Geronimo Creek just a few minutes away. 

5. River Road Treehouses

Everyone’s childhood dream was to live in a sweet treehouse. Now you can sleep in one right on the banks of the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels. You access the treehouses by walking across a 100-foot long pedestrian bridge. The treehouse cabins include full furnishings, WiFi, satellite TV, and air conditioning. Guests can enjoy the Guadalupe River via a private park located next to the Treehouses. It’s the perfect place to relax, fish, tube, barbecue, and picnic. 

6. Mystic Quarry 

Mystic Quarry, located at Canyon Lake, is perfect for those who want to get close to nature but not too close. You can stay in a tiny house or glamping-style tipi. There are also tent campsites available. Activities at Mystic Quarry include a pool, hiking/biking trails, bocce courts, volleyball, and recreation at Canyon Lake. Mystic Quarry also hosts Music Under the Stars concert series for families staying at the resort.

7. Jellystone Park Camp Resort

Yogi Bear apparently knows how to create a great family getaway. Jellystone provides an outdoor pool/splashpad, indoor pool, mini golf, laser tag, giant jumping pillow, playgrounds, and more. It’s also close enough to Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River for guests to enjoy tubing and other forms of water recreation. At Jellystone you can stay in a cabin, bring your RV, or sleep in your tent. Be sure to check the resort calendar to see what special events are coming up.

8. The Inn Between

As their website says, staying at The Inn Between is camping for people who like A/C. The Inn Between offers a unique glamping experience on the Frio River in Concan. It’s five miles away from the beautiful scenery in Garner State Park. When you’re done hiking or floating the river, you can grab a delicious mangonada from The Inn Between Mangonada Bus and then head to your home away from home. Guests can stay in one of five eclectic cottages, each specially designed and curated with its own colorful decor. If you’re looking for whimsy and nature, this is your place. 

9. Agarita Creek Hill Country Ranch Retreat

Fredericksburg is a popular destination in our area and for good reason! It has wineries, restaurants, art, shopping, Enchanted Rock State Park–something for everyone. If you are looking to get away to the Fredericksburg area, check out the cabins available on the Agarita Creek Hill Country Ranch Retreat. You’ll be staying on the 170-acre guest ranch just six miles away from Fredericksburg. With only two guest cabins, you’ll experience a private retreat complete with a variety of wildlife and lots of front porch-sittin’.

10. Mo-Ranch

Want to stay in a hotel? An apartment? A lodge? Cottage or cabin? You can take your pick at Mo-Ranch. Mo-Ranch is an institution of the Presbyterian Church that welcomes all to enjoy its beautiful scenery in Hunt, Texas. There are plentiful outdoor activities such as a ropes course, zipline, hiking, playgrounds, and a catwalk. The Guadalupe River also provides lots of fun in the water such as Mo Slide (a 38-foot tall slide that shoots riders into the river) and canoeing. There’s also a pool onsite. King Dining Hall offers buffet style breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During the summer months you can also attend a weekly outdoor barbecue.  

When Whitney fell in love with a handsome Texan, she just knew that someday they would call Texas home. Her three favorite things about San Antonio are the tacos, the family-friendly feel, and the school her children attend--Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children. Whitney is a former ninth grade English teacher and proud mama of two redheads nicknamed GingerSnap (daughter born in 2014) and GingerDude (son born in 2017). Her son is deaf and has bilateral cochlear implants. Sunshine Cottage provided all the tools needed to turn GingerDude into a little chatterbox and Whitney into the hearing loss/listening and spoken language advocate that she is. When she isn’t volunteering at Sunshine Cottage, Whitney spends her time serving in organizations at church, spreading awareness and encouragement on Instagram, and keeping the Weaver household in working order. She tries to make time each day to go for a run and her favorite thing to do on a Saturday is hike at a nearby state park with her family. Favorite Restaurant: Thai Dee Favorite Landmark: The Riverwalk Favorite San Antonio Tradition: Fiesta Decorations and Attire