One of my favorite things to do is explore a new place. Before this trip my last visit to San Antonio was 18 years ago, so I was anxious to see if it was as fun as I remembered. Here are my top 5 fun things to do in San Antonio:
#1 – Explore the River Walk
The River Walk in San Antonio attracts over five million visitors each year. It’s the only place I would even consider staying in San Antonio since I wanted to be able to explore all the shops and restaurants there. We stayed at a Hilton property (since they are my favorite). Hilton has 2 locations along the River Walk to choose from, but there are plenty of other hotels to pick from too.
We didn’t bother renting a car since we planned to spend our time walking and not driving. We took a quick cab ride from the airport and were soon wandering along the River Walk. Cute shops and dozens of restaurants . . . all with outdoor patios on the water! My favorite!!!!
#2 – Happy Hour at the top of the Tower of the Americas
One place we knew we had to check out was the Tower of the Americas, which was built in 1968 for the World’s Fair. It is 750 feet tall and naturally has some amazing views of the city. The restaurant on the top is called the Chart House. I did a little research before we went and wanted to be there for Happy Hour (Monday – Friday, 4:30-7:00 p.m.). You should go as early as possible if you want to get a seat by the windows (as opposed to sitting at the bar looking at the bartender make drinks). I highly recommend the shrimp tacos, but the fish tacos and the lettuce wraps were good too!
#3 – Find the best margarita
San Antonio is, of course, full of Mexican restaurants and lots of margaritas. My last trip there was with 2 pregnant friends so they weren’t doing any margarita drinking. This trip I had a friend recommend Rita’s, which turned out to be really good. Cafe Ole has a special 60 oz. one, but that was more than I wanted to handle (though it would have made a great photo). We did our best to sample margaritas at as many places as we could, but I think we will have to go back for more research. The best part is sitting outside along the river, sipping a margarita and people watching.
#4 – Visit the Alamo
It is possible to go to San Antonio and not go to the Alamo (which I have done). But it was interesting to see and I’m glad we put it on our list of things to do. It is an important part of Texas history and definitely worth the time to visit (even though on my last trip we were too busy shopping to go there)!
#5 – Shopping
We found places to shop everywhere we went. You can shop along the River Walk, of course, in shops on the river level or up a flight of steps to the street level. There is also Rivercenter Mall with over 100 stores, 6 restaurants and a movie theater. For something more unique you can try La Villita Historic Arts Village (at the south end of the River Walk) or Market Square, which is said to be the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico.
Whatever you decide to do, San Antonio is worth a visit. I was there with my husband, but it would make a great destination for a girls trip too. I am sure I’ll come up with more fun things to do on my next trip!
Have you been there? What should I make sure to do on my next trip?