Located approximately 75 miles from San Antonio, the Frio River area in Concan, Texas is an ideal vacation destination. The cool flow of the river provides a refreshing break from the heat, while the area features outdoor activities, camping, fishing, and water sports to keep the kids busy. With Garner State Park nearby, it’s easy to experience the wonders of nature, as well as take advantage of the many educational opportunities via the numerous historical museums along the Frio River. From fishing on the river to hiking through the state park, keep your children busy with exciting indoor and outdoor activities. Book a stay at a Frio River vacation rental today. Here are several unforgettable things to do at the Frio River area.

1. Hike at Garner State Park

Take a break from relaxing in your vacation rental on the Frio River and head to Garner State Park for a day of hiking with the kids. Young and older children will enjoy the breathtaking views and the activities available at the park that include mini golf, water sports, and nightly dances. If you have a young ranger interested in the wonders of the woods, enroll him in the Ranger program to learn more about this career.

2. Take Part in Bird Watching

Make your next vacation to the Frio River an educational one with bird watching along the river bank. The Frio River area hosts diverse wildlife, which may lead you to spot a Zone-tailed hawk, Merlin, American Kestrel, or Green Kingfisher flying toward the hills. If you are venturing away from your vacation rental at night, you might even see a few bats, as Texas is home to more than 30 bat species, including the Mexican free-tailed bats.

3. Float Down the River

For a wet and wild adventure your kids will remember, rent some tubes and float down the Frio River. You can bring along your own tubes or hop over to Andy’s on River Road to rent one for every member of the family. Equip all members of your family with some paddles to wade through the currents. Make sure to bring life jackets for all members of your family and a cooler to keep your beverages cold.

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4. Perfect Your Fishing Skills

When it’s time to wind down and relax, spend a day on the Frio River fishing. Take out your rod and reels, and sit along the banks of the river to see just how many fish you can catch and release. You can rent a canoe or tube from one of the many outfitters along the river to get closer to the water. Tours are also available to help you locate those yellow catfish and large-mouth bass that are plentiful on the Frio River.

5. Play a Game of Golf

Whether your children are beginners or nearing expert golfer status, give them a platform to perfect their skills with a game of golf. Head over to The Golf Club of Texas in Concan for nine or 18 holes with the older kids, or take your younger golf enthusiasts to River Oaks Mini Golf to practice their putting. Stop by one of the many golf shops to pick up the supplies you need for the day.

6. Paddle Down the River

Strap on those life jackets and enjoy a day floating down the Frio River when renting paddle boards or kayaks. You can rent all the tubing, kayaking, and paddling equipment you need from Josh’s Frio River Outfitter or Happy Hollow Grocery & Outfitters near your vacation rental. Many private lodges and resorts provide guests with equipment to enjoy a day basking in the sun while paddling down the river.

7. Ride Horses

If your children are water logged but still want a day to enjoy the outdoor breeze, head over to Elm Creek Stables for some horseback riding. This stable, near Garner State Park, offers horseback riding lessons and tours through the scenic trails. In addition, your children can pet and feed the animals if they prefer not to mount a horse. Saddle up and get ready for an adventure with your kids.

8. Experience History

The Frio River area is home to several historical museums that offer guided tours and educational opportunities for your kids. Spend a few hours at the Real County Historical Museum to see items used by early settlers of the farming and ranching communities. The John Nance Garner Museum pays homage to President Roosevelt’s vice president with exhibits and memorabilia from his career. If you have a motorcycle enthusiast in your family, ride over to the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum to see the impressive collection of bikes.

9. Pick Fresh Favorites

Supply your vacation rental with fresh foods with a day trip to the Utopia Farmer’s Market. The market is open every Saturday for locals and tourists to pick fresh fruit and veggies for their next meal. Bring along a basket to prepare a picnic lunch with the goodies you find at the farmer’s market before heading out to the river.

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