Texas is the second largest state in the United States and mainly known for Port Arthur, great music, tax-free economy, a lot of festivals, egoistic people, exotic locations and much more. If you are in San Antonio then there is a city that you must visit. San Antonio is the second most populous city of the state of Texas and most probably, most beautiful also. The city is located in South Central Texas, 140 miles northwest of the Gulf of Mexico. San Antonio was ranked second by Conde Nast Traveler in most visited U.S. cities list. It is also called the Military City because its roots are hugely military and it still has a large military presence. There are about 85,000 military persons in San Antonio. The headquarters of US Army Medical Command is located at Fort Sam Houston.
San Antonio has semitropical climate and rain with some humidity takes over the city from July to September. The summers are quite hot with no dry season. The temperature hovers from 40 F to 95 F during the year. Best time to visit is during fall and spring which is considered as the season of festivals in San Antonio.
How to get here?
San Antonio International Airport is just 8.5 miles from the city center which takes only a 15 minute drive from the airport. The Texas Eagle train service links San Antonio with Chicago and Los Angeles which can be a good option if you are coming to San Antonio through these cities. There is Yellow Cab service in the city by which you can easily wander around the city.
Accommodation and Food
San Antonio offers a plenty of hotels to stay in all price ranges. O’Brien Historic Hotel is located near the convention center on Navarro Street tops the list for business travelers because of its low rates and perks like free local phone calls and high speed internet access. There are other famous hotels like Hotel Contessa San Antonio, Menger Hotel, Omni la Mansion del Rio, Riverwalk plaza Hotel & Suites, Drury Inn & Suites Riverwalk San Antonio and Hotel Valencia Riverwalk offering all additional facilities that you desire. You can also find budget hostels in San Antonio like Super 8 Downtown, Travelodge Alamo, San Antonio International Hostel, Red Roof Inn and many more.
San Antonio has its own style of Southwestern cuisine and offers all types of food from Italian to German and from Peruvian to Mexican. You will surely love the slow smoked beef brisket of The Granary ‘Cue and Brew and cheeseburgers of Chris Madrid’s. Dough Pizzeria Napoletana is also famous because of its location in downtown and it offers the most delicious pizzas in the city. The most popular cocktail bar is The Esquire Tavern which offers the Esquire’s throwback whiskey and mescal based cocktails. Apart from them, there are many other famous restaurants and bars like Sandbar Fish House, Schilo’s Delicatessen and Rosario’s offering great enchilada.
San Antonio River Walk
One level beneath the downtown San Antonio, there is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River which is called San Antonio River Walk. It has become a famous landmark and tourist attraction, lined by a lot of bars, shops and restaurants. The River Walk remains open 365 days a year and you can simply go for a stroll along it if you have a little spare time.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
The Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a theme park with dozens of thrill rides, events and activities. It is owned by Six Flags and covers an area of almost 200 acres. You can enjoy all kinds of rides here like Amerigoround, Bahama Blaster, Big Bender, Boomerang, Buckaroos, Bugs’ White water Rapids and many more and all of them are hell of a fun. At the water park, you will find from multi passenger rafting to speed slides. You can enjoy unlimited visits all summer for the same price as a general admission ticket by buying thrill pass worth $64.99 only.
The Alamo is the sight of the famous battle of the Alamo in 1836. It was the first of six San Antonio missions founded by Catholic missionaries along the San Antonio River in the early 1700s. The Alamo is located right in the heart of San Antonio and considered as a National Historic Landmark of the city. It remains open to the public all year round and exhibits Texas history, the museum shop and gardens. Famous San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and the Spanish Governor’s Palace are the nearby attractions and worth a visit.
Tower of the Americas
Tower of the Americas is actually an observation tower located at East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard in San Antonio. It is a 750 foot tall structure and from the top of the tower, you can enjoy the gorgeous panorama of the city. The main attraction is the revolving Chart House Restaurant, built in 1961; featuring famous fresh fish specialties like macadamia crusted mahi, slow roasted prime rib and Hot Chocolate Lava Cake.
San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium
The San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium, located at North Saint Mary’s Street, is home of 3500 animals of 750 species. The zoo was established in 1914 covering a total area of 56 acres in which 35 acres are public pathways and exhibits. The admission fee in $12 per person and free for children under 2. The zoo remains open all year round and visited by almost 80,000 school children every year. It also has the largest bird collection in the country and offers specialized education adventures for all age groups.
Majestic locations and rich culture of San Antonio makes it worth traveling. So, just plan a visit and experience it yourself.