Physical Activities and Excursions

Alamo Helicopter Tours, www.alamohelicoptertours.com. Stinson Airport, 8535 Mission Rd. Helicopter rides and tours – prices range depending on what you need. $39.50/person for a tour of the missions or a 6 minute ride for kids. Introductory flight lesson $150 – you take the controls! Mention your Innkeepers name and get 10% off! Call (210)287-5797 office or (210)259-9909 cell.

Alamo Segway Tours www.alamosegway.com (210)223-9564. Call for tours, times, and prices.

Biking in San Antonio  www.sametroplan.org/Bike_Walk/maps/pub_maps.html . San Antonio has added 68 miles of bike paths in the past few years, with a total of 102 miles. There are several companies who rent bicycles if you aren’t bringing your own. Go to the link above to see where the designated trails are located for the avid bicyclists.

Blue Star Bike Rental www.bluestarbrewing.com/bikes/index.html. Blue Star Brewery rents Electra Townies your biking pleasure. Whether you're riding around our neighboring communities (King William, Southtown, downtown San Antonio), or just out for an afternoon ride along the San Antonio River they provide the best in rental gear - Electra bikes, bell helmets, Chariot Carriers, and locks. Call the Blue Star Brewery at (210) 212-5506 for more information.

Brackenridge Park www.sanantonio.gov/sapar/brackhistory or www.wildtexas.com/parks/bracken/php  Opened in 1901 this is a popular picnic destination; a 343 acre riverside park home to the SA Zoo & Aquarium, the Witte Museum, and located next to the Japanese Tea Gardens. It offers a miniature train winding its way thru the park, a much beloved playground, pavilions, and light fishing, along with an historic 18-hole golf course, the original site of the PGA Winter Tour (presently closed for renovations). A few blocks north the SA River bubbles up from underground springs and starts its wending course on the University of the Incarnate Word campus.

Car-vel Skateland East, www.skatelandeast.com. 8910 Fourwinds, (210)653-5333. Roller skating. Mon & Thurs 7-9pm, Tues & Wed reserved for private parties, Fri 7-9:30pm, Sat 1-3pm & 7-9:30pm, Sun 1:30-4pm. Skate rental included with admission $8.

Charles A James’ Bicycle Company, 329 N Main Ave, (210) 224-8717, www.charlesajamesbicycle.com. San Antonio’s oldest bicycle company – rentals, sales, and repairs. Many styles available: juvenile, BMX, mountain, road, hybrids, comfort, and cruiser bikes. They will deliver to the Vista. Store Hrs: T-F 8:30am - 6:00pm, & Sat 8:30am - 5:00pm. Rates: $10/1st hr & $5/sequential hr not to exceed $30. Daily rate: $30. Includes helmet & lock.

Chris Park www.chrispark.org. A one acre park south of downtown created by arts patron Linda Pace (Art Pace) to honor the life of her son Chris. It features local and exotic garden foliage, contemporary art forms, fountains, and walkways forming an oasis in a busy world. Free.

Eisenhower Park www.sanantonio.gov/sapar/eisenhowerreservations.asp, 19399 NW Military Dr. Just south of Camp Bullis, this park is a 320 acre natural area that provides excellent examples of Texas Hill Country landscapes, including wooded dry creeks beds and rocky canyons. The park is popular among hikers, joggers, and nature observers, offering 5 miles of both paved and natural surface trails, but it is for pedestrians only. A wooden observation tower offers a view of surrounding landscapes and the SA skyline once you’ve climbed the trail! Picnic areas with BBQ pits, restrooms and a playground cater to families. Free.

El Tropicano’s Pool & Strive Gym www.eltropicanohotel.com. 110 Lexington St, or the last stop on the north arm of the Riverwalk. Free to Vista guests when you show your room key.

Embassy Mini-Golf www.embassygolf.com. 500 Embassy Oaks, (210)496.5847. Miniature golf with 18 holes in a tropical setting. Water balloon fights also avail. Adults $7.95 kids 4-12 $5.95, 2nd round $4.00. Wed & Thurs noon–10pm, Fri noon-midnight, Sat 10am-midnight, Sun noon-10pm.

Emilie & Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park www.sanaturalareas.org 21395 Milsa Rd. Friedrich has roughly 600 donated acres on the northwest side of SA. Full of great trails of all ability levels with beautiful overlooks, you can walk & hike to your heart’s content. There is a series of Nature Discovery Programs and a Young Birders Club associated with Friedrich – see the website for more information. Along with Crownridge & Government Canyon, Friedrich has been preserved to help protect the green recharge zones for the Edwards Aquifer, SA’s main drinking-water source. Birders will find much to see here along with glimpses of other wildlife. Bugs, birds, animals (even puma!), plants, trees – all allowed to grow as nature sees fit. Free & open to the public 8am to sunset.

Green Acres Golf & Games www.greenacresgolfandgames.com. Miniature golf, bumper boats, arcade games, paintball, water wars, trampolines, Animaland™,
mining sluice, batting cages, and go karts – this place has a little bit of everything plus a snack bar! 9782 U.S. Highway 87 East, San Antonio, (210)649-4653.

Government Canyon State Natural Area, 12861 Glam Rd, San Antonio TX 78254, 210/688-9055. Just opened in Oct 2005, this 8,622 acre site is still being developed and features nature trails, educational tours, an exhibit hall and gift shop. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/government_canyon/. $6 day.

Hardberger Park, www.philhardbergerpark.org, 1021 Voelcker Ln. Just 9 mi north of downtown, you can find SA’s newest biotic gem, 311 acres straddling Wurzbach Parkway. This mostly undisturbed area ranges across former pasture, mesquite scrub, and oak forest. Named for former SA Mayor Phil Hardberger, the city bought this old dairy farm in 2007 & is building trails & other amenities. Free.

Hemisfair Park, www.texasexplorer.com/HemisFairPark 600 Hemisfair. Built over the mostly scrapped remains of an historic working-class neighborhood for the1968s World’s Fair the 15 acres is linked to the Riverwalk & teeming with attractions. From the Tower of the Americas it is an easy walk to prime picnic spots, a playground, soothing waterways & fountains, the Instituto de Mexico, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Henry B Gonzales Convention Center and then on to Southtown with its many restaurants and art spaces. Free.

Hermann & Sons Bowling Alley, www.sanantoniohermannsons.com 525 S St Mary’s St. Just a few blocks from the Vista, this old German fraternity features 20 lanes of vintage bowling fun. Some snack items available in-house. Call Joyce for hours and prices.

Lady Bird Johnson Park www.sanantonio.gov/sapar/lbjparkreservations.asp.  10700 Nacogdoches. Home to the Alva Jo Fischer Softball Complex and the Hamilton Community Center, this park is also the site of SA’s first skateboard park/pool facility. It features a 7,000 sq ft bowl that ranges 5 – 9 feet deep, 1,800 sq ft deck, a 5 ft bun pyramid. In addition a hiking trail, basketball and tennis courts, and grassy sports fields round out the facility. Entry to all is free.

Martin Luther King Park www.sanantonio.gov/sapar/mlkreservations.asp 3505 Martin Luther King Dr. Located between MLK Academy & MLK Freedom Bridge, it is a recreation area adjacent to the Eastside Boys & Girls Club, featuring basketball & tennis courts, softball field, pavilions for rent, picnic tables, BBQ pits, & playground equipment. Visitors may fish in Salado Creek which runs through the park. Free.

McAllister Park  www.sanantonio.gov/sapar/mcallisterreservations.asp 13102 Jones-Maltsberger Rd. One of SA’s largest & most popular parks, McAllister features the city’s only official dog park, an extensive network of more than 25 miles of paved & unpaved trails. Named after former Mayor Walter McAllister whose influence is still widely felt in San Antonio 50 years later. It’s a favorite of hikers, bikers, runners along with extreme sports gurus. Covered with trees, rocky trails, logs & other natural surfaces you can easily observe wildlife such as deer living naturally. McAllister is extremely spread out & never overcrowded. Pavilions are available for rent. Various athletic fields and picnic spots dot the landscape. Free.

Northwoods Ice www.northwoodsice.net. The Ice & Golf Center at Northwoods,
17530 Henderson Pass, (210)490.9550. Ice skating, hockey, and miniature golf ($7 for 18 holes, $10 for 36 holes). Lessons available. Rink admission all ages $7 & $3 skate rental. Call for hours.

The Rollercade, www.therollercade.com/. 223 Recoleta (near North Star Mall), (210)826.6361. Roller skating. Open daily in summer, limited hours during school year. Every Tues $2.50 admission, $2.50 skate rental, $2.50 hot dog & drink. Also every Sun is Family Day, so 1 parent skates free with each paid child admission. Regular admission $6.00 & skate rental $2.50. Call for hours.

San Pedro Springs Park (see www.wikipedia.com,) 1315 San Pedro Ave. Home to ancient springs that drew Coahuiltecan Indians over 12,000 yrs ago, San Pedro Park was once the center of SA social life. Here at the Vista we have a turn-of-the-century photo showing huge crowds gathering to witness mass baptisms! The park has a shallow, but lovely swimming pool surrounded by towering cypress trees, numerous archeological traces, the San Pedro Springs Branch Library, the McFarland Tennis Center, and several baseball diamonds. It is located across the street from the San Antonio College campus & at the southern edge of the historic Monte Vista neighborhood.

Woodlawn Lake Park www.sanantonio.gov/sapar/woodlawnhis.asp. 1103 Cincinnati. This 62 acre recreational area located NW of downtown features an artificial lake about 30 acres in size. The lake is available for fishing, while non-motorized boating and watercraft are allowed by special request. Home to the Woodlawn Lake Sailing Club (small craft & radio-controlled sailboats) the park is also popular with walkers & joggers, and offers a gym, swimming pool, softball field, basketball & tennis courts, and 2 playgrounds.

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