Boerne, TX

Located in the Hill Country just northwest of San Antonio, this little German burg is full of lots of unique adventures that might seem random, but all together they form one epic day trip!

CULTURE

Stop by the “Happestrause” (that’s German for “Main Street”) for all kinds of shops and eats. Inside Carousel Antiques, you’ll find Fickle Pickles, where you can shop and snack on homemade pickles at the same time! At Son of a Brave, you’ll find beautifully crafted Native American Indian jewelry — which comes from and benefits the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi Tribes.

On the first floor of the Boerne Public Library, you’ll find the Low German Bible, which dates back to 1614 and is one of only 6 remaining Bibles of its kind. It’s based on Martin Luther’s original translation during the Protestant Reformation.

Join the locals at the Boerne Shooting Club, for this German tradition that dates back to 1864. The range is full of guns, targets and shooting games that’ll bring out the competition in anyone. It is a member’s only club, but they welcome all at their many events, and memberships are open too.

FOOD

On Main Street, head to Soda Pops for behemoth burgers in a retro 50’s diner, and save room for a super sweet treat because next door at the Sugar Shack is a whole new world of sugary goodness. Enjoy a chocolate banana milkshake at the ice cream counter, and munch on all the candies of your childhood in the candy shop.

Though Mary’s Tacos may seem small from the outside, there’s a reason it’s always packed — it serves up BIG flavor in BIG tacos. With fresh salsa, homemade tortillas that are never more than 10 minutes off the griddle when you get them and delicious fillings that are named after their customers.  It’s taco nirvana.

For a truly strange and yummy experience, head to Random, which is exactly how it sounds! Part outdoor beer garden, part gourmet food truck park with yard games, a playground and even a giant bouncy thing — there’s something randomly fun for everyone here!

OUTDOORS

Visit the Cibolo Nature Center to wander through a wide open prairie land, a wetland marsh, a woodland forest and a post oak savannah — all within a few feet of each other! You can even float through the gently flowing Cibolo Creek to cool off on a hot day or just stick to the trail along its banks when it’s too cold for a swim.  Make time for one of their many programs and to visit the Herff Farmstead for hands-on learning.

Outside of town, you’ll find Cave Without a Name that’s one of the most beautiful caves in Texas.  It’s full of wondrous formations, and was actually discovered by three children. And as for that name (or non-name), it was decided when the owners ran a contest to name the cave.  When one entrant said, “That cave is too beautiful for a name” – it stuck, and the rest is history.

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