San Antonio, TX

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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.

Where to stay in San Antonio

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk
3 out of 5
303 Blum Street, San Antonio, TX, 78202
The price is $115 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in San Antonio. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,300 reviews)
"Nice"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk
Riverwalk Plaza
Riverwalk Plaza
4 out of 5
100 Villita Street, Dwyer/Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX, 78205
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $139 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in San Antonio. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our ...
3.9/5 Good! (2,364 reviews)
"Perfect place to stay! Great staff, Great location!"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Riverwalk Plaza
La Cantera Resort & Spa
La Cantera Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX, 78256
The price is $259 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in San Antonio. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 outdoor pools, and 5 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,492 reviews)
"One of my favorite places to stay .. So classy and nice."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

La Cantera Resort & Spa
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Sonesta ES Suites San Antonio Northwest - Medical Center
Sonesta ES Suites San Antonio Northwest - Medical Center
3 out of 5
4320 Spectrum One, San Antonio, TX, 78230
The price is $89 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in San Antonio. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (705 reviews)
"The young lady who site up the breakfast was very nice and personable."

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites San Antonio Northwest - Medical Center
The Luxury Suites at Arrive Eilan
The Luxury Suites at Arrive Eilan
5 out of 5
17803 La Cantera Terrace, San Antonio, TX, 32205
Stay at this 5-star luxury apartment in San Antonio. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a balcony or patio. Popular attractions Six Flags Fiesta Texas and The ...
3.6/5 Good! (120 reviews)
"Peaceful serene experience with various gathering areas for individualized choices of relaxation 😌 🙂"

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2022

The Luxury Suites at Arrive Eilan
Sonder at Southtown
Sonder at Southtown
4 out of 5
111 Probandt, San Antonio, TX, 78204
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in San Antonio. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the quiet ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (80 reviews)
"Very pleased overall. Location, cleanliness and customer service was great. Pool was not available due to waiting for parts to clean it. Would definitely stay there again"

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

Sonder at Southtown
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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