San Antonio Places

TripWhat's travel guide to San Antonio; our list of the best things to see, including Majestic Theatre, San Antonio Museum of Art and River Walk.
  • The best place in San Antonio: Majestic Theatre

    Majestic Theatre

    224 E Houston St
    Recognized as one of the most ornate facilities in the country, the Majestic has long held a special place in the archives of Texas theatrical and architectural history. Located at 224 E. Houston Street in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the Majestic was designed and built in 1929 by John Eberson for Karl Hoblitzelle's Interstate Theatres, and stood proudly for many years as the largest theatre in Texas and the second largest motion picture theatre in the country. It was intended to be the most modern and ornate building in South Texas - complete with new sound and projection equipment - and was the first theatre in the state to be totally air-conditioned.
    Downtown food nearby
  • San Antonio Museum of Art

    San Antonio Museum of Art

    200 W Jones Ave
    Tu 10AM-8PM, W-Sa 10AM-5PM, Sun noon-6PM. $8 adult, $7 sen., $5 student, $3 age 4-11. Free Tuesdays 4PM-8PM. Four floors of fabulous permanent collections, from Antiquities to Asian to Contemporary Art, as well as changing exhibits. Bring your sketchpad or camera (no flash, permanent collections only). Cafe SAMA serves only snacks. On the #7 Sightseer Special bus line, or via any of the buses along Broadway (#9,10,14) with several blocks walk. If you can do only one museum visit, this is the one to explore in San Antonio.
    Tobin Hill eat nearby
  • The River Walk [14] area, one level below the street level of San Antonio, is an excellent place to explore by day and party by night. The River Walk has guided barge tours by Rio San Antonio Cruises [15] departing regularly. Numerous restaurants, shops, and hotels line the River Walk on both sides of the most popular and developed downtown loop, which winds its way below the streets bounded by Houston to the north, Alamo to the east, Villita to the south, and St. Mary's to the west. The east end of the River Walk is extended to the Convention Center and to the Rivercenter Mall. Further development of the River Walk is proceeding north and south of downtown. No visit to San Antonio is complete without a stroll along the River Walk. Note: Along many sections of the River Walk, there is nothing between the edge of the sidewalk and the River. Be very careful with young children, baby strollers, wheelchairs, intoxicated persons etc.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • [28] Fiesta is a yearly event held in San Antonio in late April. Fiesta is a 10-day, city-wide, fun-filled, multi-cultural celebration. Many family-oriented events take place during this time, as well as many events geared towards adults. With over 100 different events, it's the biggest party and greatest community benefit in the state of Texas. One of the most fun events of all Fiesta, is Oysterbake on the St. Mary's University campus. It kicks Fiesta off with a bang, has plenty of food (chicken on a stick, oysters, fried oysters, corn, corn in a cup, meats on sticks, pizza, you name it. Friday of Oysterbake is usually more family-oriented with an '80s or '90s band headlining the festivities. (Previous headliners: Eddie Money, Loverboy, Night Ranger, Smashmouth) Saturday is a jam-packed day of fun, food, music and booze. More modern acts will headline the main stage, there will be a country stage, and a tejano stage. Previous acts include: Three Days Grace, Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd, Hinder, Lit, 10 Years, Buckcherry (bad year), and The Veer Union. If you're single, Oysterbake on Saturday is your time to shine. Otherwise, you'll have an awesome time with friends or family. Leave the toddlers at home on Saturday! Don't be that parent.
    Westfort Alliance food nearby
  • San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

    San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

    [29] The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is an annual agricultural fair and entertainment event in early February. It provides world class rodeo action and entertainment to people of all ages. The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo has been nominated for the Largest Indoor Rodeo of 2009, the winner to be announced February 2010. Everyone who's anyone in country music plays during rodeo time, simple as that.
    eat nearby
  • North Star Mall

    North Star Mall

    7400 San Pedro, San Antonio, Texas 78216-5358
    San Antonio’s internationally-acclaimed shopping destination center boasts over 200 specialty stores and restaurants. Located adjacent to the San Antonio International Airport, North Star is conveniently situated in the heart of the city. North Star is home to the largest cowboy boots in the world. They stand 40 feet high and 20 feet long! Stores include Saks Fifth Avenue, Pottery Barn Kids, Armani Exchange, Arden B., Montblanc, J.Crew, Oakley, The Cheesecake Factory, Talbots, Janie and Jack, Apple, bebe, Coach, Sephora, Guess, and Steve Madden.
    Shearer Hills-Ridgeview
  • Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum

    Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum

    Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Sun noon-5PM. Free admission on Thursday evenings and the first Sunday of the month, except for select exhibitions and special events. Fine arts exhibits, library. museum store.
    Terrell Heights food nearby
  • UTSA Roadrunners

    UTSA Roadrunners

    The city's main college sports attractions are the teams of the University of Texas at San Antonio, whose main campus is located off Loop 1604 just west of the northern interchange with I-10. UTSA is set to move from the Southland Conference to the Western Athletic Conference in July 2012, and will move to Conference USA one year later. Most venues are on campus, but the football team plays at the Alamodome. Notably, the football team drew more than 35,000 fans per game for its first-ever season in 2011.
    eat nearby
  • The Shops at La Cantera

    The Shops at La Cantera

    [40] 15900 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 6698. 210.582.6255 Hours are M-Sa: 10AM - 9PM and Sunday: 12PM - 6PM. Located in northern San Antonio adjacent to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The Shops at La Cantera is an open-air mall anchored by Macy's, Nordstrom, Dillard's, and Neiman-Marcus. La Cantera offers stores on the higher-end of shopping such as Juicy Couture, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Vera Bradley, Lucky Brand, Anthropologie, the Apple store, Aveda, Burberry, Gilly Hicks, Sleep Number, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, and more. Most people, though, come to La Cantera to eat and enjoy happy hour at some of the best,upscale yet casual restaurants in the city. Kona Grill offers $3, $4, $5 appetizers such as: sushi, pizza, egg rolls, etc. with discounted spirits and beer. Yardhouse has hundreds of beers on tap available in a 1.4 liter yard in a classic rock-inspired setting. There is a WIDE array of food, the general rule for chains is to skip the dishes you find everywhere and try the specialties. Here, try the seared ahi sandwich. Other eateries are Grimaldi's Brick-Oven Pizzeria, P.F. Chang's, Perry's Steakhouse and Z Tejas - a southwestern-themed restaurant with great non-Tex-Mex food and fantastic happy hour specials.
  • San Antonio Children's Museum

    San Antonio Children's Museum

    305 E Houston St
    M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa 9AM-6PM, Sun noon-4PM. Winter (School Year) hours: M 9AM-noon, T-F 9AM-3:30PM, Sa 9AM-6PM, Sun noon-4PM. Groups, parties, events, hands-on learning play.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Witte Museum

    Witte Museum

    3801 Broadway St
    Tu 10AM-9PM, W-Sa, 10AM-5PM, Sun noon-5PM. $7 Ad/$6 sen/$5 kids 4-11, free Tuesdays 3PM-8PM. Dinosaurs, textiles, natural history, science treehouse, and more. A museum complex with lots of different activities going on - fun with kids!
    Mahncke Park eat nearby
  • Buckhorn Saloon and Museum

    Buckhorn Saloon and Museum

    Hours: 10AM-5PM or later, Su-Th; 10AM-6PM or later, Friday and Saturday. Call for exact closing times. Admission: Adults $11; seniors(55+) $10; Children (ages 3-11) $8. Special rates for group of 10 or more, and discounts for Military with ID.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Southwest School of Art & Craft

    Southwest School of Art & Craft

    1201 Navarro and 300 Augusta
    Art/museum gift shop in the Ursuline Campus as well as student work in the hallways and cafe. Free. On bus lines, and the Ursuline Campus backs up to an older, parklike section of the River Walk.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Texas Transportation Museum

    Texas Transportation Museum

    11731 Wetmore Road
    An outdoor museum which includes a private railroad, historic cars and trucks.
    Oak Grove Estates eat nearby
  • Alamo Helicopter Tours

    Alamo Helicopter Tours

    8535 Mission Road
    Offers exciting and breathtaking views of San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country, including sites such as the San Antonio River, Downtown, the Botanical Gardens and Historic Mission.
    restaurants nearby
  • Ghost Hunts of San Antonio Texas Tour

    Ghost Hunts of San Antonio Texas Tour

    Alamo Plaza
    Guided ghost hunting tour. Visit over 10 locations where ghost sightings occur. Learn to use modern ghost hunting equipment while learning the history of each location. This ghost hunting tour offers rich history on some of San Antonio's most haunted locations. Many have called it mystifying,educational, and fun. Member: The Atlantic Paranormal Society (Family Investigators), American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomenon(AAEVP), MUFON
    Downtown food nearby
  • Instituto de México

    600 HemisFair Park
    Tues-F 10AM-5PM, Sa-Su noon-5PM. Free. Contemporary Art from Mexico.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • San Antonio Walks

    302 Alamo Plaza
    Professional guided tour. This is not a highlight reel, but real storytelling about the city's rich history. Captivating and educational. Voted: Best Tour in San Antonio. Member: Texas Travel Industry Association Another peaceful place to walk is in the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. In the Spring they have the Spring Children's Vegetable Garden Program.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Institute of Texan Cultures

    in HemisFair Park; main entrance is off Durango near Bowie
    A one-story 50,000 sq. ft. museum featuring Texan history, brought to life by docent-interpreters, and the cultures of over 20 national/ethnic groups of people who have made Texas their home. Admission fee. Snack machines. Accessible from downtown via the Purple VIA Streetcar.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Papio Bay Aquatic Center

    815 E
    Halleck St
    eat nearby
  • Natural Bridge Caverns

    26495 Natural Bridge Cavern Road
    Series of underground caverns west of New Braunfels.
    restaurants nearby
  • Blue Star Contemporary Art Center

    116 Blue Star
    A part of the Blue Star Arts Complex [19], the art center is a non-profit, non-collecting contemporary art center that advances the growth and understanding of contemporary art, artists and the curatorial process.
    King William food nearby
  • Zuni Grill

    Zuni Grill

    223 Losoya St
    While you can have a splendid local version of a Cobb Salad for $10 here, the daily specials page does not have prices listed (if you have to ask...) - paella and seared ahi tuna arere $35 and $25 respectively, and worthy; good to share with good company. The salsa is smoky and tasty.
  • Magnolia Tea Room & Cafe

    Magnolia Tea Room & Cafe

    219 N
    Mountain Tr., [15].
  • Mexican Manhattan

    Mexican Manhattan

    110 Soledad St
    Overlooking the San Antonio River.
  • Starbucks Coffee

    Starbucks Coffee

    22606 Us Hwy 281 N
    We are the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world since 1971.
    Stone Oak
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in San Antonio uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.