The Frio River and neighboring cities of Concan and Leakey are packed with fun-filled activities that include waterfront dining, boating, kayaking, and hiking through the Texas Hill Country. Staying at Rustic Retreat puts you in the heart of all the action. Enjoy the glorious Texan sun, as well as nearby historic exhibits and the best Southern cuisine the state has to offer. Spend your days golfing like a pro or tubing down the Frio River. Your evenings can be filled with live music at Joe Jimmy’s and fantastic food.
Make sure you trip itinerary includes these top 9 must-do activities.
When you want some exercise and breathtaking sights of the Frio River, spend the day exploring Garner State Park. The 2.9 miles of the Frio River winds through more than 1,700 acres of terrain and hiking trails. Stop for a dip in the river or hike up to 11 miles of the state park. The interactive trails map provides you with a virtual tour of the area. Stop in at Happy Hollow Frio River Outfitters to rent a tube or paddle boat in the Frio River that winds through Garner State Park. Don’t forget to grab a souvenir from the Garner State Park gift shop after an adventurous day.
Garner State Park is a great place to visit for a swim or hike, or to enjoy a relaxing weekend. With 2.9 miles of Frio River winding through 1,774 acres of scenic Hill Country terrain, the park offers lots to see and do!
The beauty of the scenery, the abundance of activities and the festivities are what helps draw over 350,000 Texans here every year. Swim in the Frio River or float its waters on an inner tube, operate a paddle boat, and hike 11 miles of scenic trails. You can also hike, study nature, picnic, canoe, fish, play miniature golf, geocache, ride bikes, ride horses, hunt, and birdwatch.
Bundle up in warm jackets before leaving your vacation rental to see the caves and bats that habitat the Frio River Area. Frio Bat Flight Tours guide you through caverns to spot bats any time of the year. The expert guides offer tidbits about the anatomy of the bats and their typical habits before the appearance of these animals around dusk. After the spooky experience, satisfy your hunger with some comfort food at Hippie Chic’s River Shack.
3. Tap Your Toes at Joe Jimmy’s
Entertain the entire family when spending an evening at Joe Jimmy’s dancing and dining. This outdoor concert hall is one of the most popular attractions in the Frio River area and features a large dance floor, stage for live bands, and a play area for the kids. Grab a bite to eat at the concession stand or take advantage of the full bar especially for the grown-ups. If you time your trip for the July 4th holiday, stick around for the fireworks show in the evenings.
4. Play Putt Putt at River Oaks Mini Golf
Challenge the kids to a game of mini golf with a trip to River Oaks Mini Golf, located in Concan just a few minutes from your Frio River vacation rental. River Oaks offers a large practice green for warm-ups and two 18-hole courses. Relax on the central patio area before or after your game and entertain the kids while rounding each hole, complete with interactive displays representing the Texas Hill Country.
Everyone who loves horses knows that it takes skill, talent and no shortage of patience to handle a pack of horses with riders at all experience levels on trails where anything can happen. When you book your horseback excursion through Elm Creek Stables in Leaky, Texas (just 18 minutes from our cabin), you’ll be in great hands!
You won’t find much out about them online and that’s for a very good reason – they are out there taking care of their visitors and their beloved horses. Anyone who has ever owned a horse knows it’s a full-time job. This is something to really be taken into consideration when booking your horseriding adventure because you want people who love their animals, truly love them.
That’s what you get here. These folks love their horses and it shows! How do we know? We have the reviews to prove it. Their facebook page mainly contains reviews and photos of their outings. That’s dedication!
6. Shop Until You Drop at Fergie’s River Store
Get in some retail therapy with a touch of Southern hospitality when shopping in the Frio River area for the day. Frio Fergie’s River Store is known for not only offering river gear and fishing bait, but this quaint specialty store also stocks handmade gifts, clothinawesomeg, and fudge. Treat the kids to ice cream during your shopping excursion at Frio Fergie’s or head over to the Garner State Park Gift Shop for nature-themed gifts to take home.
Now for the really fun stuff.
The Landing on the Frio River has the best river access and provides 500 yards of open river bank for your enjoyment. The Landing is perfect for setting up a canopy, spend time with the family and watching the kids have a blast. If you and your party are looking to tube, they provide tubes and even shuttles for floating the Frio. They can accommodate groups of all size’s, ranging from 2 too 25 people. The landing takes great pride in providing an exciting trip with either a 35-foot school bus or a 23-foot army truck.
9. Visit the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum
Rev up your engine and head over to the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum to see machines and hogs dating back to the early 1900s. Tour the museum’s collection and even watch a demonstration ride from one of the expert guides. Located right in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, a ride on your own motorcycle to the museum presents you with stunning views and winding roads. Once your need for speed is satisfied, stop in at the museum’s snack shop for cold drinks and ice cream.
10. Golf Like a Pro at the Golf Club of Texas
Perfect your swing at the driving range and then head out to the 18-hole course at the Golf Club of Texas that provides you and your family with breathtaking views of the Texas hills. See Axis and white-tailed deer roaming the greens during your game and then enjoy a hearty lunch at the club’s restaurant. When golfing into the afternoon or evening hours, relax for a bit at the outside bar on site or browse through the golf equipment in the gift shop.