Mitchell Lake. Bird-watchers worldwide come here to see the more than 300 species that visit each year. This 624-acre complex is located on a natural migratory route and serves as a stopping point for thousands of birds annually. 10750 Pleaston Rd., San Antonio, TX. 210/628–1639. www.saws.org/environmental/mitchelllake/. $2. Sat.–Sun. 8–4.
Natural Bridge Caverns. Trek down 180 feet below the earth's surface for a half-mile walk through this beautiful, historic cavern system. Visitors can take the popular North Cavern tour for a look at stalagmites, stalactites, flowstones, chandeliers, and soda straw formations. The Jaremy Room encompasses two huge underground chambers that use both light and dark to showcase rare formations. 26495 Natural Bridge Cavern Rd., San Antonio, TX. 210/651–6101. www.naturalbridgecaverns.com. $16.95–$25.95. Daily 9–4, 5, 6, or 7, depending on season.
Its enviable position as the southern gateway to the Hill Country makes San Antonio a great destination for golfers.
San Antonio Golf Operations Department. If you have wannabe golf pro youngsters in tow, the San Antonio Golf Operations Department has set up Saturday clinics year-round for junior golfers (ages 6 to 18). 210/225–3528.
Brackenridge Golf Course. This historic course was the first inductee of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. Located in San Antonio's Brackenridge Park, it first opened for play in 1916, and is the oldest municipal course in the city. Brackenridge closed in January 2008 for renovations that will include reworked tee boxes, greens, and fairways, and a return to the original layout of 15 holes; it is scheduled to reopen in late fall 2008 as a 6,185-yard par-71. 2315 Ave. B, San Antonio, TX. 210/225–3528. www.playsanantoniogolf.com.
Cedar Creek Course. Enjoy scenic views—and isn't that a big part of what golfing is all about?—while perfecting your swing at this 18-hole, par-72, course in the hills. Hazards include waterways and waterfalls. Green fees are $35 Monday through Friday and $41 Saturday and Sunday; price includes cart. 8250 Vista Colina, San Antonio, TX. 210/695–5050. www.playsanantoniogolf.com.
La Cantera. This course was voted the best in San Antonio by readers of both the San Antonio Express-News and the San Antonio Current. The resort course offers views of Six Flags Fiesta Texas as well as the Texas Hill Country, while the signature number 4 on the Arnold Palmer course—designed by the legendary golfer—requires a long carry over a waterfall-fed lake at the lip of the green. Greens fees range from $125 to $150. 16641 La Cantera Pkwy., San Antonio, TX. 210/558–46453. www.lacanteragolfclub.com.
Quarry Golf Club. The front nine here plays like a links-style course, with no trees and an ever-present breeze to deal with. The back nine, however, is set in a limestone quarry with 100-foot perimeters. Greens fees range from $89 to $109. 444 E. Basse Rd., San Antonio, TX. 210/824–4500. www.quarrygolf.com.