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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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...

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...

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...

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...

River Walk

  • Promenade/Boardwalk

The Paseo del Rio is the city's (and the state's) leading tourist attraction. Built a full story below street level, it comprises about...

San Antonio Children's Museum

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Are your kids getting bored with the Alamo? Then head to the San Antonio Children's Museum, where they can provide energy to run the...

San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA)

  • Museum/Gallery

The museum houses choice collections of pre-Columbian, American Indian, and Spanish colonial art, as well as the Nelson A. Rockefeller...

San Fernando Cathedral

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Still an active parish, San Fernando's was built in 1738 by the city's Canary Island colonists. Later, Mexican general Santa Anna raised...

Southwest School of Art

  • Store/Shop/Mall

The school is housed in the former Ursuline Academy, which in 1851 became the first girls' school in the city. The long halls of the...