Top Ten Fun Things To Do In or Around San Antonio
San Antonio has to be one of the most popular tourist cities in Texas because San Antonio has so many fun things to see and do during a vacation or just a weekend getaway. San Antonio offers you find fun attractions and amusements, great golf courses, fun nightlife, good restaurants, and lots more to see and do. Here is Texas Outside's list of the Best and Top Ten Fun Things To Do In San Antonio
River Walk - you can't leave San Antonio without doing something on the River Walk, which is most likely San Antonio's biggest and most well known attraction. The San Antonio River Walk is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath downtown San Antonio. The River Walk is lined by bars, shops, and restaurants and you can walk for miles, ride the Rio Taxi riverboat, or charter a boat for a dinner, cocktail or a tour. for a great way to experience the river walk. They have partnered with many restaurants for a great dining event. Or you may try the river tours for a tour with entertaining narratives of the rich history of the San Antonio River.
San Antonio Nightlife -San Antonio pretty much has it all in the way of nightlife. From eclectic wine bars and tequila bars to comedy clubs, amazing live music venues and hot dance clubs. From Downtown to the Strip to the epicenter of San Antonio nightlife on the Riverwalk—where there are numerous bars all within walking distance—the Alamo City’s bar and club scene is definitely an experience. If you enjoy dueling pianos don't miss Howl At The Moon or for some country music try Flores Country Store in nearby Helotes.
Bike Around The City - we bring our bikes when we visit San Antonio and biking is a perfect way to explore San Antonio and all that it has to offer. If you don't have your bikes, then San Antonio has the B-Cycle bike sharing program where you can pick up a bike at one of several outdoor stations and return it to another station if you prefer. Or why not take a tour of San Antonio on a recumbent tricycle from San Antonio Bike Tours.
Enjoy San Antonio River Mission Reach - Mission River Mission Reach has restored an 8 mile stretch of the San Antonio River and turned it into a quality riparian woodland ecosystem that's excellent for walking (lots of foot bridges, picnic tables, and benches), biking (15 miles of trails), paddleboarding, or kayaking - the River has around a dozen fun chutes. You can rent a kayak at Mission Kayak.
More Attractions - Read our article on Ripley's Believe It Or Not to find out why this is always fun and you can see your favorite movie star, sports hero, or political figure in wax plus interactive themed exhibit floors and exhibits from around the world. Everybody knows about The Alamo which served as home to missionaries and their Indian converts for nearly seventy years and where 100 Texans bravely defended the Alamo against 1500 Mexicans. And San Antonio is home to several missions that are amazing. Tower of the Americas is a 650' tower that was built for the 1968 World's Fair and is now home to an observation tower offering outstanding 360 degree views of the Alamo City, a picture history of the area, and a revolving restaurant. In the base of the Tower of the Americas is a souvenir shop and a very interesting 4 D theater ride titled Skies over Texas. where you are locked in a room with friends/family/co-workers and given 60 minutes to escape. Are you up for the challenge?
Kid Fun - Ok, it's for more than just the kids - us old folks loved it and they don't get much bigger than Six Flags/Fiesta Texas where they have every kind of ride for every kind of rider. So whether you want to defy gravity, get soaked, or just go for a spin Six Flags is huge and offers it all including great entertainment for the whole family. And you can't leave without seeing Shamu at SeaWorld but they also have other shows, thrilling rides, exhibits, a big waterpark, and much much more - read about our fun day at SeaWorld. Also at SeaWorld is an outstanding waterpark called Aquatica with thrilling to tame rides, a lazy river, stingray petting area, wave pool, and lots more. Here is a link to a Fun Day At Aquatica.
Golf - golf courses in Texas don't get much better than what you'll find in San Antonio and if you're an avid golfer this could be golfers heaven. Check out this San Antonio Golf Map to find a course, read our unbiased review, and book a tee time. Some of our favorites include: The Quarry, Olympia Hills, The Bandit, TPC San Antonio, Alamo Golf Trail, Hyatt Hill Country, La Cantera and so many more. San Antonio also has some outstanding disc golf courses.
- Zoo - The San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium is ranked as one of the best zoos in the nation exhibiting over 3,500 animals of 600 species and encompasses over 35 landscaped acres.
- Cultural - I know, some of these are indoors and it's hard for you outdoor enthusiasts to go indoors, but if it's raining or cold or if you need a break from the sun, then try exploring the Witte Museum, the Alamo Special Effects Theater, Texas Air Museum-Stinson Chapter, Spanish Governor's Palace, Botanical Gardens, or San Antonio Museum of Art.
- Restaurants - There’s no arguing that the San Antonio dining scene is hot, hot, hot, boasting more Tex-Mex eateries and barbecue joints than anywhere else in the state. Yet that’s not to say choices are limited, since options span from fine French cuisine to Chinese to Texas steaks and barbecue to Soul food and Cajun. The lovely landscaped River Walk, a three-mile loop paved in stone, brims with dining enclaves of all persuasion.
- Resorts - The Westin La Cantera Resort is a lavish hilltop retreat and one of the most luxurious resorts in Texas. Another resort The Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa is a family friendly resort offering the best of everything that you expect from a quality resort - excellent Texas hospitality and service second to none. And the new JW Marriott is home to two new TPC Courses.
- Miscellaneous Fun Things To Do
- Zip through some beautiful Hill Country scenery on 9 different ziplines at
- Explore one of the best caverns in Texas - Natural Bridges Cavern
- Bike the 8 mile Mission Trail or just bike around downtown or better yet take a Segway Tour
- Check out King William Historic District and the elegant three story Steves Homestead
- Stroll through the lush gardens at the Japanese Tea Gardens