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Everything is indeed bigger in Texas, and this includes San Antonio’s food, theme parks, and the locals’ enthusiasm for their city. San Antonio has also made a spectacle of its riverfront in the best possible way, inviting locals and visitors alike to enjoy walks along the water and dinner with a view. Things to do in San Antonio range from the relaxing to the invigorating. Whether you want to sip fine wines in Texas Hill Country or take a flying lesson designed for first-timers, San Antonio activities are here to please.
While southern charm is universal in San Antonio, there are still a variety of districts that embody their own personal vibe. From the bustling city center to historic districts, any traveler can find a neighborhood in San Antonio that feels custom-built for their vacation style.
Downtown — Downtown San Antonio really is the heart of the city. If you’re looking for the highest number of attractions in San Antonio per capita, this is probably your best bet. From restaurants to outdoor activities, downtown is certainly bustling by any standard. Visit the Historic Market Square, also called El Mercado, to enter some of the best Mexican markets in the area.
Alamo Heights — This neighborhood is often regarded as one of the best neighborhoods in San Antonio, and it is certainly one of the oldest. In Alamo Heights you are met with upscale specialty boutiques, botanical gardens, and many historical homes.
The Deco District — Much like its name suggests, this San Antonio district is inspired by deco art. The district is teeming with everything from theater performances to art installations. It’s also a good place for budding and experienced photographers alike to get in more than a few good snaps of the shutter.
Before you head out to take the streets of San Antonio by storm, there are plenty of ways to sit back and be entertained. Venues like the Majestic Theater put on Broadway shows throughout the year, while Ballet San Antonio and its talented team of dancers are ready to stun you with a moving performance. Excellent photo opportunities are easily found at spots like the Japanese Tea Garden, Mission San Jose, and the San Fernando Cathedral. The Spanish Governor’s Palace, a national historic landmark, will impress you with its architecture and worth a short visit.
One of the most fun things to do in San Antonio is show up at the River Walk, a network of tree-lined paths along the river, which is open every day of the year. Scream your way down a water slide, get dinner on a river boat, and cap off your day at a nightclub on the River Walk. SeaWorld® San Antonio, the San Antonio Zoo, and Traders Village® are some of the other popular things to do in San Antonio, TX. Of course, when you’re sightseeing in San Antonio, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. The Japanese Tea Garden and other outdoor spaces dedicated to flowers allow you slow down for just a bit.
Traveling to San Antonio on a budget? The following can be seen for nothing.
San Angel Folk Art Museum - Check if there are any special displays or tours on at this popular museum.
Madison Square Park - Plenty of excitement is what's waiting for you at this great attraction.
Alamo Mission in San Antonio - If you're intrigued by the past, this is one stop you can't miss.
Milam Square - Spend some time in this popular destination and experience life as a local resident.
Torch of Friendship Sculpture - If you'd love to see some of the more important or interesting places in the community, start here.
St Joseph Catholic Church - Mix some spirituality into your vacation with a visit to this religious attraction.
Mission Trail - Bring your camera and let Mother Nature stimulate your imagination.
Yanaguana Garden and Playground - Prepare a picnic and enjoy a relaxing walk around the beautiful plants.
When the weather is fine, these outdoor experiences are hard to resist:
If it's bucketing down, these indoor activities will keep you on the go — and nice and dry!:
No trip to San Antonio is truly complete without checking out River Walk and Alamo.
You'll want to put these attractions high on your must-do list to make the most of your trip:
There are tons of tours and activities here that are perfect if you're watching your budget:
You could even leave your money in the hotel safe for the day, because these fantastic attractions won't cost you a penny: