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“Yeehaw! A virtual time machine”

The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum
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Ranked #34 of 266 things to do in San Antonio
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: For over 135 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been known as a gathering place for good conversation, great food and spectacular wildlife exhibits. Explore the animal halls and prepare yourself for a truly immersive adventure. Practice your sharp shooting skills in our Toepperwein Shooting Gallery and explore over 500 different animals from around the world. The Texas Ranger Museum houses Texas Ranger artifacts including antique revolvers, automatic handguns, shotguns, badges, photographs and much more. Sip a refreshing drink as you stroll through the 33,000 square feet of artifacts from Texas history. Don't forget to grab a bite of lunch in our Cafe and pick up some souvenirs in our gift shop! The Cafe is open daily for lunch from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Both museums open daily at 10:00 AM. Call for exact closing times. Summer hours 10AM to 9PM. Off season hours vary. Located two blocks from the Alamo and one block from the Riverwalk, The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum and Texas Ranger Museum have something for everyone!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Lake Orion, Michigan
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Yeehaw! A virtual time machine”
Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

While riding around th city of San Antonio our driver piqued our interest about the Buckhorn Saloon. Being of an age where we remembered westerns and knew of its heroes we made this a must stop. The woodwork alone in the saloon is worth the visits. But the heads! Oh my golly, animals from North America, Africa and South America are preserved (admittedly its a bit eerie). It is so worth walking through just to admire majesty of these beasts that roamed the earth. However, coupled with the taxidermy is an amazing museum of The Texas Rangers, paying homage to law keepers in a once lawless land. The dioramas and mini bios of each Ranger fill you with an incredible amount of respect and awe at their determination and the challenges they faced. No visit to San Antonio is complete without a stop in here, Pardner.

Visited May 2014
Thank Deborah W
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Only in Texas”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

This was such a great museum; I have never seen so many dead animals in one place or so many fashioned into furniture. This is a must for taxidermy fans. And you can also get a deep fried twinkie....

Visited June 2013
Thank Jo T
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Cabot, Arkansas
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Interesting Museum”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

History of the Texas Rangers and a taxidermist heaven of every creature just about on display. You can enjoy a beer or rootbeer as we did while touring the museum. Two pistol toting cowboys greet you at the door. They also serve food there.

Visited April 2014
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“So much history to see.....”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

From the moment you step in, you feel transported to the Wild West. There are stuffed animals of all kinds, a cowboy who roams around in a duster and a ten gallon hat, a couple of diamond back rattlesnakes so at least 6 feet long (don't worry it is just their skins) and pictures galore. They also have a history of the legendary outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde, along with a mock-up of their death car. They also serve food there, but we didn't stay to eat. Anyone who loves history will be whisked away for an hour or so.

Visited May 2014
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Boerne, Texas
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73 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Definitely worth a visit!”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

The building is beautiful and well down. The mounts are enumerous and wonderful to see. Definitely worth a trip!

Visited May 2014
Thank ZoeyK5505
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