San Antonio itinerary advice

Old Mar 18th, 2019, 12:29 PM
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San Antonio itinerary advice

Hey all,

My wife and I (In our early 30's) will be in Austin and San Antonio in the last week of April. We have 5 nights/4days in Austin and then are renting a car and heading to San Antonio for the remaining 3.5 days before flying home. We would love your feedback on this rough itinerary we put together.

Wednesday, April 24th:
  • Travel Austin to San Antonio
    • Hamilton Pool
      • Reserve 9am-1pm time slot
    • Wimberley
      • (what is there to see and do here?)
    • San Marcos (22 mins)
      • SUP’ing on river?
        • CabanaSMTX
      • Aqua Brew
        • Lunch and beer
      • San Marcos and Tanger Outlet malls
        • we aren't huge shoppers but may wish to visit a handful of stores
    • Drive to Freetail Brewing Company in SA
    • Drive to Check-in to hotel
    • Dinner @ Supper
    • Cocktails and live music on St. Mary’s strip
      • Hi-Tones
      • The Mix
    • Overnight in San Antonio (DoubleTree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown)
Thursday, April 25th:
  • Day in San Antonio
  • Uber to Guenther House for breakfast
  • Walk up King William St to see houses of King William Historic District
    • Walk up So St Mary’s Street to get to Riverwalk
  • Explore Riverwalk
    • La Villita Historic Village
    • Tower of the Americas?
      • ​​​​​​​Is it worth going to the top?
  • Lunch on Riverwalk
    • Boudro’s​​​​​​​
    • Schilo’s
  • Riverwalk boat cruise
  • Alamo (aim to be here around 330pm)
    • Audio tour
  • Beer at Buckhorn Saloon
  • Rent bikes
  • Ride along Riverwalk to Pearl Brewery area
    • Stop for beer at The Luxury on the way
  • Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery for beers
  • Viva Tacoland for food, beers and live music
  • Overnight in San Antonio
Friday, April 26th:
  • Day in Texas Hill Country
  • Drive to Fredericksburg
    • Enchanted rock hike?
      • ​​​​​​​Is this a decent hike?
  • Willow City Loop (wildflowers)
  • Winery
    • Pick one of Grape Creek, Becker Vineyards, Fiesta winery
    • Any recommendations?
  • Luckenbach
  • Back to hotel to clean up
  • Uber to Alamo Beer Company
    • Go up Hays Street Bridge for city view
  • Walk to Roadmap Brewing Co
  • Walk to Riverwalk for dinner
    • Bella on the River
    • Acenar
    • Biga’s on the Bank
  • Cocktails
    • Juniper Tar
    • Esquire Tavern
  • Overnight in San Antonio (DoubleTree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown)
Saturday, April 27th:
  • Half day in San Antonio
  • Market Square
    • Breakfast at Mi Tierra
  • Walk to Spanish Governor’s palace and San Fernando de Bexar Cathedral
  • Check-out of hotel
  • Drive to San Jose Mission
  • Drive San Antonio to Austin airport for 430pm flight
If it seems like a pretty fast paced few days, we do usually travel like this. We like to see an do as much as we can with the time we are given, but also like to make sure we have lots of time for food and drinks. We aren't big museum or art people at all so that is why we have not accounted for any of that. We prefer the outdoors and love photography. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

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Old Mar 19th, 2019, 12:12 AM
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Hey, we were in San Antonio the summer of 2017.

It's interesting, in that what we did in over two days, you are doing on your final half day. Whereas, you are spending a lot of your time on the Riverwalk, and we did one afternoon/evening. We did like the boat ride on the RIverwalk, we did not go up in the the Tower.

Also, if I were you, I'd spend a bit more time in Hill Country. One thing worth mentioning, there's a museum there on WWII, the Pacific Theatre. It's in Fredericksburg. I like those smaller museums, where often you can find someone to talk about the displays.

Our first day we saw the Spanish governor's mansion, Mass at the cathedral and then the Historic Market and Mi Tierra for lunch. We went back and got my husband from his conference. We toured the Alamo and then went to the RIverwalk. We had ribs on the Riverwalk for dinner and did the boat ride. We did see a water snake in the water,so despite what our guide said, I wouldn't get in the water. Since we parked near by, we went and saw the Alamo lit up at night. Truthfully, I liked it far better then. I would recommend popping by one of your evenings.

Our second day we focused on the missions. We drove out to them. Note that there is really no food nearby. Our third day we went to Seven Flags, so that probably isn't your thing.

We ended with most of a day in Austin. It was supposed to be Hill Country, but I wasn't feeling well. We saw UT Austin, and had probably our best meal at the Hopdoddy Burger Bar on South Congress Street. Then we walked up to the Congress Street bridge to see the hundreds of bats flying out for their dinner. As I recall, the bats hit their peak numbers later in the summer, but it still should be worth a visit.
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Old Mar 19th, 2019, 07:23 AM
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Glad to see you are going to the Buckhorn Saloon. The museums (Buckhorn and Texas Ranger) are fascinating; we normally spend at least an hour in it in addition to having a beer in the saloon, and have been several times.
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