With Labor Day on the horizon, we have found the best spots for a day trip with family, friends, or that special someone.

From the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch to the Longhorn Museum in Pleasanton, there is something for everyone near Brooks.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Distance from Brooks: 39 minutes; 34 miles

Buffalos, ostriches, and zebras, oh my! This species conservation is a must-see. With over 700 animals and more than 40 species, this Texas-Style African Safari is a one-of-a-kind family destination.

Where to find it: 26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266


Distance from Brooks: 48 minutes; 43 miles

Located less than an hour away lies an adorable town that is perfect for a day trip! This cute little town is loaded with fun shops, great food, and an amazing atmosphere.

*Brooks Tip: Bring your cowboy boots and check out Gruene Hall for a chance to see a country band play!

Palmetto State Park

Distance from Brooks: 1 hour and 6 minutes

A little piece of the tropics lies just an hour from Brooks! With multiple sources of water, Palmetto State Park is a haven for a wide variety of animals and plants. You can swim, tube, fish, and canoe here. Hike or bike the trails, camp, geocache, bird watch, or just study nature.

*Brooks Tip: Reservations are highly recommended for both camping and day use. To guarantee entrance reserve passes online.


Distance from Brooks: 31 minutes; 25 miles

Floresville is the perfect small town for a relaxing getaway. Enjoy the friendly charm of South Texas while exploring historical sites, browsing downtown antique shops, playing a round of golf, or catching a concert. Don’t forget to check out their annual Peanut Festival which happens every 2nd weekend in October.

Longhorn Museum

Distance from Brooks: 32 minutes; 31 miles

History buffs look no further! The Longhorn Museum in Pleasanton is a hidden gem and the “Birthplace of the Cowboy”. Here you can find an extensive game exhibit, the Union Pacific Caboose, and much more!

Where to find it: 108 Second St., Pleasanton, TX 78064

Choke Canyon State Park

Distance from Brooks: 1 hr 5 minutes; 73 miles

Spend the day, or the weekend, at this beautiful South Texas Retreat if you get the chance. Here, you can fish, bird watch, swim, camp, hike, and so much more!

Where to find it: 358 Recreation Rd. 8, Calliham, TX 78007