Few cities will capture your heart
and excite your imagination like San Antonio, Texas. Now the ninth
largest city in the U.S.,
San Antonio has come into its own as one of this country's premier
The Alamo City is filled with sights that inspire
and events that captivate. From the historic cradle of Texas
liberty -the Alamo- to the non-stop fun of theme parks like SeaWorld® San
Antonio and Six Flags® Fiesta Texas®, there's
a sensationally good time waiting for everyone. In fact, there's
so much to do
in San Antonio, you'll run out of vacation before the city runs
out of fun.
Explore Spanish missions
from San Antonio's historic Mission
Enjoy dinner as strolling
bands of mariachis serenade you
For starters, San Antonio has an enchanting river running right
through the heart of the city. Along the banks of the winding River
Walk, you'll find an oasis of romance, where you can stroll past
sidewalk cafes, shops, galleries, hotels, and nightclubs. Then
climb aboard a river cruiser to glide right into the glittering
Rivercenter entertainment, shopping, and dining complex. Walk up
the steps of the Arneson River Theatre and into La Villita, one
of the city's original settlements. Today, the quaint buildings
here house artisans' shops, galleries, and restaurants.
What next? Well, there's Market Square (or "El Mercado").
It's a lively Mexican market, overflowing with colorful folk art
and crafts. Around Market Square, you'll find festive restaurants
featuring south-of-the-border specialties. Of course, San Antonio
has a well-deserved reputation as a food-lover's heaven. With renowned
chefs that have inspired the Nuevo Latino cuisine, the city offers
numerous four-star restaurants appealing to even the most discriminating
tastes. While you're savoring the food and atmosphere, strolling
bands of mariachis will serenade you. You can also explore San
Antonio's historic Mission
Trail, where you'll discover five stately Spanish missions from the city's
18th-century Spanish Colonial period.
For family fun, catch theme parks SeaWorld® San Antonio and Six
Flags® Fiesta Texas® or walk on the wild side at
the San Antonio Zoo & Aquarium- famous for its diverse
collection of exotic animals. Nearby, the San Antonio Botanical
Garden/Lucile Halsell Conservatory is a botanist's dream
and a flower-lover's paradise with lovely gardens and soaring
glass pyramids abloom with dazzling, rare species.
San Antonio has plenty going on year 'round, and the events keep heating up in summer. July is Contemporary Art Month, filling the city with over 400 exhibitions across 50 venues ranging from galleries to neighborhoods. Festivals, concerts, and (of course) fireworks herald the citywide Fourth of July weekend events, including a Freedom Fest celebration at Market Square.
Sports fans can check out ten of the top Texas high school football teams compete at the Texas Football Classic (August 26-28), while golf aficionados will enjoy the PGA Tour's Valero Texas Open at La Cantera (September 13-19). San Antonio has emerged as a leading golf destination featuring challenging, picturesque golf courses on gently rolling terrain. Plus, with our comfortable climate, now is an especially perfect time to take advantage of over 100 miles of lush fairways.
September marks the beginning of the Fall Art Festivals, a handful of annual events that celebrate the colorful vitality of the city. Capping off the summer are the first two of these celebrations: FotoSeptiembre USA, a month-long citywide exhibition of international photography, and Jazz'SAlive (September 18-19), a weekend full of performances from the nation's top jazz entertainers. And speaking of the arts, don't miss the Southtown area, headquarters of the city's contemporary art scene with the Blue Star Art Complex and "First Friday" events each month.
With so much going on in and around the city, make sure to plan your visit today and catch all the excitement. Go to SanAntonioVisit.com or call 1-800-THE ALAMO to request your Visitors Guide and valuable coupons and find yourself in San Antonio.