Discover all There is to Enjoy in the San Antonio Area of South Texas

Explore the Region's History, Recreation, Culture & More


Given its size and geographic diversity, it can be difficult to characterize “South Texas” with one overall identity. That said, most agree the region’s northern border is right around the San Antonio area — exactly the area United Country Real Estate | Texas Ranch and Home serves.

This includes counties such as Wilson (our home county, as we’re based in Floresville), as well as neighboring Bexar (San Antonio’s location), Guadalupe, Atascosa and Karnes counties, for example. It’s a consistently-growing region in Texas, with a sizeable military population, large legacy ranches, and plenty of suburban and rural communities for those seeking property outside the urban heart of San Antonio itself.

Favorable year-round weather allows for regular outdoor recreation along a handful of great South Texas rivers and at area parks. From fishing to hunting, birdwatching, boating and beyond … you’ll find plenty of people enjoying the great outdoors here.

In addition, whether you enjoy exploring historic sites, watching action at the rodeo, attending local festivals and events, or dining on tasty Texas barbeque … it’s all happening here in the San Antonio region. Let’s take a closer look at some of our favorite cities and towns in the area, and what you can expect in each.

South Texas Festivals, History, Recreation, Food
& More in Wilson County, Bexar County & Beyond


Wilson County

Floresville: Our home town borders the San Antonio River and is about 30 miles southeast of that river’s namesake city. Relatively rural by comparison, Floresville is big on local events including the wildly popular Floresville Peanut Festival each October. Many also attend the Wilson County Junior Livestock Show each year. The Historic Arcadia Theatre downtown, founded in 1928, is still a great place to catch a movie or rent event space. For outdoor recreation, be sure to check out Floresville’s various parks.

Stockdale: Small-town charm within close distance to San Antonio is the vibe in Stockdale. It’s also close to several colleges and universities, and is home to the annual Watermelon Jubilee — one of Texas’ oldest such festivals. If you’re into hiking or birding, Jackson Nature Park is the place to be in town.

Bexar County

San Antonio: Definitely the most noteworthy city in Bexar County, San Antonio comes with name recognition, rich history and absolutely no shortage of things to do! From Hopscotch San Antonio’s unique and immersive art experience, to the countless fun experiences on The San Antonio River Walk, SeaWorld San Antonio, Spurs NBA games and more … there’s something for all ages. History buffs will want to visit the storied Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, while nature lovers should check out Government Canyon State Natural Area, Medina River Natural Area and Hendrick Arnold Nature Park.

Helotes: Northwest of San Antonio on the edges of Texas Hill Country is Helotes. The city calls itself a place to “let down your hair and kick up your heels.” Explore history in Old Town Helotes, discover local wines at Helotes Creek winery, and attend one of the city’s many festivals.

Guadalupe County

Seguin: The city touts its “real, authentic Texas Experience,” for visitors. Some of that is about history, which includes an interesting tie to pecans, and a dive into cultural heritage. In the summer, cool off at the Seguin Wave Pool, grab a drink and see live music at Red Beard’s Landing, or play a round at Starke Park Golf Course. Seguin is also another city big on festivals and events.

New Braunfels: Now here’s a place that really embraces its German heritage, with outdoor beer gardens, the annual Wurstfest and a lot more! The Gruene Historic District overlooks the Guadalupe River, which along with the Comal River in town, is ideal for swimming, rafting, fishing and the like. Also, the local bbq spots are on point, the Hill Country Craft Beer Trail is always informative, and Blue Bonnet Palace is the spot to be for weekly live music.

Atascosa County

Pleasanton: Calling itself the “Birthplace of the Cowboy,” Pleasanton backs up that claim with events such as the annual Cowboy Heritage Days and Young Farmers’ Rodeo. The Longhorn Museum also addresses cowboy culture and the history of Atascosa County. Beyond cowboy culture, racing events at the I-37 Speedway are always popular, while golfers might check out the Pleasanton Country Club for great golf in South Texas.

Poteet: Founded in 1886, Poteet has a long history in the San Antonio area. It also happens to be the “Strawberry Capital of Texas,” and the community really does it up with its annual Strawberry Festival each April, in its 77th year as of 2024. If you’re in town, be sure to stop by Poteet Country Winery, which is one of Texas’ first 50 wineries and one which makes use of all those tasty strawberries!

Karnes County

Kenedy: Originally known as Kenedy Junction, this city also dates back to 1886, and for a while was known as “Six Shooter Junction” before later becoming the “Horned Toad Capital of Texas.” For modern recreation in a nature-based setting, be sure to head to Escondido Creek Parkway. The park also holds events at its amphitheatre, and connects to the equally popular Joe Gulley Park and its facilities. The city is also known for some great fishing spots, as well as hunting for deer, hogs, quail and dove. Plus, it’s within a reasonable drive to several state parks and tourist sites outside the county.