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Bandera Top Ten Fun Things To See And Do

Bandera is one of Texas Outside's favorite Texas Cities to visit because in or nearby Bandera you'll find lots of fun stuff to see and do. Bandera is labeled as the "Cowboy Capital of Texas" and is home to a number of dude ranches, some infamous Texas honky tonks, and some very scenic countryside. Here is our list of favorite things to see and do when you visit or vacation in Texas.

  • Stay at a guest or dude ranch - if you're visiting the "Cowboy Capital of Texas" you need to go horseback riding, on a hayride, enjoy a camsite BBQ and singalong, and live the cowboy way of life for a day or more - all of this can be done at Twin Elm Dude Ranch or Flying L Guest Ranch.
  • Play some golf - Flying L Guest Ranch has a fun and scenic 18 holes of golf just 5 minutes outside Bandera, Tapitio Springs has 27 outstanding golf holes, and nearby Kerrville has a fun public course - click on each to read our reviews or check out this Central Texas Golf Map
  • Go bar hopping - one of the reasons we love Bandera is because of the fun and lively bars where you can party with the very friendly locals (you are guaranteed to meet some charters from true cowboys to huge rich ranch owners) or dance to some excellent bands. Each of the bars is different and unique in its own way so you need to check them all out. The Long Horn Saloon is owned by Brian Black, Clint Black's brother, and always gets a lively crowd and good band; Arky's is one of the original Texas honky tonks and is a must see and famous for their Texas swing bands and sawdust dancefloor;
  • Grab some good gub - try the breakfast buffet at Old Spanish Trail, one of the original restaurants in Bandera
  • Play, fish, or tube the Medina River - you can rent a tube from Bandera Beach Club
  • Take a scenic drive - Texas 173 north to Camp Verde and Kerrville or Texas 16 and FM 470 west to 187 and 39 to Kerrville - they don't get much better than this one
  • Explore nearby Boerne or Kerrville - spend some money at the local shops, enjoy the parks, visit the museums, or eat at some good restaurants
  • Go hiking, camping, backpacking, mountain biking, or horseback riding - the 5,000 acre Hill Country State Natural Area or Lost Maples State Park have campsites and miles of trail to enjoy
  • Enjoy the water - get wet in the Medina River or Guadalupe in Kerrville or nearby 5500 acre Medina Lake - you can go fishing, skiing/boarding, tubing, swimming, or just enjoy a picnic near the water
  • Play tourist - visit the Frontier Times Museum or Polly's Chapel in Bandera