EXPLORE THE OFFICIAL - SAN ANTONIO RIVER WALK
Walk, shop, dine, and enjoy the hospitality of our world-renowned urban waterway. Hop aboard a riverboat and discover why 13 million people visit every year.
In Texas, water has been a lifeline for many generations for centuries past. The San Antonio River is a source of a South Texas Treasure, The San Antonio River Walk. Development of San Antonio and its most popular tourism attraction has come a long way.
Since 1999, the Texas Air Museum at Stinson Field has been dedicated to telling the story of Texas and San Antonio’s vital role in the developement of military air power. It also pays tribute to aviation pioneers, technical acheivements in the realm of aviation, and above all, pays respect and honor to those who gave their lives to defend freedom.
Most attention in the area of vintage aircraft centers around World War II, and the Pacific and European theaters of that conflict. The Texas Air Museum not only represents that era, but is unique in also covering in detail the early period and “golden-age” of aviation. Here you can also learn about the famous “Flying Stinson Family”, and why San Antonio is considered to be the birthplace of American military aviation.
Whether you're an avid skateboarder who knows all the latest tricks or just a beginner, the Parks and Recreation Department offers plenty of opportunities for you to work those muscles and burn calories at its skate plazas. This park consist of Skatewave equipment on a concrete slab. The park features benches, ledges, a picnic table, a quarterpipe, a bank ramp and fun box.
One Park. Four Missions
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park embodies nearly 300 years of rich history and culture. Within the park grounds, four separate mission sites offer recreation opporunities for the whole family. Step back in time while never leaving the city at Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada.
All four of the mission sites at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park also still contain active catholic parishes. The churches hold regular services in these historic buildings. They are open to park visitors during park hours, except for during special services, such as weddings and funerals.
The Alamo Mission in San Antonio, commonly called The Alamo and originally known as the Misión San Antonio de Valero, is a historic Spanish mission and fortress compound founded in the 18th century by Roman Catholic missionaries in what is now San Antonio, Texas, United States. The Alamo is so much more than a battle cry trapped in the pages of your old American History book. It’s a must-see attraction which, if done the right way, can be one of the most memorable stops on your tour of San Antonio.
Located in downtown San Antonio, the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas provides guests the most spectacular view of the Alamo City. Enjoy the gorgeous panorama from the Tower’s revolving Chart House Restaurant, take in the scenery from the Observation Deck or experience the thrilling 4D Theater Ride.
South Seas–inspired water park with thrill rides, beaches & an underwater grotto with tropical fish. Aquatica San Antonio is one of Texas’s best family-friendly water parks. This tropical paradise next to SeaWorld offers water rides from serene to extreme, crashing surf and unforgettable opportunities to meet stingrays, tropical birds and other amazing animals.
Open year-round, San Antonio Zoo houses more than 750 species (from alligators to zebras), cageless habitats, exhibits & a train on 56 acres. As proud stewards of our planet, they welcome more than 1 million guests annually!
Market Square is a three-block outdoor plaza lined with shops, and restaurants in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Market Square is the largest Mexican market in the United States. The “El Mercado” section has 32 specialty shops and the “Farmer’s Market Plaza” section has 80. Enjoy the sights and flavors of old Mexico at Historic Market Square, a favorite of locals and tourists for generations. Explore over 100 locally owned businesses that provide a unique market place experience.
The Japanese Tea Garden has a glorious history of over 90 years, from the time it was an operating rock quarry to today, as one of the most loved, educational and cultural resources in San Antonio.
The quarry was shaped into a complex that included walkways, stone arch bridges, an island and a Japanese pavilion. The garden was termed the lily pond, and local residents donated bulbs to beautify the area. Exotic plants were provided by the City nursery and the City Public Service Company donated the lighting system. The pavilion was roofed with palm leaves from trees in City parks.
Upscale movie theater with a full food & drink menu, plus table seating & wait service. The newly remodeled Palladium is the premiere entertainment destination for San Antonio and South Texas. Palladium features 100% recliner seating in 18 of its 19 luxurious, stadium-style auditoriums. It features an enormous IMAX screen for the premium movie going experience. Four of the auditoriums feature Santikos’ own AVX projection. AVX is the “Ultimate Audio-Visual Experience” and boasts oversized, floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall screens, 4K digital projection accompanied by premium sound. Guests over 18 can enjoy the new MEZZ experience upstairs featuring a craft bar, private recliner seating for couples and seat service with call button.
Back in the late 1970s, Buster opened a restaurant known for its tasty food and friendly service. A few doors down, Dave opened an outrageous place for entertainment and games where adults were irresistibly drawn for fun. The two young entrepreneurs noticed people rotating between their establishments, and an idea started to form:
WHAT IF THEY PUT BOTH UNDER ONE ROOF?
Discover the Soul of San Antonio on GO RIO Cruises along the San Antonio River. GO RIO offers narrated cruises, as well as chartered excursions, dinner cruises and river shuttle service from Downtown to the Museum Reach. Just steps below street level, escape into San Antonio’s rich history, colorful culture and exciting future!
Come Experience Thousands of Species and Interactive Exhibits! San Antonio Aquarium has been the premier family entertainment center in Leon Valley since 2014. They love providing once in a lifetime experiences that include everything from sharks to Sloths! Among the exhibits featured throughout the aquarium are a wide variety of amphibians, an interactive lorikeet and parakeet aviary, and a variety of cold water and tropical fish. Also, San Antonio Aquarium features sharks, a stingray touch tank, a rainforest with hundreds of reptiles and our newest addition to the family, Kiwi the sloth!
Located right in the heart of downtown San Antonio, they are two blocks from the Alamo and one block from the Riverwalk. For over 131 years, The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum has been known as a gathering place and for the spectacular wildlife exhibits. Enjoy their Cafe, Gift Shop, Shooting Gallery and 2 museums; The Buckhorn Museum and the Texas Ranger Museum. The Buckhorn Saloon is where it all began—where history was made and legend lives. It is where Teddy Roosevelt recruited Rough Riders and Pancho Villa is rumored to have planned the Mexican Revolution. Many of the original furnishings still grace today’s Buckhorn Saloon, including the back-bar which was hand-crafted of marble and cherry wood.
Natural Bridge Caverns Twisted Trails - Open Daily — Family Owned and Operated - Naturally cool things to do — for everyone!
Natural Bridge Caverns, Texas – a premier natural attraction – where you’ll find adventure and fun around every bend. Like on the Discovery Tour, where you’ll see massive, otherworldly formations formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time. Or, explore the Hidden Passages Tour, where shadows dance over delicate formations and mystery awaits in every shadow. Take to the skies high above Texas, as you ascend the Canopy Challenge, or for a true test, try tackling one of their adventure tours. Experience a sense of discovery finding your way through their AMAZEn’ Ranch Roundup, a 5,000 square foot outdoor maze.
If you want some good old-fashioned fun, look no further than the Mining Company, where you mine and pan for gems, fossils and other treasures. Whether you are a first time visitor, an avid caver or someone in between, Natural Bridge Caverns awaits with a once in a lifetime experience you’ll never forget. After your adventures, check out the new Shops of Discovery Village. Indulge yourself at Big Daddy’s Sweets, Treats and Brew, an old-fashioned parlor and general store. Then shop for amazing gifts, jewelry and souvenirs in the Discovery Village Trading Post.
Founded in 1899, Brackenridge Park is rich with history. Located below the headwaters of the San Antonio River, Brackenridge Park has been a gathering place since prehistoric times. The park shows evidence of human habitation dating back to 11,000 years ago. Native American artifacts dating as early as 9200 B.C. have been found in the Olmos Basin and near Hildebrand Avenue within the park. The park has been called the most significant archaeological site in Texas.
Pearsall Park is 505 acres and is designed to offer a dynamic open space with fitness and recreational amenities ideal for facilitating health/wellness/sports activities and outdoor family/social gatherings. Park expansion efforts doubled the total size of the park from 243 acres through City purchase of an additional 262 acres as part of the 2012-2017 City Bond Program.
Kiddie Park, one of San Antonio’s most treasured landmarks, is the perfect way for children and adults to enjoy a nostalgic day of old-fashioned fun. Established in 1925, and renovated in 2009, Kiddie Park is the oldest children’s amusement park in the country! While modern updates have been made, the park has preserved it’s 1920’s style by maintaining all of the original rides. Guests can enjoy the park’s old-fashioned ferris wheel, famous hand-carved Herschell Spillman carousel, and other classic children’s rides that have made Kiddie Park an iconic San Antonio attraction for over 90 years!
Six Flags Fiesta Texas the biggest, most popular themed attraction featuring dozens of thrill rides, shows, and activities, formerly Fiesta Texas, is a theme park located in La Cantera, San Antonio, Texas. The park was built by Gaylord Entertainment Company and opened on March 14, 1992 as the first business in the district of San Antonio.
The premier entertainment and event venue in San Antonio with fun point-scoring golf games for all skill levels, upscale bar food and drinks, music and more! By entertainment destination, they’re talking about a place where you can go for birthday parties, bachelor or bachelorette parties, corporate events, date nights, or just a night out with friends, and everyone will have a great time.
Since Marion McNay’s original bequest in 1950, the museum’s collection has expanded to over 22,000 works. The McNay Art Museum is a modern art museum in San Antonio specializes in 19th- and 20th-century European and American art. Plan your trip today. At her death in 1950, Marion left her collection of more than 700 works of art, along with the house, the surrounding 23 acres, and an endowment to establish the first museum of modern art in Texas. In 1954 the McNay opened its doors to the public. The Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions, built in 2008 and designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, added 45,000 square feet to the museum and created gallery space for major exhibitions, a sculpture gallery and garden, a lecture hall, and classrooms for the museum’s many educational programs.
Other Links of Interest
• Northstar Mall
• Bluestar Contemporary
• La Villita
• Traders Village
• The Quarry Market
• Botanical Gardens
• Bolners Fiesta Products
• The Doseum
• The Witte Museum
• San Antonio Museum of Art
• The Pearl Brewery
• San Pedro Springs Park
• Walmarts in the Area
• Restaurants in the Area
• Closest Hospitals