59 amazing things to do in San Antonio Texas
San Antonio, Texas where the stars seem to shine brighter and the fiesta never stops! The Alamo City has so much history, culture, and urban living it will keep you busy for a while. I have put together these 61 things to do in San Antonio to help you plan your trip to this vibrant multicultural city.
San Antonio is the 2nd largest city in Texas. Home to over 1.5 million people, this cultural hub is continuing to grow year over year and should be high on your list of places to visit in Texas.
As the biggest city closest to the Mexican border, and the fighting grounds of the Texas revolution San Antonio is home to many Hispanics and captures their Latin flair throughout the city.
Spend some time at The Alamo, walk through the Missions to see how we used to live or enjoy a beer at the Pearl, one of San Antonio’s up-and-coming districts. The Spanish culture in San Antonio will bring you warmth, joy and make you feel like “familia“.
So strap on your spurs, grab your best Huipil, a beautifully woven dress with embroidered flowers, and head down to the Alamo City. Let these 61 things to do in San Antonio be your guide!
Interesting and fun things to do in San Antonio Texas
The Pearl Brewery
One of my favorite places to go in San Antonio, this brewery began operating in 1883 and has turned into one of San Antonio’s most eclectic, cultural hubs.
With a wide-open green space with plenty of restaurants and walk-up bars, this is the perfect place to spend an evening in town.
The Pearl hosts Farmer Markets on the weekends and free yoga classes in the mornings.
The area is dog and kid-friendly making it a great place for the whole family. Stop by Cured for my favorite happy hour with a big drink menu and the best charcuterie board in town.
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Remember the Alamo! One of the most famous sayings in Texas History.
The Alamo mission is a must-visit when in San Antonio, Texas. In 1836, the Battle of the Alamo took place and was where Texas fought for its independence from Mexico.
The siege lasted 13 days led by Davy Crockett. Around 200 men fought under the command “Victory or Death”. On the final day, March 6th, all the defenders perished in the 90-minute battle giving victory to the Mexicans.
The Alamo is free to visit and takes about 1 hour to walk through, make sure to bring your camera to take pictures inside and outside of The Alamo.
Right in the heart of San Antonio and known as the #1 tourist destination in San Antonio. The Riverwalk is a must-see when in Texas. It is currently 2.5 miles long and continuously expanding.
The main part of the river has plenty of hotels to stay at and restaurants to eat a nice meal.
If you walk the entire length you will be guided to many different tourist hotspots in San Antonio, including the Pearl brewing company, the Alamo, and 5 Spanish colonial missions.
The riverwalk is free of charge to walk and is available to walk 24/7. However, the restaurants close at 10 pm.
If you happen to be there at Christmas you will love the Christmas lights along the Riverwalk, placing San Antonio among the top Christmas getaways in Texas.
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San Antonio Missions
Known as the only world UNESCO heritage site in Texas, the San Antonio Missions is a must-see when in South Texas. This National historical site is made up of 5 missions along a 10-mile route.
Sites include The Alamo, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada.
Mission San Jose
Among the 5 missions Mission, San Jose deserves special attention as it is the largest mission in San Antonio, Texas. The Spanish missions are where communities would live and hold church ceremonies.
Most of the missions were founded around 1716. San Jose was once a fully self-sustained community and the church was a place of refuge for the Native Texans.
Artisans sold and traded artifacts, farming equipment, and fruits and vegetables. Join a walking tour and visit the missions that are still standing and learn how the indigenous people were forced into the European way of living for survival.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Looking for a thrill? Head to one of the biggest amusement parks in Texas, Fiesta Texas has over 35 rides and a separate water park for those hot Texas summers.
Home to the biggest wave pool in the US and one of the longest lazy rivers, you can spend all afternoon cooling off.
Make sure to stay after dark for their famous light and firework show which can be seen from all of San Antonio.
Enjoy the yearly Spring Fiesta
Every year in the Spring, San Antonio hosts its colorful, vibrant week of Fiesta! With concerts in the park, corn in a cup, and plenty of partying.
This is a can’t miss event if you are in South Texas, people come from all over to celebrate San Antonio’s heritage and honor those that fought in the Battle of the Alamo. Make sure to pick up a Fiesta Medal, you will know what I am talking about once you arrive, and make sure to wear your flower crowns and your brightest clothes!
Japanese Tea Garden
Full of exotic plants and koi swimming about, the Japanese Tea Garden is a serene escape out of the city.
The garden is within Brackenridge Park and has plenty of walkways, year-round plants, and a beautiful waterfall to chase.
Make a stop at Jinju House Cafe for a tea while observing the incredible greenery around you.
Discover the unique way the Witte Museum has brought science, history, and Texas culture together in their plethora of exhibits.
You can step back in time and see the dinosaurs or climb into their science treehouse for a different vantage point.
This is one of my favorite museums in the US as it’s equally educational as well as fun, even for adults! The Museum is open from 10 am-5 pm Monday- Saturday and 12 pm-5 pm on Sundays.
Admission is $14 and it’s free on Tuesdays!
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
An African Safari in Texas. A drive-through ranch that allows you to see and observe exotic animals in their day-to-day life. From Zebra to Bison you can enjoy over 500 exotic species roaming free on the land. T
The ranch has partnered with 3 different conservation alliances to continue to properly care for and protect these animals.
Natural Bridge Caverns
One of my favorite places to visit in the hill country is the Natural Bridge Caverns. Located right outside of San Antonio these caverns are one of Texas’ most famous natural landmarks. The caverns were discovered in 1960 by 4 college students.
Tickets to the caverns range from $20-$30 depending on when you buy them. The further in advance, you purchase them the cheaper they will be.
Located about 85 miles from San Antonio, Texas, you will find one of Texas’ most well-known hiking areas. Enchanted Rock, 11 miles of pink granite rock in the Texas Hill country. In 1971 it was designated as one of the natural national landmarks in the United States.
The Shops at La Cantera
An open-air shopping mall with over 180 stores and plenty of restaurants for you to enjoy.
I love coming here mid-afternoon for a quick clothing haul and finishing the evening at Kona Grill for their incredible sushi happy hour!
This mall is also closer to the more affluent neighborhoods in San Antonio and spotting a celebrity or Spurs basketball player is pretty normal.
Tower of the Americas
For the best view of all of San Antonio head downtown to the Tower of the Americas.
A 750ft observation tower with a 5-star restaurant at the top. You can enjoy a drink at bar 601 or make reservations to enjoy a full meal overlooking the Alamo City.
San Antonio Museum of Art
The San Antonio Museum of Art has been operating for 40 years. They are known for their ever changing exhibits and their cultural art that dates back 5,000 years ago. You can find art from regional artists as well as globally.
Spurs Game at AT&T stadium
When in San Antonio, you cannot miss a Spurs game.
The city rallies together for every game and you can watch in almost any bar.
However, there is nothing like being surrounded by the mass of spurs fans chanting Go Spurs Go as the team advances towards victory.
Grab a beer, make a sign and join in on the fun!
San Antonio Missions baseball game
San Antonio is home to the minor league baseball team The Missions, while they are less popular than the Spurs they still have some dedicated fans.
With low ticket prices, and San Antonio’s all year round good weather, this is the perfect way to enjoy an evening outdoors.
The Fire Museum in San Antonio is a hidden gem, a museum based on volunteer work as well as donated exhibits. You can explore fire hoses, trucks, and artifacts from the mid 1800’s and learn the history of how this brotherhood of firefighters came together.
Gigantic Justin Boots at North Star Mall
The biggest cowboy boots in the world are just begging you to come take a picture with them.
Located outside of Saks at the North Star Mall you will see the 35ft tall art installation by Bob “Daddy-O” Wade.
Completed in 1979, these boots were a tribute to where he grew up and have become an iconic landmark in San Antonio.
San Antonio Rodeo
BBQ, Bull riding, and everything deep-fried. The San Antonio Rodeo is what Texas is made of. A two-week-long event, giving you every opportunity to go.
Watch barrel racing, bull riding, or mutton busting, all while eating a fried turkey leg or some funnel cakes.
This is such a fun place to wear your boots, cowboy hat, and fully enjoy what the south is all about!
San Antonio is home to the most Haunted Hotel in Texas, The Menger Hotel.
Many want to experience it but are too spooked out to stay the night. Lucky for you, one of the best Ghost Tours in the country operates in San Antonio and will take you on a walking tour throughout Downtown San Antonio and let you decide for yourself if the city is haunted!
I recommend going with this Ghost Tour, it is fun, interactive, and has the perfect amount of ghosts…
A perfect way to spend a Saturday morning in San Antonio is at the Guenther House. A restaurant incorporated with a museum and a shop.
Their homemade American breakfast pairs nicely with the history lesson on the Guenther property and how their flour product became one of the most widely used flours in all of the world.
So you can imagine how tasty their biscuits and gravy are.
Morgan’s Wonderland is the first theme park to have kids with special needs in mind. A place where children with or without disabilities can come together and play. They offer 25 ultra-accessible attractions and have created experiences for everyone to enjoy.
Take a River Cruise
Hop on a river cruise boat down the San Antonio RiverWalk. For 35 minutes you will be guided along the river and taken back in time with Texas history.
Mi Tierra is located in Market Square and has become a historic landmark. Known worldwide for their Mexican food and famous pan de huevo (a tasty Mexican pastry) this is a must-stop when downtown.
Looking for Broadway in San Antonio? Head to the Majestic Theatre to see what shows are being performed this weekend.
Blue Star Arts Complex
San Antonio’s longest-running contemporary art space. The Blue Star Arts Complex has many exhibits, restaurants, and spaces to get creative. Located in Southtown, this is the perfect place to be inspired.
Historic Market Square
The Historic Market Square is an outdoor plaza, home to the largest Mexican marketplace in all of the United States. Every weekend you will find this 3 block radius bustling with locals and tourists alike.
Hit the links at one of San Antonio’s 33 prominent golf courses. Here are my favorites.
Spend a sunny afternoon at Brackenridge Park, amongst their 343 acres you will experience many trails, fishing spots, and even some disc golf. Pack a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors.
McNay Art Museum
The McNay Art Museum is the first modern art museum in Texas. Sprawled out over 25 acres, this museum will take you on a beautiful journey through history while keeping it fun and modern. They have rotating exhibits creating a different experience each time you go.
Looking for the full Texas experience? Look no further than Buckhorn Saloon and Museum where you can learn all about Texas history while sipping a Lone Star Beer.
Texas Ranger Museum
Located in the Buckhorn Saloon, the Texas Ranger Museum is a must-see if you want the old-timers’ Texas experience. A memorial to Pioneers, Old Trail Drives, and Texas Rangers, this museum gives you the chance to see priceless artifacts and see exactly how Texans used to live.
San Fernando Cathedral
Arguably, one of the most beautiful structures in San Antonio. The San Fernando Cathedral is located downtown and continues to hold church services today. The church was built in 1731 and is the oldest functioning religious site in the State of Texas.
Enjoy a margarita at La Fogata
My favorite margarita in San Antonio. Head to their downtown location to sit in their Latin inspired garden and sip a fresh margarita with a beautiful hibiscus flower floating on top. Perfect for all of those Instagram boomerangs.
Rosario’s for authentic Mexican cuisine
One of the most famous Mexican cantinas in San Antonio. Known for their homemade salsa and puffy tacos, this is the best place to experience South Texas cuisine. There are two locations waiting to serve you.
Sunday happy hour at Tycoon Flats
3.50 screwdrivers, mimosas, and bloody mary’s on Sundays make this my favorite brunch spot on the weekends. Head to their backyard to enjoy the patio and make sure to order their famous fried pickles.
Coffee at Rosellas
A two story coffee shop near the Pearl District, a great place to get some work done or read a book while sipping on their local brew. If you are hungry try their popular avocado toast.
Breakfast tacos from The Original Donut shop
I know what you are thinking, why would I get tacos at a donut shop? Known as the best taco’s and best glazed donuts in town, I do believe you have to get both! If you want to order like a real San Antonio native, get the bean and cheese taco or the chorizo and egg. My mouth is drooling thinking about them!
Rudy’s BBQ has made its way into many other states, but it originated in Leon, Texas right outside of San Antonio. Their fall apart brisket and delicious potato salad just taste better in Texas. Make sure to stop in the country store for a bite to eat and grab some of their famous bbq sauce to take home.
Hemisfair is my favorite public park, right downtown and full of fun things for kids or adults alike. With huge jungle gyms and plenty of picnic tables this is the perfect place to spend the afternoon. Hemisfair park is always having special events going on so make sure to check their social media to not miss out!
San Antonio Botanical Gardens
A tranquil escape from the big city, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens is calling you! The Gardens host plenty of educational classes and events to get everyone involved in the conservation of our plants and insects. Join in on the fun or just take a stroll through their 38-acre oasis.
Spanish Governor Palace
Head over to the Governor’s Palace to take a look at life in Texas under Spanish rule. Constructed in the 18th century, the palace has become a historical landmark in Texas. The Palace is open daily with a $5 entry fee.
One of the newest experiences in San Antonio is at Hopscotch, an interactive immersive experience with art. You will find optical illusions, as well as digital art around every corner. Swing by their cocktail lounge to enjoy a specialty curated cocktail while reminiscing over the artist’s work.
Go Dancing at Gruene Hall
Located 40 miles north of San Antonio is the oldest dance hall in Texas. Gruene Hall, where many famous musicians got their start. They still have live music and dancing on the weekends. Make sure to bring cash, as they do not take cards.
The Block Food Trucks
Near UTSA, the block food trucks have been serving college students and locals alike. The Block has lots of different food options as well as a dog park and a beer garden to enjoy a night out with friends or a furry one.
Enjoy a Frozen Sangria at The Luxury
Head to The Luxury downtown to watch people stroll on the riverwalk while you swing at the bar with frozen sangria. They have lawn games and plenty of picnic tables for you to enjoy, they also serve a long list of brews and hamburgers!
Watch a Spurs game at The Friendly Spot
A local hangout downtown, The Friendly Spot has everything you need for an afternoon. With a jumbo screen projector and lawn furniture, people will come from all over the city to watch sports games here and enjoy a drink with friends!
Brunch at Paramour rooftop bar
A drag show on Sunday morning with a bloody mary in hand. Need I say more?
Alamo Antique Mall has 3 stories full of precious antiques and quirky gems. Spend a whole afternoon scrounging around for the perfect present or knick-knack.
Turtle Races at Little Woodrows
An Arcade Bar with a few fun games up their sleeves. They have turtle races, chicken sh*t bingo, and beer Olympics. Check their social media to see what they have going on.
Bracken Caves is home to the largest colony of bats in the United States. It is estimated to have over 20 million free-tailed Mexican bats. Head there right before sunset to watch the bats emerge from their cave and out for the night. It is truly a remarkable experience.
Virgin Mary Mosaic
The largest Virgin Mary Mosaic is located in San Antonio. The 40ft votive candle stands tall and features an eternal flame to bring hope to the Alamo city.
Hot Wells of Bexar County
A newly opened historical site in San Antonio, the hot wells are a part of the larger UNESCO site. In the 18th century, the wells were visited by those who were seeking therapeutic healing from the hot sulfuric waters. The bathhouse, unfortunately, caught fire in the 1900s and is now a historical site to visit.
First Fridays in Southtown
Southtown is an up-and-coming art district in downtown San Antonio. On the first Friday of each month the streets are filled with artists, local pop-up shops, and plenty of street food for everyone!
The best Day trips from San Antonio
Float the River
Head about 30 minutes North of San Antonio to New Braunfels to float the Comal river! With plenty of places to rent tubes and bus drop-offs this is the perfect afternoon escape.
Spend a weekend in Fredericksburg
Looking to get out of the big city? Head to my favorite weekend spot, Fredericksburg, Texas. Located about 70 miles from San Antonio. They have plenty of local shops and eateries along with the freshest peaches in all of Texas. Stop at Hondo’s for some tasty fried jalapeños and live music!
Enjoy Schlitterbahn waterpark
Escape the hot Texas sun at the largest waterpark in the lone star state. Schlitterbahn waterpark has some of the most thrilling water slides and plenty of lazy pools for any kind of waterpark enthusiast. Grab a cabana and spend the whole day playing in the sun.
Visit Hill Country Wine Trail
Head about an hour Northwest to enjoy the Texas wine country. There are more wineries than you can count, join a tour and make 3-4 stops to see the beautiful Texas Hill Country and enjoy the variety of reds and whites.
Read more about the Hill Country tour and wine tasting
Sleep under the stars, with Glamour
The best way to enjoy the Texas countryside is by camping and living in nature, and if you also love luxury, you can always stay in a glamourous tent with all the facilities provided but still in close contact with a thriving countryside. It is possible to do it in the vicinity of San Antonio. Check out the best the Texas Hill Country glamping spots for the best glamping experience in Texas.
A day trip to Austin
The capital of Texas is only 75 miles North. Make the quick drive to see the Capital, walk South Congress, and catch a live music show. Austin has so much to do that it makes for the perfect weekend trip. You will feel as if you are in a whole new part of Texas.
Visit the Salt Caves
Enjoy some halotherapy in the salt caves located in Puresol Spa. They have created an experience to remove toxicity from your respiratory system, rejuvenate your skin and boost your immune system.
Things to do in San Antonio Texas FAQ
How many days do you need to visit San Antonio Texas?
You could spend years in San Antonio and still not see everything, but I recommend spending at least 3-4 days exploring.
Do you need a car to visit San Antonio?
There is Uber in San Antonio and if you stay downtown most things will be within walking distance, however, it is not very pedestrian-friendly and I would recommend renting a car.
What is the best month to visit San Antonio
The best month to visit San Antonio is in April, it is warm enough to be outside but not scorching hot and the annual Fiesta festival takes place every April.
What is San Antonio Known for?
San Antonio is known for The Battle of the Alamo, where the beginning of the Texas Revolution started. It is also known for its Spanish culture and Tex-Mex cuisine.