Home to the historic battlefield siege between Mexico and the U.S., The Alamo is one of the most iconic sites in San Antonio, Texas. Blending two distinct cultures from both countries, the diverse city offers an exciting range of attractions perfect for adults and families alike. From shopping to guided tours and festivals, here are eight cool things to do in San Antonio.
Connect with Nature at Brackenridge Park
Adventurous spirits, both natives and visitors alike, cherish the great outdoors from one central location at Brackenridge Park. Connected to San Antonio Zoo, Lambert Beach, and the Japanese Tea Garden as well as walking and wilderness trails, the public park is the heart of San Antonio’s sweeping landscape and exotic wildlife.
Admire the View at Tower of the Americas
Constructed 750 feet above the ground, Tower of the Americas includes an observation deck, a revolving restaurant, a bar, and a 4D adventure attraction. The incredible landmark features an unforgettable view of the city as well as a unique dining experience.
Escape to the River Walk
Explore downtown San Antonio by foot on the river barge with a direct tour that takes guests around the city through a series of canals and walking trails. The River Walk contains a 15-mile waterway that is open to the public and offers direct access to shops, eateries, and public artwork. It’s perfect to escape the hustle and bustle of city streets while appreciating the local culture.
Stroll through La Villita
Recognized by the U.S. government’s National Register of Historic Places, La Villita is San Antonio’s famed historic district. The “little village” is a one square block community located on the south bank of the River Walk that preserves the city’s architectural evolution. Combining history and design, the cobble-stone marketplace showcases adobe structures, Victorian landmarks, boutique-style shopping, and artisan finds.
Celebrate with The Dia De Los Muertos Festival
In early November, native residents celebrate the Day of the Day, a Mexican holiday that honors and celebrates deceased loved ones. Contrary to widespread belief, the revered tradition is a respectful yet heartwarming occasion that lauds the joy of living while paying homage to one’s ancestry. This two-day festival includes a variety of activities such as art booths, dancing, live music, and food.
Cool Off at Morgan’s Wonderland
Inspired by his daughter’s exclusion by other families because of her special needs, the park’s owner designed a series of attractions that are inclusive to people with disabilities. The non-profit theme park includes water-based rides, wheelchair swings, a pirate island playground, and a garden. The “ultra-accessible family fun park” is perfect for all families and kids. Other theme parks in the area also include Six Flags Fiesta for thrill seekers and Splashtown to cool off for summer.
Tour San Antonio Museum of Art
Housing more than 30,000 pieces of art and design, the San Antonio Museum of Art is every art lover’s dream. With exhibits spanning Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and modern contemporary America, a few hours can easily be lost at SAMA to admire international artists and culture.
Visit San Antonio’s Missions
Touring the city’s missions like The Alamo is one of the most popular things to do in San Antonio. The Missions Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan, and Espada are also located around South Downtown. As part of the UNESCO world heritage site, guests can visit San Antonio’s Missions by driving, biking, or walking to each location individually.