A Texan’s Top Picks for Entertainment

Posted on September 18, 2012


Kelly Wilson, our local planning committee co-chair, recommends some ways to enjoy her state !

1. Go on a Cavern Adventure
Natural Bridge Caverns is a treasured natural attraction in Texas and close to San Antonio. This beautiful and historical cavern system offers an energetic, educational and fund experience. Natural Bridge Caverns offers views of amazing stalagmites, stalactites, flowstones, chandeliers and soda straws.

2. Scoot Your Boots
If you want to boot-scoot and learn the Texas Two-Step (we really don’t line dance in Texas), we recommend visiting some of the preserved Dance Halls in Texas that are close to San Antonio.

  • Gruene Hall is located in the historical area of Gruene, TX (now a part of New Braunfels, TX) and is known as “the oldest dance hall in Texas.” If you saw the movie Michael, it was recorded at Gruene.  On Saturday, October 13, you can hear a Rock-a-billy band, Two Tons of Steel for $10.
  • John T Floore Country Store in Helotes, TX is outdoors and limited seats are available to see Dwight Yoakam on Saturday October 13.  Tickets are $35 and sold on a first come, first served basis.
  • Leon Springs Dancehall is featuring the Jay Eric & Blieder’s Creek for $9 on Saturday, October 13th.
  • Cowboys Dancehall If you want more of the country night club feel and don’t care about the squeaky wood dance floor, take a lesson or see a show at Cowboys. Check their website for events.

3. Get Some Retail Therapy
Did you know that a shopper’s heaven awaits you less than an hours drive north of San Antonio?  The San Marcos Outlet Malls are two discrete malls that include the Premium Outlets and Tanger Factory Outlet.  What does this mean for the shop-a-holic? There are more than 350 stores all adjacent to each other!

4. Visit the Capitol of Texas
If you find yourself with some extra time in Texas, you can head north to the State Capitol in Austin. Austin is about 1.5 hours north on I-35. Austin is full of things to do besides visiting the Capitol. You could easily spend a day enjoying Austin’s trees, lakes, swimming holes, and hike and bike trails. Stay through the evening and find out why Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.”