Thousand Trails Medina Lake

Medina Lake has become one of our “home base” campgrounds over the last year. It’s truly one of our personal favorites because it feels much more like a state park as opposed to an RV park. 

The drive out to the park is absolutely STUNNING.  It will give you a better feel for the Texas Hill Country and all it has to offer.

The park itself could stand to have a few updates, so if you’re more accustomed to “RV resorts”…it might not be to your liking. The playgrounds, bath houses, and laundry room have all seen better days.. but all still very functional and usable.  You will likely be greeted by beautiful deer that the park allows you to feed (deer feed is available inside the ranger station). 

 

PARK LAYOUT

We’ve enjoyed the spaces sites, accompanied by so many trees and gorgeous views. Because the sites are a little more spread out (state park style) we’ve found it to be a great place for our children to ride their bikes/ scooters and explore a little more freely than in a crowded park .  There are a few hiking trails within the park, as well as the lake view and shore line.

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS at the PARK

As stated before the put put, outdoor courts and playgrounds need to be updated but as still usable.  I was pleased with the Pool area during the summer time, that even includes a smaller “baby pool” that is only about 1ft deep.  The activity center offers a few crafts, and candy bingos throughout the week as well as a play room inside for kids!  It looks to be stocked with donated toys and movies.  My kids LOVE IT!

PROXIMITY

It isn’t exactly close to San Antonio (about an hour drive). Boerne is the next closest town (about a 30 minute drive) that has a big HEB (a Texas chain- that is our FAVORITE) grocery store and a Walmart.  So if you are needing big box stores, I’d suggest stocking up before you get to the park.  There is a hardware store and a small grocery store within 10 miles that you can easily find basic needs.

CELL SERVICE/ WI-FI

The cell service hasn’t been consistent all over the park, but it’s much better the closer you get to the lake, and in the R and A sections.  They finally have working Wi-fi in the activity center, at the laundry shack, AND the Ranger Station. The last time we used it in the activity center I was impressed with the speed and the ability to hold an hour long video conference (zoom) with no hang ups.

THINGS TO DO NEARBY:

Lakehills Area Library:  Only a 5 mile drive. This library has a beautiful view, great wi-fi, a friendly staff, a little play area for kids inside, and a brand new outdoor playground. 

Seaworld: A 25 mile drive.  If you’ve never been to Sea World and enjoy themed parks.. GO! So amazing to see the shows, play at the kids area splash pad and ride the rides!

The Cave without a Name: A 38 mile drive.  A Natural living cavern that’s amazing to visit in any type of weather. The Cave is filled with spectacular formations of Stalactites, Stalagmites, delicate Soda Straws, Cave Drapery, magnificent Flowstones, Rimstone Dams, and more. 

Cibolo Creek Nature Preserve : A 37 mile drive. We love hiking, and exploring this FREE nature preserve .

Government Canyon State Natural Area: A 20 mile drive.  A beautiful natural area with over 40 hiking trails. Only open Friday - Monday. 

Enchanted Rock: a MUST see, especially for older kids who love to hike!  Be prepared to HIKE!

Guadalupe River State Park: Great hiking trails, and an adorable, well maintained kid friendly nature center! One of the best Iv’e seen in a state park.

Lost Maples State Natural Area: It’s so so beautiful, especially in the FALL.

In San Antonio:

Comanche Lookout Park : Great Hiking and the opportunity to explore one of the highest parts of the city.

Japanese Tea Gardens: This is such a beautiful garden and it’s absolutely FREE.  I like combining a trip here with Breckenridge Park.

Breckenridge Park:  Right next to the Japanese Gardens, a spacious park with a historic riverside area.  Our kids love the miniature train ride here.  It’s also right next door to the ZOO.

The Alamo: If you haven’t been, this is an AMAZING part of Texas history that you won’t want to miss.  If you have tiny children, it won’t be incredibly entertaining to them but the Riverwalk is nearby.

The River Walk: A beautiful area, where you can take a riverboat ride and explore downtown San Antonio.  Beware of limited and small parking spots. It’s especially eloquently decorated during the Christmas season and during Fiesta (April).

San Antonio Missions National Historic Park: Collect your Jr. Ranger badge and explore this Historic National site.  So much history for the kids to learn.

The Pearl Historic District: An area structured around the historic Pearl beer brewery.  So many shops, yummy eats, coffee, and a big grassy area for the kids to run, play, and explore. 

San Antonio Botanical Gardens : A peaceful place for the kids to roam without the larger crowds of other popular SA attractions. Especially during the week days.

Witte Museum: Ever changing exhibits for all ages, but I’d say it’s better for those 5 and up in your family.

The DoSeum: Interactive education for all ages.  You could truly spend all day here!

To be honest this is a SHORT list. There is so much to see, do and explore in the San Antonio/ Hill Country area!  Be sure to let me know if there’s anything that should be added about Medina Lake TT or a must see place to visit nearby. 

HAPPY EXPLORING.

 

Teressa Mackey