Far from a small town, San Antonio is a buzzing metropolis that boasts a huge range of entertainment options for pretty much any interest. A rich art culture, fantastic BBQ and Mexican food, sophisticated shopping, sprawling green spaces, energetic nightlife, and a proud history all combine to make this city a truly rewarding vacation spot.
I visited San Antonio in 2009, and absolutely loved it. There was so much to do, see, and hear, from sunup to long after sundown. It was impossible not to have a great time!
Countless shops, accommodations, green spaces, museums, restaurants, music venues, galleries, and more are clustered along the well-developed River Walk in downtown San Antonio. Boat tours, water taxis, and small dinner barges constantly float down the waterway, making this one of the city’s most elegant and popular destinations.
Buckhorn Saloon & Museum. A San Antonio original, this spot is just a block off the River Walk. The bar here has been operating for over 130 years, and the cafe serves Texas favorites like BBQ and burgers. The Buckhorn Museum has an extensive taxidermy display of over 520 different species from all over the world. One of the more extraordinary ones is the “78 Point Buck” which has been a fixture at the Saloon since 1890. There is a museum celebrating the Texas Rangers here, as well.
Dick’s Last Resort. Our visit to this infamous food and music joint didn’t disappoint. The relentless surliness and hilarious sarcasm of our servers kept us laughing the whole time!
Coyote Ugly Saloon. A branch of the world-famous bar opened here 10 years ago, and quickly became a favorite night among locals and tourists alike. When we visited, the over-the-top bartender antics were just as sketchy and cheesy as I hoped they would be!
One of five missions in the vicinity, The Alamo is perhaps the most famous historical site in Texas. The subject of countless books and films, this is where a small band of fighters held off the advancing Mexican army for 13 days in 1836, setting up the final victorious battle for Texas’ independence just a few weeks later. The mission itself is easily accessible in downtown, and has interesting exhibits and a garden for visitors to enjoy.
Many of San Antonio’s beloved attractions are located in or near this expansive green space near downtown. The park not only makes a great place to take a leisurely stroll or invigorating jog, but it also offers a golf course, a mini train, a carousel, and more. It is also near the Botanical Gardens, the Zoo, a handful of museums, as well as a tranquil Japanese tea garden.