Activities & Things To Do in the Texas Hill Country
When you live at Cordova on Canyon Lake, you’re central to world-class cities, historic towns and the shop-till-you-drop outlets at San Marcos. San Antonio and Austin offer their one-of-a-kind experiences through entertainment, history and culture. The close-by historic towns of New Braunfels, Gruene and Boerne feature unique attractions – everything from the famous Gruene Hall to the original Schlitterbahn®, voted the country’s best waterpark. Tour the unique wineries, golf the championship courses, fish or tube the rivers, boat or kayak with your family, eat to your heart’s content and enjoy all the entertainment and culture unique to the Texas Hill Country, all within minutes of your private retreat at Cordova on Canyon Lake.
Canyon Lake is the Water Recreation Capital of Texas, so if boating’s your thing, you’re in the right place. Canyon Lake has more than 8,300 acres of clear blue water sourced from the Guadalupe River and has two full service marinas. Both Cranes Mill Marina and Canyon Lake Marina offer boat slips, convenient service and helpful amenities. The Hill Country Yacht Club sits on Canyon Lake as well, offering services for where sailing and power boating.
Parks & Walking Trails
Cordova is ideal for hiking and biking. Outside of the community, there are plenty and plenty of other options to explore the Hill Country. Along Canyon Lake, challenge yourself on the Madrone Trail or take a more leisurely hike along the Old Hancock Trail. Along the river bank, the Guadalupe Park Trail is great for families of all ages. In San Marcos, enjoy the 463-acre Purgatory Creek Natural Area within the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone, or enjoy a glass bottom boat ride over the famous Aquarena springs. Purgatory features something for everyone, with canyon bluffs and upland meadows. Comanche Lookout Loop is a 1.7 mile loop near San Antonio, featuring scenic views and year-round access.
Shopping is a true art form in the Texas Hill Country, where you can find the most unique specialty shops we’ve ever seen (like the Fickle Pickle), just a few miles away from the world-class outlet malls at San Marcos. From Cordova, you’re just minutes from the malls in San Antonio and Austin, and the antique shopping here is second to none. Stay in the area for amazing finds in Gruene and Boerne, or take a short day trip to Fredericksburg. Twice a year, antique aficionados make their way to Round Top, TX for the largest antique and collector event in the country. Shop all day – and when you drop, you can relax at home in the beauty of Cordova on Canyon Lake.
Any night of the week in almost any town, you can enjoy the true Hill Country music experience. You never know who’s going to show up in Helotes at the John T. Floore Country Store, or in Spicewood at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar. Music fans flock to historic Gruene Hall or the River Road Ice House in New Braunfels. For more than 25 years, newcomers and legends have played at The Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos. From the Lulling Watermelon Festival to the Kerrville Folk Festival, Cordova owners are in the heart of Hill Country music.
Hill Country Wine Trails
At Cordova, you’re just minutes from more than 35 unique wineries in the Texas Hill Country. Explore them all on your own, or experience one of the Texas Wine Trails on a monthly basis. Enjoy the Holiday Wine Trail in December, the Wine Lovers Trail in February, and the scenic Wine & Wildflower Trail in April.
Cordova is close to a wide range of golf courses to suit every level of play. Golf for fun just six minutes away, or choose any number of championship courses within a few miles. We’re smack dab in the center of Hill Country golf and with too many courses to mention, you’ll be sure to find your favorite course close to home.
Convenient Everyday Needs
At Cordova, even though you’re in your own private hill country paradise, you’ll have easy access to every day needs. You’re just 12 minutes from HEB, Lowes, Home Depot, Target and many others.
San Antonio Attractions
Just 45 minutes from your home in Cordova, San Antonio’s mix of rich history and attractions make it a great day trip or weekend getaway. “Remember the Alamo” with a visit to the first mission in Texas and experience a legendary trip back through time. Family fun is everywhere, including Sea World® and its new water park Aquatica, Six Flags® Fiesta Texas, The San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium, Natural Bridge Caverns and Wildlife Ranch and much, much more. Enjoy the lively River Walk via boat tour or leisurely stroll and take in the history and culture that is unique to San Antonio. Enjoy a Spurs game, Missions Baseball or hockey in this sports city. You’ll love Night in Old San Antonio – the largest historic preservation festival in the nation. Shopping in San Antonio covers it all, from some of the best department stores to quaint boutiques and designer shops. And the vast variety of restaurants – from authentic Mexican food, to barbeque, and fine cuisine – make San Antonio a great place to visit. Don’t forget the San Antonio International airport on the north side of town.
Here in Cordova, you’re just minutes away from the Live Music Capital of the World® and more than 250 music venues. Proudly “weird”, Austin offers a vibrant entertainment scene, unique culture, award-winning dining from restaurants to food trucks. Popular outdoor events like Austin City Limits Music Festival in October and South by Southwest in March, are known the world over. The new Bullock Texas State History Museum is great for the whole family, and don’t miss kayaking the Colorado river and watching the legendary bats that fly out from under the Congress Avenue bridge each night. For music, culture and entertainment, Austin is THE place to be.
New Braunfels Attractions
“Willkommen” to New Braunfels!!! – where German culture and old fashioned hospitality make you feel right at home. Enjoy dining at German-inspired restaurants and “bier gartens” and many more delicious options. The annual “Wurstfest®” Festival in November is a must to experience true German culture in the heart of Texas, along with December’s Wassailfest that kicks off the holidays. Water fun is everywhere in New Braunfels, from the world-famous, original Schlitterbahn water park (voted America’s best), to tubing down the Guadalupe or Comal rivers, to fishing and more. New Braunfels offers great family fun in a friendly home-town atmosphere.
Gruene Historical Attractions
Also founded by German settlers, the Gruene Historical District is a true Texas gem. Gruene Hall is the oldest dance hall in Texas, where world-class musicians come to play every night of the year. From Willie Nelson to Marcia Ball to George Strait, the best love to play Gruene Hall. Stroll down Hunter Street and enjoy unique shops and restaurants. Explore and shop the famous Gruene Market Days during the summer along with wine tasting, Gospel Brunches and unique festivals all year long. Enjoy floating down the Guadalupe River or fly fishing on the banks. And don’t miss famous eateries like the Gristmill, Adobe Verde and Fickle Pickles.
Boerne Historical Attractions
Boerne is a town that’s as unique as their name. Stroll the charming historic streets of downtown Boerne to enjoy great restaurants, specialty shopping and true Texas culture with a German twist. Take in the beauty of the cypress-lined Cibolo Creek that flows through downtown, then hike the trails of the Cibolo Nature Center. Boerne offers year-round fun and culture, with festivals, events and music. From German cuisine to true Texas barbeque, Boerne offers great dining options from around the globe. Boerne Market Days the Key to the Hills Rod Run are just two of the great events in Boerne that will please the whole family.