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Brackenridge Park, San Antonio

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Brackenridge Park is a 343-acre public park in San Antonio, Texas, USA, on the city's Broadway Corridor just north of downtown San Antonio. It was created in 1899 from land donated to the city by George Washington Brackenridge.Brackenridge Park also refers to the district of the city where the park is located.Recreation and featuresAttractions within the park include the San Antonio Zoo, the Japanese Tea Gardens, the Sunken Garden Theater, and the narrow gauge San Antonio Zoo Eagle train ride, which first opened in 1956 and utilizes three Chance Rides C.P. Huntington locomotives. Other nearby attractions include the Witte Museum and the San Antonio Botanical Garden.Inside the park, there are multiple baseball fields, playgrounds, pavilions, and walking trails.
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  • August 10, 2017
    With delicious BBQ from a nearby but well known spot, we drove through and found a place to "picnic". Lots of families were out doing the same, playing games, flying kites, enjoying the fall weather. ...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    New(ish) to the San Antonio area and looking for a good picnic spot. We ended up at Brackenridge and chose a spot next to the water. Wasn't all that scenic but was mostly secluded. The park was just o...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Brackenridge contains ball fields, several kids playgrounds, rentable pavilions, and is a not that far from downtown. Near by you have the Japanese Tea Gardens, San Antonio Zoo, the Park Train, a golf...  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    Lovely! Went to see the Japanese Tea Garden and it was beautiful. There is no entrance fee and parking is free. They have a nice shaded area in the front to sit. There is also a cafe where you can get tea, snacks, and even a small lunch. Everyone was very nice! Good pace to take the whole family.
  • June 29, 2017
    The best part of the Pogo Pass so far. Lots of walking and lots of animals. Find a restaurant to beat the heat. Get a souvenir cup as refills are on a buck after the initial purchase. Well worth it if you plan to stay a while.
  • May 1, 2017
    Easter camp out on first come first serve basis. Walking distance to San Antonio Zoo and the Chinese Garden. No cost for parking at park, zoo, or gardens. The Chinese Garden are free to walk around with great photo areas, ponds with huge gold fish. Sorry I forgot the name of those beautiful fish. This is a must see area when in San Antonio. Also next to a new dog and cat adoption building with a great yard and play ares to take out the dogs and a different area for puppy play.
  • June 1, 2017
    Large and well designed urban park with plenty of shaded trails, open green spaces, playgrounds and pavilions to explore. You can walk across the San Antonio River via a submerged road and lockout system here, which is an experience well wroth doing. Clean and well maintained. Highly recommended.
  • July 6, 2017
    Beautiful and full of things to do! Bike trails, train ride, golf, baseball fields, nature trails just to name a few things. Best of all is the running water through out the park and the mature trees that are great for shading and a little bit cooler temp.

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