We recently spent a long weekend in San Antonio to attend a wedding. Once the wedding festivities were over we got out to explore and ended up finding that there's more to San Antonio than just the Alamo! Check out some of our tips!
San Antonio is a city at a crossroads, a place where history comes alive and Tex meets Mex. With a tourist scene centered around the unique Riverwalk District, some of San Antonio’s best sights, sounds, and snacks are all within easy strolling distance. So strap on your cowboy boots and get to walkin’: Here are 5 Things to Do in San Antonio!
Get a history lesson! Make your elementary school textbooks come alive with a visit to The Alamo. Entrance is free, and helpful guides and historical re-enactors abound. As the final resting place for hundreds of men, the site is treated as more of a shrine than a tourist trap, so remember to be respectful. Check out Alamo Hall within the grounds for rotating exhibits, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a Native American dance reenactment on the plaza in front of the Church. More information - www.thealamo.org.
Eat! We highly recommend packing your appetite when you head to the Alamo City, and while you’re at it bring along some drinking pants. Sure you can find a great steak or a delicious plate of pasta in San Antonio, but let’s be honest - we’re all here for the Mexican food and margaritas. A lot of great bites (and sips) can be found on along the Riverwalk; our favorites include Viva Tacoland, Casa Rio, and Iron Cactus. Located off the Riverwalk, but within easy strolling distance, Pete’s Tako House is a local favorite. Over by historic Market Square, Mi Tierra is a San Antonio institution, open 24 hours a day and THE place to go for an amazing Tex-Mex breakfast.
Walk if off! Now that you’ve stuffed yourself with tacos and a pitcher or three of margaritas, its time to burn some calories. The Riverwalk makes for a great stroll, filled with people-watching and roving mariachi bands. Continue north along the San Antonio river and the crowds thin a bit, great for a more quiet wander. If you’re feeling like a more active outing you can jog along the Riverwalk (or rent a bike) north to Breckenridge Park, home to the San Antonio Zoo.
Get cultured! San Antonio has an artsy side, too. The San Antonio Museum of Art is a world-class facility located in the historic former Lone Star Brewery complex, just a short walk from the heart of the Riverwalk District. Exhibits span from ancient Greek and Roman times to today, but the museum has a special emphasis on Pre-Columbian, colonial, and modern Latin American art. The Witte Museum, adjacent to the San Antonio Zoo in Breckenridge Park, focuses on Texas with exhibits touching on science, nature, and culture that give a well-rounded history of the region. This museum is especially popular with kids! Other museums including the Briscoe Western Art Museum, the Institute of Texan Cultures, and the McNay Art Museum provide plenty of cultured learning for the art-inclined.
Unleash your inner weirdo! It’s not all Western sophistication in San Antonio - there is plenty to do for those who like to let their freak flag fly. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and the Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum are reliable, if touristy, sources of fun. A Sisters Grimm Ghost Tour will delight those who love the macabre, and the Amazing Mirror Maze could be the best 40 minutes, or 4 hours, of your day!
Sure San Antonio may not have the big-city vibes of Dallas or Houston, or the cultural cache of Austin, but it blazes its own trail with a mix of history and culture topped off with some true Tex-Mex style. For more information on where to stay and what to do check out the Visit San Antonio website - a great resource chock full of helpful information.