San Antonio has so much to offer, lots of sightseeing to be done. I’m struggling right now, though, with my dad and stepmom coming in this weekend, trying to find something to do. They’ve been here at least a dozen times, you know, and we’ve done a lot of the major things.
Here’s some things you might want to try if you come to San Antonio for RWA.
Within walking distance
1) The Alamo. It’s RIGHT by the conference hotel. Be aware it’s smaller than you may expect. The complex was much larger at the time of the battle, extending across the street from where the Alamo sits. It’s likely to have a long line to get in, because, like I said, it’s not very big. But it doesn’t take long to go through.FREE
2) The Tower of the Americas. Ride up the elevator for a great view of the city. Warning: If you’ve been on the Space Needle, the view isn’t nearly as stunning, but you can see miles and miles of Texas. $15 a person, but free if you go to the restaurant. And the restaurant has an excellent happy hour.
3) The Institute of Texan Cultures. A museum dedicated to the history of Texas. When I was in college, I dressed up and showed people how to spin wool into yarn and how to weave. $8
4) The Riverwalk–lots of restaurants and bars, and you can ride the barges for about $8 a person. The tour is a good deal, because the guide will give you some San Antonio history.
5) La Villita–some little shops in an historic area of town
A little farther afield (but still downtown–you can take a streetcar for a very low price)
1) The King William district–stately old homes, many renovated. You can tour the Steves Homestead if you like.
2) El Mercado–a great place for souvenirs, many of them brought from Mexico.
3) The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum. I haven’t been here since it moved, but my aunt and uncle went last year and enjoyed it.
1) The Missions. The Alamo is technically not one of the missions, since it never operated as a church. Of the missions, San Jose is in the best shape, followed by Concepcion. San Jose is farther.
2) Sea World. Has a water park, but you have to pay extra.
3) Fiesta Texas. Has a water park. This is important because it will be HOT.
4) Splashtown–is a water park.
5) The Zoo. It is awesome. Also, it will be crowded.
6) The Botanical Gardens.
7) Sunken Gardens–right next to the zoo, free, lots of stairs. Not very big, but a nice way to spend a morning.
8) San Antonio Museum of Art–quite large, in a beautiful old brewery. Also, it’s on the San Antonio river, the not-crowded part.
9) Natural Bridge Caverns, which is a little out of town on the north side.
Have I got you interested yet?
Later this week: Day Trips and Places to Eat!