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Welcome to San Antonio

San Antonio is a one-stop shop for experiencing the best of Texas. It offers a thriving food scene; a bustling downtown with trendy shops, cafes, and restaurants; and stately architectural landmarks dating from its Spanish colonial past. Get a scenic overview of the city on a River Walk cruise, hop-on hop-off trolley ride, or double-decker bus tour. A guide is the best way to learn about San Antonio’s unique history on tours of the Alamo—one of the five missions of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park—as well as the 18th-century Spanish Governor’s Palace and San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral. Scratch your shopping itch in the preserved La Villita Heritage District and the colorful San Antonio Market Square Mexican marketplace; unwind in quiet reflection at the Japanese Tea Garden; and eat your fill of Tex-Mex at one of the city’s many excellent eateries. If you’re traveling with kids, San Antonio has a number of family-friendly attractions, including the Tower of the Americas (with its bird’s-eye view of downtown) and San Antonio Zoo. You can also head out of town to visit the Natural Bridge Caverns, a network of caves 180 feet (55 meters) underground, or explore the surrounding Texas Hill Country, with its rolling landscape of vineyards and orchards. Make a full day of it by stopping in the German town of Fredericksburg and Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park (LBJ Ranch), the boyhood home of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Top 10 attractions in San Antonio

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San Antonio River Walk (Paseo Del Rio)

San Antonio River Walk (Paseo Del Rio)

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The River Walk winds through the heart of downtown San Antonio, past several parks, historic missions, and other major attractions. Lined with shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants, this pedestrian- and bike-friendly waterway—home to the largest urban ecosystem restoration in the United States—is popular with tourists and locals alike, and is a must-see for any San Antonio visitor.More
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The Alamo

The Alamo

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The Alamo is one of the most famous sites in United States history, forever linked to the 13-day Battle of the Alamo in 1836, which ended with the deaths of defenders James Bowie, William Travis, and Davy Crockett. Today, the 18th-century Mission San Antonio de Valero complex—now known as the Alamo—welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors per year to its chapel, barracks, gardens, and small museum.More
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Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas

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Located in the center of Hemisfair Park, this 750-foot (229-meter) Tower of the Americas offers one of the best aerial views of San Antonio. The Flags Over Texas Observation Deck affords a bird’s-eye view of iconic sites, while the rotating Chart House Restaurant offers upscale dining with panoramic views of the city.More
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Japanese Tea Garden

Japanese Tea Garden

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Tucked away in a Texas city known for its vibrant Mexican-American culture, San Antonio’s Japanese Tea Garden offers a refreshing, peaceful space that gives visitors a glimpse into another cultural treasure. The gardens, large pagoda, koi pond, and 60-foot (18-meter) waterfall make for impressive photo backdrops for locals and visitors alike.More
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San Antonio Zoo

San Antonio Zoo

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With more than 3,500 animals and upwards of 750 species, the San Antonio Zoo is home to many of the world’s creatures. Walk the zoo's winding paths to encounter giraffes, lions, elephants, tigers, pelicans, hippos, crocodiles, and other creatures in habitats designed to be engaging for both you and the animals.More
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Mission San José

Mission San José

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Built in 1782 out of Texas limestone and stucco, Mission San Jose is the largest mission in San Antonio, earning it the nickname Queen of the Missions. While portions of the church and its gristmill and granary have collapsed over the years, much of the structure has been fully restored to its original design.More
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Natural Bridge Caverns

Natural Bridge Caverns

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Like everything in Texas, the Natural Bridge Caverns are big. In fact, they are the largest known caverns in the state. Discovered near San Antonio in 1960, the Natural Bridge Caverns’ name is taken from the 60-foot (18-meter) natural limestone slab bridge that spans the entrance. During excavations, artifacts dating back to 5000 BC were unearthed. While the caverns are still being explored today, visitors can enjoy adventures ranging from underground cave tours to an enormous outdoor maze.More
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San Fernando Cathedral

San Fernando Cathedral

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The oldest continuously operating religious community in Texas, San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral was constructed between 1738 and 1749 and served as General Santa Anna’s headquarters for a time. Don’t miss the Alamo Coffin, located near the church entrance, which is believed to hold the remains of the men who lost their lives at the Alamo.More
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San Antonio Historic Market Square

San Antonio Historic Market Square

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San Antonio’s Historic Market Square is filled with the wonderful sights, sounds, smells, and tastes you might typically associate with life south of the border. Stroll the indoor/outdoor malls filled with more than 100 vendors selling handcrafted pottery, leather goods, clothing, toys, and jewelry in the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico.More
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King William Historic District

King William Historic District

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Take a tour of San Antonio’s King William Historic District for a peek into the city’s first suburb, settled by wealthy German merchants in the late 1800s. Stroll throughout the 25 blocks of historical mansions—many of which have been converted to shops, cafés, and museums—to admire the district’s Greek Revival, Victorian, and Italianate architecture.More

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Top activities in San Antonio

San Antonio Segway Ghost Tour

San Antonio Segway Ghost Tour

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San Antonio Missions Tour with Hotel Pick Up
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Recent reviews from experiences in San Antonio

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Ladislav_D, Feb 2022
Half-Day San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour with Hotel Pickup
To see all historical sites of missions in San Antonio; very educational.
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Great tour with great food options.
Adam_M, Feb 2022
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
To see different parts of the city.
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Highlights of San Antonio
Rachel_W, Feb 2022
Best of San Antonio Sightseeing Tour
The tour was a great way to see highlights of San Antonio.
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Sunday funday
Ronald_J, Jan 2022
San Antonio Super Pass with Four Downtown Attractions
Felt very safe when driver has us in his hands I would definitely recommend this to anyone who comes to San Antonio to visit!!
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Great tour with Mohammed
Jennifer_G, Dec 2021
Best of San Antonio Sightseeing Tour
We got to see a lot of San Antonio with a friendly, knowledgeable guide, Mohammed.
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Good time
Kimberly_L, Nov 2021
Segway Tour of San Antonio and the Alamo
Fun way to see San Antonio.
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Just a Blast!!!
Jennifer_R, Oct 2021
San Antonio Scavenger Hunt Adventure
This was a challenge to even us, and it was so fun to see things we know and love from a totally different perspective.
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Great tour!
Janice_H, Oct 2021
Half-Day Morning City Tour of Historic San Antonio
Made us want to plan another trip to San Antonio to see & do more than we had time for this trip.
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Segway Ghost Tour
Christy_D, Sep 2021
San Antonio Segway Ghost Tour
It was a great way to see the city and overall a fun experience.
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Hot hot hot! The bus we...
Cornelia_D, Sep 2021
San Antonio Super Pass with Four Downtown Attractions
Good way to see the highlights of San Antonio!
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Great tour
Larry_F, Sep 2021
Segway Tour of San Antonio and the Alamo
Best wat to see San Antonio is on a Segway with a knowledgeable guide!
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Who you gonna call, Joseph!
Karen_R, Jan 2022
San Antonio Segway Ghost Tour
He had great suggestions of various places for us to visit for the remainder of our stay as well as future visits.
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The best way to see San Antonio
Linda_F, Nov 2021
San Antonio River Walk Cruise, Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour & Tower of Americas
The hop on was a great way to see San Antonio.
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Great value, Great Time!
Catherine_B, Sep 2021
River Walk Cruise, 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Pass and Tower of the Americas
This was a great and inexpensive way to see the downtown area.
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This felt like the...
Clark_B, Dec 2021
Best of San Antonio Sightseeing Tour
I particularly enjoyed the tour of the mission outside of downtown I wouldn't traveled out to see it normally!
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Easy way to see a lot !
Gina-B, Jul 2021
San Antonio River Walk Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Easy way to see all the hot spots around city of San Antonio and the Riverwalk
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AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!!
Amy_B, Jun 2021
Segway Tour of Historic San Antonio
He gave great suggestions on things to do around town as well.
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See the sites
Melissa_S, Jun 2021
San Antonio River Walk Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
A great way to see the sites of San Antonio.
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Great Time
Melanie_C, May 2021
San Antonio Drunk History Tour
He also gave great recommendations for other bars/restaurants/activities.
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Audrina first birthday zoo party
TurtleTime, May 2021
San Antonio Zoo General Admission Ticket
I live in San Antonio for many years I love seeing our city Zoo grow and grow with all the super fun stuff to see on my granddaughter 1st birthday zoo trip.

All about San Antonio

When to visit

San Antonio is at its best and busiest in April, when Fiesta San Antonio comes to town. Founded over a century ago in honor of those who fought at the Alamo, the event now comprises parades, live music, and more. Spring is generally a good time to take in local highlights like the River Walk before the sweltering summer months.

A local’s pocket guide to San Antonio

Kristin Dorsett

Kristin grew up in Texas and went to San Antonio for many a family vacation, later returning often as an adult to stay with friends and sample San Antonio’s best-in-class Tex-Mex.

The first thing you should do in San Antonio is...

take a stroll on the River Walk and get a margarita. It’s lovely at night and lined with terrific bars and restaurants.

A perfect Saturday in San Antonio...

involves spending all day riding roller coasters at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, which has everything you’d expect, as well as some Texas flair in the form of shows and themed rides.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Alamo. It’s smaller than you might think, but the museum has a great mix of plaques and audio-visual exhibits. And the weapons display is excellent.

To discover the "real" San Antonio...

visit the Historic Market Square to get a feel for the strong Mexican influence. You’ll find delicious Mexican and Tex-Mex food and drinks, as well as tons of vendors selling unusual handmade goods.

For the best view of the city...

the top of the Tower of the Americas is unbeatable. I’d recommend going for happy hour and skipping the overpriced dishes at the restaurant.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking San Antonio is small, when it’s a proper city with a booming economy. And it’s Texas’ second city after Houston, bigger even than Dallas.

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