Top 10 best San Antonio attractions

San Antonio’s 14 most popular tourist attractions and landmarks

San Antonio is one great city for sightseeing. If you want to add some interesting activities to your itinerary, there are also great opportunities for mini-adventures in or near the city. For a brief glimpse of the highlights, walk or cruise the River Walk and then spend some time exploring the Alamo and the city’s historic missions. To experience great food in San Antonio, try the progressive cuisine in the Pearl District or sign up for a cooking workshop. If you have time to travel outside of downtown, you’ll find no shortage of things to do, from caving and playing golf to indulging your inner cowboy in nearby Hill Country. Depending on when you plan to visit, you can even enjoy the city’s famous Fiesta.

See also: Where to stay in San Antonio

1 San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River | Photo by Lana Law

The centerpiece of San Antonio is the Riverwalk, where stone walkways and restaurants overlook the San Antonio River that runs through downtown. Located below street level, it’s a beautiful neighborhood with calm waters, graceful bridges, birds, and lots of shade from the big trees that overlook the bank. Most people come here for a walk or enjoy a meal on one of the outdoor patios. One of the most relaxing ways to experience a river walk is from the comfort of a barge on a sightseeing tour or dinner cruise. Barges that cruise the river can hold up to 40 passengers on a basic sightseeing cruise. For dinner cruises, the barge is set up with a large table in the center and holds up to 20 guests. These slow boat rides are a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and a great way to relax after a day of sightseeing.

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2 Alamo

The Alamo | Photo by: Lana Law

The Alamo is one of the most important historical sites in the United States and an unbeatable attraction if you are visiting San Antonio. The Alamo was part of a mission established here in 1718, its church was built by Franciscans in 1744. In 1836 the Battle of the Alamo, one of the most famous battles in U.S. history, played out here when a small force fortified at the Alamo against a Mexican army of 3,000 men. All the defenders were killed, including legendary figures Davy Crockett and James Bowie, in a battle that some estimate lasted only twenty minutes. The Alamo soon became the cradle of Texas independence and the phrase “Remember the Alamo!” became a battle cry. The former mission is now a national monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3 Antonio Mission National Historical Park and Mission

San Antonio National Historical Park and Mission | Photo by Lana Law

In 2015, missions in San Antonio were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the first such designation in the state of Texas. Five missions, including the famous Alamo (Mission Valero), were built in the early 1700s by the Franciscan Order in Spain’s attempt to colonize and evangelize the region. Today they are one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. If you only have time to see a few of the missions, be sure to check out Poplar Delta , Mission San Jose , and Mission Concepción , the other two include Mission San Juan and Mission Espada. Mission Trail connects the missions.

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Most people ride between missions, but if you want to combine a little outdoor activity with sightseeing, consider biking between missions. With a full bottom and the help of the city’s bike share program, you can bike from the Alamo downtown to four other missions on an eight-mile one-way trip or a 16-mile ride on the return trip. The bike hike and bike path that runs along the river and up to the missions is both scenic and informative and a great way to spend the day. The city of BCycle makes the transportation part easy, with bike stations that accept credit cards scattered along the route where you can pick up or get off your bike in 30-minute intervals. There are daily or seven-day passes. All missions have stations, so if you have two cars, you can park one at either end of the trail and bike in the same direction, stopping at missions as you go.

4 San Fernando Cathedral and the San Antonio | Saga experience in the main square

Saga designed in San Fernando Cathedral | Photo by: San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau

Known as the burial place of the Alamo heroes, the San Fernando Roman Catholic Cathedral (Church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria y Guadalupe) is one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The walls of the original church, completed in 1750 and built by settlers from the Canary Islands (hence the painting of the Virgin Candelaria), now form the sanctuary of the cathedral.

The cathedral is in the main square, and in the evening it becomes the setting for one of San Antonio’s most attractive sights, known as Saga. Each evening this free video, created by Xavier de Richemont, is a 24-minute video with choreographed music and narration projected after dark on the side of the San Fernando Cathedral. The 7,000-square-foot projection highlights San Antonio’s history and progression through an amazing display of colorful images and surround sound.

5 Natural Cave Bridges and Canopy Challenge and Postal Lines

Natural Bridges Caves and Canopy Challenge and Postal Lines

Less than 30 minutes from San Antonio are the Natural Bridge Caves, the largest commercial caves in Texas. These spectacular caves are known for their huge open rooms, but also have narrow passageways and interesting formations. Two types of cave tours are available and take about 70 minutes. But there are many things other than cave tours, and if you’re looking for more adrenaline rush, try the Canopy Challenge, a course of platforms and ladders 60 feet above the ground as well as ziplines , Younger kids can also get in on the action with the Canopy Kids Course. Another above ground option in the caves is the gem and fossil mining experience, which allows kids or adults to see how miners gather for gold and discover and identify their gems while mining. There is also a maze and a place to buy souvenirs, food and fresh fiction.

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6 Pearl and Farmers Market

Pearl and Farmers Market | Photo by Lana Law

Pearl is a trendy San Antonio historic district with beautiful restored buildings, unique stores and a reputation for great food and hip restaurants. On weekends, Pearl is home to a lively farmers’ market with vendors in a 150-mile radius of the city, set up at tables on a pedestrian-only street that sells fresh produce, baked goods, sauces and other foods.

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The Pearl District has become synonymous with great food and fine restaurants. While fine dining is the term that comes to mind, the restaurants here are not all about white tablecloths and expensive dishes. There’s ambiance and delicious food in the area. The Pearl is also home to the Culinary Institute of America campus, one of three such campuses in the United States. The CIA, as it is more widely known, has strong ties to the area, and its signature restaurant, Nao Latin Gastro Bar, is located here. If you’re having trouble choosing restaurants in the area, consider a progressive meal, an appetizer at one restaurant, lunch at another and dessert at a third location.

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7 Historic Market Square (El Mercado)

Mi Tierra Café Y Panadería | Photo by: Lana Law

The market square is a place where you can find unique items and souvenirs. This three-block strip of stores and restaurants is known as the largest Mexican market in the United States. Indoor El Mercado sells everything from sombreros to pottery. Local stores feature handmade art and all sorts of interesting items that range from paintings and dolls to blankets, jewelry, ponchos, dresses, shoes, musical instruments and more.

When you’ve taken advantage of the shopping, visit Mi Tierra Café Y Panadería for lunch, dinner, a treat from the bakery, or just to look around. This restaurant is a San Antonio institution that has been with the Cortez family since 1941 and is the size of an entire block. Open 24 hours a day and serving Mexican food, this one-of-a-kind restaurant is elaborately decorated with Christmas lights and festive flags and includes baked goods made right on site. Musicians stroll through the restaurant for added ambiance. Don’t forget to see the huge mural on one of the dining room walls, featuring famous people and members of the Cortez family.

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8 Culinary Camps

Pearl District Ice Cream Dessert | Photo by: Lana Law

If you’ve ever wanted to improve your skills in the kitchen, San Antonio might just be the place to make it happen in a hurry. This city is notable for being home to one of the three Culinary Institute of America (CIA) campuses in the United States, and as a result, food is a serious topic in this city. Fortunately, the CIA has developed a unique program for food enthusiasts who want to become better cooks. The Institute offers short culinary camps for all kinds of culinary interests. Courses range from two to five days, and topics cover everything from baking to cooking and can be based on the type of food you want to cook, regional and ethnic cuisine, or holiday delicacies. While no registration is necessary, there is a basic Boot Camp for beginners who want to learn the basics before moving on to more advanced classes.

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9 One-Day Trip to New Braunfels for Country Music and Small Town

The main store in the Gruene Historic District, New Braunfels | Photo by Author: Lana Law

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About 40 minutes northeast of San Antonio is the town of New Braunfels, with charming historic districts and country music gigs by some of the biggest names in the industry. The Gruene Historic District is one of the highlights, with the old Grist Mill, which has been transformed into a beautiful riverside restaurant and the famous Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in America. Today, this building is still in operation, with live music performances every day. Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson and George Straight are just some of the performers who have graced this small stage over the years. Also not to be overlooked is the main store, which looks like it was transplanted here from another era.

If you visit during the summer, there is everything to do, including tubing along the Guadalupe River. On hot days, the river is almost packed with tubers floating along, enjoying the sunshine. You can also combine a trip to New Braunfels with a stop at Natural Bridge Caves for a full-day adventure.

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10 Fiesta San Antonio.

Fiesta celebration in Market Square | Photo by Lana Law

Fiesta is an annual celebration of 10 years of epic proportions held in the spring. Parades and events, including the famous Battle of Flaure Parade, are a constant in San Antonio at this time, giving the city an almost electric atmosphere. Stores, restaurants and homes are decorated for the event. People collect, trade and wear metal pins, and a Fiesta king and queen are chosen each year, based on how much money they have raised for charity, rules over the celebrations. It is not uncommon to see a traffic stop as the “royal” motorcade drives through town. If you are going to be in town during this time, check the schedule of events and plan to see some of these events.

11 San Antonio Museum of Art and McNay Museum of Art

San Antonio Museum of Art and McNay Museum of Art AndYaDontStop / photo modified

Idyllically located next to the magnificent Riverwalk, the San Antonio Museum of Art features first-rate collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, as well as art from Asia, Europe, the Americas and Latin America. Highlights include many fine examples of Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, as well as Chinese ceramics in the largest collection of Asian art in the southern United States. Another note is the McNay Museum of Art with its large collection of contemporary art, including modern Indian art. In the former estate of Marion Cogler McNay, a large Spanish Colonial Revival house, the museum also boasts numerous works from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

The address is 200 W. Jones Ave, San Antonio, Texas

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12 Zoos and Theme Parks

Zoos and theme parks

There’s no shortage of kid-friendly fun in San Antonio. One of the most popular outings for families with children is the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium, a 35-acre site with about 3,500 animals of 750 species. In addition to the animals, the zoo also boasts a narrow-gauge railroad, the San Antonio Zoo, and a fun carousel. Animal lovers are also worth a visit. Nature’s Wildlife Bridge , a “drive-through” safari with more than 50 free roaming species from around the world. Six Flags Fiesta Texas , another tourist attraction designed with kids in mind, is a theme and water park set in a former mountain quarry, complete with traditional slides and wild rides for those with stronger stomachs. Another popular wet park is Splashtown San Antonio , with more than 50 rides, slides and other attractions.

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The address is 3903 N. St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, Texas

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13 Day Trip to Bandera

Day trip to Bandera.

Just an hour from San Antonio, the small town of Bandera proudly calls itself the “cowboy capital of the world.” It’s a place that truly embraces cowboy culture, with rodeos, ranch dudes and country music. If you want to enjoy fun outdoor activities, Bandera is the answer: with ranch tours, horseback riding, golf, rodeos and music shows. You can even try living cowboy-style by staying at a guest ranch.

14 Golf and Golf Resorts.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa Golf Club | Photo Copyright: San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau

While golf may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering a trip to San Antonio, there are some fabulous courses in this area of Texas and some beautiful golf resorts. La Cantera Resort & Spa with the Palmer Course and Resort Course is one of the most popular places to stay and have fun. Other resorts in the area worth checking out are the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa and the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.

Where to stay in San Antonio for sightseeing

To enjoy the charm and unique atmosphere of San Antonio, the best place to stay is on the riverfront or in the Pearl District. Luxury and mid-range hotels can be found in both of these areas, and budget hotels are a 10-minute walk away. Below is a list of highly rated hotels in convenient locations :

    Luxury Hotels: One of San Antonio’s newest luxury hotels is the chic Emma Hotel in the trendy Pearl District. This hotel is located in a fabulously restored 1894 historic building. This hotel is uniquely elegant with attractive and beautifully decorated rooms and common areas. Right on the Riverwalk is the Mokara Hotel and Spa with large rooms and a beautiful rooftop pool, and the Westin with a garden pool and large balconies that look out over the river below. If you prefer something a little more hip and trendy, the Valencia Boutique Hotel is a small hotel with stylish rooms and quaint dining and lounge areas.

San Antonio – Attractions.

The sights of San Antonio

Travelers who decide to take a trip to Chile can visit many localities in this country of interest as tourist attractions. One of them is San Antonio, a city located in the province of the same name, San Antonio, which is part of the Valparaiso region. Historically, it is a port city, so it is the port that belongs to its main attractions.

The sights of San Antonio

San Antonio sights

Once in San Antonio, tourists will be able to see the following attractions:

  1. The Port of San Antonio , whose date of construction is believed to be 1910. The port is located in a mountain cove that serves as its natural shelter from the winds. It was designated a National Historic Landmark on August 20, 1995. In the port you can see many merchant ships, watch how the fishing is done. Here is a famous monument called Lift 82. Nearby is the bay of Pacheco Altamirano, named after the famous artist. From there you can take a fascinating boat trip and enjoy the magnificent seascapes. There is also an active seafood sale in the area, giving you the opportunity to sample gourmet delicacies.
    Port of San Antonio View of Port of San Antonio
  2. The city’s San Antonio Museum of Natural History and Archaeology, which contains collections on the indigenous cultural heritage of this state. In the museum you can see large skeletons of marine mammals, particularly the blue whale, and visit a garden where native plant species are grown. An incredibly interesting site is the panorama of Mount Cristo del Maipo. San Antonio City Museum of Natural History and Archaeology
  3. Not far from San Antonio, on the banks of the Maipo River, there are typical Chilean villages that are famous for hosting theatrical performances of local customs and rituals. So once you are here, you will be able to fully experience the local color.
  4. One of the highlights of the city is the Bioceánica, the most interesting structure of San Antonio, which was built in 1990 and is a symbol of contemporary architecture. You can also take a fascinating stroll along Bellemare Boulevard, which is one of the local landmarks.Bioceánica - San Antonio's tallest building
  5. At the initiative of the Foundation responsible for the preservation of Chile’s historical heritage, in cooperation with the railway company, a vintage German train, whose cars are almost a century old, was restored. Subsequently, a route was opened between the state capital Santiago and San Antonio for all those who like to travel “back in time. This is how the train called “Remembrance” was born, which makes its departure to San Antonio from Santiago Central Station. Tourists have the unique opportunity to take a trip back in time. The cars of this train have been restored as accurately as possible and illustrate the interior of those times. The train follows a scenic route, with rural landscapes alternating with mountain hills behind the window. Train Memories
  6. Because of its geographic location, San Antonio is notable primarily for its truly mesmerizing seascapes. You can see them from the top of Mount Cerro Mirador, also called “Ferris Mountain”.
In medieval Alsfeld, the city of Little Red Riding Hood

Tourists who are lucky enough to visit this city will be able to see all the greatness of nature in full measure.

San Antonio is one of the most popular cities in Chile, this influenced by its location the second largest seaport in the country. The city never stops improving. It has a very well-developed infrastructure and many interesting attractions that will interest tourists.

Santiago, the capital of Chile, is an amazing city with interesting sights, lots of restaurants and cafes, and a deep history with its own tragedies. It is currently one of the most attractive of all Latin American cities.

There are many cities in Chile that are loved by tourists, and there are some that are not very popular, but deserve attention. One of these is San Esteban, which is home to the country’s famous winery. We invite you to enjoy a tour of the town with us.

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