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slarsen

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Posted: 02/13/10 06:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Will be spending about 5 nites in or close to San Antonio in late March in our new Mountaineer, our first trip. What with the cost of the trip and all, the cost per night isn't a factor. I just want to have our first entering-retirement trip to be memorable.

I found the Admiralty RV Resort on the internet, and it looks OK. Does anyone have a better suggestion, given that I am looking for somewhere clean, neat and attractive? No pets, don't care about internet or TV, just want an attractive place to stay. Oh, and pull-thru would be nice, given my lack of experience.

Thanks so much!

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We've stayed at Admiralty and found it very nice.


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Looks like there will be plenty of pull-thru sites.
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RV Park Reviews

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Texas Hill Country and San Antonio are very nice areas with lots to see and do, the following is what I had in my files on that area:

The Museum of Western Art near Kerrville is really good, a must see for sure if possible. ART

I did not go see this, but it could be interesting, Texas Stonehenge II near Kerrville.

Find some good Texas Barbeque something like this place maybe Texas Pride Barbecue, which was featured on the Food Network. TX Pride I can not recommend a place. We had some just off I-10 in Kerrville, but it was years ago. Not sure if it still good. The barbeque sauce is the key. Anyone know of a good place to eat in or near San Antonio?

If you see a Taco Cabana Mexican Patio Cafe, the best fast food Mexican style you can find IMHO, stop and eat. Best Fajitas, we like the chicken ones, but all are good. (We eat at one in El Paso whenever we have to go there, see Mexican Nationals eating at it, must be good) Great Salsa, try some of each, very good eating. Sopias were bad when we tried them in Amerillo, other menu items very good. Menu

South Llano River State Park adjoins Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area, south of Junction is great as is Pedernales Falls State Park in Blanco County east of Johnson City. We have been to both. River
Falls

Less expensive Camping check: COE Campgrounds in Texas most are north of Austin, however. But there are a few north of San Antonio on Canyon Lake and Potter's Creek Campground has gotten very good reviews.

To Help Find other places to camp in Texas, a list of sites.

Almost went to Blanco State Park, but didn't. Seems like a nice place.

LBJ's Ranch is near Johnson City as well as a Texas State Wildflower Museum-like place, the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site is between JC and Fredericksburg (neat place to see as well), across the road from the LBJ Ranch a National Park now. LBJ
LBJ SP
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Luckenbach Texas is in the area as well, but have not been to it.

March may have Wild Flowers in Bloom.

I found Cascade Caverns at Boerne to be extremely neat (my first cave) when I was about 12 or 13. Not sure how it would hold up now for me. Ha! Cave
I see they do have camping there now.

Guadalupe River State Park- I have not been here, 30 miles north of downtown San Antonio at the north end of Park Road 31. It may be reached by traveling west on State Highway 46, 8 miles west of the intersection of State Highway 46 and US Highway 281 or by traveling eastward on State Highway 46, 13 miles east of Boerne. Guadalupe and other state parks in the TX Hill Country

Bastrop State Prk- ditto as last one, have heard it was nice. -70 miles to San Antonio. Bastrop
Buescher SP is adjacent to Bastrop SP. Buescher

In San Antonio:

San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium is near Brackenridge Park - we enjoyed the zoo many years ago. ZOO
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[emoticon] Sea World San Antonio, not been to this one, the one in San Diego was neat.

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum was interesting, espc. Buckhorn Hall of Horns, we have visited it in down town, but we first saw them when at the old Lone Star Brewing Company. Lone Star had purchases the world-famous Buckhorn Collection and had the Lone Star Buckhorn Hall of Horns as part of their tour. BuckHorn

The Institute of Texan Cultures is a 182,000-square-foot cultural experience museum featuring 65,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and displays that tell the stories of Texans. The mission of the Institute of Texan Cultures is to engage lifelong learners in the understanding and celebration of Texas cultural heritage. Note{ not just cowboys, but the varied nationalites, such as German, Polish, Czech, Swedish, etc. also African American, Hispanic and many others. The Institute of Texan Cultures is located in downtown San Antonio in HemisFair Park beneath the Tower of the Americas and adjacent to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Complimentary parking is available. Additional paid parking is available in adjacent lots and on Durango Boulevard. Groups traveling in buses are asked to enter the bus lot on South Bowie Street. ---A neat place. TxCultures

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park ---we took a good part of a day to drive to them and visit some on one trip to San Antonio, but may have visited the Alamo first(?). They are not in just one spot, takes some driving & following directions. Pretty neat. If into photo taking, may get some nice shot. Missions

I just found this site, it could be neat to visit: Casa Navarro Historic Site.

I believe you will like San Antonio, for a huge city in population, you don't really get the closed in feeling of a big city. As some have noted:
The Alamo -very interesting (espc. for a Texas kid), very nice displays, beautifully landscaped grounds in the back area & interesting museum.

The River Walk -very nice to walk, also boat rides, lots of side walk eating places. We have always enjoyed it. Walk

Six Flags Fiesta Texas, I have not gone there, nor to

Alamo River RV Resort close, but $35 a night- 16 miles from the downtown River Walk, on the southern city limits of the Alamo City. I have only seen it on web site? as well as Stone Creek RV Park.

Also, near San Antonio---often by passed is the town of Castroville with a RV park. RV Park
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Castroville is approximately 15 minutes west of San Antonio, settled by Henri Castro and a small group of French Alsatian colonists. A neat town & river. My sister & bro-n-law had a vacation place there once on the Medina River, shortest river in Texas. Alsatians are the German-speaking people of the French region of Alsace, located between the Vosges Mountains and the German border in the departments of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin. There are perhaps 1.5 million speakers of German dialects in this region. There is no single Alsatian dialectal variant, although High German is used as the written standard. Today, most Alsatians are bilingual, German & French. According to Louis L'Amour in his novel Shalako, they were always. Castroville
I believe the locals & maybe most Texans called it Caster-ville, at least back in the '70s.

And I remember my sister driving us by Medina Lake. But can not remember much now. It was in the early '80s when we went by it.

I just happen to find this site, the place sounds neat.
Hill Country Natural Area

Being from the Southwest, I did not think of the El Mercado at first. Market
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Some Misc Areas in Texas:
Texas State Parks are really nice: Parks

San Antonio Camping Reviews from Go-Texas

I have never stopped here, but have been tempted to do so, Caverns of Sonora, they say is a National Natural Landmark, a unique cave located 8 miles west of the town of Sonora, Texas, and a world-class cave.

Balmorhea State Park is located in the foothills of the Davis Mountains southwest of Balmorhea and nearby Davis Mountains State Park (along with the famous Big Bend Nat'l Park) are very nice places and one could spend a long time at each. Been to all except Davis, but it is nice areas, be sure to visit the old Ft. Davis a nice place to see. Balmorhea

Off the I-10 beaten path somewhat: Goliad State Park is located by Goliad with a nice campground on the San Antonio River. (a lot of Texas History in this area, some from same time as the famous Alamo fight) Been to it and would go back.Goliad

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WOW, Deserthawk, you certainly are generous with your time! Thanks so much, I'll be trying out all these links.

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Plan on stopping by the Alamo on are way home late March.Looking for information on RV site for a 2 night stop.


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"Travellers World" should meet your needs and is right on the bus route for downtown as well as being easy driving from a couple of the old missions. We stayed there for a few nights last spring and had no problems.


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We stayed in Bulverdere at Texas 281 RV Park. It is a beautiful park with many old Oak Trees and wonderful rock buildings that were originally part of a ranch. IMHO it is much nicer than the paved parking lost style parks. It is near a bus stop if you don't want to fight San Antonio traffic. Much to do and see in the Hill Country.


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Looks like there will be plenty of pull-thru sites.
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I'd like to second this...we really enjoyed this park while visiting Sea World.

It was a bit of a hike to down town but we were ok with that.

Admirality is a nice place and they are hard core on their rules which are fine by us. You are gonna be close to your neighbors but so what. RV folk are good people. They do have a great pool area but this time of year, that may not be something you are after. [emoticon]

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