San Antonio’s rich colonial history and vibrant community make it a top travel spot for those looking for a mix of entertainment and education on their vacation. Visit the famous Alamo for a blast from the past or meander along the numerous shops and restaurants along the Riverwalk to experience the modern San Antonio. Either way, you won’t run out of things to do in this Texas retreat.
Live Like a Local
If you like street art, be sure to stop by the Ballroom Luminoso, a public artwork that transforms salvaged bicycle parts into a vibrant blue and pink chandelier accented by Hispanic motifs. Amid the 20 peaceful acres of Denman Estate Park, you’ll see the colorful pagoda at the Pavilion of Gwanju, which visiting Korean artists erected in celebration of San Antonio’s sister city, Gwanju.
Who says you have to go to Africa for a safari? At the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, you’ll get to spot zebras, giraffes, and kangaroos, roaming free across a 450-acre-wide reserve. Then kayak down the 5-mile stretch of the San Antonio River with Mission Kayak, where you’ll learn all about San Antonio history while taking in the scenic landscape.
When you walk through La Villita, you’ll get to experience one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Antonio. This art village is ideal for window shopping and gallery hopping. If you’re free Sunday, attend the evening mass at the limestone Mission San Juan where you’ll be serenaded by a choir singing along with a Mexican mariachi band.
For a taste of Spain, head to Las Ramblas, a restaurant decorated with a Spanish flair that serves creative Texan cuisine amid the backdrop of the Riverwalk. At Bakery Lorraine you’ll be introduced to seasonal, artisanal treats in the form of macaroons, or you can bite into their delicious s’mores tart, a Bon Appetít pastry of the week winner.
Texas Grandeur on San Antonio’s Riverwalk
For the full San Antonio experience, we recommend staying at the Hotel Contessa. The hotel’s bold art and luxe suites perfectly express the city’s urban flair, and with its prime location on the popular Riverwalk, you’ll have direct access to San Antonio’s must-see destinations.