Must-see attractions in San Antonio

  • The Alamo, San Antonio, TX

    The Alamo

    San Antonio

    For proud Texans, the much-fabled Alamo, entered freely off San Antonio’s central plaza, is not so much a tourist attraction as a place of pilgrimage…

  • San Antonio, Texas, USA cityscape at the River Walk.

    River Walk

    San Antonio

    The River Walk is a 15-mile-long glorious network of waterside pathways that’s tucked below street level and lined with bars and restaurants. It's the…

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    McNay Art Museum

    San Antonio

    This Spanish Colonial revival-style mansion, 5 miles north of downtown and originally owned by artist Marion Koogler McNay, is spectacular. McNay's 700…

  • The Mission San Jose, San Antonio, Texas.

    Mission San José

    San Antonio

    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…

  • A couple having an evening drink in front of San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, Texas USA

    San Fernando Cathedral

    San Antonio

    Founded in 1731, San Antonio’s cathedral ranks as the oldest church in Texas. On the edge of Main Plaza, its prime interest for modern visitors is as a…

  • San Antonio, Texas - May 19 2020: Six Flags FIesta Texas; Shutterstock ID 1735910405; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Six Flags Fiesta Texas

    San Antonio

    You don't have to be a kid to enjoy Fiesta Texas – this popular theme park has plenty of rides that you must be 'this tall' to enjoy. Of course, there are…

  • San Antonio, Texas, USA - June 23rd, 2021: Japanese Tea Garden (also known as Chinese Tea Garden or Sunken Gardens in Brackenridge Park)  view in summer

    Brackenridge Park

    San Antonio

    North of downtown near Trinity University, this 343-acre park is a great place to spend a family day. As well as the San Antonio Zoo, you'll find the…

  • San Antonio, TX - Aug 9th, 2019 : Atlantis, a water coaster ride at SeaWorld San Antonio Texas; Shutterstock ID 1490230949; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    SeaWorld San Antonio

    San Antonio

    SeaWorld San Antonio is home to both Shamu the 'killer' (orca) whale and Great White, an inverted 'heels-over-head' roller coaster. Loaded with…

  • San Antonio, Texas - 30 September 2019: The famous Buckhorn Saloon and Museum ; Shutterstock ID 1656105328; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

    San Antonio

    Waaaay back in 1881, when the Buckhorn Saloon first opened, the owner promised patrons a free beer or shot for any deer antlers they brought in. Although…

  • Historic Spanish Mission Concepcion in San Antonio, Texas

    Mission Concepción

    San Antonio

    The first mission along the Mission Trail heading south from San Antonio, and part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, this site…

  • San Antonio, Texas - April 17th, 2019: Mission San Francisco De La Espada Catholic Church;  Mission Espada

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    Mission Espada

    San Antonio

    The southernmost mission on the Mission Trail and part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, this site is home to the oldest mission in the…

  • San Antonio botanical gardens. Architect: Emilio Ambasz

    San Antonio Botanical Gardens

    San Antonio

    This expertly tended, 38-acre garden complex showcases native Texas flora. There's also a rose garden and a wonderful conservatory, with a bit of…

  • San Antonio; Tower of the Americas

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    Tower of the Americas

    San Antonio

    San Antonio’s 750ft-high Tower of the Americas is a skyline-defining landmark left over from the 1968 World’s Fair. From the 579ft-high observation deck…

  • AK311J exterior of Ripley's Haunted Adventure San Antonio  Texas  November 2007

Ripley's Alamo Plaza Attractions

    Ripley's Alamo Plaza Attractions

    San Antonio

    Time to throw the kids a bone? After touring historical sites all day, you can reward them with a visit to this teen-friendly trio: Ripley's Haunted…

  • San Antonio, TX/USA- May 18 2019: "Coming Home to the Briscoe" is a statue by artist T.J.Kelsey outside the Briscoe Western Art Museum along the San Antonio River Walk, San Antonio, Texas.; Shutterstock ID 1444943180; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Briscoe Western Art Museum

    San Antonio

    Devoted as much to general Western history as it is to art, this small downtown museum pays its respects to cowboys, Hispanic settlers, Native Americans…

  • The San Antonio Museum of Art houses a great collection of modern and ancient art pieces, located right next to the San Antonio River © Shutterstock

    San Antonio Museum of Art

    San Antonio

    Housed in the original 1880s Lone Star Brewery (a piece of art in itself), the San Antonio Museum of Art is home to an impressive trove of Latin American…

  • Woman walks down the steps at La Villita the little village of San Antonio, Texas

    La Villita Historic Arts Village

    San Antonio

    History meets commerce at downtown's La Villita. San Antonio's first neighborhood, this 'little village' of stone and adobe houses dates back to the early…

  • Black Bear at the San Antonio Zoo

    San Antonio Zoo

    San Antonio

    San Antonio’s zoo, in Breckenridge Park north of downtown, is home to 9000 animals from 750 different species. As well as one of the country's largest…

  • Fort Sam Houston

    San Antonio

    'Fort Sam' – as it's known 'round here – is ready to enlist you for a little military history. Its claims to fame? The Apache chief Geronimo was held here…

  • Steves Homestead Museum

    San Antonio

    Most of the mansions in the King William District can only be appreciated from curbside, but one of them provides guided tours: the Steves Homestead…

  • Quadrangle

    San Antonio

    Part of the Joint Base San Antonio military complex, Fort Sam Houston is home to more than 900 historic buildings. It has long been known as an Army…

  • Spanish Governor's Palace

    San Antonio

    The name now attached to this low-profile adobe structure is an exaggeration. When built in 1722, it was the home and office of the captain of the local…

  • US Army Medical Department Museum

    San Antonio

    Fort Sam Houston has been a training facility for Army medicine for decades. In the northeast section of the grounds at Fort Sam, this museum features a…

  • Witte Museum

    San Antonio

    Set on the eastern edge of Brackenridge Park, the Witte is an engaging museum of natural history, science and Texas history. Pronounced ‘witty’, it’s…

  • Artpace

    San Antonio

    This unique contemporary museum hosts temporary exhibitions by its outstanding artists-in-residence, who are selected from a pool drawn from across Texas,…

  • Institute of Texan Cultures

    San Antonio

    Thirty cultures have made Texas what it is; explore them at the museum of the Institute of Texan Cultures. This Smithsonian affiliate explores the origins…

  • Japanese Tea Garden

    San Antonio

    It’s hard to believe this lovely, tranquil place was originally just a clever way to hide a hole in the ground. Almost 100 years ago, an eyesore of a…

  • DoSeum

    San Antonio

    This place is perfect for the 10-and-under set. Got toddlers? Head to Little Town and its miniature-sized businesses. Older kids will get a kick out of…

  • This landmark image depicts Mission San Juan Capistrano in San Antonio, Texas. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was established in 1731 by Spanish colonist along the banks of the San Antonio River.

    Mission San Juan

    San Antonio

    Completed in 1756, the surviving church at this somber mission site is open. Although the mission was originally founded in east Texas in 1716, it was…

  • Texas Transportation Museum

    San Antonio

    This modest, volunteer-run museum just northeast of the airport boasts full-size, miniature and indoor scale-model railroads. On the weekends hourly train…