San Antonio Sights

Much of downtown San Antonio can be explored on foot or by way of the trolley system that runs frequently between points of interest.

Depending on whom you ask, the number of neighborhoods in San Antonio varies. The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau breaks the city into quadrants—Northside, Eastside, Southside, and Westside, with museums in the north, heritage sites on the east

and west, and missions in the south.

For the purposes of this guidebook, we've broken San Antonio into five primary neighborhoods that fit where visitors tend to go. In the dining and lodging sections we've given the River Walk its own category due to the multitude of restaurants and hotels around the river's banks.

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Alamo Heights and Brackenridge Park 7

King William and Monte Vista Historic Districts 3

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Brackenridge Park

  • Park/Playground

The 343-acre green space between U.S. 281 and Broadway Street (also known as State Spur 368) makes an excellent setting for a picnic...

Casa Navarro State Historic Site

  • Building/Architectural Site

A signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, lawyer and legislator José Antonio Navarro built these three limestone, brick, and...

Friedrich Wilderness Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

On the outskirts of town (about 20 mi from downtown off I–10), this 600-acre hilly haven for rare birds and orchids offers more than...

Government Canyon State Natural Area

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

The area is home to numerous varieties of trees and several species of rare birds, such as the golden-cheeked warbler. This 8,600-acre...

Institute of Texan Cultures

  • Museum/Gallery

Beyond the Tower of the Americas, this interactive museum affiliated with the University of Texas focuses on the 25 ethnic groups who...

Kiddie Park

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

Established in 1925, this is America's original and oldest children's amusement park. The Herschell-Spillman Carousel's 36 jumping horses...

La Villita Historic Arts Village

  • Neighborhood/Street

Meaning Little Village, La Villita Historic Arts Village a prime place for shopping and entertainment, was the original settlement in...

Louis Tussaud's Plaza Wax Museum/Ripley's Believe It or Not!

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Louis Tussaud's Plaza Wax Museum/Ripley's Believe It or Not! The Plaza Wax Museum depicts the famous, from Jesus to John Wayne. Many...

McNay Art Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

In a private mansion with a Moorish-style courtyard, this museum reopened in summer 2008 with a new 45,000-square-foot exhibition center...

Menger Hotel

  • Hotel–Sight

After you visit the Alamo, stop by this adjacent 1859 property. It's San Antonio's most historic lodging, and offers a history book full...

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