Collected by Meg Nelson
300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
You haven’t truly experienced Texas until you’ve visited the hallowed grounds of the Alamo. Established in 1718 as the Mission San Antonio de Valero, the building is best known as the site of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, a 13-day...
Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TX, USA
San José—the largest and most impressive of the San Antonio Missions—has evolved not only into a historic monument, but also a well-preserved part of modern local life. Part visitor center, part parish, part museum, and part...
303 Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78215, USA
Pearl was founded in 1881 as a traditional brewery. These days, however, the bustling complex is less about beer than its 15 restaurants, dozen-plus retailers, and numerous family-friendly events, including a twice-weekly farmers’ market....
26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266, USA
Just north of—and a little below—San Antonio are the Natural Bridge Caverns, whose miles of underground passages can be explored in a variety of tours. Lantern tours offer eerie illuminations of the stones, while "Adventure Tours" require...
434 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
The site of the 1968 World’s Fair, Hemisfair Park is now an iconic tourist attraction that houses the Institute of Texan Cultures, fountains, a playground, and frequent special events. It’s also home to the Tower of the Americas, a...
514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207, USA
No visit to San Antonio is complete without spending at least a few hours in Market Square, a sprawling indoor mall that’s among the largest of its kind outside of Mexico. Stroll past wares ranging from piñatas and pottery to...
849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266, USA
Natural Bridge Caverns are truly some of the of spectacular caves in North America, and one of the largest in the state of Texas (which is, as we all know, known for big things). There are a number of different tour options, from their most basic...
809 E River Walk, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
A river tour with Rio San Antonio Cruises is a great, affordable, and quick (35 minutes) tour of downtown San Antonio. The boat guides are well-versed in the history of the River Walk and the city and are up to speed on current events, including...
San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
Festive Plaza in La Villita, a complex with shops run by local artisans, offers a more unique experience than the souvenir-selling El Mercado. Aside from shopping for authentic handmade goods, you can learn about its rich history. Self-guided...
918 N Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212, USA
We like to search for unique experiences when we travel, so when I heard about the five-pound cinnamon roll at Lulu's, I had to check it out. I should say that we prefer to travel on the healthy side and usually seek out the new health food or...
112 College St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
There's no question that Las Canarias is one of the best restaurants in San Antonio. It offers a unique, relaxed, and romantic dining experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (note that the restaurant is closed from 2-5:30 p.m.). Its location...
6989 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216, USA
Dough Pizzeria makes use of fresh ingredients to produce a pizza for which people are willing to wait. And, while there's no shortage of barbecue in Texas, Dough offers a large number of vegetarian options (salads, pizzas). Also available are...
430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
Watching the river flow by with a margarita in hand is one of the best ways to while away an afternoon in San Antonio, and at Casa Rio, you can do just that. The restaurant’s colorful umbrellas have lined the River Walk since 1946, providing...
218 Produce Row, San Antonio, TX 78207, USA
As soon as you walk in to Mi Tierra, there's no doubt you've entered somewhere special. Located in San Antonio, and family-owned since 1941, Mi Tierra is open 24-hours a day and is adorned with Christmas decorations year round—so it’s always a...
146 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
From the moment you walk into Acenar, the cavernous, modern space tells you this isn't your average South Texan-Mexican restaurant. Here, dishes are a little spicier, drinks are a little more alluring, and the atmosphere is definitely more...
2427 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX 78213, USA
La Fogata offers traditional Mexican cuisine in a convivial atmosphere, with a large patio dining area that's wonderful in the evening. They're perhaps best known for their margaritas, so bring friends and make the most of it! Also, if you're a...
Downtown, San Antonio, TX, USA
In the early part of this century there has been a push by almost every large city to rejuvenate their urban centers and make them better places to live and work. San Antonio is a city that got this equation right. Downtown San Antonio has...
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