One thing is for certain when you visit San Antonio – you won’t ever run out of things to do!
If you are looking for some outdoor adventure, visit the Texas Hill Country, which starts north of San Antonio and provides miles of lush landscape and rivers. The terrain is mountainous and provides year-round recreation including river tubing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, leisurely driving, cycling and antique shopping.
The Japanese Tea Gardens is also an outdoor must-see. The garden features beautiful floral displays, an impressive waterfall and a pond for Koi and aquatic plants, and while you are there you can visit the Tower of the Americas for a panoramic view of the city.
For a true look at Texas, visit the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum and the display of 128 years of history in exotic collections that feature oddities like a two-headed calf and a lamb with eight legs.
The Mission San Antonio de Valero, better known as the Alamo, was originally established as a mission in 1718 and now sits as a reminder for 189 defenders who fell there on March 6, 1836 after repeated attacks by Mexican General Santa Anna’s army. The Alamo chapel and the Long Barracks are all that remain of the original fort, but the museum contains relics and mementos from the Republic of Texas and offers a factual narration on the fall of the Alamo.
And, of course, no visitor to San Antonio should miss some time on the San Antonio River Walk. The River Walk is the country’s oldest and most extensive Spanish-colonial water system. What once supplied water to San Antonio’s five historic missions now serves as a three-mile winding walkway featuring a variety in dining, art, shopping and entertainment.