The Best Parks for Renters to Stroll in San Antonio

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Looking for a way to unwind after a long day? Renters who love the outdoors can find plenty of great parks right here, such as: Brackenridge Park, San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, Woodlawn Lake Park, Hemisfair Park, Japanese Tea Garden, Conception Park and Denman Estate Park.

Big-city life definitely has its perks – but what about parks? When renting in a vibrant metro, it’s important to consider the little slices of nature that the city offers in order to have a place to relax, exercise, enjoy the outdoors and spend quality time with your loved ones. The good news is that the best parks in San Antonio check all the boxes and are the perfect green sanctuary for both renters and tourists.

So, if you’re looking for apartments in San Antonio and green spaces are important for you, check out our list of the best parks in San Antonio!


Brackenridge Park

Brackenridge Park has a rich history, originally established in 1899 and delighting San Antonio renters and tourists ever since. A true oasis in the heart of the city, this lush park benefits from an ideal location, as well as 343 acres of fishing, golf, picnic areas, playgrounds, museums and a Japanese tea garden. Here, there’s zero chance of getting bored in such a well-developed park that combines the best parts of nature with visitors’ favorite entertainment activities.


San Antonio Missions National Historic Park


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This fairly large park is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, which preserves four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio (except The Alamo) and represents the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America. Renters interested in historical spots can walk across the eight-mile stretch of the River Walk’s Mission Reach to explore recreational trails, pavilions, bridges and portals to the four Spanish colonial missions — Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada.


Woodlawn Lake Park


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Home to the man-made Woodlawn Lake, this idyllic park is the perfect place to be on a hot summer day. Originally established in 1880 as an adjacent parkland to a residential subdivision, the park is now a well-rounded outdoor entertainment area where visitors can enjoy tennis courts, dance studios and the highly popular Woodlawn Lake Pool. In fact, San Antonio renters can take a break from the heat at this regional pool that offers free swimming from May through September.


Hemisfair Park

This little green oasis in the heart of downtown San Antonio is the definition of “something for everyone.” Here, you can find the most diverse and fun features and activities — from human-sized checkers to climbing structures, giant slides and even a splash zone. Previously home to the tallest building in San Antonio, Hemisfair Park is now the perfect place for renters to admire a panoramic view of the city, as well as the interactive pieces and murals in the art gallery — because, yes, this park checks that, too.


Japanese Tea Garden


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A contributing feature of Brackenridge Park — but a notable standalone area in and of itself — the Japanese Tea Garden is one the San Antonio’s most beautiful, lush and tranquil parks. With more than 90 years of history, the garden previously served as a rock quarry. Nowadays, it’s home to a Japanese pavilion, a gorgeous lilypond, a waterfall and a Japanese café. Weddings and other celebrations take place in the serene atmosphere of the Japanese Tea Garden and, as a renters, you can enjoy its surroundings every day of the year — even with your furry best friend in tow.


Conception Park

Take in a healthy share of history along with your dose of exercise and fresh air at Conception Park. This popular location is perfect for renters who wants to learn more about the Spanish colonial missions, but also those who simply want to destress and enjoy the great outdoors. Conception Park is just south of downtown San Antonio and offers a sports complex with a basketball court and a swimming pool, as well as hike and bike tours that run across all of the city’s missions.


Denman Estate Park


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Located in the northwest part of San Antonio, Denman Estate Park spreads across 21 acres and offers renters numerous serene picnic areas with benches and tables; a half-mile walking trail; and a labyrinth. And, because San Antonio is a sister city to Gwangju, Korea, Denman Estate Park is best known for its beautiful, hand-crafted Korean monument — a pavilion gifted to the people of San Antonio as a token of peace and friendship.

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Laura Pop-Badiu is a Senior Creative Writer at CoworkingCafe and CoworkingMag, with a degree in Journalism and a background in both hospitality and real estate. Laura is a certified bookworm with a genuine passion for the written word and a keen interest in the coworking sector. Her work has been featured in major publications like Forbes, NBC News, The Business Journals, Chicago Tribune, MSN and Yahoo! Finance, among others.

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