Get away to San Antonio! Enjoy the riverfront, entertainment, and museums.

With more than 1.3 million inhabitants, San Antonio is the second-most populous city in Texas and one of the state’s most visited areas. Latino culture is deeply rooted in the history of this city less than 3 hours from the Mexican border. Shop in Mexican markets, sample the Tex-Mex cuisine and wander along plazas inspired by Spanish Colonial architecture.

Strolling the San Antonio River Walk guides you along famous places that represent more than 300 years of history. The old mission called the Alamo, built in the early 1700s, is the most famous of all attractions. This was the scene of a heroic battle during the Texas Revolution, one of the turbulent events in Texas’ fight for independence from Mexico during the mid-1800s. Explore the Institute of Texan Cultures, where you'll see and hear how the mix of cultures influenced the area.

Find beautifully preserved buildings in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and learn about life for Native Americans during Spanish colonization. Visit one of the city’s top museums and gaze at huge dinosaur bones, Egyptian mummies or Chinese relics dating back to 1600 B.C.

For a peaceful escape within the city limits, head to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens or the nearby Japanese Tea Gardens. You can see endangered prairie animals from the local area at the nearby San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium.

A bus runs from downtown to many of the city’s major attractions. Hop on and off as you please with a pre-purchased pass. Rent a car and explore the stunning scenery of Texas Hill Country or grab your hiking shoes and head to the Friedrich Wilderness Park. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon by the lake at Landa Park, enjoy an African safari at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch or ride some waves at Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

San Antonio is an exciting city to visit any time of year. A warm, semi-arid climate means it’s hot in summer and mild in winter, and most attractions are open year-round.

Known for

Rivers, Walking and Live Music

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Where to stay in San Antonio

Downtown San Antonio
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Downtown San Antonio

Rivers, Walking, Entertainment

Explore the network of pedestrian paths that follows the beautiful San Antonio River to discover restaurants and bars, gift shops, galleries and museums.

Alamo Heights
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Alamo Heights

Culture, Festivals, Museums

You'll enjoy the museums and coffeehouses in Alamo Heights. You might want to make time for a stop at Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum or San Antonio Botanical Gardens.

Southside
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Southside

Churches, Cathedrals, Friendly People

Southside is noteworthy for its river views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like San Antonio Missions National Park and Lackland Air Force Base.

Far North Central
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Far North Central

While visiting Far North Central, you might make a stop by sights like Six Flags Fiesta Texas and The Shops of La Cantera.

Top Hotels in San Antonio

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
4 out of 5
306 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX
¥14,615/night
Sep 25 - Sep 26
4.6/5Wonderful! (10,262 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Antonio, this spa hotel is steps from Briscoe Western Art Museum and River Walk. Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and San Antonio ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (10,262 reviews)

"I enjoyed my stay. Parked my car and enjoyed all of the festivities downtown. Everything was in walking distance."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
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Riverwalk Plaza
4 out of 5
100 Villita Street, Dwyer/Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX
¥9,096/night
Oct 2 - Oct 3
3.8/5Good! (1,447 reviews)

This family-friendly San Antonio hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Tower Life Building and River Walk. San Antonio Majestic Theater ...

3.8/5Good! (1,447 reviews)

"So convenient being walking distance to the river walk especially with having a new baby we were able to go back to the room and take small breaks and cool off. Perfect for a weekend stay"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Riverwalk Plaza
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El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
3 out of 5
110 Lexington Ave, San Antonio, TX
¥8,561/night
Sep 18 - Sep 19
3.4/5 (4,224 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Antonio, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and River Walk. San Antonio Majestic Theater and ...

3.4/5 (4,224 reviews)

"I enjoyed the space in the rooms, and the balcony."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel

Popular things to do in San Antonio

Alamo
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Alamo

Learn about the fierce Battle of the Alamo and pay your respects to those lost during the Texan Revolution at this historical complex.

San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium
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San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium

There are nearly 800 wild and wonderful species at the zoo in the center of Brackenridge Park, not  far from the city center.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
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Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

This animal sanctuary is designed to be like an African Safari, complete with exotic animals that may even come up to your car as you drive through their home.

Top activities in San Antonio

San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

¥4,094

Explore the very best of San Antonio on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 1, 2 or 4 day pass, you'll discover this historic city in your own time, seeing all of the key landmarks.

Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour from San Antonio
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Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour from San Antonio

¥11,777

Cruise through the rolling, tree-flecked landscapes of Texas Hill Country to check out the former home of a US President, explore colorful towns made famous by country musicians, and stop in at an award-winning winery.

Full-Day Grand Historic City Tour with Lunch Included
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Full-Day Grand Historic City Tour with Lunch Included

¥11,777

Get an immersive ride through the streets of San Antonio on a unique tour through the city's history and culture. This outing shows you famous places from downtown to the Alamo, all while you listen to your guide share facts about the city's origins and take part in Texas trivia games.

San Antonio Aquarium
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San Antonio Aquarium

¥1,492

If you are looking for fun family things to do in the San Antonio area you have come to the right place! Get a glimpse of tropical fish, toucans, sharks, and an octopus at the San Antonio Aquarium and take a chance to touch a stingray, pet a lemur, or even hold a snake if you dare.

Alamo & City Highlights Helicopter Tour
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Alamo & City Highlights Helicopter Tour

¥15,021

Lift off and explore San Antonio's legendary landmarks and stunning sights by air. From your comfortable seat in a nimble helicopter, get a bird's-eye view of the Alamo, the Tower of the Americas, and the city's incredible gardens, all paired with intriguing insight from your experienced guide.

San Antonio Haunted Pub Tour
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San Antonio Haunted Pub Tour

¥2,701

Experience spooky stories and unexplained events as you visit some of the most historic and haunted spots in the city—and steady your nerves with a few drinks along the way. Meet your costumed tour guide in downtown San Antonio and head off on an adventure to explore the area's eeriest locations.

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