Things to do in San Antonio
San Antonio was named for Saint Anthony of Padua by Spanish explorers who visited the city in 1691. Today, the second largest city in Texas is notable for its historic Spanish colonial missions, lively River Walk and lots more. Vinnie Van GO has created the perfect guide for your next trip to San Antonio. Rely on GO Shuttles for all of your transportation needs during your visit.
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Every April, this festival has been San Antonio’s signature event since the 19th century. Fiesta is also the city’s largest festival, whose three million annual visitors bring $284 million to the city. Each April, San Antonio transforms, with more than 100 events and three major parades over seventeen days. And don’t forget about the food! A perfect mix of Louisiana southern cuisine and Mexican food await you.
Gardens by Moonlight
This romantic evening under the stars is one of San Antonio’s most anticipated events. Based in San Antonio’s Botanical Gardens, join in for an October night of live music of all genres. There is dancing and food from all over. Get your tickets here.
El Dia De Los Muertos
In English it is known as the “Day of the Dead”. This is San Antonio’s version of Mexico’s traditional holiday where people welcome back departed loved ones and celebrate their memory. Celebrated in this Texan city for more than 30 years, participants create beautiful altars and events to commemorate family members and friends that have passed on, such as the calavera processions where people dress as skeletons.
There are several large sports fields, stadiums and arenas located around San Antonio. Make all the games with a GO sporting event shuttle in San Antonio.
The AT&T Center is a huge multi-purpose indoor arena. It hosts a number of sports and entertainment events throughout the year, and is home to the Spurs. For upcoming events and tickets, click here.
1 AT&T Center Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78219
The Alamodome is a 65,000-seat domed stadium and convention center. There are numerous sporting events, entertainment events and conventions throughout the year. You can check out upcoming events on their website.
100 Montana St.
San Antonio, TX 78203
No visit to San Antonio is complete without a visit to the historic Alamo, founded on its present site in 1724 as Catholic mission. It was converted to a frontier outpost and military garrison by the end of the century first under the authority of the Spanish and then independent Mexico. The Battle of the Alamo was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution of 1836. Admission to the Alamo is free. It is open from 9 a.m. to 7 pm. in June, July and August and until 5:30 p.m. the rest of the year. You won’t want to miss the city’s four other Spanish colonial missions. Together, with the Alamo, they form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The River Walk
The San Antonio River Walk is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of the city’s downtown. It is lined with hotels, shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. Among the sites is Marriage Island, a heart-shaped islet in the middle of the river (in front of the Hotel Contessa) where some 225 couples get married every year.
The 2,264-seat Majestic Theater is a national historic landmark and the current home to the San Antonio Symphony and the “Broadway in San Antonio” series as well as a variety of concerts and performing arts attractions. Built in 1929, its architecture is inspired by Spanish Mission, Baroque and Mediterranean traditions. The theatre is owned by the City of San Antonio.
There are several ways to enjoy the river from the water: boat tours, dinner cruises, river taxis and charters. Rio San Antonio Cruises offers guided 35-minute tours for $8.25 ($2 for children and $6 for seniors/military) and has three loading docks. Online tickets are recommended.
You don’t have to be a competitive runner to participate in a casually paced guided run around the city with designated stops at historic landmarks. Two companies conduct tours on Saturdays and Sundays: City Running Tours, $25, and River City Run, $30, including t-shirt.
SeaWorld San Antonio
This 250-acre marine mammal park, oceanarium and animal theme park in San Antonio is the perfect place to go with the family. The park has some of the best roller coasters and thrill rides in Texas, and several permanent and rotating shows and exhibits.
Natural Bridge Caverns
San Antonio’s Natural Bridge Caverns are the largest known commercial caverns in Texas. Named for a 60 ft natural limestone bridge that spans the cavern’s entrance. The caverns are still active and considered living, with the deepest part open to the public 180 feet below the surface. Check out the site for tour tickets.
McNay Art Museum
Founded in 1954, McNay was the first modern art museum in Texas. The Spanish Colonial Revival-style building was originally the artist Marion Koogler McNay’s mansion, who bequeathed her art collection to the museum. The collection has mainly 19th c. and 20th c. European and American art, from known artists such as Picasso, Gauguin and O’Keeffe. The Japanese gardens and fishpond are also a must-see.