San Antonio, Texas
Combining world heritage sites and a rich culture, along with modern-day entertainment and a fiesta spirit bursting fun, food, and festivities, a vacation to San Antonio is a multi-faceted treasure.
Why Go To San Antonio
San Antonio packs more to see and do in its compact city center than just about anywhere else. There are world-famous historical landmarks, fun-packed family attractions, and best of all, the River Walk — a winding river lined by walkways, gardens, shops, restaurants, and bars.
Stroll both sides of the River Walk for shopping, sightseeing, and sustenance.
What To Do
Monumental in Texas history, this former mission was founded in 1718 and served as an inspiration for those fighting in the Texas Revolution, including David Crockett. The façade is an iconic symbol of both San Antonio and Texas. In addition to the Alamo, the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America can be found in and around San Antonio.
Truly unique to San Antonio is the 15-mile River Walk. Take a few steps down below street level and enter an entirely different world of meandering waterway and pathways, riverside bars and restaurants. You can shop and stroll both sides of the River Walk or board a river barge for a leisurely tour.
Families with children of any age will find much to love in San Antonio. For the wee ones, there’s the San Antonio Zoo or SeaWorld & Aquatica San Antonio; inquiring minds will enjoy The DoSeum; teens will thrill at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Splashtown; and those with their heads in the clouds will enjoy the views from the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas.
Just 90 minutes from San Antonio lies the rugged hills and charming towns of the Hill Country. There’s fabulous hiking, great barbeque, antique shops and art galleries, and so much more.
For fun souvenir shopping, meander over to Market Square, a traditional Mexican Mercado just west of the River Walk. Along the River Walk, shopping runs the gambit from artist galleries in the one-block historic La Villita to major brand retailers in the immense Rivercenter. And for quaint boutiques and antique shops, head to the Hill Country and the town of Fredericksburg.
Come hungry if visiting San Antonio. Between marvelous Mexican and Tex-Mex food, sumptuous steaks, and mouth-watering barbecue, as well as farm-to-table cuisine, great food is on every menu. And all around the area are craft breweries, as well as wineries in the Hill Country.
From country bars and rustic taverns to craft cocktails and piano bars, San Antonio hums. Most nightlife follows along the banks of the River Walk or the streets above. Or, for just about everything under one roof, head to the Pearl, a former brewery and industrial area repurposed into a mixed use space with bars, restaurants, shops, and entertainment.