San AntonioUnited States of America

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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

Downtown - Riverwalk which includes heritage architecture, boating and a river or creek

Downtown San Antonio

The stunning river views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Downtown San Antonio. Make a stop by River Walk or San Antonio Majestic Theater while you're exploring the area.

Downtown San Antonio
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North San Antonio - SAT

Travelers like the sporting events in North San Antonio - SAT, and Morgan's Wonderland is a top attraction you might want to visit.

North San Antonio - SAT
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West San Antonio

West San Antonio is known for its breathtaking beach views, and you can see some sights in the area like Lackland Air Force Base and San Antonio SeaWorld.

West San Antonio
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Southside

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

Southside
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Alamo Heights

You'll enjoy the museums and coffeehouses in Alamo Heights. You might want to make time for a stop at Witte Museum or Quarry Golf Club.

Alamo Heights
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Southtown

Travelers come to Southtown for its stunning river views, and you can see top attractions like Blue Star Contemporary Art Center and Guenther House while you're in town.

Southtown

Top Hotels in San Antonio

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
La Cantera Resort & Spa
La Cantera Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX
¥22,403
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

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! (1,972 reviews)

"Amazing property for what we paid for...looking forward taking advantage in May."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

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
¥17,147
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (10,863 reviews)

"I wish they cleaned cleaned the room everyday, like vacuumed and everything but beside that it was such a beautiful hotel in a very good location. The valet and door people are the best!!!! Rooftop heated pool and hot tub is open year round. Super fast elevators lol"…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
Riverwalk Plaza
Riverwalk Plaza
4 out of 5
100 Villita Street, Dwyer/Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX
¥9,710
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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! (1,898 reviews)

"The lobby and the rooms were very unique to most places I’ve stayed at and it was a nice place to have spent my time there."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Riverwalk Plaza

Popular things to do in San Antonio

River Walk
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River Walk

4.5/5(7,131 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to River Walk, a popular green space in San Antonio. Discover the acclaimed theater scene and shops in this walkable area.

Lackland Air Force Base
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Lackland Air Force Base

4.5/5(1,228 reviews)

Lackland Air Force Base is just one of the places to see in San Antonio, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

San Antonio SeaWorld
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San Antonio SeaWorld

4.5/5(1,563 reviews)

Make time to visit the sea animals who live at San Antonio SeaWorld and find out why this is a popular attraction in San Antonio. Stroll along the seaside or visit the amusement park in this family-friendly area.

AT&T Center
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AT&T Center

4.5/5(866 reviews)

Catch an event at AT&T Center during your trip to San Antonio. Discover the acclaimed theater scene in this walkable area, or seek out the local tours.

Alamo
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Alamo

4.5/5(5,096 reviews)

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

Fort Sam Houston
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Fort Sam Houston

4/5(494 reviews)

After visiting Fort Sam Houston, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in San Antonio. Discover the acclaimed theater scene in this walkable area, or seek out the local tours.

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

90% of travellers recommend
¥4,163
Per adult
Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour from San Antonio
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Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour from San Antonio

92% of travellers recommend
¥11,975
Per adult
San Antonio Aquarium
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San Antonio Aquarium

90% of travellers recommend
¥1,093
Per adult
Full-Day Grand Historic City Tour with Lunch Included
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Full-Day Grand Historic City Tour with Lunch Included

88% of travellers recommend
¥11,975
Per adult
Alamo & City Highlights Helicopter Tour
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Alamo & City Highlights Helicopter Tour

100% of travellers recommend
¥15,430
Per adult
San Antonio Haunted Pub Tour
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San Antonio Haunted Pub Tour

76% of travellers recommend
¥2,744
Per adult

Reviews of San Antonio

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
8623
5 - Excellent 54.0491412811834%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.90610505202457%
3 - Okay
1200
3 - Okay 7.5216246709289205%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.9276670427479002%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5954619531152062%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

We will return. Weather and people were wonderful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

Loved the River walk precinct.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

This trip did not include any leisure time, so I can't speak to the fun activities present in San Antonio.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

Beautiful city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

I come here twice a year for conventions. Stayed all over town in various levels of accommodations. San Antonio is a nice place to visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

Traffic is managable and streets seemed easily to navigate on. Love the San Antonio Market. It has All the things that I cannot get anymore due to not being able to travel to Mexico anymore. And supporting my fellow Mexican Americans is humbling.

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