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Free Things to Do: Outdoor

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Don’t worry, most of these activities actually happen in the morning or evening, so you can enjoy them even throughout our brutal summer months.

Downtown Walking Tour
Love Downtown? Love to walk? Then this activity is right up your alley. Sponsored by the Paseo del Rio Association, this daily tour offers participants a unique look at some of the best sights that our city has to offer. The tour takes place daily and lasts for one hour. When you take part in this guided tour, you will visit the Alamo, the River Walk, La Villita and many more spots. 10am daily through June 3, in front of the Alamo, (210) 227-4262, thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events/free-downtown-walking-tour.

Community Pools
It’s a fact that summertime and swimming go together like mashed potatoes and gravy. San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department runs a number of free community pools across the city for people to scratch their aquatic itch. Four regional pools, Heritage, Lady Bird Johnson, Lincoln and Woodlawn, are open for free now, during specific hours and during Memorial Day weekend. The regular pool season begins June 14. Lap swimming: 7:30-9:30am Tue-Thu; open swimming, 4-7pm Tue-Thu; Memorial Day weekend: 1-7pm Sat-Mon, May 24-26; regular season (June 14-Aug 17) hours: Tue-Sun, 1-7pm, 25 community pools in San Antonio, (210) 207-8480, sanantonio.gov/parksandrec/swimming_outdoor.aspx.

CHRISPark
There is probably no better place in San Antonio to walk, get in touch with nature and indulge your inner art enthusiast than CHRISpark. This oasis nestled in the heart of Southtown is a short distance from Downtown. The park’s curators have cultivated 18 species of plant life, which co-exist with five separate public art installations, combining for a truly unique open-air experience. Check out Tumble Hill and give in to your roll-down-the-hill-like-you’re-a-six-year-old urge! 9am-5pm Tue-Sun, 111 Camp, (210) 226-6663, chrispark.org.

Start a Butterfly Garden Workshop
If you’re an amateur lepidopterist, a backyard gardener or you just dig butterflies, Rainbow Gardens has got you covered. The nursery supply store will hold a workshop on how anyone with the right tools and know-how can start their own butterfly garden. Instructors will teach people which types of plants will attract butterflies as well has how to identify the different species of butterflies and caterpillars. 1pm Sat, May 24, Rainbow Gardens Thousand Oaks, 2585 Thousand Oaks, (210) 680-2394, rainbowgardens.biz.

Common Garden Mistakes Workshop
Some say that gardening is an art, not an exact science. That might be a way of simply covering up for the fact that many people really don’t know what they’re doing. This workshop held at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm should right many horticulture wrongs. A Bexar County Master Gardener will lend a green thumb to the cause of exploring many common mistakes made in vegetable gardens, ranging from improper irrigation to over-fertilizing and many more: Bring your gardening gloves and your questions. 10:30-11:30am Sat, May 24, Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm Inspiration Garden, 33 Herff (Boerne), (830) 249-4616, cibolo.org.

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