San Antonio

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.

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  • 1. Brackenridge Park

    Alamo Heights | City Park

    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 or a stroll...Read More

  • 2. River Walk


    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 3...Read More

  • 3. San Antonio Zoo


    Set on 35 acres with more than 3,500 animals of 600 species, the San Antonio Zoo is consistently ranked as one of the best zoos in the country...Read More

  • 4. Six Flags Fiesta Texas

    Northwest | Amusement Park/Water Park

    Set within 100-foot quarry walls, this amusement park features sectors highlighting Texas's rich diversity, from the state's Mexican and German...Read More

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  • 5. The Alamo

    Downtown | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    At the heart of San Antonio, this one-time Franciscan mission stands as a repository of Texas history, a monument to the 189 Texan volunteers...Read More

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  • 6. The Pearl Brewery District

    Downtown | Historic District/Site

    The newly revitalized Pearl Brewery, now known as The Pearl was originally established in the 1880s by the Pearl Brewing Company, a Texas original...Read More

  • 7. Casa Navarro State Historic Site

    Downtown | Notable Building

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

  • 8. Friedrich Wilderness Park

    North | 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 5 mi of...Read More

  • 9. Government Canyon State Natural Area

    North | 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 park...Read More

  • 10. Institute of Texan Cultures

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 11. Kiddie Park

    Alamo Heights | 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 have...Read More

  • 12. La Villita Historic Arts Village


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

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

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    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 figures...Read More

  • 14. McNay Art Museum


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

  • 15. Menger Hotel

    Downtown | Hotel

    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 of...Read More

  • 16. Mission Concepción

    Historic Home

    Mission Concepción, the oldest unrestored stone church in the nation, is known for its colorful frescoes, or wall paintings. The most striking...Read More

  • 17. Mission San José

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Start your tour at the stunning Mission San José, the "Queen of Missions." It's adjacent to the visitor's center, where a National Park Service...Read More

  • 18. Mission San Juan

    Historic Home

    Mission San Juan, with its Romanesque arches, has a serene chapel. This mission once supplied all its own needs, from cloth to crops, and a...Read More

  • 19. Old Spanish Trail


    San Antonio's Gunter Hotel served as headquarters when the southern U.S. transcontinental highway was built in the 1920s. Named the Old Spanish...Read More

  • 20. Rio San Antonio Cruises


    Rio San Antonio Cruises provides narrated boat tours and charter dinner cruises. Try to take your trip near twilight, when the sounds and light...Read More

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