So Many Things To Do in San Antonio!

So Many Things To Do in San Antonio!

You may be asking yourself why would you want to do anything in San Antonio Texas? I’ll give you a quick history lesson of the city to explain why. San Antonio, named after Saint Anthony of Padua, was founded in 1718 when the area was still part of Mexico, and it became the first chartered settlement in Texas in 1736. This means it’s the state’s oldest municipality! If that’s not enough to get you interested, San Antonio is also the 7th most populous city in the U.S. and 2nd in the South! All of this means San Antonio’s long history, rich culture, and diverse population gives you lots of fun things to do!


Every historical city has tours, and San Antonio is no different. You can tour a wide range of places from the famous Alamo, one of five 18th century missions still standing as well as home to the famous battle leading to Texas’ independence from Mexico, to Natural Bridge Cavern discovered in the 60s by four students. There are walking tours in the Riverwalk and Pearl District which showcase museums and art galleries. There’s even a Ghost Tour. All of the tours are led by friendly, knowledgeable guides happy to share with them something of their town.


Shopping is one of the many things a lot of people like to do when visiting a new place. Shopping in San Antonio is an adventure! El Mercado is the largest Mexican market in the U.S., and it’s located in San Antonio! In addition to all the myriad of shops and restaurants, you’ll find here, you’ll enjoy visiting the outdoor mall in the Riverwalk, and the Pearl Farmer’s Market as well.


One of the best things to do in San Antonio is to visit the city’s many attractions. There’s the kid-friendly San Antonio Zoo and SeaWorld San Antonio. For the entire family, try SixFlags Fiesta Texas or HemisFair Park with its Tower of the Americas. For something very culturally diverse, San Antonio has the Japanese Tea Gardens as well as La Villita, the oldest neighborhood in the city with its blend of homes, shops, artisans studios and dining. For something very unique, there’s the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum with its eight galleries, and the Plaza Wax Museum with over 250 realistic replicas of historical figures and celebrities – both are located in the same building on Alamo Plaza.


Cruises are something people think about when they think of visiting San Antonio, but it’s among the things to do in San Antonio I assure you. In the Riverwalk area, water taxis and river barges offer cruises up and down the Riverwalk on the San Antonio River. Many barges offer Off and On cruises where they stop at various spots along the Riverwalk so guides can tell you a little about the place and allow you to explore before you get on the barge again. As with the tours, the cruises all have wonderfully friendly guides who will tell you anything you want to know about the Riverwalk and San Antonio.

As you can see, San Antonio has lots of things to do, and most of them can be done year-round thanks to San Antonio’s mostly mild weather. The city’s long history provides for much to learn – it doesn’t matter how old you are while it’s diverse culture exposes even the most jaded of travelers to the many delights offered by the people of San Antonio. It’s going to be a trip, and experience, you and your family will never forget.

Frances Bailey