Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

#12 in Best Things To Do in San Antonio
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26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd

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Zoos and Aquariums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.1

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  • 3.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Located about 25 miles northeast of downtown San Antonio, Natural Bridge Wildlife Park brings the feel (and some of the animals) of an African-style safari to Texas. The ranch covers more than 450 acres and is populated with animals like southern white rhinoceroses, lemurs and Damaraland zebras. Hungry visitors can stop at the Safari Camp Grill, while the Safari Trading Post provides a number of knickknacks for purchase.

Past travelers generally enjoyed their experiences driving through the park. A handful of visitors were disappointed with the petting zoo portion of the ranch, though they conceded that it was still relatively entertaining for kids.

Visitors must drive through the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, so having a car is a must to visit here. The attraction recommends setting aside an hour to 90 minutes to drive through the park. The ranch is open year-round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, from 9 a.m. to 4, 5 or 6 p.m. depending on the day and season. General admission tickets start at $22 for adults, $20 for seniors age 65 and older and $13.50 for children age 3 to 11. Admission includes one free bag of food to feed to the animals. Additional food costs $2.50 per bag. Check out the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch's website for more details.

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