Have a Great Time in San Antonio Without Spending a Dime!

San Antonio is one of the best cities in the country to visit on a budget. There's so much to do here, and that includes a number of fun activities you can enjoy for free.

To start with check out the event listings in the local papers to see what art shows, free concerts and other events are going on while you're in town. Many of the art galleries host free exhibits, which is an excellent way to discover new artwork, enjoy complimentary refreshments and maybe even make some new friends. 

If you have time to really plan out your visit, you can save a lot of money. The museums, including the San Antonio Museum of Art as well as the McNay and the Witte, all offer a free night to the public once a week. They also occasionally host interesting lectures that are also free. 

Outdoor lovers will appreciate the amazing parks the city has to offer, including the stunning Japanese Tea Garden, which is absolutely picturesque when the plants are blooming, as well as Comanche Lookout and San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, the place to go if your brought along your bike or are able to rent one. 




Southtown, San Antonio's arts district which abuts the King William District, one of the most historic neighborhoods in the city, is a prime site-seeing location. In Southtown you'll find local arts and local artists. Galleries line the main...  Read More

There were five missions established in the early 1700's. These Spanish missions were more than churches. They became towns with a focus on encouraging the natives to become Catholic in order to be citizens. The Spanish king was able to extend...  Read More

If you only visit one museum in San Antonio, make sure it's the McNay. Not only do they have a superb art collection, the museum itself is a work of art. This 24-room, Spanish colonial revival-style mansion and its own sizable collection was...  Read More

To fully experience the wide range of diversity that San Antonio has to offer, San Antonio's El Mercado (a.k.a. Market Square) is the best place to take the kids for a unique, fun day. It was once home to a bustling produce market. Today, it's a...  Read More

River Walk
Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta

Travel + Leisure ranked the San Antonio River Walk as the #1 River Walk in America. Also known as Paseo del Rio, this major tourist attraction brings in over five million visitors a year. Delight yourself with a relaxing dinner at one of the...  Read More

Camanche Lookout Park
Photo courtesy of Joshua Simmons

Comanche Lookout Park is a 96-acre public park with an almost five-mile nature hiking trail. The park includes the fourth highest point in Bexar County with an elevation of 1,340 feet. Vegetation includes native ash juniper, Texas and Mexican...  Read More

The San Antonio Museum of Art boasts one of the most comprehensive collections of ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Near Eastern art in the southern United States. It is also one of the largest collections found in public museums. The size and...  Read More

Mercado O'liva
Photo courtesy of City of San Antonio

Mercado O'liva, located in a courtyard at the Plaza de Armas and Spanish Governor's Palace in San Antonio, is akin to a family-friendly block part. Mercado O'liva will be a place where locals and tourists can explore and buy original goods from...  Read More

San Antonio

The Pearl Brewery is one of the coolest places you can visit in San Antonio. This brewery, established in 1883 and once home to Pabst beer, has recently been transformed from a historic brewery to a thriving multi-use space where you can eat,...  Read More

San Antonio's Japanese Tea Gardens feels like a set straight out of a movie, something like What Dreams May Come or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The point is, it's a magical and enchanting place, perfect for declarations of love and sonnet...  Read More


Meet Kimberly Suta

Kimberly A. Suta is a professional freelance writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur with a background in marketing, advertising and social media. Her first business, Midnight Sun Innovations,...  More About Kimberly

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