Places to visit in San Antonio TX

Ranked in our top 10 list of most historic cities in the US, the city of San Antonio is truly a gem of attraction for everyone to enjoy!

Places to visit in San Antonio TX

History buffs will certainly enjoy visiting places such as the Alamo and the Spanish Governor’s Palace for a history tour. However, if you’re not interested in history that much, you can still enjoy fun attractions such as SeaWorld, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, the Japanese Gardens, river cruise tours along the historic Riverwalk, live rodeo shows, and a game of American football at the Alamo Bowl.

San Antonio Texas is truly one of the 10 most beautiful cities in the US and a great place to take the family for a vacation. See below for more places to visit:

San Antonio Visitor’s Center

If you’re a first timer to San Antonio, the visitor’s center is one of the first places to visit in San Antonio TX. The visitor’s center offers free city maps and brochures, and you’ll be able to ask questions, book all your tours and buy attraction tickets.

Tower of the Americas

There is no better vantage point in the city to enjoy great views of the downtown area than the Tower of the Americas, located in Hemisfair Park. Not only you'll get great views of the city, but the tower’s observational deck also rotates, which means great 360 degree views!

Tower of the Americas is another wonderful attraction in the city you don’t want to miss visiting, so be sure to add it to your list of places to visit in San Antonio TX.

Alameda Museum

If you’re a history buff interested in art, the Alameda Museum (Museo Alameda) is another attraction worth adding to your San Antonio itinerary. The museum showcases both Mexican and Spanish culture through various exhibits such as paintings and equestrian life.

The Alamo

The Alamo isn’t just the top attraction in San Antonio but it’s also one of the top tourist attractions in the US.

Most people that visit San Antonio Texas come to explore this historic place and learn why the Alamo means so much to Texan people.

Even if you’re not interested in history, the Alamo is one of the few attractions in San Antonio that you can visit free of charge, so it's worth a look!

Institute of Texan Cultures

The Institute of Texan Cultures is also located inside Hemisfair Park and it’s one of the best educational places to visit in San Antonio TX.

The Institute of Texan Cultures is a great place to learn about the history of Texas in a fun way. You can easily spend 1-2 hours in this place as it boasts many exhibits on display.

If you visit the Institute of Texan Cultures in the first week of June, you’ll be able to catch the annual Texas Folklife festival, which is one of the most popular events in San Antonio. You'll be able to enjoy performances from artists and sample foods from all over the world!

Cathedral of San Fernando

A visit to San Antonio would not be complete without visiting Cathedral of San Fernando, which is certainly one of the top places to visit in San Antonio TX.

The Cathedral of San Fernando is located on the south-side of the Main Plaza, and it isn’t just the oldest church in the US but it’s also one of the most beautiful landmarks you can set your eyes on!

You can visit the inside the church, though if you’re not a religious person, the cathedral offers a perfect picture-taking opportunity, so don’t miss it!

Arneson River Theater

The Arneson River Theater (pictured) is another great attraction in town that gives San Antonio its distinctive charm.

The open-air Arneson River Theater is a great place to catch a nice flamenco show and soak in a bit of culture, especially during Fiesta Noche del Rio.

Fiesta Noche del Rio music show happens between May and August and boasts performers from the latin world such as Argentina and Spain.

San Antonio Missions

San Antonio Missions National Park is located around 20 minutes drive south downtown San Antonio but it’s definitely worth visiting!

You can easily spend 2-3 hours at the park as there are lots to see and do such as exploring the four Spanish missions on-site, taking a hike along the trails to soak in the beautiful scenery, and enjoying live demonstrations.

San Antonio Shopping

Shopping is a great thing to do in San Antonio and you’ll be glad to know that there are many places to visit in the city to enjoy some great shopping.

For instance, La Villita Arts Village (adjacent Hwmisfair Park) is a great place to visit if you’re planning to do souvenir shopping or shopping for arts and crafts.

San Antonio Market Square is another of the best places to visit in San Antonio TX as it is home to a farmer’s market and ‘El Mercado’, which is the best place in downtown San Antonio to bargain-hunt for genuine Mexican arts and crafts.

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