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Welcome to San Antonio

San Antonio is a one-stop shop for experiencing the best of Texas. It offers a thriving food scene; a bustling downtown with trendy shops, cafes, and restaurants; and stately architectural landmarks dating from its Spanish colonial past. Get a scenic overview of the city on a River Walk cruise, hop-on hop-off trolley ride, or double-decker bus tour. A guide is the best way to learn about San Antonio’s unique history on tours of the Alamo—one of the five missions of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park—as well as the 18th-century Spanish Governor’s Palace and San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral. Scratch your shopping itch in the preserved La Villita Heritage District and the colorful San Antonio Market Square Mexican marketplace; unwind in quiet reflection at the Japanese Tea Garden; and eat your fill of Tex-Mex at one of the city’s many excellent eateries. If you’re traveling with kids, San Antonio has a number of family-friendly attractions, including the Tower of the Americas (with its bird’s-eye view of downtown) and San Antonio Zoo. You can also head out of town to visit the Natural Bridge Caverns, a network of caves 180 feet (55 meters) underground, or explore the surrounding Texas Hill Country, with its rolling landscape of vineyards and orchards. Make a full day of it by stopping in the German town of Fredericksburg and Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park (LBJ Ranch), the boyhood home of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Top 10 attractions in San Antonio

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San Antonio Zoo

San Antonio Zoo

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With more than 3,500 animals and upwards of 750 species, the San Antonio Zoo is home to many of the world’s creatures. Walk the zoo's winding paths to encounter giraffes, lions, elephants, tigers, pelicans, hippos, crocodiles, and other creatures in habitats designed to be engaging for both you and the animals.More
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The Alamo

The Alamo

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The Alamo is one of the most famous sites in United States history, forever linked to the 13-day Battle of the Alamo in 1836, which ended with the deaths of defenders James Bowie, William Travis, and Davy Crockett. Today, the 18th-century Mission San Antonio de Valero complex, now known as the Alamo, welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors per year to its chapel, barracks, gardens, and small museum.More
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San Antonio River Walk (Paseo Del Rio)

San Antonio River Walk (Paseo Del Rio)

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The River Walk winds through the heart of downtown San Antonio, past several parks, historic missions, and other major attractions. Lined with shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants, this pedestrian- and bike-friendly waterway—home to the largest urban ecosystem restoration in the United States—is popular with tourists and locals alike, and is a must-see for any San Antonio visitor.More
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Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas

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Located in the center of Hemisfair Park, this 750-foot (229-meter) Tower of the Americas offers one of the best aerial views of San Antonio. The Flags Over Texas Observation Deck affords a bird’s-eye view of iconic sites, while the rotating Chart House Restaurant offers upscale dining with panoramic views of the city.More
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San Fernando Cathedral

San Fernando Cathedral

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The oldest continuously operating religious community in Texas, San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral was constructed between 1738 and 1749 and served as General Santa Anna’s headquarters for a time. Don’t miss the Alamo Coffin, located near the church entrance, which is believed to hold the remains of the men who lost their lives at the Alamo.More
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La Villita Historic Arts Village

La Villita Historic Arts Village

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San Antonio’s historic roots are preserved at La Villita historic arts village, San Antonio’s first neighborhood. This protected enclave has a history dating back nearly 300 years, with a collection of heritage buildings that today house boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. The complex hosts more than 200 annual events.More
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Spanish Governor's Palace

Spanish Governor's Palace

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The Spanish Governor’s Palace in San Antonio, which served as housing for a series of Spanish aristocrats, is the only remaining 18th-century Spanish colonial townhouse in Texas. Along with the Alamo and other historic missions, the Governor’s Palace invites visitors to witness an important chapter of Texas history for themselves.More
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San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA)

San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA)

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Just off the city’s River Walk, the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) is a must for anyone with an appreciation for art. It houses the largest collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Asian art in the southern US, with more than 30,000 pieces spanning 5,000 years in its collection.More
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King William Historic District

King William Historic District

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Take a tour of San Antonio’s King William Historic District for a peek into the city’s first suburb, settled by wealthy German merchants in the late 1800s. Stroll throughout the 25 blocks of historical mansions—many of which have been converted to shops, cafés, and museums—to admire the district’s Greek Revival, Victorian, and Italianate architecture.More
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Hemisfair Park

Hemisfair Park

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The 15-acre (6-hectare) Hemisfair Park got its start in 1968 as the site of America’s first official Worlds Fair. Today, the green space attracts visitors and locals alike to its playgrounds, biking and jogging trails, native flower gardens, picnic tables, and one of San Antonio’s most prominent landmarks, the Tower of the Americas.More

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Top activities in San Antonio

San Antonio Haunted History Ghost Tour

San Antonio Haunted History Ghost Tour

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Go San Antonio Explorer Pass

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San Antonio Segway Ghost Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in San Antonio

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Half Day Tour
Theresa_A, Dec 2020
Half-Day Morning City Tour of Historic San Antonio
This tour is a great easy to see San Antonio to get ideas of what you would like to see.
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Walking through San Antonio to see the sites!!!
Carmela_S, Sep 2020
Historic San Antonio Walking Tour (Masks Required)
Enjoyed that you were able to see things by foot and not by bus.
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Great views of san antonio
Giovanna_T, Aug 2020
San Antonio Segway Ghost Tour
Tour guide was fun, knowleageable and we got to see a side of San Antonio that we probably would not have been able to see any other way.
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San Antonio Experience
Theresa_A, Jan 2021
San Antonio River Walk Cruise, 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass and Tower of the Americas
It is a nice way to see what is along the Riverwalk.
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Very Good
Audry, Oct 2020
Full-Day Historic City Tour of San Antonio
This is an excellent way to see the sites in San Antonio and then to decide which you want to visit in more detail later.
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Spending time with my boyfriend while looking at the animals!
Tara_Jones77, Jun 2020
Skip the Line: San Antonio Zoo General Admission Ticket
I always love coming to the San Antonio Zoo to see the animals!
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San Antonio Hidden Gem
Swaingreg, Jan 2020
Half-Day Morning City Tour of Historic San Antonio
The San Pedro Springs Park is a hidden gem and the lunch was fantastic.
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Segway tour
ahart32019, Dec 2019
San Antonio Segway Ghost Tour
Great tour guide, great way to see downtown San Antonio.
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Great tour
ijptylo, Oct 2019
San Antonio River Walk Cruise, Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Tower of the Americas
Fantastic way to see and hear some information about San Antonio.
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San Antonio Tour including missions
Olga R, Jun 2019
Full-Day Historic City Tour of San Antonio
The tour was very complete and covered a good overview of the most important attractions in San Antonio.
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Great way to see San Antonio!
Craig P, Jun 2019
Segway Tour of Historic San Antonio
We took the tour on our first day to see where we wanted to go back to for more detailed visits.
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The best way to see San Antonio
GoPlaces48467464510, May 2019
San Antonio River Walk Cruise and 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Pass
The hop-on hop-off bus was lots of fun and took you right to the attractions and picked you up at the same place.
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Unfortunately the tour guide didn't...
Jeff B, Apr 2018
Segway Tour of Historic San Antonio
Great way to see San Antonio.
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Good Day self-guided tour...
mesamoy, Oct 2017
San Antonio River Walk Cruise, Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Tower of the Americas
Recommended for people that want to see San Antonio on their own pace.
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Our early morning riverwalk cruise...
Donald G, Nov 2017
San Antonio River Walk Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
The hop on/hop off tour was most awesome for the variety of sights to see and the reliable transportation to some of San Antonio's best shopping experiences over 2 days.
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San Antonio hop on/hop off tour was...
Alan Y, Oct 2017
San Antonio Super Pass with Four Downtown Attractions
San Antonio hop on/hop off tour was a great way to see the city.
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A lot of fun - easy walk through...
Mark H, May 2017
San Antonio Walking Food Tour: Downtown Delicacies
I'd recommend this to anyone with 3 hours to spare and a desire to see behind the proverbial curtain a little bit at these eateries.
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River cruise was wonderful. The Hop...
cjridge51, Aug 2016
San Antonio River Walk Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Great way to see San Antonio downtown and close surrounding areas.
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San Antonio is small so probably not...
Joyce A, Jun 2015
City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
San Antonio is small so probably not nessecary to see the tour on the on and off the bus, as you can walk most places.
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Natural beauty
ann c, Jul 2019
Cave Without a Name Admission Ticket with Guided Cavern Tour
Decided to visit San Antonio on vacation saw the cave without a name on website decided to visited it got there on time a bit far but was worth it the tour guide was very knowledgeable and nice answer all questions asked the cave was beautiful awesom

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