11 Ways to Live It Up in Boerne
Boerne (pronounced “Bur-nee”) is where you go to stop, unwind and slow things down a bit. Take the scenic route, see glorious Texas wildflowers, shop and dine, hike and wine, or plan an action-packed adventure.
Get the local experience in this beautiful Texas Hill Country town. Here’s how:
Shop the Hill Country Mile
Score shopping treasures along this historic downtown retail row. The Hill Country Mile brims with locally owned specialty shops, antiques, home accessories, unique gifts, trendy boutiques, jewelry and art galleries.
Get Back to Nature
Explore four ecosystems at the nationally recognized Cibolo Nature Center, a popular spot for birding and hiking. Shaded Cypress-lined banks, the Cibolo Creek, a boardwalk and easy-access hiking trails make this an inviting retreat.
The Boerne area is home to two natural living caves. Tour the limestone caverns of Cascade Caverns and Cave Without A Name. Both offer nationally acclaimed formations at a cool year-round 66°.
Paddle and Tube
With 200-acre Boerne City Lake Park and cool rivers and creeks to paddle and tube, Boerne offers plenty of ways to get out on the water. Rent some paddleboards on Boerne City Lake, picnic by the Cibolo Creek and feed the ducks at River Road Park. Or head to Guadalupe River State Park just 15 minutes away.
Dig the Homegrown Talent
Seek out live entertainment. Favorite local hot spots include Random, The Roundup, Drink Texas Biergarten and Soda Pops, where twice monthly Hot Rod Nights combine live music with vintage cars, hot burgers and cold beer.
Eat Amazing Food
Down home cooking to Texas barbecue to modern fare, Boerne’s eateries keep diners satisfied. Have breakfast at Bear Moon Bakery, sandwiches and homemade ice cream at Boerne Grill, lamb sliders at 259 Brantley’s Bistro, German and Czech cuisine at Little Gretel’s, fine dining at The Creek or Cypress Grille, and home cooking at the new Peggy’s on the Green.
Sip Fantastic Wine and Beer
Taste and tour local wineries and breweries. Sip fine Texas wines at Singing Waters Vineyards, Sister Creek Vineyards and Bending Branch Winery or put back pints at Boerne Brewery, Dodging Duck Brewhaus, Kinematic Brewing Co. & new Cibolo Creek Brewing Co.
Take the Back Roads
Dubbed “the Hub of the Hill Country,” Boerne is less than 15 miles from San Antonio and a short drive to other charming Hill Country communities like Comfort, Bandera, Johnson City, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, New Braunfels and San Marcos.
Visit Road Trips to plan your Boerne-based highway adventure.
Take a Public Art Stroll
Walk the Hill Country Mile and Boerne Trail System to view sculptures and pieces from Art al Fresco, a public sculpture competition spanning welded steel, bronze and blown glass.
Celebrate with the Locals
Year-round parades, festivals and cultural happenings keep Boerne’s event calendar jam packed. The Kendall County Fair, Chocolate Walk, Berges Fest, Key to the Hills Rod Run and other annual car shows, Parade of Artists, Weihnachts Parade, Dickens on Main, and Boerne Market Days are just the beginning.