Alamo/San Antonio KOA Review & Rating
Alamo/San Antonio KOA Overview:
Review of Alamo/San Antonio KOA
If you're planning on camping near San Antonio, then you should consider Alamo/San Antonio KOA. It's conveniently located Highways 10, 410, and 35 giving you quick access to everything that San Antonio has to offer. And city buses take you to the center of San Antonio's history and culture, including the River Walk
But better yet, it's a great KOA with tent sites as well as full hook-up RV sites, 1 and 2 bedroom cabins, outstanding amenities, and a very friendly and outgoing staff.
The park has paved roads throughout the campground that are wide enough for the big rigs to easily maneuver. The vast majority of the sites are shaded providing protection from the hot Texas sun.
Alamo San Antonio KOA is very well maintained, the restrooms are clean, and the entrance to the park is gated and secure.
We must admit, we are a little biased toward KOAs - to us they are similar to McDonalds with high quality standards, reasonable prices, and you know what to expect and that's what you'll get. And Alamo San Antonio KOA lives up to that standard and exceeded our expectations and we loved the location. They were also the proud recipients of the 2013 KOA Presidents and Founders Award.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
Review of Alamo/San Antonio KOA
Alamo/San Antonio KOA sits on over 40 acres of pecan trees, along Salado Creek, and five minutes from downtown San Antonio. The park 300 campsites that are a wide mixture of back-in, pull through, and tent sites. Some sites have full hook-ups - water, electric (30 and 50 AMP), cable, and sewer - which are conveniently located. Other sites have electric and water and the tent sites also have water and electric.
All of the sites have picnic tables, some have brick patios, most are well shaded, and you can pick from interior pull throughs to back-ins that overlook the creek. The site pads are level and all are crushed gravel. We stayed in one of the long pull throughs (that are 60 to 70 feet) which had a full hook-up which was conveniently located to all the connections in our motorhome, a picnic table sitting on a brick patio, grass on each side of the parking pad, and trees proving lots of shade. Most of the sites are side by side but much wider (average width is around 30 feet) than the majority of RV parks which means you don't get that cramped and jam packed feeling.
If you don't have an RV or you have friends or family who want to join you, the Alamo/San Antonio KOA has 22 Kamping Cabins that are a mixture of one and two bedrooms plus 5 Kamping Lodges. The Lodges sleep six and have a stove, dishes and utensils, shower, AC, deck, and outside grill. The one bedroom Kamping Kabins have one full sized bed and bunks and the two bedroom Kabins have 2 bunk beds and a full sized bed - no cooking facilities are available. Visitors staying in the Kabins and Lodge need to bring linens or they can rent them at the office.
Some of the amenities that you'll find at Alamo San Antonio KOA include:
- a playground with swings, teter-totters, and more
- 2 horseshoe pits
- Chuckwagon Diner with outdoor seating serving a good breakfast five days a week
- office and store with a variety of RV and food staples, souvenirs, ice cream, and Hunts Brothers Pizza
- propane, dump station, and air hose
- patio off the back of the office with fire pit, tables and chairs, and picnic tables
- bike rentals
- year round heated swimming pool
- 1000 square foot fenced dog area with doggie obstacles
- 24 hour coin laundry facilities
- game room
There are three different restrooms spread throughout the park - all of which were very clean and well maintained. There are showers in the restrooms, as well as one of the restrooms has individual private showers for your use.
Located on the west side of the Park is the 9 mile Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail System, a multi-use trail that runs alongside of Salado Creek, through towering bottomland hardwood trees, and natural, flowing springs. The trail is perfect for walking, jogging, or biking. If you didn't bring your bike you can rent one at the KOA office. They have some cool bikes for you to enjoy - a few of which are recumbent style with an extra seat for a kid or friend.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
We've stayed at the Alamo/San Antonio KOA a couple times - one when we were in town to collect some intormation on what there is to see and do in San Antonio and the most recent visit in 2013 when were were in San Antonio to play and review the golf courses on the Alamo Golf Trail.
We can't come to San Antonio without a visit to the Riverwalk for some drinks, music, and fun, particularily at Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar. We've also enjoyed some of the attractions like Sea World, the Alamo, Fiesta Texas, and more. We also like to park the car somewhere downtown and explore the city by bike and now San Antonio has lots of new bike trails.
San Antonio is also home to some our Favorite Texas Golf Courses and we can't stop in San Antonio without playing some of the them. La Cantera Resort has two of our favorites and the JW Marriott is home to two excellent TPC courses.
Cool Nearby Activities:
The Park's website does a good job of highlighting some of the attractions - here is a link to that page of local attractions to help you decide what else to see and do during your trip. Splash Town is just around the corner as is the AT&T Center which is home to every thing from rodeos to RV shows to a Justin Bieber concert. Across the street from the Park, the city bus will take you everywhere from Sea World to the Riverwalk for a very small fee.
If you like to golf, this San Antonio golf map will help you find a course and provide a link to our review of the course if we have played and rated it.
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Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”. Each park is rated on:
- Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
- Park Condition: the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
- Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
- Campsites: low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
- Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more