Things to do in San Antonio, TX

Get Your Bearings in San Antonio

By Kimberly Suta
San Antonio Expert

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Things to See

San Antonio is the place to go for non-stop family fun! San Antonio has a SeaWorld Waterpark, Fiesta Texas Amusement Park, the Riverwalk, the historic Alamo, the Spurs basketball team, the Missions baseball team, the Scorpions soccer team, and that's just for starters. Adults certainly won't be left out with some of the finest restaurants and bars and other exciting attractions located all over the city.

Hot Tips:

If you visit in the Spring, be sure to plan your visit around the world-famous "Fiesta," a week-long celebration.

Where to Stay

Although you’ll want to stay reasonably close to your primary destination when visiting San Antonio, you can be sure you’ll have the most fun staying near the beautiful Riverwalk located downtown. You’ll find an assortment of the best brand-name and local hotels on and around the Riverwalk. If you’re looking for something a little more quaint, there are an assortment of B&B's peppered throughout the city, many just minutes from downtown.

Avoid:

1604 and the 281 area north of town because of construction.

Hot Tips:

Look into San Antonio's "Southtown" for some of the best B&B's.

What to Eat

Locals love San Antonio’s arts district, Southtown, for its amazing and eclectic restaurants, shops and art galleries. Some of the best restaurants have been staples for years, such as Azuca Nuevo Latino Restaurant & Bar and El Mirador, while some are hot new eateries, such as Feast and The Monterrey. Regardless, you can be sure to satisfy any appetite in this wonderful little district, located just minutes south of downtown. Wherever you go, you're sure to find some amazing food in San Antonio!

Take It or Leave It:

If you're staying downtown, you can certainly walk, but it might be more fun to take the trolley!

Be Sure to Sample:

Alamo Street Eat Bar - San Antonio's first urban gourmet food truck park, located on S. Alamo St.

Places to Party

New York may be the city that never sleeps, but San Antonio is the city that never stops partying. Fantastic food, drink and dancing can be had all across the city, but some of the best is sure to be found downtown, in Southtown, or far north of the city around Stone Oak. Whether it's the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club for some laughs or the SA Country Saloon for some boot stompin', there's a wide variety of unforgettable nightlife revelry to be found in the Alamo City. 

Hot Tips:

Spurs elite, Tony Parker, has a club in San Antonio called Nueve Lounge.

Where to Shop

For the best shopping in San Antonio, you'll want to take a jaunt out to The Shops at La Cantera, one of the newest shopping centers in the city, where you'll find the Mac store, Nordstrom and a number of other shops and restaurants. The Rim, located quite close to La Cantera, will delight you with their IMAX Theatre and ginormous Bass Pro Shop. If you're looking for some local flavor and Mexican trinkets, check out the Market Square, located downtown.

Avoid:

Southpark Mall unless it just happens to be convenient.

Hot Tips:

Check out The Quarry, an outdoor mall that sports a Whole Foods and a theatre.

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Things to do in San Antonio


San Antonio is known for...

Five of San Antonio's most unique features and characteristics.

1. Fiesta:

Fiesta started over 120 years ago with a horse drawn carriage decorated with flowers. Honoring the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, the procession became known as the Battle of Flowers parade.   It is considered the most famous part of Fiesta and is the only parade in the U.S. coordinated by women, all of whom are volunteers.  These days, there are eleven parades and eleven days of scheduled celebrations.  Fiesta hosts over 100 official events all hosted by non-profit organizations or military units.  Guests choose from festivals, concerts, parades, contests and more.

2. River Walk:

‘America’s greatest vacation destination’ is just one description of the San Antonio River Walk.   Like San Antonio itself, the River Walk is a multi-cultural buffet of experiences.  Visitors can stroll along the river banks or take a river taxi. Tex-Mex, Italian, Irish and other fine restaurants line the watersides.  Locals and tourists alike sip cold margaritas in the sunshine.  Visitors enjoy outdoor musical performances at historic Arneson Theatre.  During San Antonio’s eleven day Fiesta celebration, the annual floating Fiesta Flambeau Parade is a magical event.  The Alamo and the Tower of Americas attract millions of visitors each year and are within walking distance.

3. Tex-Mex:

Considered a cultural crossroads, San Antonio is most directly influenced by its Spanish and Mexican roots.  Here, Tex-Mex is a dietary mainstay.  Jalapeños accompany many dishes (even hamburgers!) and reflect San Antonio’s love for spicy cuisine.  Melted cheese and tortillas are the heart of many Tex-Mex meals.  Fajitas, a traditional meal made with flank steak or chicken and served in tortillas is a Tex-Mex invention.   Diners like to enjoy margaritas, beers, iced tea and wines made in the wineries surrounding the city.  With over a million people, San Antonio offers an endless choice of restaurants for all budgets and occasions.

4. Family Friendly Destinations:

San Antonio boasts eight different theme parks.  The world’s largest marine life park, Sea World San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas are the two largest.  In addition to modern day attractions, the city is home to Kiddie Park, the nation’s oldest amusement park.  Locals rent tubes and float down the Guadalupe River.   Experience an important part of San Antonio’s history and see the Alamo.  Visit the River Walk, see the San Antonio Zoo, play miniature golf, enjoy local museums or take in an outdoor concert.  The city also offers a wide range of free or inexpensive options.

5. San Antonio Spurs:

San Antonio is home to spectacular food, beautiful sights and exciting destinations.  Still, it can be argued that locals are the most proud and have the most passion about their professional basketball team, the San Antonio Spurs.  Spurs’ fans are enthusiastic and dedicated to their team.   One family recently named their twin babies after point guard, Tony Parker and power forward, Tim Duncan.  The Spurs have won four NBA championships and home court is at the AT&T Center.  Many visitors to San Antonio time their vacation to coincide with a Spurs’ game.