About Bandera Texas
The city of Bandera is located less than an hour away from San Antonio. Bandera, Texas is known world wide as the Cowboy Capital. The unique landscape and architecture shows why it is a one of a kind city. Bandera has played an extremely important role in keeping the unique American traditions of the Texas cowboy alive.
Ranching fell to an all time low in the 1930’s. This is when an innovative rancher decided to take in “dudes” to help him through the depression. Because of this, Bandera has become well-known for having many popular Dude Ranches. These ranches provide a hand on experience of the cowboy life through horseback riding, chuck wagon meals, and trail rides. One of the more popular ranches is the Mayan Ranch.
- Population: 856
- Elevation: 1,243 ft
- The Frontier Times Museum houses a large collection of artifacts from Bandera’s early days.
- The city has over 200 different bird species.
- Visit the 11th Street Cowboy Bar for a good time and inexpensive, cold drinks.
- The most popular dude ranch to the area is the Mayan Ranch.
Do not miss out on seeing the Frontier Times Museum, located in Bandera. This museum serves tribute to the legacies of the American cowboy and ranching practices. The Museum has a large collection of artifacts from Bandera’s early days. Many of these gems were donated from all over the world.
There is always something to do at the local honky-tonks where Texas artists and musicians mingle with ranchers and tourists, giving Bandera an exciting, unique atmosphere. Traffic around Bandera, consists of horses and motorcycles as much as cars and trucks. The population has held steady for many years at about 1,000 people. But, recently the population of the county has grown substantially.
Enjoy the great outdoors at one of Bandera’s State Natural Areas. The area of Bandera County is home to over 200 different bird species, which can be seen at the Natural Area and Bandera City Park. Horseback riding, popular scenic drives, rodeos, hunting, and golf are all popular activities that any visitor should look forward to. For individuals that enjoy Texas history, there are several museums and historical tours offered in Bandera.
For those that enjoy the night scene, sit back and enjoy the 11th Street Cowboy Bar; where you can enjoy live music and dancing, and buy inexpensive, cold drinks.
$15 nightly admission. $20 Weekend Pass. Weekend Pass must be purchased in advance. This is a TTTPA Sanctioned Event.
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A Day of Family Fun with Thomas and Friends. Take a 25 minute ride with a full size Thomas the Tank Engine TM. Meet Sir Topham Hatt. Enjoy Storytelling, Live Music, Build with Lego® Duplo® Bricks and Much More!
Come take a step back in time and witness what it was like to be a settler during the frontier days. See a real live blacksmith, sugar cane made into syrup, bread baked in a wood burning stove, or visit a one-room school house and “do your lessons” on a slate board.
The Fort Croghan Museum and Grounds are open April through August, Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Established in 1849, Fort Croghan was the third of the first four forts established by the United States government to protect settlements from hostile Indians. From 1849 until its decommission in 1853 Fort Croghan was the home to Company C, 8th Infantry, U.S.A. (mounted) and eventually became the headquarters of the Second Dragoon Regiment.
Today’s Fort Croghan is representative of those early days of what was to become Burnet, Texas. Come and visit us. See the sights and imagine the sounds of the frontier as you visit the blacksmith’s shop, the one room school house, the powder house or the stage coach stop. The museum offers over 1200 historic artifacts from in and around the Burnet County area. Come visit the Texas frontier as it once was. Come visit Fort Croghan.
People love yard sales and bargains! Treasure hunters? Pickers? You have got to see this. Garage Sales in Downtown Burnet around the Square. Love bargains? Love the chase? Come to Burnet and the City-Wide Garage Sale!
Come Buy or Sell Treasures, Antiques & Collectibles, Jewelry, Furniture, Tools, Electronics, Books, Clothing, Sporting Goods and Much More. There is something for Everyone!
Garage Sales in Downtown Burnet around the Square.
Feel the anticipation of Joseph and Mary approaching the gates, urgency quickening their steps.
Pick your way through transients, peddlers, the crippled, and aged in the town’s fringe. Experience the presence of animals as they affect all aspects of life in that time . . camels, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, and doves.
Explore the narrow streets to faint strains of ancient music and savor the smells of fresh goat butter, campfires, and hot bread. Then immerse yourself in the din of the marketplace; the revelers in the tavern, shouted insults to and from the Roman oppressors, merchants, craftspeople, taxpayers, and beggars all seeking money, or position, or revenge.
Search for the inn, only to find it full (as others did long ago). Then follow the trail to the cave where a road-weary couple has moved in with the animals, their place in God’s plan and secular history to be made secure on this night. For the child in their arms was the incarnation of God Himself, come to the world that all who would place their faith in Him might enjoy eternal fellowship in His presence.