Top things to do

Top Choice Waterfront in San Antonio

River Walk

A little slice of Europe in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the 15-mile River Walk is an essential part of the San Antonio experience. This is no ordinary riverfront, but a charming canal and pedestrian street th…
Top Choice Historic Building in San Antonio

The Alamo

Find out why the story of the Alamo can rouse a Texan’s sense of state pride like few other things. For many, it’s not so much a tourist attraction as a pilgrimage – you might notice some visitors getting downright …
Top Choice Bar in San Antonio

Friendly Spot Ice House

This place feels like a big neighborhood party where everyone is getting along. And what could be more inviting than a pecan tree–shaded yard filled with colorful metal lawn chairs? Friends (and their dogs) gather t…
Top Choice American in San Antonio


Slabs of meat hang smack-dab in the center of the dining room at new-on-the-scene Cured, where the charcuterie platters ($18 to $36) are loaded with meats, spreads, pickles and crackers. At lunch, look for the daily…
Top Choice Ice Cream in San Antonio

Amy's Ice Cream

Choose your ice cream and pick a topping – then watch the staff pulverize the two into a blended little cup of heaven.
Museum in San Antonio

McNay Art Museum

In addition to seeing paintings by household names such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, Renoir, O'Keeffe and Cézanne, half the fun is wandering the spectacular Spanish Colonial revival–style mansion that was the priv…
Shopping Center in San Antonio

Pearl Brewery Complex

The old Pearl Brewery has received a massive face-lift as part of the new Pearl development north of downtown, including shops, cafes and restaurants. The stylish Hotel Emma has taken over the brewery site and now a…
Vegetarian in San Antonio

Green Vegetarian Cuisine

Vegetarians rejoice: San Antonio's first vegetarian restaurant has an appealing location in the Pearl Brewery complex. With dishes like a portabella burger, 'fishless' fish and chips, and enchiladas, it's the kind o…
Historic Building in San Antonio

Mission San José

Known in its time as the Queen of the Missions, San José is certainly the largest and arguably the most beautiful of all the sites on the Mission Trail. Because it's a little more remote and pastoral, surrounded by …
Historic Building in San Antonio

San Fernando Cathedral

More than just another pretty church, San Fernando's role in the Battle of the Alamo makes it an important local landmark. In happier times, future Alamo hero James Bowie was married here. But as Bowie defended the …