Surroundings

Surroundings
 

There are many nearby things to see and do while visiting the San Domingo Ranch. Three area lakes offer fishing and water sports; Coleto Creek Reservoir, Lake Corpus Christi, and Choke Canyon Reservoir. All three lakes are located within an hour's drive of the Ranch.

The most fought over fort in Texas history, the Presidio La Bahia and the nearby Mission Espiritu Santo, lie thirty miles to the northeast in the historic community of Goliad. In March, visit a full-scale, two day reenactment of the events leading up to the Goliad massacre. It is the only living history event of its kind in Texas. Reenactors wear period costume and stay in character throughout the weekend.

To explore the area by car, try one of the area Coastal Bend Tour Routes or read up on road trips around Beeville in Texas Off the Beaten Path. Spring is an excellent time for a drive as our beloved Texas wildflowers light up the meadows and highway medians, creating one of the loveliest seasons anywhere in the world.

In the small town of Berclair, a short drive from the ranch, the charming Berclair Mansion offers a slice of life from Texas past, and is occasionally open for tours.

The larger town of Beeville, just eight miles away, offers several attractions as well as the practical amenities you may need while staying in the area. Put in some time on the links at the municipal golf course or at the Beeville Country Club. Court time is available on one of the eight public or four lighted country club tennis courts. Cultural attractions include the Beeville Art Museum, and the newly renovated Bee County Library.

Over 200 motel rooms are available in Beeville, operated by Best Western, Days Inn, and several locally owned businesses. Find online reservations and room information at Hotels Guaranteed and the Beeville Chamber of Commerce. Beeville's hospital, served by twenty-one physicians, is operated by Christus Spohn.

Corpus Christi, our link to the Gulf of Mexico, lies fifty-five miles to the southeast. Visit the Art Center of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, or the South Texas Botanical Gardens, or tour the “Blue Ghost,” the retired US aircraft carrier USS Lexington Corpus has two shopping malls, a number of retail centers, and many fine restaurants. Nearby Padre Island National Seashore and Mustang Island State Park offer birding, swimming, beachcombing, and camping.

The bayside community of Rockport lies sixty miles east of our ranch, between Copano Bay and Aransas Bay. With its temperate climate and relaxed atmosphere, Rockport has become a mecca for retired living and winter tourism. Attractions include the Fulton Mansion, Goose Island State Park, home of a variety of waterfowl and the State Champion Coastal Live Oak, and the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, winter home of the endangered whooping cranes.

The King Ranch, in operation for over a century and a half, lies sixty plus miles to the south of the San Domingo. One of the country's largest working ranches, the King ranch has its own museum and wildlife tours, in addition to cattle, farming, horse and retail operations.

The fiesta atmosphere of San Antonio is only ninety miles to the north. Aside from Sea World, and Fiesta Texas, there are many historic missions, including The Alamo. In downtown San Antonio, one can spend countless hours on the famous Riverwalk with its many restaurants and shops. The Institute of Texan Cultures hosts the Texas Folklife Festival every June. Fiesta Noche del Rio, an evening of singing, dancing, and brilliant costumes, plays every weekend from mid-May through the first week of August.

For our visiting spelunkers, the Natural Bridge Caverns lie ninety miles to the north in the rugged and beautiful Texas Hill country. These caverns are still alive and growing and offer incredible formations.

As you can see, there are many nearby activities for you while visiting the San Domingo Ranch. Let us find something for your group!