Historical Sites & Museums
Rancho de las Cabras
As part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Rancho de las Cabras represents a portion of the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Texas. Spanish for “Goat Ranch,” this area was developed in the 1750s as livestock grazing lands to provide food for Mission Espada, 30 miles to the north, in present-day San Antonio. Rancho de las Cabras is a developing element of the park: while a master plan is being drafted by the National Park Service, access to the site is currently provided by periodic ranger-guided tours and field trips. 6420 County Road 144. (210) 932-1001. www.nps.gov/saan. Call for tour information.
Wilson County Courthouse
The Wilson County Courthouse, constructed in 1884 and serving as the current seat of Wilson County government, was designed by notable San Antonio architect Alfred Giles. The Italianate style structure was built with locally sourced bricks and features Doric columns, a bracketed roof line cornice, and central tower with a steeple. A statue of the blindfolded Lady Justice holding scales stands directly above the entry porch. The Wilson County Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, became a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1984, and underwent extensive structural stabilization in 2014. 1420 3rd Street. (830) 393-7303. www.co.wilson.tx.us. Free. Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm.
Wilson County Jailhouse Museum
Built in 1887 and used as an active jail until 1974, this museum is located on the Wilson County Courthouse square. Although modern utilities have been added, the original jail floor plan and jail cells remain intact. The Wilson County Jailhouse Museum features historical displays, photos, and other memorabilia. 1420 3rd Street. (830) 391-9397. wilsoncountyhistory.org. Open for tours on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 1pm, and during the Peanut Festival and other special events.
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Shops, restaurants, and lodging abound in historical downtown Floresville and along the Highway 181 corridor. Shopping opportunities range from antiques and specialty to supermarket and big box stores.
Recreation & Entertainment
Floresville boasts 82 acres of parkland in seven city parks and plenty of things to do. If your sport is soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, or golf; or if you prefer canoeing, or the hike and bike trail, we’ve got you covered. We love to showcase our culturally rich heritage and diversity with Friday night football, mariachi bands, Tejano concerts, and classic country music and dancing. Or catch a movie at the historic Arcadia Theatre downtown.
Festivals & Annual Events
Sample Two-Day Itinerary
- Wilson County Courthouse (interior open until 4pm on weekdays)
- Stroll around and eat supper in historic downtown
- Concert, high school football game, or movie at Arcadia Theatre
- Catch some Zs at a local bed and breakfast or hotel
- Round of golf, canoe/kayak the San Antonio River, or jog the hike and bike trail
- Tour the Wilson County Jailhouse Museum (first Saturday of each month)
- Antique shopping and lunch—maybe a picnic on the square
- Rancho de las Cabras or Dewees-Remschel House (call ahead for tours)