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San Antonio is a beautiful city in Central Texas. There's a lot to do in this city: fine art museums, historical missions and plenty of amusement parks in addition to great dining and drinking. The culture and people are vibrant and interesting. Overall, San Antonio feels like a small town; however, the population is over one million.

Understand

Get in

By plane

  • San Antonio International Airport.

By train

  • Amtrak, SAS, 350 Hoefgen St.

By car

By bus

  • Greyhound, 500 N St Marys St, Downtown.

By boat

It's in the middle of Texas unless you want to tube down the river

Get around

San Antonio's bus system is known as the Via Metropolitan Transit. It also runs the downtown streetcar service for a small fare. Bus fares range from about $0.80 to $1.60 depending on the service. Discount fares are available to children between the ages of 5-11, senior citizens 62 and older, medicare recipients, persons with disabilities and students. A reduced fee ID is required for reduced fares and can be acquired from Via Information Centers (Students may get the necessary forms from their campus administration). Bus schedules and route information can be found at Via's webpage (http://www.viainfo.net) or by calling the Via information line (210)362-2020 or for the hearing impaired at (210)362-2019.

See

  • San Antonio Visitor Information Center, 317 Alamo Plaza, 800-447-3372. For visitors coming to San Antonio a good starting place to see is the downtown Visitor Information Center and Official City Store is located right across the street from Alamo. It is a wealth of information about San Antonio. Representatives there can assist you in getting a map of the city, help you to get around, or anything else you may need in San Antonio.
  • Riverwalk. The Riverwalk area of San Antonio is an excellent place to explore by day and party by night. Riverwalk has guided ferry tours departing regularly. Numerous restaurants line the river on both sides.
  • The Alamo. Considered to be hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty, the Alamo is a former mission which was also the site of the Battle of the Alamo. Admission is free, although donations are encouraged. Revenues from an adjacent gift shop fund the historic preservation efforts.
  • San Antonio Missions National Park. Four Spanish frontier missions, part of a colonization system that stretched across the Spanish Southwest in the 17th, 18th, 19th centuries, are preserved here. They include Missions San Jose, San Juan, Espada, and Concepcion. The national park, containing many cultural sites along with some natural areas, was established in 1978 and covers about 819 acres.
  • Casa Navarro State Historical Park. Home site of Jose Antonio Navarro, a 19th-century Texas legislator under Mexico, the Republic of Texas and the U.S. The park is the site of Navarro’s furnished house, first residence, and store.
  • King William Historic Area. A 25-block area near downtown on the south bank of the San Antonio River. In the late 1800's the King William District was the most elegant residential area in the city. Prominent German merchants originally settled the area. It was zoned as the state's first historic district, and has once again become a fashionable neighborhood.
  • Market Square - El Mercado. Visitors can browse through the 32 shops at "El Mercado," and 80 specialty shops in Farmers Market Plaza. Market Square is also the scene of many Hispanic festivals where food and beverage booths spring up alongside the Guadalajara lamps and the strains of mariachi music blend with the excitement of Mexican dances. Free admission.
  • San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium. The Zoo is home to over 3,500 animals representing 750 species of animals on 56 acres. Open 365 days a year. Hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. from Labor Day to Memorial Day; 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission: adults $8; seniors (62+) and children (3-11) $6; military $7; under 2 free. Group rates available.

Museums and Galleries

  • Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 210 357-1900, [1]. Tu 10am-9pm, Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun Noon-5pm. $7 Ad/$6 Sen/ $5 kids to 4-11, Free Tuesdays 3pm-8pm. Dinosaurs, textiles, history, big museum with lots going on - fun with kids!
  • Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, 210 824-5368. Tu-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun Noon-5pm. Free admission except during select exhibitions and special events. Fine arts exhibits, library. museum store.
  • San Antonio Children's Museum, 305 Houston St, 210 212-4453, fax 210 242-1313, [2]. Adm. $5.95 per person. M-F 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun Noon-4pm. Winter (School Year) hours: M 9am-Noon, T-Fri 9am-3:30pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun Noon-4pm. Groups, parties, events, hands-on learning play.
  • Instituto de México, 600 HemisFair Park, 210 227-0123. Thur-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun Noon-5pm. Free. Contemporary Art from Mexico.
  • San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones, 210 978-8100. Tu 10am-8pm, W-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun Noon-6pm. $6 adult, $5 sen. $4 Student, $1.75 age 4-11. Free Tuesdays 4pm-11pm. Fabulous collections and changing exhibits. If you can do only one museum visit, this is the one to explore. Bring your sketchpad.
  • Southwest School of Art & Craft. 1201 Navarro and 300 Augusta, 210 224-1848. Art/museum gift shop in the Ursuline Campus as well as student work in the hallways and cafe. Free. On buslines, and the Ursuline Campus backs up to an older, parklike section of the Riverwalk.

Do

Events

  • Fiesta, Fiesta is a yearly event held in San Antonio. Fiesta is a 10-day, city-wide, fun-filled, multi-cultural, family-oriented celebration. With over 100 different events, it's the biggest party and greatest community benefit in the state of Texas
  • San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is an annual agricultural fair and entertainment event. It provides world class rodeo action and entertainment to people of all ages.
  • Texas Folklife Festival, The Texas Folklife Festival is an annual four-day celebration of the diverse ethnic and cultural groups that settled our state. Some 45 groups bring their stories, crafts, music, dances, and foods to share with visitors in a vibrant blend of education and entertainment.

Amusement Parks

  • Seaworld, [3]. A theme park which has several rides, dolphin shows etc.
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas, [4]. Home to several thrill rides and exciting shows Fiesta Texas is an entertaining theme park geared to people of all ages.

Sports

  • San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio is home to the San Antonio Spurs that currently play at the SBC center.

Learn

San Antonio is home to several colleges and universities:

  • San Antonio College.
  • University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • Trinity University.
  • University of the Incarnate Word.
  • St. Mary's University.
  • Our Lady of the Lake University.

Work

  • None, except for waiters, busboys, and maids.

Buy

San Antonio is home to a variety of shopping venues with a wide selection of shops and stores. With ten major shopping malls within an hours drive of downtown and La Villita and Market Square right in the heart of downtown San Antonio.

  • La Villita, 418 Villita, 210 207-8611, fax 210 207-4390. Shops open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. Closed holidays.
  • Market Square - El Mercado, 514 W. Commerce, 210 207-8600, fax 210 207-4287. Free admission. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., summer; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., winter. Stores closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter.
  • Alamo Quarry Market, 255 E. Basse Rd, 210 225-1000, fax 210 271-3491. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., daily

Eat

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

Sleep

  • Riverwalk Vista, 262 Losoya, 210 223-3200, [5]. The Riverwalk Vista is centered to all activities in downtown San Antonio, Texas. The ambience of this B&B is incomparable to any other hotel, inn or bed and breakfast in the Riverwalk area.
  • San Antonio Lodging, 500 North Santa Rosa, 866-999-8300, [6]. San Antonio Lodging features three bed and breakfast inns in Downtown San Antonio, Texas.

Budget

  • Hampton Inn - Downtown, 414 Bowie St, 210 225-8500, [7]. Just eight miles from the San Antonio International Airport and 1.5 blocks from the famous San Antonio Riverwalk.
  • Quality Inn & Suites - Airport, 1505 Bexar Crossing, 210 545-5400, [8].
  • Red Roof Inn Downtown, 1011 E Houston St, 210 229-9973, [9].

Mid-range

  • Beauregard House Bed and Breakfast Inn, 215 Beauregard St, 888-667-0555, 210 222-9338, [10]. The Beauregard House is located in the quiet elegance of the King William District in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Private baths, free breakfast each day.
  • Embassy Suites Hotel - Airport, 10110 US Hwy 281 North, 210 525-9999, [11]. Just seven miles from downtown San Antonio, and half a mile from San Antonio Airport. Hotels in this location are close to fine shopping outlets, including North Star Mall, and the many attractions around San Antonio.
  • Embassy Suites Hotel - Northwest, 7750 Briaridge, 210 340-5421, [12]. An all-suite hotel five miles from San Antonio Airport and nine miles from downtown San Antonio. Hotels at this location, at the intersection of I-10 and Loop 410, are just half a mile from shopping, theaters and restaurants.
  • Hawthorn, 6900 I-H 35 North, 210 798-3900, 800-210-4255, [13]. Offering complimentary hot breakfast buffets and social hour in the evening. Also offers in-room business services, an oversized work area complete with dual phone lines, personal voice mail and daily complimentary newspaper.
  • Hawthorn Suites - Riverwalk, 830 N. St. Mary's Street at Richmond Ave, 210 527-1900, [14]. Features oversized studio suites with all the amenities.
  • Holiday Inn - Downtown, 318 W Durango Blvd, 210 225-3211, [15]. A short stroll from the magnificent San Antonio Riverwalk and the colorful Market Square. San Antonio Airport is just ten miles from the hotel.
  • Holiday Inn Select - Airport, 77 NE Loop 410, 210 349-9900, [16]. Only one mile from San Antonio Airport, while downtown San Antonio is seven miles away.
  • The St. Anthony, 300 East Travis, [17]. Built in 1909 and now run by Wyndham, this beautiful hotel was frequently awarded AAA's Four Diamond Award for excellence 14 years in a row.

Splurge

Contact

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Cope

Get out

External links

  • San Antonio Visitors Board, [18]
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