03 June 2018

REVIEW: San Antonio KOA

We absolutely love the San Antonio KOA.  We were monthlies there for 18 months while Jen was getting cancer treatment at SAMMC, so this really became "home".

The whole property is covered in pecan trees, and there is plenty of shade to make the Texas heat bearable.  The sites are all gravel with small brick patios and a picnic table.  There is a large event hall they use for activities, live music, and movie nights.  In the past year, they have really stepped up their game in terms of family activities - it seems there is always something going on to keep kids entertained, and they just put in a brand new playground.  The dog park is large and covered with cedar chips, and has a few pieces of agility equipment, plenty of benches for humans, and a water source.  The pool area looks nice enough, although we never used it due to its popularity with children. 😉  Your dogs will also love the hundreds of squirrels who call the KOA home and have become experts at running up trees and laughing at your barking pooch.  The staff here are all friendly and really committed to keeping the park clean and comfortable for everyone.  Quiet hours are enforced, trash is picked up several times a day, and the workcampers are always working on some kind of project to improve the KOA.  There is also a cook shack where they serve up reasonably-priced breakfast food and sometimes dinner stuff on weekends.

Our site - look at all that shade!

Mookie doing gymnastics in our tree.  

The location is definite perk. The Salado Creek Greenway runs adjacent to the east side of the park, and is a paved trail that winds its way along the Salado Creek.  In both directions, it crosses though multiple parks with various facilities, including restrooms, basketball courts, water fountains, and playgrounds.

Salado Creek Greenway about a mile from the KOA

Just outside the main entrance to the KOA, there is a bus stop for the city bus line.  This is a great way to get downtown to all the touristy things you might want to do (e.g., Riverwalk, the Alamo).  Alternatively, an Uber will run you about $10-12 to get to the Alamo/Riverwalk area.  Parking down by the Alamo varies from $5-25, depending on what events might be in town and how far you are willing to walk.  I always park here when I go downtown -- its got big angled spaces suitable for a dualie and is only $5 for all day. 

From here, you are also an easy 10 minute drive to the historic Pearl area, where you'll find the best restaurants San Antonio has to offer, plus a brewery, a weekend farmer's market, a splash pad for kids, and a food hall.  Parking a dualie is easy and free in the lots under the highway, behind the bike shop.

If you're in town for military stuff, the KOA is a quick 5 minute drive to the main gate for Ft. Sam Houston (Commissary, PX, and Class 6 are right inside this gate) and 10 minutes to the main gate for San Antonio Military Medical Center.  In 20 minutes, you can easily be to Lackland AFB

The AT&T Center and Freeman Coliseum are right down the road.  Here, you'll find the Spurs, the San Antonio Rodeo & Stock Show, and lots of concerts and other special events.  You can take the bus right out front or an Uber for about $5.  Or, you can walk along the Salado Creek Greenway from the campground just over a mile right to the AT&T Center. (Note:  I wouldn't do this after dark, but during daylight hours, its just fine.)

Although the rates may seem a little high, for the amenities they offer and the fantastic location, it is definitely worth every penny.  Some of the spaces require creative maneuvering around trees if you have a big rig, but there are plenty that are wide open and easy - just make sure you ask at the desk.  The free WiFi is fast and reliable, and there are adequate cable TV options.

Bottom line:  if your travels bring you near San Antonio, stay at the San Antonio KOA!