Get the family back to nature with a stay in the trees and a paddle along the creek.
In Central Texas, the Hill Country surrounding Austin and San Antonio is quite well known for its refreshing creeks and rivers winding through a unique and alluring landscape. Quietly nested nearby in the town of Seguin, you’ll find the equally unique Geronimo Creek Retreat, a wonderfully rustic collection of lodgings and outdoor fun. The amazingly cozy treehouse accommodations here are a fantastic way to fully experience the outdoors without having to worry about packing up a tent, kayak or barbecue.
Where to stay?
Geronimo Creek Retreat has a few options for your stay: four treehouse cabins, six getaway cabins, and five teepees. And believe it or not, they all have air conditioning, a must in Texas summers.
Our Prairie Flower Treehouse was impressively built from gorgeous hardwood with handcrafted, custom furniture in loft and bedrooms. Upon arrival, my kids raced up the spiral staircase to the loft, quickly claiming it as their own. Meanwhile downstairs, my husband and I settled into the spacious living and dining rooms and marveled at the fully-equipped kitchen. A chic master bedroom and bathroom rounded out the accommodations. Click here for a full tour by our KidTripster cub reporters.
KidTripster Tip: During our stay, the WiFi was a bit spotty at times. Take a short walk to the retreat office for better reception.
The elevated getaway cabins sit across from the game room and hot tub with personal hammocks, grills, and picnic tables underneath each one. These chic, canvas-covered cabins can roll up the entire front wall for a scenic view of the area. All cabins come with TVs and private toilets.
KidTripster Tip: Getaway cabins don’t have showers, but there are seven, clean, personal bathrooms with showers on the property for your use.
The giant teepees are a sight to see and appear even bigger on the inside! Three beds are arranged comfortably while still having ample room for a flat screen TV and mini kitchen.
KidTripster Tip: If you’re looking for closer access to the creek, the treehouse and getaway cabins are your best options, as the teepees are located a short walk from the creek.
Rates for the treehouses start at $129/night; they accommodates up to eight guests. The getaway cabins start at $89/night for up to five guests, and the teepees start at $89/night for up to six guests. Rates vary based on season.
What to do?
There’s lots to do at Geronimo Creek Retreat. The property has a dock and rope swings located just footsteps from the treehouses. My kids loved being able to try out the single and double kayaks, paddleboards, floats, and inner tubes to see which one they enjoyed the most. We kayaked about 45 minutes upriver. There were a couple points where we had to get out and pull the kayaks because of low water levels. The water itself is clean to swim in; I couldn’t keep my boys out of it!
Also scattered across the property, you’ll find bean bag tosses, hammocks, and fire pits. My oldest didn’t miss the chance to work on his basketball moves on the half court. And no need to hike back to your cabin for a bathroom, as there are modern, clean restrooms and showers all around the property.
To beat the heat, there’s a communal recreation room with couches and a TV. A monster-sized, stand-up Connect Four and huge Jenga blocks caught my sons’ attention first, but they quickly moved on to foosball, ping pong, and darts. While the kids sample all the activities, parents can take a dip in the nearby hot tub.
KidTripster Tip: While Geronimo Creek Retreat offers an amazing outdoor experience, the TVs here are equipped with a Roku and can get Netflix and various other streaming services.
If you bring your own kayaks and are motivated to paddle on a longer journey, head to the Seguin Paddling Trail at Max Starcke Park (650 River Dr. W.). There’s an easy 4-mile loop around Lake Seguin. Also located at Max Starcke park, you’ll find the Seguin Wave Pool (1 Wave Pool Dr.), which is open during the summer months.
Where to eat?
This being Texas, I highly recommend making use of the barbecues located across the property. And those fire pits are just begging to roast marshmallows for nighttime s’mores. You’ll find a grocery store just 10 minutes away, so you can easily stock up.
If you do feel the need to travel off the property, Su Casa Cafe (1142 E. Kingsbury St.) can meet your Tex-Mex cravings, while Kirby’s Corner Bar and Restaurant (606 N. Hwy. 123 Bypass) serves up traditional burgers and hot dogs.
Geronimo Creek Retreat is located in Seguin. Nearby New Braunfels has much to offer families with the vibrant Gruene historic district, lively Schlitterbahn water park, and tubing options on the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers. But honestly, once you arrive at Geronimo Creek Retreat, I don’t think that you’ll want to leave!
The retreat is approximately a one-hour drive from Austin and San Antonio. For family ideas for Austin, click here. For San Antonio, click here.