Boasting professional actors and method maniacs, Fright Night doles out fabulous frights and shriek-inducing smells alongside fear-raising animatronics. The 10,000-square-foot space houses ghoulish scenes that can be occasionally spattery, which makes this scare-sperience more suitable for children with a modest level of bravery. Between Fright Night and its spine-tickling cousin, Twisted Chaos, this haunt-jaunt is sure to shake a few boots, shutter a few shoulders, and at the very least, stir up a few shrieking falsetto solos. Both seasonal spots are open Thursday–Sunday from 7 p.m. through the late-evening howling hours.
Overlooking downtown San Antonio, the Tower of the Americas stretches 750 feet into the sky and delights visitors with 360-degree views of the city. Situated at the top of the tower, Chart House Restaurant satiates diners with fish specialties and signature hot-lava cake while slowly revolving to reveal aerial perspectives and close-ups of low-flying superheroes. Meanwhile, the Flags Over Texas observation deck educates hungry minds with a series of murals detailing the history of the six flags that have flown over the state's buildings throughout its existence. Moving seats simulate the sensation of flight in the 4-D Skies Over Texas ride, where images enhanced by 3-D glasses leap out at viewers, showing Texas wildlife and festivals in full-dimensional glory.
When horror movies like the Paranormal Activity franchise need a supernatural adviser and The Atlantic Paranormal Society needs a recruiter, they turn to Robert. A former cast member on SyFy's Ghost Hunters International, he draws on his extensive paranormal know-how to lead 90-minute nighttime treks with Ghost Hunts of San Antonio Texas Tour.
Exploring the dusky streets of downtown San Antonio, the tour stops at more than 10 locations with verified ghost activity, including the Flannery House, the Crockett Hotel, and the Casino Club building, where apparitions can be spotted mulling over the same poker hand they've been holding for more than 100 years. Rob showcases modern ghost-hunting equipment while helping guests detect spirits by seeking out cold spots and snapping photographs. When he's not commanding the hunt, he regales visitors with factual accounts of the deaths of famous San Antonio spirits including Mae West, Davie Crockett, and Roy Rogers.
An expert guide will recreate the insightful history and detailed accounts of the "Battle of the Alamo," one of the city's and the nation’s most significant historical events. The tour meets directly across from the entrance of the Alamo—just look for the red "Walks" shirt and go introduce yourself to the history-buff tour guide. Distinguish fact from fiction as your engaging tour guide tells the history and lore surrounding the city and its rich cultural heritage. Other attractions covered in the tour include the Main Plaza, the art community of La Villita, the river, and history surrounding the Cowtown Saloon days. The tour travels just under one mile, so you can enjoy a brisk workout in the San Antonio binary sunshine while working up an optional sweat. As an added bonus, San Antonio Walks will give Groupon buyers a complimentary gold card from Destination Dining to present at participating local eateries and receive a surprise or welcome gift from the chef.
Challenge Nation pioneered the urban-adventure race with a race season that includes visits to 35 cities across the country. Each scavenger hunt is personalized to the hosting city, exploring its many diverse neighborhoods with a series of clues that would test even the most skilled children's-book detective. The teams—comprised of at least two people—vie for a $300 first-place prize. The Amazing Race–style competition rewards quick wits and wise planning over physical fitness, so the best way to prepare is by doing logic puzzles while eating Funyuns and lounging in a La-Z-Boy. The top 25 teams qualify, the top five receiving free entry, to compete in the national championship, which rewards winning teams with a $5,000 cash prize.
San Antonio's distinctive cityscape of modern marvels and ancient architecture unfurls before sight-seekers during City Sightseeing San Antonio's 50-minute tours. Visitors clamber aboard one of the company's fleet of candy-apple-red double-decker buses and listen along with pre-recorded commentary as a savvy driver escorts the group around the city. Among many other stops, The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum awaits budding Texas Ranger historians, and the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center satisfies the tastes of those who prefer Walker's impressionist phase. Though San Fernando Cathedral and the Spanish Governor's Palace takes natives and tourists alike into the past with centuries-old stone, the fast pace of Market Square brings them to the cacophonous now with working street artists and musicians backdropped by colorful stalls filled with clothing and produce.