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Top Things To Do In San Antonio

Texas’s second largest city is evolving, with the up-and-coming Pearl District leading the charge. Offering more than the Alamo and the River Walk, this sprawling city is in a constant state of change. With a burgeoning restaurant scene, historic restorations, and a raft of new construction, San Antonio is reinventing itself, becoming a multifaceted metropolis well worth exploring. Ready to plan your trip? Continue reading for a few San Antonio vacation ideas.

Admission for Two or Four to Briscoe Western Art Museum (Up to 55% Off)
Briscoe Western Art Museum
San Antonio
4.7
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Admission for Two or Four to Briscoe Western Art Museum (Up to 55% Off)
Admission Two or Four or Birthday Party Package at San Antonio Aquarium (Up to 49% Off). Six Options Available.
San Antonio Aquarium
San Antonio
4.4
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Admission Two or Four or Birthday Party Package at San Antonio Aquarium (Up to 49% Off). Six Options Available.
Tour of San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Sites for One, Two, or Four from Gray Line (Up to 42% Off)
Gray Line
San Antonio
4.3
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Tour of San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Sites for One, Two, or Four from Gray Line (Up to 42% Off)
Ghost Walk for Two or Four from Bad Wolf Ghost Tours (Up to 43% Off)
Bad Wolf Ghost Tours
San Antonio
4.6
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Ghost Walk for Two or Four from Bad Wolf Ghost Tours (Up to 43% Off)
Museum Visit for Up to Eight at Frontier Times Museum in Bandera (Up to 52% Off)
Frontier Times Museum
Bandera
4.5
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Museum Visit for Up to Eight at Frontier Times Museum in Bandera (Up to 52% Off)
Self-Guided San Antonio  Scavenger Hunt for Two, Four, or Six from ScavengerHunt.com (Up to 54% Off)
ScavengerHunt.com
San Antonio
3.9
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Self-Guided San Antonio Scavenger Hunt for Two, Four, or Six from ScavengerHunt.com (Up to 54% Off)
Wine, Beer, or Spirit Tours with Tasting at ARC’s Wine Plus (Up to 35% Off). Seven Options Available.
ARC’s Wine Plus
San Antonio
5.0
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Wine, Beer, or Spirit Tours with Tasting at ARC’s Wine Plus (Up to 35% Off). Seven Options Available.
Single-Day Admission for One or Two Adults or a Family of Four to Bandera Natural History Museum (Up to 25% Off)
Bandera Natural History Museum
Bandera
4.9
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Single-Day Admission for One or Two Adults or a Family of Four to Bandera Natural History Museum (Up to 25% Off)
Tour and Tasting for Two, Three, or Four at Hill Country Distillers (Up to 50% Off)
Hill Country Distillers
Comfort
5.0
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Tour and Tasting for Two, Three, or Four at Hill Country Distillers (Up to 50% Off)

When it’s time to explore the city, there are only a few things that simply must make your San Antonio itinerary. This humble Texas city has plenty to offer first-time visitors.

The best things to do near San Antonio include:

  • Stroll through the 15-mile River Walk, San Antonio’s riverside promenade
  • Visit Spanish Governor’s Palace, just behind City Hall
  • Hop on a river-barge cruise offered by Rio Cruises
  • Grab dinner at Big on the Banks, one of San Antonio’s most highly regarded restaurants
  • Visit the 33 acres of Texas plants at San Antonio Botanical Gardens

San Antonio’s Paseo del Río remains the city’s biggest draw. And though the below-street-level promenade continues to teem with crowds, major expansions attract more and more people to downtown San Antonio.

Popular attractions near San Antonio include:

  • Explore all that Main Plaza has to offer
  • Visit the Alamo early in the morning to avoid the crowds
  • Buy a shirt with the city slogan, “Come and Take It”
  • Visit Tower of the Americas, an observation tower in downtown San Antonio
  • Stop by Buckhorn Saloon & Museum, which offers Texas-style souvenirs

San Antonio has key attractions that visitors simply must go and see. Start at the Alamo and work your way through some of its surrounding things to do.

Exciting activities near San Antonio include:

  • Explore La Villita Historic District, a charming area still steeped in Spanish, Mexican, German, and French culture
  • Stop by 19th-century homes including Florian House, Gray-Guilbeau House, and Cos House
  • Grab dinner at Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar, just near the River Walk
  • Tour King William Historic District, a 25-block area with many 19th-century homes
  • While there, visit Rosario’s, a colorful Mexican restaurant

When the sun goes down, a different San Antonio emerges. See a show, try new food, or go to a speakeasy — the night is yours.

Nighttime activities near San Antonio include:

  • Eat at Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery for a Texas Uncommon Ale
  • Eat at Supper, which champions farm-to-table fare
  • Stop by the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts for a show
  • Grab a cocktail at Esquire Tavern, a 1933-vintage bar reopened in 2011
  • For dinner, head to Tuscan-themed Tre Trattoria in historic Fairmount Hotel

Give your kids a taste of frontier life with one of San Antonio’s western things to do. Located 150 miles north of the border, San Antonio also is an authentic place to introduce your kids to Mexican food and culture.

Family-friendly things to do near San Antonio include:

  • A river taxi ride on the new Museum Reach extension
  • Teach the kids about art at McNay Art Museum
  • Visit Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch for a petting barnyard
  • Go on a stroll through the San Antonio Zoo, the third largest zoo in the country
  • Watch the marine life at SeaWorld San Antonio

After sweating through San Antonio’s top attractions, it may be time to cool off. Give a museum, restaurant, or historic home a try.

San Antonio things to do indoors include:

  • The Briscoe Western Art Museum fills three floors with paintings, sculptures, and more
  • Explore the historic Menger Hotel, which housed Theodore Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and more
  • Grab a cocktail at Hotel Valencia
  • Grab fajitas and seafood at La Margarita
  • Explore The DoSeum, housing interactive exhibits

A stay in San Antonio can be a multicultural experience that's fun and educational. There’s plenty of Mexican-themed sights to see in San Antonio.

Active things to see in San Antonio include:

  • Rent a bicycle from B Cycle to explore the city atop two wheels
  • Explore Natural Bridge Caverns, a popular spot with an adventure course
  • Walk a trail at Brackenridge Park
  • Visit the San Jose Mission National Historic Site
  • Explore Government Canyon State Natural Area, a tranquil park with beginner-friendly hikes