Boerne Things to Do: Explore the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm!
As you know, last week was spring break…and it was COLD. Okay, maybe not COLD, but too cold for spring break in south Texas, right? And Baby was just beginning to recover from the flu, so we mostly stuck around the house. But on Saturday afternoon, we decided we needed to do at least one fun, new thing before letting spring break slip away entirely. So, we loaded up in the car and headed out to the Cibolo Nature Center (CNC), here in Boerne.
We’ve been to the CNC before, but for very specific classes, family photos, etc…things that didn’t allow time for much exploring. This time though? This time, we explored as much of it as we could before hungry tummies let us know it was time to go.
We started at the Cibolo Dinosaur Trackway near the Visitor’s Center, which is a replica of actual dinosaur tracks found near Boerne City Lake in 1997. My dino-loving kids wanted to know exactly what kind of dinosaur they were from and of course, what it ate. Luckily for us, there was a stone plaque to give them some answers.
Next, we took the trail off to the right of the tracks, in search of the reclaimed marsh/wetland, and we found a couple of surprises along the way. Like a super cool bridge that the kiddos loved because it was a bit loud. See the boys catching some air there in the second pic? They were making as much noise as possible and enjoying every second of it. I, mostly enjoyed it for the fun photo opportunity!
We also found tepees, built by a local Boy Scout troop, which provide shelter for native and migrant birds—while still allowing sunlight to shine through so vegetation can grow beneath. The kids really wanted to figure out a way to get inside of these, but we explained that they were for birds, not people, and continued on our trek.
And about that marsh…Did you know the CNC is home to FOUR different types of ecosystems on its 100-acres? Neither did we, but having heard about the Spring-Fed Marsh and its boardwalk that allows you to literally walk across it—and get a crystal-clear view of the vegetation beneath the water—we knew this was something we needed to see!
Next, we set off on the trail once again; this time discovering the Tallgrass Prairie, which according to the CNC, is one of our region’s most endangered ecosystems. I can’t remember exactly where the photo of the bridge was taken, but I think somewhere along the way to the Prairie?
Then, we stopped at the playground for a chance to climb, dig, run, balance, and pretend. There’s a huge picnic table here, so it would be a perfect place to bring a sack lunch—just be sure to take your trash when you go!
As we continued along the trail, we finally came upon the Cibolo Creek and its surrounding Riparian Forest of Cypress, Walnut, Sycamore, and Oak trees. We had fun attempting to skip rocks on the water and making note of the different birds and other wildlife that were abundant here…and dreaming of coming back in warmer weather to splash around in the shallow water!
Once we were able to pull everyone away from the water, we continued along the trail. I think that this section of it might have been the Woodland Trail that leads to the Live Oak Savannah, but we didn’t quite make it that far on our hike…We did, however, find a pretty great limestone bluff that Big Girl had a lot of fun climbing. She said, “I can’t believe I’m actually rock climbing; this is so cool!”
This was about when we started to get hungry and decided it was time to turn back. So, of course, we stopped for a family selfie in front of the creek. Only, we took up most of the frame so the creek is barely visible, and Big Guy was two-seconds away from escaping altogether. Still, everyone’s in the photo and most of us are smiling, so we’ll call it a win!
It was easy to find our way back to the parking lot by way of the shortcut that took us to the backside of the Visitor’s Center. And Big Girl even discovered a hammock in this area too! #livingherbestlife
And of course, you can’t play at the Cibolo Nature Center without stopping for at least a few minutes to play at Boerne City Park, seeing as how they’re right next to each other!
And for dinner? We drove right across River Road to try the new Inferno’s Pizza…and LOVED every bit of it. The kids said it was their favorite cheese pizza ever, our Mediterranean pizza was amazing, and the drinks and service were great too. What a fantastic new addition to our beloved town!
Phew! What a fun day that turned out to be! Have you hiked/explored the Cibolo Nature Center with your family yet? Or taken part in any of the camps, classes, or activities? Toured the Herff Homestead? What about the Moondance Outdoor Concert Series…have you been to that yet? Or the Farmer’s Market at the Cibolo? There’s no shortage of things to see and do at the CNC, so GO. EXPLORE. And HAVE FUN!