Friday, July 10, 2015

National Picnic Month in San Antonio

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Grab your checkered blanket and your wicker baskets because July is National Picnic Month! San Antonio has an abundance of beautiful parks just asking for you to throw down a picnic blanket and break out the snacks. Just make sure you clean up after yourself when you’re done! For a full directory of San Antonio's gorgeous parks go to the city of San Antonio's website.

Brackenridge Park is a 343 acre park located north of the city, just a short 20 minute drive away from the Residences at La Cantera. Within the park, you can find the San Antonio Zoo which contains over 750 different species of animals! You can also find the Japanese Tea Gardens or the Sunken Gardens, which found their home in an abandoned rock quarry. Within the park grounds you can take a ride on the San Antonio Zoo Eagle Train Ride. Brackenridge Park is a beautiful place to plant yourself for a weekend picnic. After your meal you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied!

McAllister Park, an 18 minute drive from La Cantera apartments, might not have a zoo located within its boundaries but it has so much for you to do! The park is outfitted with baseball, soccer and rugby fields for some pick-up games. The 15 miles of scenic trails will have you huffing and puffing your way through them. And don’t forget the dog park! Bring your furry four-legged friend down to the McAllister dog park and set him/her free to play with other pups.

Government Canyon State Natural Area has over 40 miles of hiking and biking trails for you to explore and navigate. The park is rife with opportunities for geocaching, guided hikes and ranger programs. The Natural Area is also home to 110 million year old dinosaur foot prints! So follow in the footprints of ancient dinosaurs and take your picnic baskets to Government Canyon State Natural Area.

While exploring these gorgeous parks make sure to follow the Leave No Trace 7 Principles to minimize human impact on the lands. The only way we can continue to enjoy these beautiful parks is if we maintain them and do our part to keep them clean.

Each of these fascinating parks has something to offer from hiking and biking trails to dog parks to geocaching, there’s something for everybody. After your picnic you can stick around and see what events are happening in the parks. Check the event calendar to see what's happening this weekend. Bring your picnic baskets but don’t leave anything behind!

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