Best Things to Do in San Antonio

From Virtual Skydiving to Floating the River, Excitement Awaits You!

As a city of almost two million people, you can bet San Antonio is chock full of thrilling activities and endless fun. With amusement parks, museums, botanical gardens, historic missions and so much more, you'll have to stay for weeks just to pack it all in. Here are some suggestions to add to your itinerary that you may or may not have already considered!

Rockin' R River Rides tops our list because there's nothing more fun, relaxing and cool than floating the river on a blistering hot day. Just a short jaunt from the city, New Braunfels is also a charming town to explore. You'll find great shops, restaurants, parks and more. 

Next up, when you need a break from the heat, but are still looking for something incredibly fun to do with friends, family or your significant other, iFLY gives you the thrill without all the risk with their virtual skydiving technology. You can fly high while staying fairly low to the ground! 

Even more active groups will enjoy a few competitive games of pickle ball (either indoors or outdoors), as well as some great elevated bar food and relaxing surroundings at Chicken N Pickle, located on the far North side. 

Looking for more adventures? Keep reading!


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Topgolf is an epic entertainment center that lets you enjoy the outdoors from the indoors. With venues all around the world, Topgolf has earned a reputation as a destination for sports enthusiasts as well just friends and family looking to have a fun time in a superior sports bar-like atmosphere. With competitive golf games for all ages, climate-controlled playing "bays" (they compare them to bowling lanes), a chef-prepared sophisticated food and drink menu with even seasonal selections, full-service restaurant and bar and, of course, HDTVs to watch your games. Add to that live music and every day is a party at Topgolf. The perfect place for large groups to celebrate any special event or just a great date night on a Saturday night. No need to worry if you're not a golf pro, either. No one's watching. Everyone's here just to have a good time!

Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: Topgolf isn't just for golfers. It's a top-of-the-line facility for an afternoon of fun and refreshments.

Kimberly's expert tip: Brunch is now being served every Saturday and Sunday until 2 pm, with their classic mimosas available for $4 every day!

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River Walk
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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 numerous restaurants or cafes that line the river. Spice it up by visiting one of the numerous night spots or enjoying the sounds of mariachis and other live music. Adults and children enjoy floating on river boats piloted by San Antonio's humorous tour guides. The River Walk is the perfect place to hang out with family or sit quietly with your date while you enjoy the sounds of a bubbling waterfall.

Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: There's nothing quite like the beautiful and serene San Antonio River Walk with fantastic restaurants, bars, shops and sites.

Kimberly's expert tip: Make sure to go for a boat ride to get the full experience and learn a little bit about San Antonio's rich history.

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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 donated by Marion Koogler McNay, an American painter and art teacher. The museum focuses primarily on 19th and 20th century European and American art and has some impressive pieces by artists such as Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Georgia O'Keeffe, Diego Rivera, Mary Cassatt and Edward Hopper. Also, be sure to visit the absolutely stunning interior courtyard, complete with a Japanese-inspired garden and fishpond. It's a nice place to sit and ponder.

Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: The McNay is one of the most amazing museums in the entire country featuring a collection of famous and talented artists.

Kimberly's expert tip: Check the website for current and upcoming exhibits. They're usually worth the trip!

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Pearl Brewery
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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, shop, learn, work and live. The Pearl is situated next to the recent Riverwalk expansion, so you can catch a tour boat or walk from the Pearl all the way downtown, past the San Antonio Museum of Art and numerous artistic elements that have been carefully built into the landscape. You'll find fine dining to street food restaurants, a great coffee shop run by the Culinary institute and more. The Culinary Institute and the Aveda School have facilities at the Pearl and both are open to patrons. Every Saturday, the Pearl is host to an amazing Farmer's Market and has become a traditional Saturday event for locals.

Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: The Pearl has it all, from shopping to the farmers market, great bars, riverwalk access and more!

Kimberly's expert tip: Pop into Hotel Emma for a look at the lobby and hotel shop. It's a great place to grab a coffee or quick snack.

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King William District

Get a true bird's eye view with Alamo Helicopter Tours. They offer various tour options for a surprisingly reasonable fee. Their downtown-centric package takes you on a flight along the San Antonio River, including the Riverwalk, as well as the Alamodome, Tower of the Americas, the Alamo and Historic La Villita. If you're looking for something more scenic, opt for the Hill Country Tour, where you get to see the San Antonio Zoo and Quarry Market, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, La Cantera, The Westin Golf resort and The Dominion. As you head further north, you will be stunned by the gorgeous vistas of the low Hill Country. There's so much more in store for you, so sit back and take flight!

Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: Sure you can go to the Alamo, but this bird's eye view is something you'll never forget.

Kimberly's expert tip: They also offer private charters and pilot training. Be sure to join the 'behind the scenes' tour!

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Slate Mill Wine Collective
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A day trip into the Texas Hill Country is always fun, but few things are more delightful than a wine tour excursion, and Slate Mill Wine Collective, which sits on a stunning historic property, makes for an exceptional first stop (or only stop), practically tailor-made for a romantic experience! The winery is also home to a vineyard, as well as historic buildings which was part of the original Pioneer Flour Mill. With a beautiful landscape filled with grapevines and picturesque trees and a gorgeous wine room with an expansive patio, it's a must for couples or anyone visiting the San Antonio area. Oh, and did we mention the wine? This family-owned business is passionate about wine making and transforms Texas-grown grapes into drinkable masterpieces. The winery always features live music and offers socially distanced tastings throughout the facility as well as thoughtful food pairing that compliment the wine! For true wine connoisseurs, you might want to take advantage of their wine club.

Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: Slate Mill is a great place to visit on a day trip to Fredericksburg with wonderful wine, little bites and a lot of history.

Kimberly's expert tip: For Valentine's Day, couples can buy a picnic basket filled with Slate Mill Wine's superb vino and yummy charcuterie and find a cozy spot to canoodle and enjoy!

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The Briscoe Western Art Museum is a collections-based institution building upon art and artifacts that tell the vast and multifaceted story of the American West. Located on San Antonio's famed riverwalk, the institution is housed in San Antonio's first Public Library and newly constructed pavilion. The Briscoe Campus consists of the historic Museum building, the Jack Guenther Pavilion and the adjacent McNutt Courtyard and Sculpture Garden. The Briscoe Western Art Museum, named in honor of the late Texas Governor, Dolph Briscoe, Jr. and his wife, Janey, preserves and interprets the art, history, and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and public events reflective of the region's rich traditions and shared heritage. Their unique collections include Santa Anna's Sword, Visions of Change bronze sculpture by John Coleman, Pancho Villa's Saddle of leather and silver, a replica of a Western mail stagecoach and much more!

Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: The Briscoe is a top notch museum with inspiring exhibits and events the whole family will love!

Kimberly's expert tip: Check the website for monthly events.

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Chicken N Pickle
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Looking for a great place to take the family and get outside and play in a relaxing environment, head to Chicken N Pickle, a ginormous entertainment venue that features a fast casual dining restaurant, 11 pickleball courts (6 indoor and 5 outdoor), 2 bocce ball courts and 4 shuffleboard courts as well as a bar and entertainment space with picnic tables, lounge chairs and outdoor lawn games such as Jenga and Corn Hole. They also have a game room with ping pong and TV screens where you can watch the big games. If you've never played pickleball then you're in for a real treat... imagine tennis smashed with ping pong on a mini tennis-like court. As for the eats, they have a variety of options, including the Pickled Chicken Sandwich, made with a brined grilled chicken breast, bacon, smashed avocado, pickle slaw, and jack cheese. Yum and fun awaits you!

Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: Chicken N Pickle is a newer venue that provides active fun for all ages.

Kimberly's expert tip: Chicken N Pickle is a great place to enjoy a margarita on the lawn while the kids safely play nearby.

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Have you always wanted to go skydiving, but could never quite get up the nerve to throw yourself out of a plane hundreds of miles high? Well, guess what?! iFLY "delivers the dream of flight" without all the stress and risk. On hot Texas days, iFLY is an ideal choice for active indoor fun that the whole family can enjoy. It also makes a great first date! iFLY pioneered the body-flying (indoor skydiving) experience and is now the leader in vertical wind tunnel technology. The class instructors are at the top of their game and you can be confident that you're safe in their hands. Additionally, they have the fresh air advantage with advanced wind tunnel technology that provides guests with clean air while flying by recirculating and refreshing the air from outside the iFLY facilities. Are you ready to get flying? It's time to take that leap!

Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: iFLY offers a super fun, safe and unique experience for both adults and kiddos!

Kimberly's expert tip: iFLY can customize events for kids' birthday parties or special occasions.

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In South Texas, it's a given: When the temperatures reach over 100 degrees (sometimes as early as May!), it's time to grab a tube, load up your ice chest, and jump in the river. Usually, someone also brings a waterproof sound system to play authentic Texas music so the 2-6 hour floats down the river are relaxing and entertaining. Rockin' R River Rides rents tubes with or without bottoms. Their motto is "Remember our bottom will save your bottom." If you aren't ready to sit in a tube, try a '1 Man' raft or a '2 Man' raft. They look like inflatable kayaks. Also, they rent larger rafts for up to 6 people and your ice chest.

Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: Locals know how to beat the Texas heat and that's by floating on the beautiful Guadalupe River!

Kimberly's expert tip: New Braunfels is also packed with great shops and restaurants, so go early to give you time to explore.

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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