Austin Road Trip Guide: San Antonio Edition

San Antonio and Austin have always had a bit of a rivalry. They have the Alamo. We have the Capitol. They have the Riverwalk. We have Sixth Street. They have the Spurs. We have the Longhorns.

And we both have breakfast tacos. Who can forget the great taco truce of 2016? The mayors of both cities came together to celebrate all breakfast tacos and to declare March 10 as Breakfast Taco Day.

In the spirit of that cooperation and camaraderie, why not encourage your San Antonio friends to come to Austin for a road trip? Not only will they experience our great city once they get here, but they’ll also have some stops along the way to help enjoy the trip. After all, I-35 needs all the help it can get to make for an enjoyable traveling experience.

New Braunfels

Once the northern outskirts of San Antonio are in the rearview mirror, the first place to stop is New Braunfels. With the original Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort and the Gruene Historic District both located within the city limits, it is no wonder New Braunfels is one of the most famous and most visited small towns in Texas.

On the way from San Antonio, the first New Braunfels attraction is the place Ray Wiley Hubbard immortalized in the song “Snake Farm.” Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo has more than snakes, of course. The place was bought by new owners in 2007, and they’ve been implementing big plans including the restoration of the original exhibits and expansion of their facilities. And while there may be a woman named Ramona there, she probably doesn’t have a tattoo of a python eating a mouse like Hubbard’s song lyrics say.

On the north side of town, the Gruene Historic District has a ton of shops, restaurants and inns to keep you wandering for hours. The two most famous attractions are Gruene Hall where many Texas country artist put on shows and record live albums and the Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar.

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