Museums, Zoos and Gardens
San Antonio Zoo, Witte Museum, and More
The San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium is located in midtown San Antonio, just a 25-minute drive from the hotel. The 56-acre, non-profit San Antonio Zoological Society is home to over 9,000 animals, representing 750 species. The San Antonio Zoo commemorates its first 100 years with a central gathering place called Zootennial Plaza—a thoughtfully, meticulously designed $8 million project that includes an upscale restaurant, a centralized family gathering area for casual and reserved occasions and a custom-designed carousel. Don’t miss their interactive exhibits, and make sure to hop aboard the San Antonio Zoo Eagle for a train ride through Brackenridge Park. The zoo is open 365 days a year – rain or shine – from 9AM to 5PM. Visit their website for pricing and other details.
The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) is located on the historic San Antonio River Walk, just a short drive from our beautiful Texas Hill Country resort. The Museum offers important permanent collections of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, contemporary art and American paintings. Enjoy free general admission every Tuesday from 4 -9PM and Sunday from 10AM to noon. Visit their website for complete information.
The Witte Museum promotes lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs, and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage. Exhibitions, programs, and collections connect the past, present, and future through a dynamic learning environment. Located on the banks of the beautiful San Antonio River in Brackenridge Park, The Witte Museum is an easy drive from the resort. Parking is free in the Brackenridge Park Parking Garage. Visit their website for complete details.
Opening as the first modern art museum in Texas in 1954, it was converted from a Spanish-style mansion. The McNay features an astounding collection of 19th and 20th century European and American works of art, and the collection today consists of over 14,000 objects. The museum is host to over 100,000 visitors a year, and is one of the finest collections of Contemporary Art and Sculpture in the Southwestern United States. Located in Alamo Heights, the museum is just a short 30-minute drive from the resort. Visit their website for complete details on this San Antonio museum.
Located in downtown San Antonio, just 18 miles from our Hyatt Hill Country Resort, the DoSeum is where kids play to learn, and adults learn to play. Through joyful learning and discovery, The DoSeum grows minds, connects families, and transforms communities. It also serves as a premier educational resource through developing innovative thinkers capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Visit their website for complete information.
The historic Japanese Tea Garden, or Sunken Gardens, is located in Brackenridge Park near downtown San Antonio. Originally a rock quarry, part of the tea garden came from a donation by George W. Brackenridge and another section from Emma Koehler. In 1915 Ray Lambert, city parks commissioner, thought it would make a nice location for a lily pond. Ultimately, it grew to become a tea garden. Renovations began in 2007 and cost about $1.6 million, compared with the $7,000 Lambert originally spent to open the park. It is a Registered Texas Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. The Japanese Tea Garden is currently undergoing additional improvements, but will remain open. Admission is free. Please visit their website for additional information.
The gorgeous, 38-acre, non-profit San Antonio Botanical Garden is located near downtown San Antonio, just 19 miles from Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. The mission of the Botanical Garden is “To inspire people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives”, which they do through many seasonal events, exhibits, classes and camps. The Garden is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Visit their website for more information and to plan your visit.