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)
Admission for Two or Four to Briscoe Western Art Museum (Up to 55% Off)
San Antonio
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Admission to San Antonio Zoo (Up to 30% Off)
Admission to San Antonio Zoo (Up to 30% Off)
San Antonio
4.5
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One Walk Thru Admission Ticket: Valid Thursday-Saturday
Admission Two or Four or Birthday Party Package at San Antonio Aquarium (Up to 49% Off). Six Options Available.
Admission Two or Four or Birthday Party Package at San Antonio Aquarium (Up to 49% Off). Six Options Available.
San Antonio
4.4
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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)
Tour of San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Sites for One, Two, or Four from Gray Line (Up to 42% Off)
San Antonio
4.3
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$65.00 $39.00
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Tour of San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Sites for One
San Antonio Ghost Walk Tour for 2, 3, 4, or Up to 20 at Bad Wolf Ghost Tours (Up to 35% Off)
San Antonio Ghost Walk Tour for 2, 3, 4, or Up to 20 at Bad Wolf Ghost Tours (Up to 35% Off)
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4.6
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90-Minute San Antonio Ghost Walk Tour for 2; Valid Monday–Thursday​
Museum Visit for Up to Eight at Frontier Times Museum in Bandera (Up to 52% Off)
Museum Visit for Up to Eight at Frontier Times Museum in Bandera (Up to 52% Off)
Bandera
4.5
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$10.00 $6.00
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Wine, Beer, or Spirit Tours with Tasting at ARC’s Wine Plus (Up to 35% Off). Seven Options Available.
Wine, Beer, or Spirit Tours with Tasting at ARC’s Wine Plus (Up to 35% Off). Seven Options Available.
San Antonio
5.0
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$139.00 $89.00
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Wine Tour with Tasting for One; Valid Weekends
Distillery Tour at Artisan on Alamo Distillery (Up to 57% Off)
Distillery Tour at Artisan on Alamo Distillery (Up to 57% Off)
San Antonio
4.7
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Distillery Tour and Souvenir Glass for Two People
Single-Day Admission for One or Two Adults or a Family of Four to Bandera Natural History Museum (Up to 25% Off)
Single-Day Admission for One or Two Adults or a Family of Four to Bandera Natural History Museum (Up to 25% Off)
Bandera
4.9
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Single-Day Admission for One Adult (Ages 13+)

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

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Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
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Through 08/01/20: One General-Admission Ticket to Any Virtual Show with a Digital Download of the album I Found Forever
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"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
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Through 07/31/20: One Viewing
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Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
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06/25/20 at 9 p.m. ET: One General-Admission Ticket
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Single- or Two-Day Admission for One Child or Adult to The Texas Haunters Convention, July 25–26 (Up to 50% Off)
Single- or Two-Day Admission for One Child or Adult to The Texas Haunters Convention, July 25–26 (Up to 50% Off)
Mesquite
4.6
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Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
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Name that Tune
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Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
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$41.49 $6.00
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7/17/20 at 12 a.m. EST: One General-Admission Ticket
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Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
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$275.00
Through 07/31/2020: Admission to Virtual Show for Up to 10 People
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Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
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$200.00 $150.00
25% discount_off
30-Minute Party for Up to 9 Guests + Souvenir Video
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Marco Antonio Solis - Aug 22, 8:00 PM
Marco Antonio Solis - Aug 22, 8:00 PM
San Antonio
$135.00
Marco Antonio Solis - Aug 22, 8:00 PM

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

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