A combination of 300-year-old heritage and modern attractions, San Antonio is an eclectic city that is home to Texas sized theme parks and historic Spanish landmarks. Straddling the South and Central regions, the city is centred around the scenic River Walk, lined with iconic waterfront cafes and famous for its many historic landmarks, while its European vibes and cultural diversity make people-watching an avid pastime.
Things to do in San Antonio
Do you want to be inspired? The Alamo is San Antonio’s highlight attraction, a memorial that honours the revolutionaries that died defending their country. You can visit the main chapel known as the Shrine, tour the museum in the Long Barrack or hear a guide reiterate the location’s history in the Cavalry Courtyard.
The River Walk is San Antonio’s little slice of tourist heaven, comprised of a landscaped walking and biking path that weaves through downtown for more than 24 kilometres. The area is lined on both sides with quaint cafes, unique shops and riverside restaurants. The Arneson River Theatre is a particular point of interest with its impressive holiday lights display and summer festivities.
If you’re seeking a break from the urban bustle, take a walk through the San Antonio Botanical Gardens which display an exquisite exhibition of endemic flora. The gardens include the Lucile Halsell Conservatory and the Sullivan Carriage House.
For a taste of Spanish-Colonial Revival architecture, head to the McNay Art Museum, the first modern art museum ever constructed in the state of Texas. The complex houses 24 rooms of attractions including a Japanese-inspired garden and fish pond.
The San Antonio International Airport is your gateway into the city, located 13 kilometres from the city centre. Well-connected roadways allow for easy transport by car, with plenty of rental options available. If you aren't planning on venturing too far, there are also public buses that service the major downtown area.