Probably the reason Boerne is where it is, is Cibolo Creek. Highways 46 and 281 intersect just north of the creek. There are two bridges there. Downtown Boerne starts north of the bridges. There is a small dam to the east of the bridges that keeps the creek full. All along the north bank is a park where people fish and feed the ducks and geese. You can see the old mill in the background of this picture. See also my travelogue on Cibolo Creek.
The Kendall Inn building dates from 1859. It was formerly a stagecoach stop. The Limestone Grille is located there also. It is one of the best restaurants in the whole area (see my restaurant tip). When I was there, the grounds were being remodelled.
In June and July, the Boerne Village Band plays German music at the Abendkonzerte (evening concerts) on the main plaza. People bring their blankets, lawn chairs and ice chests to relax and listen, or dance a polka. The Boerne Village Band has been playing true old-country German music for 139 consecutive years. In fact, it's the oldest German band in the country, and the oldest in the world outside of Germany. Ye Kendall Inn is in the background on the right hand side.
The Boerne Public Library is in the historic Dienger Building (1884) on the Main Plaza. It features a 1614 Low German (Platte Deutsch) Bible - one of only six known to exist. There is also free internet access.
The first church was built in 1866 with limestone from the Herff Ranch. The first church was replaced in 1923 but still remains and has been renovated. The "new" church was modeled after San Antonio's Mission de la Purisma (1730) and measures 38 x 85 feet, 21 feet high with twin towers that rise sixty-five feet in the air. The 1923 church is located on the hill beside the first church, south of Cibolo Creek on Main Street. There is a recent large addition on the back of the 1923 church.
The park was established in 1923 and a monument erected by the Graham family to honor the 12 local men who died in military and naval service in World War I. A sculpture representing the different services was later done by J. Hester, a local artist.
It is about a 40 minute drive from Boerne to the Alamo and Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio, Texas. The Alamo became the Shrine of Texas Liberty in 1836 when the commander, Lt. Col. Travis, said "Victory or Death!" in his one-sided battle with the Mexican Army. Unfortunately it was the latter.
Today it is difficult to picture that a siege and battle took place there. It is a small park surrounded by tall buildings, hotels and the Rivercenter Mall. It is still worth seeing. You should not miss it.
It is about a 40 minute drive from Boerne to the Alamo and Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio, Texas. The small river was originally a bypass channel, built when the San Antonio River was being straightened. The Riverwalk is below street level and seems like another world in the middle of the city. Both sides now have a walking path lined with restaurants, shops, hotels and bars. It is a beautiful place that is very popular and crowded; however, you should not miss the Riverwalk. Take a stroll along the path or try one of the boat tours, then have dinner sitting at a table next to the water's edge.
The Cave Without a Name is an interesting, no-frills natural attraction. The cave, created hundreds of thousands of years ago, is awesome. The guide was funny and knowledgeable.
The gift shop was not overly promotional, and had some reasonable rocks and other trinkets for kids to purchase.
Just off the plaza on Blanco Road is Ye Kendall Inn. It used to be a stagecoach stop and is located above Cibolo Creek. It now houses a B&B, the Limestone Grille and a few shops.