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San Antonio, TX
Travel Guide

From the Six Flags Fiesta theme park to bronco-busting rodeos, San Antonio offers plenty of spicy family-style fun.

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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Where to stay in San Antonio

Top Hotels in San Antonio

La Cantera Resort & Spa
La Cantera Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX
The price is ¥19,799 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

This family-friendly San Antonio resort is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of The Shops of La Cantera, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and University of ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,442 reviews)

"Outstanding stay with friendly staff, amazing venue!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

La Cantera Resort & Spa
Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
4 out of 5
306 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX
The price is ¥15,220 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,542 reviews)

"We were staying during the winter storms in Feb of 2021. Given the extreme conditions and lack of food, etc., the staff was great. Always positive. The facilities were also very nice. Good location"…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
4 out of 5
150 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX
The price is ¥14,813 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Downtown San Antonio, this romantic hotel is steps from San Antonio Majestic Theater and River Walk. Market Square and Alamo are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,753 reviews)

"An older property that feels new. Classic & nostalgic feel with very modern upgrades. Right around the corner from the river walk. Close to restaurants & a coulle of grocery stores if you want to buy food."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
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.

Vacation Rentals in San Antonio

The Luxury Suites at Arrive Eilan
The Luxury Suites at Arrive Eilan
5 out of 5
17803 La Cantera Terrace, San Antonio, TX
The price is ¥14,294 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated in San Antonio, this luxury apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Six Flags Fiesta Texas, The Shops of La Cantera, and The Rim Shopping Center. ...

3.5/5Good! (66 reviews)

"Beautifully clean apartment in luxury location. Tricky to locate and access at first but worth the hassle."…"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

The Luxury Suites at Arrive Eilan
Staybridge Suites Northwest near Six Flags Fiesta
Staybridge Suites Northwest near Six Flags Fiesta
3 out of 5
6919 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX
The price is ¥8,934 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Situated in San Antonio, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Texas-San Antonio, The Shops of La Cantera, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The Rim ...

4.2/5Excellent! (856 reviews)

"We had a very nice stay- perfect for our traveling situation - with our son and his family of 4 kids. It was in good condition and the hot breakfast was delicious."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Staybridge Suites Northwest near Six Flags Fiesta
Staybridge Suites San Antonio Downtown Conv Ctr
Staybridge Suites San Antonio Downtown Conv Ctr
3 out of 5
123 Hoefgen Ave, San Antonio, TX
The price is ¥11,504 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in Downtown San Antonio, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shops at Rivercenter, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, and Tower of the Americas. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (723 reviews)

"I really liked the location - it is a very unique spot with a few interesting areas around. It was pretty quiet since covid came in, but still had some quaint places to walk around and look. I wasn't made aware of paid parking until we got there - i almost ALWAYS check for extra fees, so I was not ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

Staybridge Suites San Antonio Downtown Conv Ctr
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.

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Reviews of San Antonio

4.4

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

McKayla

Jun 6, 2020

It’s a beautiful city

5/5 - Excellent

Greg

Jun 5, 2020

Amazing friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

Ive been living in San Antonio for a year now and i hope to plant some roots here

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

We did the Tea Garden, two museums, the riverwalk, the zoo, a couple of hikes and lounge at the pool. It was fantastic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

A good city to live in it

4/5 - Good

David

Jun 2, 2020

Everything was shut down, even LuLu's cafe where we really wanted a 3 pound cinnamon roll. Need to go back when all of this crap is over.

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