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The Perfect San Antonio Daytrip

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San Antonio Suggested Itinerary:

  • Drive to San Antonio, Tx
  • Visit the Alamo 
  • Cross the street and head down to the River Walk
  • Eat lunch at Boudro’s
  • Check out La Villita 
  • Visit San Fernando Cathedral
  • Check out Market Square or “El Mercado”
  • Grab a drink at the infamous Mi Tierra
  • Watch the sunset from the Tower of the Americas 
  • Catch a boat tour on the river with Go Rio
  • Eat dinner at Bella’s on the Water (reservation recommended)
  • Drive back to Austin

San Antonio Quick Tips: 

  • Entrance to the Alamo is free
  • You can purchase an audio guide or book a tour on site at the Alamo
  • Bring sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat
  • Wear good waking shoes – you’re going to be walking A LOT. There are bike stations throughout the city though and Lyft and Uber are readily available.
  • For easier transportation, try out the convenient Hop On Hop Off buses. These buses allow you to visit the most exciting sites at your own pace without the stress of directions!

Restaurants in San Antonio:

  • Boudro’s
  • Bella’s on the Water
  • Mi Tierra

Activities in San Antonio 

The Alamo

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This famous sit was quite different from how it’s portrayed in Hollywood. We thought it was going to be in the middle of a desert, but it was right in the middle of downtown. Even back in the 1800’s it had missionary homes across from it, which are now converted to shops and businesses. Regardless, entrance is free, and you can purchase a tour at the little cart out front. You have to wait in line to go inside the chapel, but it goes pretty fast. The most interesting part of the Alamo was the artifacts in the long barrack near the garden. It’s definitely a must-see when visiting San Antonio!

River Walk

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Absolutely stunning walking oath around the river that is filled with restaurants, shops, and beautiful sites to see. Little do you know what lies one level below the main streets of San Antonio until you descend the steps to the River Walk. Honestly, we could have stayed here all day, and couldn’t believe how it came alive at night with the lighted trees and bustling restaurants along the river. This is also a must-see and definitely our favorite thing to see in San Antonio.

La Villita Historic Arts Village

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Unfortunately, we did not get to see this in time as it closed at 6 pm. We were disappointed, because it looked amazing with the colorful stringed flags and novelty shops. It is also the oldest neighborhood in San Antonio. We will definitely check it out on our next trip.

San Fernando Cathedral

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This is one of the oldest active cathedrals in the United States and a gorgeous site to see. On certain nights there is an award-winning video and art show projected onto the cathedral. You can view it on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday And Sunday At 9:00Pm, 9:30Pm And 10:00Pm.

Market Square or “El Mercado” 

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About a 6 minute drive and 15 minute walk from the River Walk, this market contains many stores that feature traditional Mexican souvenirs, including sombreros, beautiful art pieces, and pottery. Most of the stores carry similar items so you stop into anyone and check it out. There are a few speciality stores though that carry only leather or pottery items. The main reason to come to El Mercado though is for the infamous Mi Tierra restaurant that opened in 1941 and is still family-run. 

The food seems to get mixed reviews, but the decor is worth stopping in to see as beautiful ornaments decorate the ceiling. We got drinks and enjoyed the ambience of the mariachi band.

Tower of the Americas 

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Similar to the Space Needle or Stratosphere, this structure stands 750 feet tall and overlooks the city. They even have a restaurant, called Chart House restaurant that rotates 360 degrees to give a panoramic view of the city. Try to get there in the afternoon to watch the sun set and city light up in the night.

Boat tour on the river

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The tour runs from 9 am to 10 pm every day. It takes approximately 30 minutes and you can purchase a ticket online or one of their ticket stations on the river walk. It is truly the best way to see the city and particularly special at night when everything is lit up

Next time in San Antonio: Watch the lights show at San Fernando Cathedral and visit the La Villita Historic Arts Village 

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