Best of San Antonio

Elaine
Best of San Antonio

Sightseeing

Experience the city’s historical significance and modern attractions.
Popular for its historic colorful umbrellas, restaurants, bars, and shops.
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San Antonio River Walk
610 River Walk
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Popular for its historic colorful umbrellas, restaurants, bars, and shops.
The 35-acre zoo has a collection of over 3,500 animals representing 750 species. It also runs non-animal attractions, such as the San Antonio Zoo Eagle train ride, which first opened in 1956 and utilizes three Chance Rides C.P. Huntington locomotives.
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San Antonio Zoo
3903 N St Mary's St
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The 35-acre zoo has a collection of over 3,500 animals representing 750 species. It also runs non-animal attractions, such as the San Antonio Zoo Eagle train ride, which first opened in 1956 and utilizes three Chance Rides C.P. Huntington locomotives.
Featuring thrilling rollercoasters, water and family rides for all ages, shows, and attractions. Six Fiesta Texas has something for everyone!
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Six Flags Fiesta Texas
17000 W I-10
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Featuring thrilling rollercoasters, water and family rides for all ages, shows, and attractions. Six Fiesta Texas has something for everyone!
The National Register of Historic Places-listed King William Historic District filled with a large creative community and is unique with a mix of artists, locally-owned bars, coffee shops, boutiques, museums and art galleries.
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King William Historic District
701 King William St
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The National Register of Historic Places-listed King William Historic District filled with a large creative community and is unique with a mix of artists, locally-owned bars, coffee shops, boutiques, museums and art galleries.
The Shops at La Cantera is an award-winning open-air shopping center located within the La Cantera District of San Antonio. Distinguished by its unique design, this San Antonio mall boasts an impressive assortment of high-end retailers and dining choices, including a variety of upscale restaurants.
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The Shops at La Cantera
15900 La Cantera Pkwy
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The Shops at La Cantera is an award-winning open-air shopping center located within the La Cantera District of San Antonio. Distinguished by its unique design, this San Antonio mall boasts an impressive assortment of high-end retailers and dining choices, including a variety of upscale restaurants.
A restaurant, museum and store all in one. The home was originally built as a private residence in 1859 by Pioneer Flour Mills founder Carl Hilmar Guenther. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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The Guenther House Museum
205 E Guenther St
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A restaurant, museum and store all in one. The home was originally built as a private residence in 1859 by Pioneer Flour Mills founder Carl Hilmar Guenther. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Catch a show/concert at the HISTORIC Aztec Theatre! At a price of just under $2 million, the Aztec officially opened on June 4, 1926 as one of the most decorative movie theaters in the country. The centerpiece of the lobby was a three-ton chandelier, two stories tall and twelve feet wide, hailed as the largest in Texas at the time.
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Aztec Theater
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Catch a show/concert at the HISTORIC Aztec Theatre! At a price of just under $2 million, the Aztec officially opened on June 4, 1926 as one of the most decorative movie theaters in the country. The centerpiece of the lobby was a three-ton chandelier, two stories tall and twelve feet wide, hailed as the largest in Texas at the time.
It's not just a park! Attractions within the park include the San Antonio Zoo, the Witte Museum, the Japanese Tea Gardens, the Sunken Garden Theater all in the area.
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Brackenridge Park
3700 N St Mary's St
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It's not just a park! Attractions within the park include the San Antonio Zoo, the Witte Museum, the Japanese Tea Gardens, the Sunken Garden Theater all in the area.
Dust your boots off for food, music, and dancing. Located in Helotes, Texas, the John T. Floore country store is notable for Texas Country. Willie Nelson performed on a regular basis early in his career. In 2006, the store was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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John T. Floore's Country Store
14492 Old Bandera Rd
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Dust your boots off for food, music, and dancing. Located in Helotes, Texas, the John T. Floore country store is notable for Texas Country. Willie Nelson performed on a regular basis early in his career. In 2006, the store was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The lobby is extraordinary, but what is more amazing is the hotel bar. Teddy Roosevelt drank and recruited his Rough Riders there.
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Menger Hotel
204 Alamo Plaza
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The lobby is extraordinary, but what is more amazing is the hotel bar. Teddy Roosevelt drank and recruited his Rough Riders there.
La Villita was one of San Antonio's first neighborhoods. There are art galleries, stores selling souvenirs, gifts, custom jewelry, pottery, and imported Mexican folk art, as well as several restaurants in the district.
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La Villita Historic Arts Village
418 Villita St
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La Villita was one of San Antonio's first neighborhoods. There are art galleries, stores selling souvenirs, gifts, custom jewelry, pottery, and imported Mexican folk art, as well as several restaurants in the district.
The Basilica is dedicated to St. Thérèse de Lisieux of the Child Jesus, and bearing her nickname, "The Little Flower" of Jesus. The cornerstone of her basilica was solemnly blessed and laid on October 15, 1929. The Basilica is a treasury of art, master craftsmanship, and relics.
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Basilica del Santuario Nazionale del Piccolo Fiore
1715 N Zarzamora St
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The Basilica is dedicated to St. Thérèse de Lisieux of the Child Jesus, and bearing her nickname, "The Little Flower" of Jesus. The cornerstone of her basilica was solemnly blessed and laid on October 15, 1929. The Basilica is a treasury of art, master craftsmanship, and relics.
A National Historical Park and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserving four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio. In geographic order from north (upstream of the San Antonio River) to south (downstream) the missions are Mission Concepción, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. The Espada Aqueduct, also part of the Park, is due east of Mission San Juan, across the river. The fifth (and best known) mission in San Antonio, the Alamo, is not part of the Park.
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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
6701 San Jose Drive
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A National Historical Park and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserving four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio. In geographic order from north (upstream of the San Antonio River) to south (downstream) the missions are Mission Concepción, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. The Espada Aqueduct, also part of the Park, is due east of Mission San Juan, across the river. The fifth (and best known) mission in San Antonio, the Alamo, is not part of the Park.
This museum is the last visible trace of the 18th-century colonial Presidio San Antonio de Béxar complex, and the only remaining example in Texas of an aristocratic 18th-century Spanish Colonial in−town residence.
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Palazzo del governatore spagnolo
105 Plaza De Armas
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This museum is the last visible trace of the 18th-century colonial Presidio San Antonio de Béxar complex, and the only remaining example in Texas of an aristocratic 18th-century Spanish Colonial in−town residence.

Food scene

This section is my personal list of places that either have really good food or where I would take "out of towners" to experience San Antonio!
Full Goods at the Pearl is a food market featuring various cuisines. 'Melissa Guerra', a Latin American food products and kitchen store, as well as two restaurants: 'Il Sogno', an Italian restaurant and 'La Gloria', which will offer Mexican street food, plus others.
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Pearl District
303 Pearl Parkway
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Full Goods at the Pearl is a food market featuring various cuisines. 'Melissa Guerra', a Latin American food products and kitchen store, as well as two restaurants: 'Il Sogno', an Italian restaurant and 'La Gloria', which will offer Mexican street food, plus others.
San Antonio's finest Tex-Mex restaurant, Mexican bakery, and source for live Mariachi entertainment. Visit the 24 hour restaurant for delicious Tex-Mex food and an authentic atmosphere.
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Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia
218 Produce Row
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San Antonio's finest Tex-Mex restaurant, Mexican bakery, and source for live Mariachi entertainment. Visit the 24 hour restaurant for delicious Tex-Mex food and an authentic atmosphere.
In the skies of San Antonio, Chart House seafood restaurant dazzles guests at the historic Tower of the Americas. At 750 feet high, Chart House has the most spectacular look at the Alamo City, giving panoramic views of the sprawling landscape.
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Chart House
739 E César E. Chávez Blvd
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In the skies of San Antonio, Chart House seafood restaurant dazzles guests at the historic Tower of the Americas. At 750 feet high, Chart House has the most spectacular look at the Alamo City, giving panoramic views of the sprawling landscape.
For Southern and Cajun cooking, 35-year-old Acadiana Cafe has it all. From catfish, turkeys and pickles to chicken and dumplings and gumbo, this family-owned joint serves up Cajun flair on SA’s far West side.
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Acadiana Cafe
1289 SW Loop 410
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For Southern and Cajun cooking, 35-year-old Acadiana Cafe has it all. From catfish, turkeys and pickles to chicken and dumplings and gumbo, this family-owned joint serves up Cajun flair on SA’s far West side.
Henry Lopez started his restaurant career at the age of fourteen working for his brother Ray at another SA: staple Down the road from your casita is Henry’s Puffy Tacos. A Mexican Restaurant opened in 1978, serving only 8 tables in a tiny, 900-square-foot building. These days, the joint serves over 1,000 Puffy Tacos a day.
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Henry's Puffy Tacos
6030 Bandera Rd
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Henry Lopez started his restaurant career at the age of fourteen working for his brother Ray at another SA: staple Down the road from your casita is Henry’s Puffy Tacos. A Mexican Restaurant opened in 1978, serving only 8 tables in a tiny, 900-square-foot building. These days, the joint serves over 1,000 Puffy Tacos a day.
A short drive will take you to some great Chinese food. Known as the building on stilts, Ding How has been serving up favorites such as sesame chicken, egg rolls and hot and sour soup using traditional Chinese cooking techniques for FOUR generations.
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Ding How Chinese Restaurant
4531 Northwest Loop 410
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A short drive will take you to some great Chinese food. Known as the building on stilts, Ding How has been serving up favorites such as sesame chicken, egg rolls and hot and sour soup using traditional Chinese cooking techniques for FOUR generations.
Great margaritas and beautiful outdoor dining! A longtime favorite Mexican restaurant is known for its sprawling patio dining areas and water fountains since it opened in 1978. The spot has won the San Antonio Margarita Pour Off so many years in a row that the eatery has retired from the competition.
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La Fogata Mexican Cuisine
2427 Vance Jackson Road
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Great margaritas and beautiful outdoor dining! A longtime favorite Mexican restaurant is known for its sprawling patio dining areas and water fountains since it opened in 1978. The spot has won the San Antonio Margarita Pour Off so many years in a row that the eatery has retired from the competition.
Founded in 1917, this South Alamo Street saloon wasn’t phased when prohibition hit the Alamo City. The deli quickly replaced their booze kegs for ones filled with the family’s smooth, creamy root beer. Authentic German fare and ambiance have kept this place famous for nearly 105 years.
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Schilo's
424 E Commerce St
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Founded in 1917, this South Alamo Street saloon wasn’t phased when prohibition hit the Alamo City. The deli quickly replaced their booze kegs for ones filled with the family’s smooth, creamy root beer. Authentic German fare and ambiance have kept this place famous for nearly 105 years.
Considered the oldest bar on the Riverwalk! In 1933, it opened after prohibition ended. The place is dark, but cool for cocktails and unique food. Ask about Downstairs.
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The Esquire Tavern
155 E Commerce St
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Considered the oldest bar on the Riverwalk! In 1933, it opened after prohibition ended. The place is dark, but cool for cocktails and unique food. Ask about Downstairs.
Not too far from your casita is authentic Tex-Mex. Not every mexican restaurant has or does tamales well. This place does!
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Jacala Mexican Restaurant
606 West Ave
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Not too far from your casita is authentic Tex-Mex. Not every mexican restaurant has or does tamales well. This place does!