What to do and see in Lakehills, United States: The Best Places and Tips

October 18, 2017 Vergie Nakamoto

Lakehills is a census-designated place (CDP) in Bandera County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,150 at the 2010 census, making it the most populous place in Bandera county. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Restaurants in Lakehills

1. Hill Country State Natural Area

10600 Bandera Creek Rd, Bandera, TX 78003-3867 +1 830-796-4413
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

Hill Country State Natural Area

Undeveloped state park that offers 36 miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, and primitive camping.

Reviewed By uphill69 - Pensacola, Florida

Texas Hill Country beauty. Purchased an annual pass and intend to hike all over this place as well as other TX state parks within an hour's drive. First short trail hike showed: very good signage; great correlation with trail map.

2. John T Floore Country Store

14492 Old Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023-3702 +1 210-695-8827
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

John T Floore Country Store

Reviewed By DiamondDoug44 - Mandeville, Louisiana

This place is absolutely great. This is the place that put Willie Nelson on the map!!!

The great redheaded stranger, Willie Nelson even mentions this iconic bar in his song "Shotgun Willie"

If you want to be a real deal Texan -- go here on a Sunday get a Lone Star beer and get some tamales at Floore's country store

Awesome place, awesome people, awesome cold beer----this place is fantastic

3. Polly's Chapel

Pollys Chapel Road, Pipe Creek, TX 78063
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Polly's Chapel

Reviewed By Simon R - Canberra, Australia

This quaint little chapel in the middle of nowhere with some great history. The chapel and grounds are charming. We saw a picture of the chapel in a painting while having lunch in Bendara. After talking to a local we decided to find it. It was marked on Google maps, though the Pollys Chapel Road is currently incorrectly drawn (it is actually about 0.2miles west).

4. Medina River

Bandera, TX +1 830-796-3600
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

Medina River

The portion of this river inside Hill Country State Natural Area is great for a swim.

Reviewed By Noel M

fun for young and old on the gorgeous medina river...contests (the regatta is a MUST SEE), booths, food, cook-offs, camping not to mention swimming, tubing, kayaking. like being a kid again. decided to move here so will be at the riverfest every year from now on.

5. Frontier Times Museum

510 13th Street, Bandera, TX 78003 +1 830-796-3864
Excellent
45%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 84 reviews

Frontier Times Museum

Includes many early pioneer items, some very unusual.

Reviewed By Kenneth R - Garland, Texas

Somewhat small, but crammed full of interesting artifacts from frontier times through WWII and current rodeo champions and their equipment. Very nice lady welcomed me and told me about some of the most interesting items (various WWII items, coins, 2-headed calf, dressed flea's, etc.). She answered all of my questions and seemed genuinely glad I was there. Definitely worth a stop!

6. Bear Springs Blossom Nature Trail

Pob 63295, Pipe Creek, TX 78063-3295 +1 830-535-6122

Nature trail focused on conservation of native plants of Texas Hill Country.

7. Silver Spur Ranch

9266 Bandera Creek Rd, Bandera, TX 78003-3944 +1 830-796-3037
Excellent
72%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Silver Spur Ranch

Reviewed By soldbyshahla - Atlanta, Georgia

We visited as day visitors and were sad to go. One hour of horseback riding through beautiful scenery (horses were well trained, and cared for), hayride to see longhone cattle, brisket dinner, fire, smores. Who could ask for anything more! Bandera is about 1.5 hours from San Antonio. The town is called cowboy capital. It has cute shops in town that I wish I'd had time to visit.

8. Bandera Natural History Museum

267 Old San Antonio Hwy,, Bandera, TX 78003 +1 830-328-5090
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Bandera Natural History Museum

Replicas of Dinosaurs, Ice Age animals, and educational play stations are located on the eight acre grounds. Inside there are over 100 full-body animal mounts positioned in hand-painted dioramas portraying their natural habitats. An international collection of art pieces are displayed in the museum.

Reviewed By Doctor_Possum - Texas

I have been wanting to visit for some time so today, being my birthday, a friend and I went to take a look. The indoor exhibits are small compared to larger museums but very interesting nonetheless. There are several excellent dioramas, each with exacting detail. We were told that the consultant for the project even went to such great lengths as to insist on the correct cloud formations and sky colors of each region. The taxidermy is excellent, too. There's a 17 foot tall giraffe that is very impressive. There are some Latin American ceremonial masks as well as an exhibit from Africa. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

Outdoors there is a life-size dinosaur exhibit along two walking paths. The detail of the models is excellent and they're not placed far from the paths as in some exhibits; you can walk right up to them. Glad I wasn't around when these bad boys and girls were prevalent.

But I gotta tell you, for us the best part was the outdoor faux fossil exhibit. There were four large fossils, each with removable bones. Adjacent to each was a long trench filled with sand, toy plastic shovels sticking out. The bones could be buried in the sand by another and it's you job to find them and put them in place on the skeleton. Too much fun!!! I'm 71 and my friend is 59 and we both turned into kids, playing in the sand.

So the next time you're in Bandera, do yourself and visit the museum; I think you'll be very pleased. And don't forget those sandboxes!!!

9. Bandera City Park

173 Main Street, Bandera, TX 78003
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Bandera City Park

Reviewed By Gagan G - San Antonio, Texas

We had visited River Medina and City Park on the occasion of Riverfest in Bandera. Park looked average to me if I compare that to ones in New Braunfels and San Marcos and around, but the place is good for all beginning level water enthusiasts to do anything like swimming, jumping into the river, or kayaking, tubing. Water levels are not that deep and friendly for family and kids purpose. There are lots of ducks as well, so you have fun by feeding them as well.

10. Dixie Dude Ranch

Ranch Road 1077, Bandera, TX 78003 +1 830-796-4481
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Dixie Dude Ranch

Reviewed By Michael B - Bury, United Kingdom

We stayed here as part of our honeymoon road trip. the staff are really friendly and try to make your stay as good as possible. there is a communal dining room and meals are taken as a group 3 times a day. The quality home made of the food was great and there is a lot of it.

There are daily activities and events that keep you entertained outside of the horse riding. whilst we were there we had a singer/guitarist come over to entertain us. there was a visit from a cowboy with a Texas Longhorn bull (which was enormous!). on site there are lots of animals as you'd expect and the place has an outdoor pool & hot tub which is fantastic after a long horse ride.

the cabins are very basic and rustic so don't expect the Bellagio but they are fine for what we needed.

Would love to go again one day.

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