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Outdoor Activity of the Month

Join the San Antonio Zoo each month as we team up with Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Texas Partnership for Children in Nature for the Outdoor Activity of the Month.

July 2014 – Paddling

Paddling is a great way to spend quality time outdoors with friends and family over the summer. While you can’t paddle at the San Antonio Zoo, families used to be able to enjoy a boat ride here. The boat ride opened in 1985 and remained so until 1998. It was located where the Tiny Tot Nature Spot is currently and traveled around the big rock that is now the fish tunnel. Animals from all over the world were exhibited on different parts of the rock and were viewed as the boat floated by. 

Enjoy improved and maintained fishing and paddling access to rivers, creeks, lakes, ponds, bayous, and bays on any of the 60 official Texas Paddling Trails available throughout the state!!

With more than 3,700 named streams, 15 major rivers and some 3,300 miles of tidal shoreline along the Gulf Coast, Texas offers myriad possibilities for paddling adventures and angling opportunities of all types. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, kayaking participation nationwide doubled between 1998 and 2004, with recreational and sit-on-top kayaking the fastest growing segment of the sport. Participation in canoeing also remains very strong.

TPWD continues to seek partnerships with communities interested in developing a paddling trail in their area. Please see the Future Trails section on this site to learn more.

Before heading out, enjoy these short videos - one about the TPWD Texas Paddling Trails program and one how-to video that gives tips on how best to paddle a canoe.


Click here to see what the experts are saying about the benefits of nature play.