Texas Travel Awards winners include parks, destinations in San Antonio and Hill Country

Hill Country spots won top marks at this year’s Texas Travel Awards.

The Texas Travel Awards looked at four areas – arts and culture, families, foodies and outdoor adventures – and asked people to submit their favorite destinations for each.

A panel of judges, including KSAT’s David Elder, then decided winners who “represent unique places and experiences in Texas worthy of any traveler’s itinerary,” according to its website.

Destination of the Year went to South Padre Island, but many of the other category winners were in the Hill Country.

For example, Gruene Hall, the oldest continuously operating dance hall in Texas, won three of the categories: iconic tourist attraction, concert hall and dance venue.

But these winners, like Schlitterbahn, Natural Bridge Caverns, and the Stars and Stripes Drive-In, aren’t just for tourists — they can be for locals, too.

Destinations may be for San Antonio residents looking for staycation opportunities or quick outdoor trips.

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Here are the places in the San Antonio and Hill Country area that have been listed as winners of the Texas Travel Awards.

Agritourism

  • Comal Creek Dry Vineyards in New Braunfels

Community event

  • Small market – Dickens on Main in Boerne

  • Big Market – Dia de los Muertos in New Braunfels

Best golf course

  • Landa Park Golf Course in New Braunfels

Iconic tourist attraction

  • Gruene Hall in New Braunfels

Live music venue

  • Great Market – Gruene Hall in New Braunfels

Museum

  • Great Market – Sophienburg Museum and Archives in New Braunfels

Music festival or event

  • Big Market – Gruene Music & Wine Fest

outdoor activity

  • Big Market – Natural Bridge Caverns (New Braunfels)

dance place

  • Gruene Hall in New Braunfels

public art

Shopping district

  • Hill Country Mile in Boerne

Bathing place

  • Spring Pool in New Braunfels

Under radar activity

  • Stars and Stripes Drive-In in New Braunfels

Unusual accommodation

  • Big Market – Schlitterbahn Treehouses (New Braunfels)

Zoo/Aquarium

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