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San AntonioUnited States of America

A famous Southern city with close links to Texan liberty, San Antonio is most famously known as the location of the Alamo Mission where 189 brave Texans sacrificed their lives defending their state against the Mexican soldiers – a pivotal moment in the Texas Revolution.

Today San Antonio retains its military links thanks to a number of major bases in the area, but offers a unique experience for anyone looking to experience the magic of the American South.

With such a rich history, it is now surprise that San Antonio has taken steps to preserve its past. Aside the Alamo itself, the downtown River Walk is San Antonio’s most popular attraction – beloved by locals and visitors alike. One of the world’s first major urban river regeneration projects, the River Walk is a network of beautiful pathways along the San Antonio River lined by cosy bars, unique shops and restaurants serving local favourites.

Connecting many of the city’s main attractions together, the River Walk is popular all year round, playing host to spectacular Christmas lights and flowery river floats during the Springtime Fiesta San Antonio – a city-wide festival of over 100 events that honours the battles of The Alamo and San Jacinto.

Amongst other attractions, the River Walk takes in several of San Antonio’s key sights including the famous Arneson River Theatre with its outdoor performance space, a small heart shaped island popular with weddings called Marriage Island and the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Other attractions accessible from the walk include the HemisFair ’68 park built for the World Fair of that year, the exotic-themed Aztec on the River historic movie theatre and the Alamo Mission itself. Conveniently close to the Alamo is the San Antonio Cavalry Museum, a fascinating collection of artefacts and exhibits where visitors can sometimes see re-enactments of famous cavalry battles.

Whilst San Antonio’s River Walk makes many of the city’s attractions incredibly easy to navigate, even more family fun can be found outside the downtown area. For white knuckle lovers, Six Flags Fiesta Texas offers incredible theme park thrills and spills, whilst SeaWorld San Antonio mixes learning about all kinds of sea creatures with wet and wild water park excitement. San Antonio is also home to the unique Morgan’s Wonderland – a special theme park designed for those with special needs or accessibility issues.

With so much to do, San Antonio is sure to leave your stomach rumbling – so why not help yourself to a bowl of chilli in the city where it was invented and watch the sun go down with a beer from the Pearl Brewery?

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Where to stay in San Antonio

Downtown - Riverwalk showing a river or creek, a bridge and boating

Downtown San Antonio

4.5/5Wonderful!(42 area reviews)

A scenic riverfront great entertainment and top sights from River Walk to San Antonio Majestic Theater – discover Downtown San Antonio, a destination also famous for its historic sites.

Downtown San Antonio
North San Antonio - SAT, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

North San Antonio - SAT

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

Travellers come to North San Antonio - SAT for its cosy coffee shops, and you can see top attractions like Morgan's Wonderland and North Star Mall while you're in town.

North San Antonio - SAT
West San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

West San Antonio

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

A noteworthy feature of West San Antonio is its breathtaking beach views. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Lackland Air Force Base and San Antonio SeaWorld.

West San Antonio
San Antonio Missions National Park showing heritage architecture, a monument and a park

Southside

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Southside is noteworthy for its river views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Lackland Air Force Base and San Antonio Missions National Park.

Southside
San Antonio Botanical Gardens featuring flowers, wild flowers and a garden

Alamo Heights

You'll enjoy the museums and coffee shops in Alamo Heights. You might want to make time for a stop at Witte Museum or Quarry Golf Club.

Alamo Heights
Southtown, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

Southtown

Southtown is popular for its stunning river views, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Blue Star Contemporary Art Center or Guenther House.

Southtown

Top hotels in San Antonio

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
La Cantera Resort & Spa
La Cantera Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX

This family-friendly San Antonio resort is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of The Shops of La Cantera, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and University of ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,991 reviews)

"Heated pool in March. Options for dining and reasonably priced food."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

La Cantera Resort & Spa
El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
3 out of 5
110 Lexington Ave, San Antonio, TX
£60
per night
1 Apr-2 Apr

Located in Downtown San Antonio, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and River Walk. San Antonio Majestic Theater and ...

3.3/5 (5,148 reviews)

"Property located on the beautiful riverwalk although a long walk to the popular restaurant area. No convenient coffee, breakfast places other than the hotel. Always a few blocks to walk to. Even the closest bus stop was several blocks away."…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2020

El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
4 out of 5
306 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX

Located in Downtown San Antonio, this romantic hotel is steps away from Briscoe Western Art Museum and River Walk. Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and San ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (11,134 reviews)

"Close to everything especially the river walk Friendly staff and clean"…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk

Popular things to do in San Antonio

River Walk
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River Walk

5/5(21 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to River Walk, a popular green space in San Antonio. Discover the great live music and shops in this walkable area.

Lackland Air Force Base
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Lackland Air Force Base

Lackland Air Force Base is just one of the places to see in San Antonio, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Attend a sporting event in this walkable area.

San Antonio SeaWorld
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San Antonio SeaWorld

5/5(1 review)

Make time to visit the sea life at San Antonio SeaWorld, and find out why this is a popular attraction in San Antonio. Stroll along the seaside or visit the theme park in this family-friendly area.

AT&T Center
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AT&T Center

Catch an event at AT&T Center during your trip to San Antonio.Discover the acclaimed theatre scene in this walkable area or seek out the local tours.

Alamo
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Alamo

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Learn about the fierce Battle of the Alamo and pay your respects to those lost during the Texan Revolution at this historical complex.

Fort Sam Houston
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Fort Sam Houston

5/5(1 review)

After visiting Fort Sam Houston, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in San Antonio. Discover the lively festivals in this walkable area or seek out the local tours.

Top activities in San Antonio

San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

88% of travellers recommend
£31
Per adult
San Antonio Aquarium
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San Antonio Aquarium

90% of travellers recommend
£9
Per adult
Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour from San Antonio
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Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour from San Antonio

92% of travellers recommend
£89
Per adult
Full-Day Grand Historic City Tour with Lunch Included
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Full-Day Grand Historic City Tour with Lunch Included

88% of travellers recommend
£89
Per adult
San Antonio Haunted Pub Tour
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San Antonio Haunted Pub Tour

80% of travellers recommend
£22
Per adult
Alamo & City Highlights Helicopter Tour
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Alamo & City Highlights Helicopter Tour

100% of travellers recommend
£121
Per adult

Reviews of San Antonio

4.4

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Steve

9 Feb 2020

We liked the history of San Antonio. Was able to hire a car because the apartment had parking, so we travelled out of the city to see more of the surrounding areas

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Feb 2020

I would recommend San Antonio to everyone as it's delightful place, almost a Venice in Texas.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Dec 2019

Really enjoyed San Antonio. If you get a downtown hotel you can walk to the Alamo and the river walk area which is nice not having to take the car. The Alamo is an excellent (and free!) thing to see and the riverwalk has lots of dining options.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Nov 2019

A beautiful town! Well worth a visit. The river walk is stunning

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Nov 2019

I thought it was amazing, it has so much to offer. If you do the bus tour make sure you choose the option that has the places you want to visit included. The bar in the Menger Hotel is worth a visit. They do bar meals.

5/5 - Excellent

Jade

26 Oct 2019

Will definitely be visiting again very soon 

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