Best Things to Do in San Antonio


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A city rich in history and booming with modern attractions, San Antonio invites visitors to be inspired, be curious and be hungry. Walk, bike, hike and play through our spectacular parks, gardens, and outdoor spaces. Experience the city’s historical significance through tours, festivals, and seasonal events. Shop, drink and dine at local favorites across our diverse neighborhoods. San Antonio has it all – and we are ready to welcome you! Build your plan for things to do in San Antonio and get inspired to discover new sites attractions and more!

1. Stroll, Dine, or Cruise along the San Antonio River Walk

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San Antonio’s centerpiece is the River Walk, where stone walkways and restaurants line the San Antonio River flowing through the city center. Set below street level, this is a beautiful area with calm waters, graceful bridges, birds, and plenty of shade from large trees towering over the banks.

Most people come down here for a stroll, or to enjoy a meal on one of the outdoor patios. One of the most relaxing ways to experience the River Walk is from the comfort of a barge on a guided tour or dinner cruise.

A great way to see the sites is with a combo San Antonio River Walk Cruise & Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour, which also includes access to the Tower of the Americas.

2. Tour The Alamo

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The Alamo is one of the most important historical sites in the United States and a must-see attraction if you are visiting San Antonio. The Alamo was part of the mission station established here in 1718, its church built by Franciscans in 1744

In 1836, the Battle of the Alamo, one of the most famous battles in US history, played out here, when a small force entrenched themselves in the Alamo against a Mexican army of 3,000. All the defenders were killed, including legendary figures Davy Crockett and James Bowie, in a battle that some estimate may have lasted only 20 minutes.

3. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park & Mission Trail

In 2015, the San Antonio Missions were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the first such designation in the state of Texas. The five missions, including the famous Alamo (Mission Valero) were built in the early 1700s, established by the Franciscan Order in an effort by Spain to colonize and evangelize the region.

Today, they are one of the city’s greatest tourist attractions. If you have time to see only a few of the missions, be sure to see the Alamo, Mission San Jose, and Mission Concepción. The remaining two include Mission San Juan and Mission Espada. The Mission Trail connects the missions.

4. San Fernando Cathedral & San Antonio|The Saga

Famous as the burial site of the heroes of the Alamo, the Roman Catholic San Fernando Cathedral (Church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria y Guadalupe) is one of the oldest cathedrals in the US and is listed on the National register of Historic Places. The walls of the original church, completed in 1750 and built by settlers from the Canary Islands, now form the cathedral’s sanctuary.

The cathedral is on Main Plaza and is one of the best places to visit in San Antonio after dark. At night, it becomes the stage for one of San Antonio’s most visually compelling attractions, known as San Antonio|The Saga. Offered free of charge every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, this video art installation, created by Xavier de Richemont, is a 24-minute video, with choreographed music and narration, projected onto the side of San Fernando Cathedral.

5. Natural Bridge Caverns & the Canopy Challenge and Zip Lines

Less than 30 minutes from San Antonio is Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest commercial caves in Texas. These spectacular caves are known for their huge open rooms but they also have narrow passages and interesting formations.

Two types of cave tours are available and take approximately 70 minutes. But there are plenty of things to do here other than just touring the caves, and if you’re looking for more of an adrenaline rush, try the Canopy Challenge, a course of platforms and ladders 60 feet above the ground, as well as ziplines. Younger children can also get in on the action with the Sky Tykes, with a rope course designed for younger kids and toddlers.

These are some of the best things to do in San Antonio.

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