San Antonio Attractions

What to See and Do in San Antonio

The Alamo in San Antonio

History/Culture

  • San Antonio Missions

    Recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site (one of only 23 in the United States), the San Antonio Missions are North America’s largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions. All but the Alamo remain active parishes. A hike and bike trail connects the five missions (and a ranch), about 2 to 3 miles apart; or check the website for driving directions.

  • The Alamo

    This unpretentious adobe structure, built in 1718, was San Antonio’s first mission, though it’s more famous for the 13-day siege in 1836 in which Mexican soldiers brutally killed all Texan defenders during the Texas Revolution. On a self-guided tour you’ll see guns and other paraphernalia used during the siege.

Music/Art

  • The Witte Museum

    The state’s finest early Texas art collection, plus exhibits devoted to science and natural history, are highlights of one of the city’s most popular museums.

  • Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

    San Antonians come to this performing arts center, next to the River Walk, to enjoy the San Antonio Symphony, Ballet San Antonio, Opera San Antonio, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, Children’s Fine Arts Series and more.

  • South Texas Heritage Center

    The legendary story of the Wild West, its cowboys, ranchers and pioneers, is presented in the permanent, 20,000-square-foot home of the Witte Museum’s South Texas collections.

  • The San Antonio Museum of Art

    Occupying the old Lone Star Brewery building on the River Walk, this fabulous art museum showcases more than 30,000 objects from every region of the world. Look for ancient Greek and Egyptian art, Asian ceramics, and Latin American, European and contemporary art.

  • AT&T Center

    A popular concert venue, where the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo unfolds in February, featuring live music, rodeo performances, livestock shows and more.

Dining/Nightlife

  • Southtown

    The Southtown neighborhood is being noticed nationally for its budding foodie scene. See for yourself at Rosario's or La Fruteria, and sip drinks at Friendly Spot.

  • South Broadway

    Award-winning craft cocktails are the specialty of the Brooklynite Bar, on South Broadway just off the River Walk.

  • River Walk

    San Antonio’s celebrated river promenade has lots of options; Waxy O'Connors, Soho and Esquire Tavern are some of our favorites.

  • The Pearl Brewery

    Sixteen city blocks once home to the Pearl Brewery have been transformed into a hip, tree-lined neighborhood with several popular drinking and eating options. Our favorites include Arcade, Blue Box, Cured, Nao and Granary BBQ & Microbrewery.

  • Houston Street

    One of San Antonio’s oldest and most popular streets; Bohanan's Lounge is a favorite for live jazz and cocktails.

  • Blue Star Arts Complex

    San Antonio’s longest running contemporary art space, with plenty of options for food and cocktails as well. Try Bar 1919 or Stella Public House.

Shopping

  • The Shops at La Cantera

    This upscale open-air mall in northwest San Antonio features 150-plus shops and restaurants.

  • Rivercenter Mall

    Shops, restaurants, an IMAX movie theater and more highlight this indoor mall on the River Walk.

  • River Walk Shops

    Bustling bars, shops and restaurants edge one of San Antonio’s most famous attractions.

  • The Pearl Brewery Shops

    The iconic Pearl Brewery has been transformed into 16 neighborhood blocks of restaurants, retailers and San Antonio’s only year-round Farmers Market.

  • North Star Mall

    Minutes from downtown, this indoor mall boasts 200+ specialty store and restaurants.

  • Alamo Quarry Market

    The Alamo Cement Plant has been reimagined as an open-air market boasting 60 shops and restaurants.

Sightseeing

  • Sisters Grimm Ghost Tour

    Meet at the Alamo

    Guides in period costumes take you on a lantern-lit tour of San Antonio’s most haunted sites. Delights and frights are the specialty of the Sister's Grimm elegant candlelit meal, accompanied by spooky tales of the Menger Hotel. After dinner, explore the hotel and the surrounding neighborhood on the 30-minute "Nightly Ghost Walk." Learn more .

  • San Antonio BCycle

    See San Antonio by bike. You’ll find 40-plus San Antonio BCycle bike-sharing stations in San Antonio and extending north and south. You can purchase a day pass at any BCycle kiosk, or become an annual member. Locations near the Menger Hotel include the Visitor’s Center at 317 Alamo Plaza.

  • City Sightseeing Double Decker

    Double-decker buses take you around to see the sights, operating daily 9:30 AM­5:30 PM.

  • Alamo Trolley Tours

    Explore the heart of old San Antonio with narrated, hop-on/hop-off trolley tours.

  • River City Run

    Lace up your running shoes and explore San Antonio on a morning jog that takes in the city’s sites and sounds. River City Run offers 5K running tours every Saturday and Sunday, as well as private running tours throughout the week.

Family Fun

  • Six Flags® Fiesta Texas

    Thrill-seekers love the Iron Rattler and the Goliath at this favorite amusement park just 15 minutes from downtown San Antonio.

  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort

    This family-owned, 65-acre seasonal waterpark in nearby New Braunfels promises fun for everyone.

  • SeaWorld® San Antonio

    The world's largest marine life adventure park, including live shows, thrilling rides, and, of course, belugas, penguins, sharks and other sea critters.

  • HemisFair

    A lovely park and playscape for kids occupies the site of the 1968 World's Fair.