At this paranormal landmark, Terror Mansion weaves visitors through 23 scream-rattled rooms, coaxing chills with intricate setups and actual hauntings that have seized attention in local media stories. Inside the 80-year-old horror emporium, guests are greeted by the mansion's butler, who offers nauseating appetizers such as rats, roaches, and old late-fee letters from the library. Ominous, darkened corridors then lead thrill seekers through gorified chaos, including a blood-soaked meat locker and a rendezvous with sinister clowns. Bubbling cauldrons harbor mutilated cadavers in the basement, and a toxic laser room compounds confusion with baleful beams and bewildering special effects. Outside, safety continues to elude guests as horror-movie characters and obnoxious investment bankers chase groups back into the night.
The tour guides at Grand Double Decker make sure that participants will always remember the Alamo. That's because they whisk them aboard trolleys or double-decker buses for storied tours of the famed site of Texas's battle for independence. They also unveil more than 50 other points of interest, including landmarks in the Texas burg such as the Riverwalk, San Fernando Cathedral, and the Texas Ranger Museum, complete with secret portals leading to John Wayne's hat collection. In addition, tour guides lead riverboat cruises that float down the San Antonio River past boutiques, cafés, and seasonal flowers.
Houston St. Bistro sits just a playbill’s toss from the Majestic Theatre, welcoming post-show patrons with tables dressed smartly in black and white linens. The dinner menu ranges from classic steaks and chops drizzled with savory marsala wine sauce to inventive modern dishes such as the wasabi-crusted ahi tuna served atop cilantro sweet-corn rice. During the afternoon, the bistro whips up lunchtime fare such as paninis and burgers amid an ambience as relaxed as a business-casual coronation ceremony. At any time of day, patrons can peruse a list of 43 international wines available by the glass, bottle, or half-bottle.:m]]
Segway Nation lets people explore Texas's rich history and culture while aboard self-balancing vehicles. Rolling through Austin's past, their guides spin tales of prominent landmarks such as the Texas State Capitol building and Lady Bird Lake. These adventures echo in San Antonio, where segways travel through Houston Street and HemisFair Park. When night falls across either city, Segway Nation sends a spooky chill down sightseers' spines during their signature City Lights Ghost tour. Segways zip across each city's haunted locations, outrunning ghosts who don't have the physical weight to lean their segways forward. Segway Nation also rents bikes for self-guided tours.
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.
The same series of walkways that host traditional community events, such as craft shows and musical spectacles, also serve as front-row seats to the 25,000 rubber ducks that race down the San Antonio River every autumn. The iconic public park is a point of pride for San Antonians and has been promoted and preserved since 1968 by the nonprofit The River Walk Association. Lined with shops, restaurants, and hotels, the walkways’ pair of parallel sidewalks draws throngs during annual events such as the Lucky Duck Race, the Christmas parade, and St. Patrick’s Day festival. During Halloween’s Bud Light Coffins on Parade, floating coffins make two laps around the River Walk and give the river a spooky touch without stocking it with talking fish.