Welcome to Boerne
A small town with unique history just over 30 miles from San Antonio.
Boerne is a city of 17,000 that sits 35 minutes northwest of San Antonio. With a unique history that combines Texan and German influences, Boerne was settled by German immigrants who named the town after author Ludwig Borne. A dense, suburban area, Boerne feels residential and cozy. It’s at the heart of Texas Hill Country, meaning residents get all the best of true Texas hospitality.
Boerne has a great main street with an array of colorful and historic storefronts. The family-friendly town is laid-back but luxurious, with plenty of options to take in the beautiful year-round sunshine and mix of modern and ornate architecture. You’ll find German-inspired structures, classic colonial homes, and beautiful Victorians featured throughout the county. To top it all off, Boerne has one of the best school districts in Texas, with schools at every grade level receiving top reviews from parents and educators.
What to Love
- Community events like the Western Heritage Parade and Cattle Drive
- A short drive from San Antonio
- One of the best school districts in the state
Residents love how Boerne feels like a small town but is neither remote nor lacking in amenities. Being so close to San Antonio, locals can quickly expand their options for dining, shopping, and entertainment to include everything that San Antonio offers. Life in Boerne revolves around community festivals and outdoor recreation. Whether you’re visiting a nature preserve or natural caverns, Boerne is a dream spot for anyone who loves to spend time outside.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
When it comes to eating out in Boerne, locals start their day with a cup of coffee from Black Rifle on S. Main Street. In true German-Texas fashion, Boerne also has an array of taverns and breweries, with the Richter Tavern at the top of the list. Craft beer and live music can also be found at the Dodging Duck, a great country-style brewery on River Road. Or try Peggy’s on the Green for Southern fare in a historic setting.
Shopping happens at Boerne’s Bechants store, which offers a lovely mix of gifts and home decor, while Of a Muse is a great spot for incense and women’s fashion. The best shops sit along Main Street and make for a perfect day of window browsing and retail therapy.
Things to Do
There are so many unique and celebratory festivals that happen year-round in Boerne. Over Thanksgiving weekend, locals can take part in Dickens on Main, which takes Boerne’s historic streets and transforms them into a holiday paradise. Tree lightings, caroling, and train rides are just a few of the festivities that go on during the event. To celebrate Boerne’s German heritage, the family-friendly Boerne Berges Fest is a three-day festival that happens every June. The event takes over Main Street with a parade, German folk performances, and a variety of authentic German foods.
Locals can also take part in the annual Western Heritage Parade and Cattle Drive, an event that celebrates the area’s deep history in agriculture and livestock. Finally, there’s the Kendall County Wild Game Dinner, an event early in November that gives locals a taste of some unusual dishes, like a bacon-wrapped alligator. Proceeds from the event go towards providing scholarships to local students for future agriculture projects.