Nestled a little outside of San Antonio is the quaint small/big town of Boerne, where driving through downtown feels like a dream, and you’ve got nature, great food, and some hill country attractions like no other. There are so many things to do in Boerne, TX, and we imagine that once you go for your first visit, you’ll want to go back a few more times! Keep reading for a full list of things to do in Boerne, TX. What I love is that Boerne is romantic couples-friendly, bachelorette-friendly, family trip-friendly, solo-trip friendly, and the list goes on. Basically, there’s so much to do in Boerne that you’ll find something for everyone.
Check out our itinerary for a romantic getaway in Boerne while you’re at it!
Go for a Hike
The Cibolo Nature Center is a beautiful area to go on a hike through the different terrains, marshlands, wildflowers, and more. There’s an area where the Cibolo Creek runs through with Cypress trees growing up that make for a stunning site, and the kids love to swim in it. They also have different activities and special events on their website including nature walks, scavenger hunts, birding workshops, and more.
See the Cave Without a Name
There are some pretty cool caves around Texas, and each one is unique in its own way, and the Cave Without a Name is no exception. After the owner ran a competition for people to name the cave, a child said that the cave was too beautiful for a name to properly capture its beauty to have a name, and thus, the name (or no name) was held. Guests get to descend a fun spiral staircase before arriving into a large open expanse area of the caverns. You get to learn all about the different formations, see the unique cascades of water, and feel the magnificence of a cave as massive in size as this one is.
One really cool part of the Cave Without a Name is that they also host special events here including concerts, so be sure to keep up with their calendar. Want to host a really unique event? Rent out the cave. They even do weddings for around $1,000 as of writing this blog post.
After emerging from the cave, there are some fun activities including mining for gems and cutting your own geode. One thing we really enjoyed were the prices of everything. A bag of the gems for mining ends up leading to you finding unique gems cheaper than you would buy on their own, and people travel all around for their fairly priced beautiful quartz and other gemstones.
Go on a Winery Tour
Take a little day trip outside of Boerne and visit the local wineries around! There are several nearby, so you can easily go on a fun winery trip to hit up some of these local spots.
Saint Tryphon Winery – This winery focuses on native Texas grapes and keeping wine close to its flavors. You’ll find Tannat, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, Aglinaico and other wines that you don’t typically see at your wine shop, but have some great flavors. Here you’ll find people who are all about making wine approachable, and will help you find something you’ll love. Plus on the hot days, resting your feet by the pool while enjoying a glass of wine is pretty refreshing.
Bending Branch Winery – This place is all about pioneering Tannat, and they’re all about experimenting. You might not have heard of Crimson Cabernet before you come here, and they use some really unique techniques to lead the industry. They also use organic farming practices and avoid chemicals and pesticides.
Singing Waters – This winery is great because it’s also family friendly and veteran owned with a wine that gives a portion of their profits to a veteran non-profit. Their large property means plenty of spots to relax outdoors with live music and other events happening regularly. They even have goats and other animals to see nearby.
Explore the Hill Country Mile
Every small town has some great shopping, but Boerne us just full of so many cute boutiques, local goods, and fun finds. We loved getting to walk through Flashback Funtiques with large antiques or Epicure with all the foodie items you can imagine. There were multiple boutiques with fun fashion finds and home decor shops. If you want to experience Christmas year-round, then you can stop by The Christmas Shoppe! There’s just so much to see along the Hill Country Mile.
Have a Lake Day
Boerne Lake is just gorgeous with its turquoise blue waters! They have little beach areas, sand volleyball, and frisbee golf and makes for a great place to pack a lunch and spend the day relaxing and swimming. Over at Boerne Lake, you can also rent out kayaks and SUPs from Hill Country Paddle Sports. You can even take sailing classes at Trisum Sailing.
Become a Blacksmith
The AgriCultural Museum has a large collection of historic tractors and other agriculture tools. One of the biggest attractions is their blacksmith demonstrations every Saturday. Be sure to stay up to date and give them a call as they also have blacksmith workshops where you can learn to create something unique yourself!
Discover the Local Brew Scene
Boerne has a booming beer scene with some great spots serving up local craft beer!
Cibolo Creek Brewing Company seems to be coming up with a new brew each week, so you’ll always find something different when you visit. They also have the outdoor patio area for relaxing and enjoying their different flights.
Tusculum Brewing Company is also within walking distance. Both are on the Hill Country Mile and make for a great stop in between all the shopping. Boerne also lets you take your drinks with you while walking for a little sip and shop. They have fun items like their popular bam-ba-lam, a ghost piper scotch ale, and other great items.
Try Seriously Amazing Dishes
I’m still drooling over the amazing Boerne food scene! German bakeries, fine steak houses, mouth watering Texas bbq, and more make up the Boerne food scene and make Boerne a destination of its own. There are so many great places to eat in Boerne that we made a post just about the best spots to eat in Boerne.
Stay at Some Cool Spots
One thing I loved about Boerne was just to get the chance to get away and relax at the hotel.
The Bevy Hotel – The Bevy Hotel is a modern Hill Country hotel with some great views overlooking the hill country. They have a great pool to relax in and is a big draw for families wanting to visit Boerne with kids. One of our favorite parts was dining out by the pool while the sun was setting! It was such an incredible view! And you can read all about our experience at the Bevy Hotel.
The Kendall – Located on the Hill Country Mile, this hotel has a little bit of everything and rustic charm. They have spacious suites with clawfoot tubs, affordable options, and unique finds like sleeping in a school house or church. Since it’s in the downtown area, you’re also within walking distance from different restaurants and bars. We have a special deal for MyCurlyAdventures readers. Use code WINETIME for a complimentary bottle of wine when you check in! Read all about our experience at the Kendall.
Visit the Farmer’s Market
Herff Farms opens up their beautiful area on Saturdays for locals to come out and sell their local goods. While their guests can also tour the historic home, wander through the inspiration gardens, and take part in yoga at Herff Farms.
Grab a Drink
Salvador Dobbs is a local favorite bar with a 1920s feel, eclectic finds, and the unique story of Mr. Dobbs who was famous for his hats in the early 1900s. Grab a drink at the bar, relax to the side in a more low-key area, or grab a swing outside to enjoy your drink. And for special events, they even have a secret champagne room!
Support Your Local Girl Gang
Girl With Grit is a local nonprofit in Boerne that empowers girls to explore different careers! From art to learning about cars, wood working, and more, these girls get to experience some pretty unique opportunities. People traveling to Boerne can support by visiting their shop in downtown Boerne on Saturdays at 102 E Hosack. They also host great fundraisers. While we were in Boerne, they had a Hot Rod Taxi event where people could ride around in vintage cars for a small fee to support this nonprofit.
Things to Do in Boerne TX: Final Thoughts
We had such a wonderful trip to Boerne! It’s amazing how much there is to do and the town itself is just gorgeous. It’s your perfect Texas Hill Country getaway for a little peace or adventure, however you want to take it. You can even plan a romantic getaway!