If you are looking for some San Antonio places to visit this weekend then you are spoilt for choice. This beautiful city in Texas has a host of things to see and do in the compact city centre. Many of the best places in San Antonio can be reached within walking distance of the centre.
The best San Antonio places to visit
You can enjoy many cheap or free downtown San Antonio attractions during your next trip.
Here are some of my favourites:-
The Alamo – 300 Alamo Plaza
One of the most famous historic sites in Texas and notable in the fight for the Republic of Texas. Free to enter there is little doubt it is first choice out of what to do in San Antonio Texas. The Alamo was part of a collection of Spanish mission churches in the city. The other churches (Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada) can be accessed across the city. This map (click here) is a guide to their locations.
The San Antonio Riverwalk – city centre
A beautiful and romantic way to walk through the heart of the city. Enjoy the stunning views or relax with a drink and watch the world go by at the San Antonio riverwalk.
San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral – 115 Main Plaza
Located close to the heart of the city this is the oldest cathedral in the United States. It was built in 1750 and is now the final resting place for the heroes of The Alamo.
Main Plaza – downtown
Located directly in front of San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral is the Main Plaza. Don’t be surprised to see lots of people taking time out to relax here. It is also host to many live music and concert events, a farmers’ market and even a cycle-in cinema.
Rivercenter Mall – 849 E Commerce Street
If you love shopping then this is first choice out of places to go in San Antonio. It has a wonderful selection of outlets to satisfy any shopaholic. You’ll even find a Dallas Cowboys store.
Watch The Alamo at the IMAX Theatre – Rivercentre Mall
Located within the Rivercenter Mall this modern theatre also gives a perfect history lesson before visiting the shrine to the Texan heroes.
La Villita – E. Nueva Street
Describing itself as a historic arts village you’ll find an array of galleries, shops and restaurants. Formerly this was a Spanish soldiers settlement and is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city.
Spanish Governor’s Palace – 105 Military Plaza
A fascinating old Spanish mansion home which is at the heart of the history of San Antonio. It is now a National Historic Landmark and is a remaining presidio from the rivalry between Spain and France to establish dominance in the area during the 1700s. If you love Texan history this a must for places to visit in San Antonio.
El Mercado – Historic Market Square
A great place to find unique souvenirs and enjoy fabulous food. This is the largest Mexican marketplace lying north of the Rio Grande. With more than 100 shops offering clothing, jewellery, arts and crafts and much, much more.
Tower of the Americas and HemisFair Park – 601 Tower of Americas Way
The Tower of the Americas taller than the Seattle Space Needle and a park commemorating the Worlds Fair. Don’t forget to visit the 4D Theatre!
King William District
Located south of downtown San Antonio this was the first designated Historic Neighbourhood District in Texas. The area used to be the area where German immigrants settled in the city and offers a wonderful array of beautiful houses.
Located by The Alamo are a range of entertainment spots for all the family. It is full of many of the popular and fun places in San Antonio including:-
The Amazing Mirror Maze
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Louis Tussaud’s Wax Works
Guinness World Records
Tomb Rider 3D
Texas Ranger Museum- 318 E. Houston Street
Get the sense of truly being in Texas as you view hundreds of Texan exhibits including guns, badges, photographs and a recreation of the city in the early 20th century.
Explore the haunted Menger Hotel – 204 Alamo Plaza
The oldest hotel in town, The Menger has hosted past Presidents Ulysses S Grant, Theodore Roosevelt (three times), Dwight D Eisenhower and William McKinley. Other famous guests include Oscar Wilde and Babe Ruth. Still looking for hotel in San Antonio? Try here.
San Antonio Museum of Art – 200 West Jones Avenue
Enjoy free admission on Tuesdays (4-9pm) and on Sundays (other days there is an entry fee) to see a changing range of exhibits from around the world. It is also worth checking their calendar for a range of fun events and educational talks.
The Do Seum – 2800 Broadway
This is the new and renamed San Antonio Children’s Museum. Opening in September 2015 this will be a fun and educational place to take the kids. Let them learn about science, technology, maths and much, much more with 65,000 feet of exhibits.
The Torch of Friendship – Convention Plaza
Known by many as The Orange Thing this sculpture is known as The Torch of Friendship (La Antorcha dela Amistad). Created by Mexican sculptor Sebastian and standing 65′ high, it signifies the historical connections between Mexico and the US.
San Antonio Hotels And Accommodation
Booking.com is one of the best hotel search engines to use when searching for hotel and accommodation in San Antonio. They cover a wide range of options from 1-5 star, apartments, hotels and B&Bs. Another popular search tool across multiple sites is Trivago.
- Familiar name hotels are located across the city. This includes the Holiday Inn on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Set in a prime location this hotel offers a year round pool, hot tub, free wifi and an on site restaurant. The hotel is only 3 blocks from The Alamo.
- Probably the most famous hotel in San Antonio is the historic The Menger hotel. This luxurious location is within touching distance of The Alamo and has hosted past presidents as well as famous celebrities. Today the hotel includes a full service spa and an outdoor pool.
- Apartment style accommodation can be found at La Cascada Resort. Offering perfect accommodation for families and located less than a mile from the heart of the Riverwalk you will find all you need. Each villa has it’s own kitchen, lounge area and laundry facilities. You will also come across a games room, hot tub and free wifi throughout the building. A shuttle service is available.
- The more cost conscious may also like to consider the City View Inn and Suites Sunset Station which is also well placed.
If you only have a weekend to spare then these are some of the best places in San Antonio that you can visit.