What to Do around The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio
Collected by Westin AFAR
Emerging as a destination for cultural explorers, San Antonio is a big city with an artsy appeal. If you’re into taking in a show, immersing yourself in history, exploring the outdoors, or surprising your palate San Antonio has you covered—and then some.
245 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
San Antonio is famous for its mariachi, or Mexican folk music. The city hosts several mariachi competitions throughout the year and has a number of resident mariachi bands that roam along the River Walk, ready to serenade a family or couple. Don't...
116 Blue Star, San Antonio, TX 78204, USA
The Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum is the first and longest running venue for contemporary and modern art in San Antonio. It features a plethora of exhibitions each year and always has something going on at the museum. It also hosts concerts...
555 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
The San Antonio B-cycle program is one of the first large-scale municipal bike sharing systems in the U.S. There are 35 bike stations downtown, making two wheels a great way to explore a lot of the key historic sites and the many quality...
224 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
Built in 1929, the Majestic is San Antonio’s oldest and largest theater. A beloved historic landmark, it’s home to the San Antonio Symphony and hosts concerts, plays, and musicals three to five times a week. The magnificent interior...
418 Villita St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
The Arneson River Theatre is a beautiful, open-air amphitheater nestled on the banks of the San Antonio River. Live music, dance, and other performances are frequently held here. You'll often find music during the day and dance performances in the...
205 N Presa St B201, 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...
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...
739 E César E. Chávez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
Locals and tourists alike love making their way to the top of of the Tower of the Americas. Most go straight up to the observation deck, but those in the know stay for dinner or drinks. The Tower of the Americas is the 750-foot-tall icon of San...
318 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
In the stagecoach days of Texas, one enterprising saloon owner decided to accept antlers, horns, rattlesnake rattles, and other animal artifacts as currency. The Buckhorn Hall of Horns soon grew into the largest collection of such specimens in the...
123 Losoya St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
While exploring the streets of San Antonio, you'll discover numerous pieces of public art that illustrate the city's rich culture and support for the arts. We stopped at The Worm Tequila Bar to take some group photos in front of its mural, which...
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...
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...
3801 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA
Located on the beautiful San Antonio River, the Witte Museum is "where nature, science, and culture meet," according to its description. Visitors can marvel at dinosaurs, witness how people lived thousands of years ago, explore Texas wildlife in...
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...
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...
430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
La Antorcha de la Amistad, The Torch of Friendship, looms large in the heart of San Antonio. If you like the art, pull up a chair across the street at the popular restaurant Casa Rio. With bright awnings and waterfront outdoor seating, it's a nice...
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...
200 W Jones Ave, San Antonio, TX 78215, USA
Visitors to San Antonio are witnessing a rebirth and radical repurposing of former beer factories. The old Pearl beer works, abandoned years ago, will soon be reborn as a Kimpton boutique hotel, right next to the new Culinary Institute of America...
6000 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA
Located in the former Spanish Colonial Revival home of art collector Marion McNay, this museum opened its doors in 1954 as the first for modern art in San Antonio and has been drawing crowds ever since with its diverse, interesting...
1410 Guadalupe St # 113, San Antonio, TX 78207, USA
San Antonio's west side is one of the city's cultural hubs. Latin and Mexican-American influences are vibrantly displayed through public art and murals. The area around Guadalupe Street is an especially rich place to explore. You'll find art...
508 Villita St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
I love old churches and cathedrals. They often offer grandiose exteriors along with gaudy interiors, but the little church of La Villita is tiny and quaint. However, its charm makes it worth a visit if you find yourself exploring the San Antonio...
Avenida Guadalupe, San Antonio, TX, USA
I love street art and I seek it out in my hometown as well as in my travel destinations. I think it says a lot about a city when it advocates public art and commissions local artists to beautify the city. One of my favorite displays of public art...
200-414 Alpine, San Antonio, TX 78212, USA
Transport yourself to a different place and time with a simple stroll through San Antonio’s Japanese Tea Garden, a lush expanse full of shaded walkways, stone bridges, blooming flowers, and spectacular koi ponds. The garden was originally...
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....
124 Losoya St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
Sniff, swirl, and sip your way to becoming better acquainted with the area's wineries on a Texas Hill Country wine tour. Sit back and let your knowledgeable guide take the wheel and whisk you to Hill Country, on a day away from downtown to explore...
555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA
San Antonio's Botanical Gardens offer much more than diverse and beautiful flora—they also provide you with a greater sense for the city and state's history. The photo shows one of several buildings in the gardens; this one an authentic Pineywoods...
5223 David Edwards Dr, San Antonio, TX 78233, USA
This amazing park offers free admission to those with special needs and serious disabilities, providing a safe, joyful space for families to spend a fun-filled day. Explore attractions such as the Sensory Village and the Wonderland...
801 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
The volunteer-run San Antonio Fire Museum is dedicated to the history and service of the city's firefighters. Just a block from the Alamo, it's well worth a visit. Kids will love the play area and relish the opportunity to dress up in vintage...
210 W Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
If you’re fascinated by the Wild West, you’ll love this fantastic museum, where culture and history come together to transport you back in time. Named in honor of late Texas governor Dolph Briscoe and his wife, Janey, the museum is...
104 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78205-22099, USA
Built in 1926, the Aztec Theatre is one of the most dazzling examples of '20s decadence and architecture in the U.S. After a period of decline, the new Aztec Theatre reopened in August 2009 as a concert venue. Thanks to being on the National...
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