Introduction to Hondo, Texas
Hondo, Texas is 39 miles W of San Antonio, Texas. Located in Medina county, the population of the city is 7,897.
The region was initially settled in 1881. The community was named "Hondo", which in Spanish means "deep". It was incorporated on May 14, 1942, the same year that an army airfield was built on 3,675 acres in Hondo. The airfield provided training to navigators during World War II. Although the airbase was closed a few years later, a radar weather station was built in the region. "This is God's Country, Please Don't Drive Through It Like Hell" is a famous sign marking the entrance to Hondo. This sign, which was erected to slow down speeding vehicles, has been featured in news and print magazines including the National Geographic magazine.
Hondo and Nearby Attractions
- San Antonio Museum of Art
- San Antonio Zoo
- SeaWorld San Antonio
- Casa Navarro State Historic Site
- Hill Country State Natural Area
- Institute of Texan Cultures
Things To Do In Hondo
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is a historical site near Hondo. The home of Jose Antonio Navarro, who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, is preserved as the Casa Navarro State Historic Site. The Spanish Governor's Palace is a Spanish colonial house built around the mid-18th century. San Antonio Museum of Art features various Greek and Roman antiques, as well as Asian, American, and Latin American art. Hill Country State Natural Area offers opportunities for the enjoyment of activities like horseback riding, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, and fishing. Other attractions close to Hondo include the Cowboy Museum, Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio Zoo, and SeaWorld San Antonio.
Air transportation is available from San Antonio International Airport.
Hondo Higher Education
Northwest Vista College, Our Lady of the Lake University, Palo Alto College, Saint Mary's University of San Antonio, and San Antonio College are some of the colleges near Hondo.