Historic. Authentic. Friendly. Delicious!
San Antonio is filled with fun things to do, inspiring places to see, and delightful new spots to eat and drink. Tucked below street level and only steps from the Alamo, the River Walk provides a convenient way to navigate the heart of the city. Explore by foot or jump aboard a river barge for a guided tour. Trace the river north and shop local favorites along the river’s Museum Reach at the historic Pearl.
History comes alive along the Mission Reach where you can experience Texas’ only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Spanish colonial missions. Don’t miss the newly redesigned San Pedro Creek Culture Park, a world-class park with colorful murals and poetry throughout telling the story of the rich cultural history that defines San Antonio. Stretch your legs at Hemisfair park and dine al fresco.
Looking for thrills? Take your adventure to new levels with new attractions and theme park rides. From SeaWorld & Aquatica San Antonio to Six Flags Fiesta Texas, to the ever-expanding San Antonio Zoo, featuring 750 different species of animals and one-of-a-kind encounters like feeding the giraffes, to SEA LIFE Aquarium, opening early 2020, and LEGOLAND Discovery Center, there’s fun for every traveler, young and young at heart.
Recognizing the city’s rich culinary heritage, local food movements, and enthusiasm for sustainability, UNESCO has designated San Antonio a Creative City of Gastronomy – the second city in the United States and the first in Texas to receive the honor. A great way to start exploring the food scene is the San Antonio Food Trails. Think specialty tacos, the finest smoked brisket, and smooth and salty margaritas to start.
While renowned for Tex-Mex, San Antonio has a new generation of diners and culinary Tex-Next innovators. Home to a diverse and energetic community of food lovers who have a special interest in Latin cuisine, the San Antonio culinary scene is inspiring new food fusions like the Peruvian-Asian at Botika in the Pearl Brewery Complex. Downtown, the River Walk provides both a feast for the eyes and the palate, with a Nuevo Tex-Mex option like Acener and Jason Dady’s steakhouse at Range alongside long-time favorites like Biga on the Banks for fine dining.
Make time to visit the Culinary Institute of America. One of only four CIA’s in the world, it’s more than a world-class culinary college – it’s a hub for creative students who have a passion for food. Stop by Savor at the Pearl for meals prepared by advanced CIA students.
AMAZING CRAFT DRINKS
Of course, with great local cuisine, there should always come great locally crafted beverages. Local brewers range from Freetail Brewing (the first microbrewery in San Antonio) to Kunstler (specializing in German-style beer) to Southerleigh (on the grounds of the historic Pearl Brewery). There are several distilleries in the city too, including the world’s first and only Southern-style gin at Seersucker Distillery that’s slow-distilled with all-natural botanicals. Looking for a great local cocktail? Try The Ribbon Cutting at the rooftop bar at the Paramour, made with yogurt-washed Tito’s vodka. Or keep it natural with smoothies and infusions from chef Johnny Hernandez’ The Fruteria.
Discover fascinating exhibits and events at San Antonio’s world-class museums, like The Witte Museum, where nature, science and culture come together to create an immersive experience. Browse modern European and American art at the McNay Art Museum, the first museum of modern art in Texas. Explore a broad range of history and world culture at the San Antonio Museum of Art, renowned for one of the most comprehensive ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian art collections in the southern United States. Just up the Broadway Cultural Corridor is the San Antonio Botanical Garden and The DoSeum, San Antonio’s museum for kids. Downtown, the Institute of Texan Cultures brings the city’s rich culture to life with immersive exhibits that portray stories of immigrants who settled in Texas and contributed to its modern, multicultural society. Enjoy the afternoon at Ruby City, the acclaimed downtown contemporary art center with works by both local and internationally-acclaimed artists.
Why wait? Embrace the fun, the food and the adventure in San Antonio!
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