Northwest San Antonio
Helotes, the city in which I live I work, is on the northwest side of San Antonio. So what else is on the northwest side of the city?
How about the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) and Northwest Vista Community College? UTSA was pretty small when I took a summer class there in 1981. Now it boasts close to 30,000 students and it has a football team.
How about SeaWorld? Prior to its being built in 1988 I don’t think anyone in the area expected to see a marine park here. The SeaWorld in San Antonio, at 250 acres, is the largest of the SeaWorld parks. It offers marine shows and amusement park rides and more.
How about Government Canyon State Natural Area? Government Canyon offers more than 40 miles of hiking trails. Much of the trail system goes through the rolling hills of the Central Texas Hill Country, but some meander through grassy fields. Camping is allowed on Fridays and Saturdays and the area is great for bird watching.
The Medical Center District is in northwest San Antonio, but a bit closer to the downtown area. It contains the main campus of University of Texas at San Antonio. Southwest Research Institute is also on the northwest side of San Antonio.
USAA, Valero and NuStar are major corporations in northwest San Antonio.
Do you like to shop? The Shops at La Cantera and The Rim offer loads of shopping, restaurants, theaters and more.
Want more fun? How about Six Flags Fiesta Texas? It has some pretty amazing roller coasters and other fun rides as well as live shows and more.
O.P. Schnabel Park offers 202 acres of outdoor relaxation. In addition to hiking there are several pavilions for rent, one with a full kitchen. The Northside Suburban Little League also has facilities in the park. So if someone hits a home run I suppose it could be called an inside-the-park home run!
And finally if you are into country music you have to know about John T. Floore Country Store, more commonly known as Floore’s. Floore’s is in downtown (for what it is) Helotes. Some of the acts that have performed there include Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yoakam and Lyle Lovett. Need I say more. Click to see Floore’s calendar.
Up for some adventure? Consider Helotes Hill Country Ziplines. For $85 you will get 2 hours on 10 ziplines ranging from 100 to 1,000 feet. You can be as high as a 5-story building and attain speeds of up to 35 mph.
Of course there are some wonderful neighborhoods in northwest San Antonio as well. If you are interested in Helotes homes or homes near Helotes, please give me a call at 210-589-1038.