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.
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Learn about the fierce Battle of the Alamo and pay your respects to those lost during the Texan Revolution at this historical complex.
There are nearly 800 wild and wonderful species at the zoo in the center of Brackenridge Park, not far from the city center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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