31 OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO ON LACKLAND AFB
IntroductionLackland Air Force Base (AFB) is the largest component of Joint Base San Antonio, which is located right in the middle of San Antonio, TX and only an hour away from Austin. With both towns so close there is no shortage of things to do both on and off base.
Suggested Read:Lackland Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center
COVID-19 NoticeDue to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many businesses, venues, and parks may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Many, if not all, of the ones listed here, are likely subject to health restrictions, though new re-openings and closings occur all the time. Check websites and call ahead to learn each listing’s current status.
31 Things to Do on Lackland AFBWith base and two large Texas cities nearby, there are tons of options for things to do both indoors and outdoors. Want to go bowling? Want to explore a national monument? Want to go camping? Click the numbers below to jump to specific activities: (1-5) Pools (6) Equestrian Center (7-9) Bowling (10-12) Golf Courses (13-15) Shopping (16) Museums (17-27) Gyms (28-31) Outdoor Recreation
Lackland AFB PoolsJoint Base San Antonio’s bases each have their own aquatic centers with both free swim and lap swim as well.
Phone: 1 (210) 671-3780
Phone: 1 (210) 221-1211
Phone: 1 (210) 221-4887
Phone: 1 (210) 619-1900
Phone: 1 (210) 652-2060
6. JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Equestrian CenterBldg 3550 San Antonio, TX 78234
Phone: 1 (210) 224-7207 The equestrian center provides boarding for horses but also pony rides, trail rides, youth horsemanship camps as well as special events and programs for Warrior Transition.
Lackland AFB Bowling AlleyThere are three bowling centers; one each on Lackland, Sam Houston, and Randall. Each has modern facilities with snack bars, leagues, and facilities for parties or events.
Phone: 1 (210) 671-1234
Phone: 1 (210) 221-4740
Phone: 1 (210) 652-6271
Lackland AFB Golf CourseEach of the three bases on JBSA has a full 18-hole golf course complete with pro-shops for rentals and lessons, putting and practice areas, driving ranges, and cart rentals.
Phone: 1 (210) 671-3466
Phone: 1 (210) 652-4653
Phone: 1 (210) 222-9386
ShoppingKnowing where to shop is vital when you’re moving to a new area. Here are a few options to get you started.
13. San Marcos Premium Outlets3939 S Interstate 35 San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 1 (512) 396-2200 About a 30 minute drive from San Antonio, these outlets offer premium shopping for great prices to fill out your wardrobe or prepare for the coming seasons.
14. The Shops at La Cantera15900 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256
Phone: 1 (210) 582-6255 A full, open air regional shopping mall on the northwest part of San Antonio featuring luxury and popular shops as well as numerous restaurants and dining areas.
15. The Shops at Rivercenter849 E Commerce St San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 1 (210) 225-0000 This regional mall is located in the heart of San Antonio and built around a Macy’s and a 38-story Marriott Hotel. Featuring dozens of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options such as a Legoland Discovery Center and two AMC theaters.
Lackland AFB Museums
16. The Alamo300 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 1 (201) 225-1391 Remember the Alamo! A World Heritage Site, visit the historic Spanish Mission San Antonio de Valero, site of the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1863 during the Texas Revolution. The site features mission tours and gift and book shops.
Lackland AFB Gyms
17. JBSA-Randolph Rambler Fitness CenterBldg 999 Randolph AFB, TX 78150
Phone: 1 (210) 652-7263 Randolph’s single gym features sports and fitness classes, massage therapist, and stocks both weight and cardio equipment.
JBSA-Lackland Fitness CentersLackland AFB features 6 fitness centers which can be found here:
Phone: 1 (210) 671-1348
Phone: 1 (210) 977-2353
Phone: 1 (210) 671-2016
Phone: 1 (210) 671-2401 or 1 (210) 671-2361
Phone: 1 (210) 671-4477
Phone: 1 (210) 925-4848
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Fitness CentersThere are three fitness centers on Fort Sam Houston:
Phone: 1 (210) 221-1234
Phone: 1 (210) 808-5709
26. Central Post GymBldg 961
Phone: 1 (210) 221-3593
Phone: 1 (210) 295-7898
Lackland Outdoor Rec
Fort Sam Houston
28. JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Outdoor Recreation Center3490 Trooper Rd, Bldg 3538 Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234 1 (210) 221-5225 For tents to trailers, bikes, boats, fishing equipment and more, this is the spot for all your outdoor adventure and event needs. Here you can also make reservations for camping and RV parks in Salado Park.
San AntonioThis center covers over 5 kilometers of walking and running trails, plus a paintball course. The shop rents all manner of outdoor recreation equipment as well as off-base trips, skydiving, fishing trips, zipline, challenge courses, motorcycle rides, and more! The center also takes park reservations for Stillman, Upson, Lion, and Stapleton Parks.
Universal CityReserve your spots at Eberle Park and rent any camping and outdoor equipment you may need. This center also features the ITT office which sells discounted tours and tickets.
ConclusionWith two major Texas cities nearby, there is no shortage of things to do at Lackland AFB. Explore the many lakes and parks, enjoy cultural heritage sites, and be sure to check out Austin’s live music scene which has been the start for some of the country's best musical acts. Have fun exploring!
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