San Antonio Travel Guide

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San Antonio Things to Do

  • Riverwalk & Riverwalk Mall

    The Riverwalk (Paseo del Rio) is a nice relaxing walkway along the river one level down from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area. It is lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and trendy shops along with the usual stores and has a number of access points throughout the downtown area. It seemed cooler than the streets on the hot summer day I was...

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  • El Mercado - Market Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Market Square is a traditional and historic shopping district in San Antonio, Texas. The district is the largest Mexican shopping center in the city. It is called El Mercado by the locals. It is also where some festivals and exhibits are hosted. wikipedia This Market Square in San Antonio provids with an unique, interesting shopping, dining and...

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  • SeaWorld San Antonio

    4 out of 5 stars

    BE AWARE that there is NO AUTOMATIC CANCELLATION of your payments after the annual pass expires ! Apparently, the fine print says that the card is automatically renewed even though they do not send you a new one ! You have to actually remember to call them and cancel at the end of the 12 months ! Obviously, they are counting on you forgetting to do...

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San Antonio Restaurants

  • Tower of the Americas Restaurant

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Service was impeccable, food delicious & perfectly prepared. Restaurant rotated with wonderful views of San Antonio. Fabulous experience, a must for tourists Salads were wonderful. Happy Hour looked interesting

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  • Dick's Last Resort

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Do you like verbal abuse when you eat, drink and be merry? If so, then Dick’s on the Riverwalk is definitely your place to go eat. The waiters and waitresses here definitely have it in for you, and there crude style of waiting is exactly why people actually go here. The only place where I consistently had worse service is actually in Australia,...

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  • Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery

    4 out of 5 stars

    The only real reason I can think of to choose Mi Tierra's over other local Mexican restaurants is if you get a hankering for Mexican food at 2 AM, or if there is some reason you absolutely positively cannot leave downtown. The food is okay, but San Antonio has so many cheap Mexican restaurants that if good Mexican (or Tex-Mex) food is what you're...

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San Antonio Nightlife

  • DANCE CLUB

    JOE'S VOLCANO - COME FEEL THE ERUPTION!!!!!!!!!!!! PHENOMENON FRIDAYS FEATURE 98.5 THE BEAT IN THE HOUSE BROADCASTING THE PARTY LIVE AND ON THE AIR WITH YOUR BOY "HAMM BURGER"SATURDAYS CHECK OUT CLUB VOLCAN, FEATURING THE HOTTEST REGIONAL MEXICAN MUSIC FORMAT IN THE ALAMO CITY. KARLITA AND LALEY ARE IN THE HOUSE LIVE AND ON THE AIR.SUNDAYS IS THE...

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  • Cabaret, chamber orchestras and more

    The Empire Theatre is host to productions, banquets, cabaret, chamber orchestras and touring plays. The historical theater is the sister property to San Antonio's Majestic Theatre. The Empire was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

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  • Jazz, jazz, and more jazz

    Jim Cullum's Landing is located on the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk, literally just across the alley from the Alamo in the Hyatt Regency in downtown San Antonio. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, America's premier 7-piece Classic Jazz ensemble, plays Monday through Saturday beginning at 7:30 PM. On Sunday nights, the popular San Antonio jazz group Small...

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San Antonio Transportation

  • San Antonio Streetcar

    San Antonio is a super tourist friendly city with everything at a walking distance. If you are driving to the city you can just park your car at one of the many parking garages and start walking. And if you do get tired, the street car is the easiest way to move around the city as it stops at all the major tourist attractions. You can just hop on...

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  • San Antonio Int'l Airport

    Have never experienced such greatest kindness when it comes to service, helpfulness, and tips provided by San Antonio International Airport's service ppl. Within moments I had a wonderful clerk finding me the proper way for getting around, packed me with the right maps & material, helped me finding the Brook Army Hospital, then an appropriate...

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  • Automobile

    Traveling by airplane is not always necessary if you're coming from somewhere else in Texas. We usually drive from Houston. If you are doing so it is an easy shot on I-10. If you're coming from Austin or Dallas it's just as easy a shot on I-35. There are really interesting places to stop on these roads. Plenty of good resting places and shops....

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San Antonio Shopping

  • El Mercardo

    My friend, Shanna, brought me to the Mercado when we were having a mini-vacation in San Antonio. Her family regularly goes here but I had never been, nor did I even know about it. My Eyewitness guidebook had suggested this place for the restaurant Mi Tierra(but it was way too packed-2 hour wait) to get in. So we decided to shop and get out of...

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  • River Center

    The Rivercenter is much more than just a beautiful mall set on the Riverwalk; it also has fine dining, entertainment (like theaters and a comedy club) and more. Mall hours are 10 AM to 9 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 6 PM on Sunday. Pretty much anything you want; lots of stores!

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  • Shop, Dine, Be Entertained

    The Rivercenter is much more than just a beautiful mall set on the Riverwalk; it also has fine dining, entertainment (like theaters and a comedy club) and more. Mall hours are 10 AM to 9 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 6 PM on Sunday. Pretty much anything you want; lots of stores!

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San Antonio Local Customs

  • Tejano Culture and Music

    One of the unique things about San Antonio is the wedding culture of the town. On several occasions, we ran into wedding parties getting their bridal pictures taken in various city locations. Obvious spots like the Riverwalk made sense, but then also several were in the various Missions around town getting their pictures made. At Mission San Jose,...

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  • Cultural Events

    EVERY YEAR IN APRIL THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO PUTS ON A PARTY THAT LASTS ABOUT 2 WEEKS. IT IS BEFORE THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER AND THE WEATHER IS STILL PLEASANT. YOU CAN GO FIND SOMETHING SPECIAL TO DO EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT. MOST THINGS ARE SURROUNDED AROUND FOOD AND ALCOHOL. NIOSA OR Night In Old San Antonio is a good example. Go early and enjoy...

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  • Torch of Friendship

    Of you're going to spend time around the downtown/Riverwalk area you're probably going to come across this tall, bright red sculpture named the Torch of Friendship.A bit of information from the following website:"The "Torch of Friendship" was given to San Antonio by the Mexican Consulate as a sign of friendship and to represent the roots...

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San Antonio Warnings and Dangers

  • Areas to Avoid

    No brainer here, but be careful walking along the Riverwalk since there are no railings except where the restaurants are. Our tour guide mentioned the at least 500 people a year fall in and that it was mostly men....LMAO at that one...maybe because of an angry spouse or girlfriend?...HA! Who knows! The river for the most part is only 3 feets, but...

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  • Traffic/Driving

    Avoid San Antonio on Spring Break. Not only was the traffic terrible, the parking is more expensive and the hours for entertainment are the same. I would like to think that businesses would extend hours to accomodate for the time it takes to get there. Very disappointing not to get to see more of this interesting city.

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  • General Considerations

    San Antonio attracts a multitude of visitors over the holidays. Last year we traveled to this lovely historic city to spend Christmas, while his year we celebrated New Year's Eve in its festive embrace. Once the tourists depart, things begin to happen...like the draining of the canal. We were so glad to have enjoyed its beauty and taken our...

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San Antonio Tourist Traps

  • Learn English

    When speaking of a period of time, the correct word to use is "era," as in the Civil Rights Era...not error. If your going to waste time bashing a historic monument, I suggest you learn how to do it correctly.

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  • Market Square: go only if you're into...

    I found Market Square to be a little disappointing. Basically, it consists of two Mexican restaurants (though Mi Tierra is quite good!), and nothing but knicknack and tacky souvenir shops. There are some neat things there, including jewerly and some Mexican crafts. Unless you enjoy shopping though, you can avoid Market Square. The best thing about...

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  • Strange Sights

    Well, I am fairly convinced that most people have lost the fight for aesthetics versus capitalism. When visiting San Antonio’s rich heritage, I had hoped and expected the commercial nature of the US to remain at least cognizant of the world around them. Just as I had this hope, I visited Mission San Jose, and looked out over the wall to see what? A...

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San Antonio What to Pack

  • Be prepared!

    The riverwalk is not luggage friendly! So do not bring your luggage and bags and go for a walk on it. Prepare for hot and cold/cool weather in the Spring and Fall. Even in Feburary the temperature can be in the mid-high 70s but crash at night into the 30s or 40s. So pack layers.

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  • City Center--River Walk, La Vallita

    San Antonio can be boiling hot in the summer, so dress accordingly. Hats are the best defense again the sun--also be sure to use your sunblock.In the winter, the wind can get gusty and weather cold, so my recommendation is to dress in layers. The mornings will be cool, the afternoon warming and getting cool again as night falls. This map will...

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  • Always Pack Something for the Summer

    Any normal luggage will do. If you come in the summer, bring lots of walking shorts and short-sleeve shirts. Dress is very casual in San Antonio, and only in the nicest restaurants do you need to wear slacks or more formal attire. You'll also want to bring a swimsuit either to take in the sun's rays at the hotel park or in one of the cities...

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San Antonio Off The Beaten Path

  • San Antonio Children's Museum

    Where kids play to learn. And adults learn to play. All children must be accompanied by an adult (18 years or older). All adults must be accompanied by a child.Museum Info:San Antonio Children´s Museum305 E. Houston St.San Antonio, TX 78205ph: 210-212-4453email: info@sakids.org

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  • Ingrid Bergman

    She has a combination of rare beauty, freshness, vitality and ability that is as uncommon as a century plant in bloom. -W. Hale There are only seven movie stars in the world whose name alone will induce American bankers to lend money for movie productions, and the only woman on the list is Ingrid Bergman. -C. Grant She had an extraordinary quality...

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  • Marilyn Monroe

    Do you have the feeling that she changed something in your life or had an influence on the way you grew up, and on what made you who you are now? In my teen years, I had two heroes, two people that I consciously or unconsciously patterned as role models: Marilyn Monroe and Robert Kennedy. And in a sense they both were role models for me due to the...

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San Antonio Sports & Outdoors

  • Alamodome

    One of the largest buildings in downtown San Antonio is home to the Alamo Dome, an extremely large multiuse stadium built with the original intention of a NFL football team. The San Antonio Spurs played here for several years until recently when they moved to a new arena north of town. The Alamo Dome is still the home to the Alamo Bowl college...

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  • SBC Center

    Watching a Spurs game in the SBC Center is an absolute must for any avid sports fan. The arena gets absolutely, crazy, incredibly, unreal loud. Watching them at their best (with Duncan, Parker, Ginobli, and Horry) makes it that much better. If you go, pay attention to the following details closely: --Prepare to pay big bucks-- Tickets for Spurs...

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  • The Spurs - Get loud!

    Watching a Spurs game in the SBC Center is an absolute must for any avid sports fan. The arena gets absolutely, crazy, incredibly, unreal loud. Watching them at their best (with Duncan, Parker, Ginobli, and Horry) makes it that much better.If you go, pay attention to the following details closely:--Prepare to pay big bucks--Tickets for Spurs games...

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San Antonio Favorites

  • The San Antonio River Walk

    The San Antonio River Walk is really one of the most iconic places and reasons to come to the area. It really is a MUST SEE attraction. It's usually the center of all celebrations. So, in Christmas it's decorated in MANY Christmas lights. On St. Patrick's Day they even die the water green!!During the spring, fall, and summer nights it's very...

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  • check out the Visit San Antonio tourist...

    Aside from checking out tips on VT (of course!) I so so strongly urge everyone to also check out the official tourist website of San Antonio, www.visitsanantonio.com. The website is complete and packed full of all the info you'll ever need for your visit. They've even got maps and coupons you can download! I swear the coupons are so handy...

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  • Christmas at The Alamo

    Even though we are locals we still act like tourists during certain times of the year. During the winter holidays the entire Riverwalk area is decorated. One of the most beautiful sights you will ever see is an open air boat ride down the river at night with a solid canopy of lights twinkling in the trees above you and dancing on the water all...

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