Stroll the breathtaking historic downtown area, lounge in the shade of a riverside pecan tree, and enjoy a slower pace of life. Nestled on the bank of the Guadalupe River just 45 minutes east of San Antonio, the “Pecan Capital of Texas” has something for everyone, along with a few surprises of its own.
What makes Seguin the “Pecan Capital of Texas?” For starters, pecans have been around since before Seguin was established in 1838. Head to the old Guadalupe County Courthouse in the heart of the downtown area and you’ll find one of the town’s most famous roadside attractions, the World’s Largest Pecan.
Yet that’s not even the only pecan statue, as you can find two much larger versions at the Pape Pecan House and Nutcracker Museum. If all this talk of pecans has stimulated your appetite, visit the Pape Pecan House’s store to buy all the locally grown pecans you can carry home with you.
Want even more pecan-related fun? Don’t miss the Pecan Fest Heritage Days held during the last weekend of October. Pecan Fest is just one of several events in Seguin worth traveling for, including the Fiesta Cinco de Mayo, Freedom Fiesta, the Biggest Small-Town-4th-of-July Parade in Texas, and the Guadalupe County Fair and Rodeo.
While the pecans are delicious, there’s much more to Seguin than these tasty treats. Given its natural beauty, Seguin is a fantastic place to visit if you love the outdoors. The epicenter of all the action is the sprawling Max Starcke Park, where you’ll find a picturesque 18-hole public golf course, a disc golf course, a 15,000-square-foot wave pool, and launching points for two kayaking trails.
Although the outdoors provide more than enough to keep you busy, that’s a fraction of what Seguin has to offer. Ride the thrill rides (such as a modern wooden roller coaster) and race your friends on the go-kart track at the family-friendly ZDT Amusement Park.
Get in some window shopping and take in all the gorgeous architecture as you stroll downtown Seguin. Savor a pint of locally brewed beer at Seguin Brewing Company or visit the rolling vineyards of Blue Lotus Winery and Texas Mead Works, where you can taste reds and whites made using Texas-grown grapes or one of several types of meads.
For a spooky adventure of your own, go on a ghost tour at the Haunted Magnolia Hotel, which was featured on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures TV show. Cap your journey through history at the Juan Seguin burial site, where the town namesake and Texas Revolution hero is interred.
Whether you’re looking for a small-town retreat near San Antonio, a relaxing weekend outdoors, or to experience Texas history, visit Seguin.
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