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San Antonio, TX
Travel Guide

San Antonio Botanical Gardens which includes modern architecture, a garden and a pond

For many years before the Battle of the Alamo, this city in southern Texas was part of Mexico. See the missions that remain from earlier times.

The strong Spanish and Coahuiltecan influences on the city of San Antonio are visible in its architecture, art and culture. See the Alamo and several other missions that remain from the early days of Spanish colonization.

Travel along the River Walk that parallels the San Antonio River, which winds through the city. Walk, bike or step into a tour boat to enjoy the quiet under the cypresses lining the riverbanks. The paved trails provide access to museums, restaurants, bars, shopping and the city’s famous missions.

The Alamo, originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero, is the site of the famous 1836 battle in which Mexico’s President Santa Anna killed nearly 200 Americans after a 13-day siege during the Texas Revolution. Take a tour along the river to see four other missions that are part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. They were established not only for religious observation, but also for protection of local residents.

Attend a Sunday service at the Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo, the largest of the area’s missions. The Mission San Juan Capistrano is surrounded by labores (farmlands) and an irrigation ditch built in the 1700s. When you visit these and the two other sites, Mission Concepcion and Mission Espada, look for Catholic symbols interwoven with architectural decorations depicting nature created by the indigenous Coahuiltecan people.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum holds Santa Anna’s sword and many other artworks and artifacts. See modern art in McNay Art Museum. Enjoy a live performance in the 1929 Majestic Theatre, which was once a movie theater.

When the kids have experienced enough history and culture, spend a fun-filled day at one of San Antonio’s many theme parks including SeaWorld® San Antonio, Six Flags® Fiesta Texas and Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort. Visit the San Antonio Zoo and the hands-on DoSeum science museum in the large Brackenridge Park and the Natural Bridge Caverns for a varied range of family-friendly activities.

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Where to stay in San Antonio

Riverwalk Plaza
Riverwalk Plaza
4 out of 5
100 Villita Street, Dwyer/Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX
The price is $119 per night from May 10 to May 10
This family-friendly San Antonio hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Tower Life Building and River Walk. Market Square and San Antonio ...
3.8/5Good! (2,556 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Riverwalk Plaza
La Cantera Resort & Spa
La Cantera Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX
The price is $233 per night from May 24 to May 24
This family-friendly San Antonio resort is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of The Shops of La Cantera, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and University of ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,488 reviews)
"Gorgeous property, very clean rooms, comfortable beds."

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

La Cantera Resort & Spa
Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
4 out of 5
306 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX
The price is $161 per night from May 12 to May 12
Located in Downtown San Antonio, this romantic hotel is steps from Briscoe Western Art Museum and River Walk. Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and Alamo are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (3,630 reviews)
"This Hotel it’s amazing, excellent customer service and plenty of space on the rooms. Every time I visit S.A. I stay on this hotel."

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
A Beautiful Boxcar That's Close to Downtown, the Pearl & the Quarry Market
A Beautiful Boxcar That's Close to Downtown, the Pearl & the Quarry Market
San Antonio, TX
The price is $75 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in North San Antonio - SAT, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Alamo Quarry Market, San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium, and North Star Mall. Trinity ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
San Antonio Train Car
"Unique and nice place to stay. Decorated very cute. Comfortable beds. 10-15 minutes from downtown and attractions. You are close to the train tracks and hear trains periodically. Stephanie was prompt in communication and answering questions."

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

A Beautiful Boxcar That's Close to Downtown, the Pearl & the Quarry Market
Near Alamo Dome, Riverwalk & ATT Center Sleeps 6
Near Alamo Dome, Riverwalk & ATT Center Sleeps 6
San Antonio, TX
Located in Arena District, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Freeman Coliseum, Alamodome, and AT&T Center. Tower of the Americas and Henry B. Gonzalez ...
4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
Very good stay
"Property manager very helpful. Quiet neighborhood. Very comfortable bed. Would stay there again"

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

Near Alamo Dome, Riverwalk & ATT Center Sleeps 6
Getaway- Relocating- Remodeling- Building- Corporate Stay
Getaway- Relocating- Remodeling- Building- Corporate Stay
San Antonio, TX
Located in Stone Oak, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Canyon Springs Golf Club, Fresenius Medical Care at North Central Baptist Hospital, and American ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great location for SeaWorld and Natural Bridge
"This rental is perfect for a family stay to visit nearby family attractions in the San Antonio. There is a nearby H‑E‑B and many family friendly restaurants."

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

Getaway- Relocating- Remodeling- Building- Corporate Stay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around San Antonio

Rent a car for complete freedom to explore the city and its surroundings. However, there are also public transportation options, should you need them. Make use of the VIA Metropolitan Transit Service, which includes buses and streetcars that will take you to most of the biggest attractions across the city. Book taxis in advance or find them at designated points rather than trying to hail them. Visit the VIA Metropolitan Transit website. Browse San Antonio rental cars.

Best time to visit

Most visitors to San Antonio come in the summer, with an especially during school vacation. Enjoy a more peaceful trip by visiting between November and April, when there will be fewer tourists and a wider range of affordable accommodations. This period, from winter to spring, is also by far the most pleasant in terms of weather, with temperatures not usually exceeding 82 F (27 C).

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Reviews of San Antonio

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McKayla

Jun 6, 2020

It’s a beautiful city

5/5 - Excellent

Greg

Jun 5, 2020

Amazing friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

Ive been living in San Antonio for a year now and i hope to plant some roots here

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

We did the Tea Garden, two museums, the riverwalk, the zoo, a couple of hikes and lounge at the pool. It was fantastic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

A good city to live in it

4/5 - Good

David

Jun 2, 2020

Everything was shut down, even LuLu's cafe where we really wanted a 3 pound cinnamon roll. Need to go back when all of this crap is over.

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