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San AntonioUnited States of America

From the Six Flags Fiesta theme park to bronco-busting rodeos, San Antonio offers plenty of spicy family-style fun.

With more than 1.3 million inhabitants, San Antonio is the second-most populous city in Texas and one of the state’s most visited areas. Latino culture is deeply rooted in the history of this city less than 3 hours from the Mexican border. Shop in Mexican markets, sample the Tex-Mex cuisine and wander along plazas inspired by Spanish Colonial architecture.

Strolling the San Antonio River Walk guides you along famous places that represent more than 300 years of history. The old mission called the Alamo, built in the early 1700s, is the most famous of all attractions. This was the scene of a heroic battle during the Texas Revolution, one of the turbulent events in Texas’ fight for independence from Mexico during the mid-1800s. Explore the Institute of Texan Cultures, where you'll see and hear how the mix of cultures influenced the area.

Find beautifully preserved buildings in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and learn about life for Native Americans during Spanish colonization. Visit one of the city’s top museums and gaze at huge dinosaur bones, Egyptian mummies or Chinese relics dating back to 1600 B.C.

For a peaceful escape within the city limits, head to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens or the nearby Japanese Tea Gardens. You can see endangered prairie animals from the local area at the nearby San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium.

A bus runs from downtown to many of the city’s major attractions. Hop on and off as you please with a pre-purchased pass. Rent a car and explore the stunning scenery of Texas Hill Country or grab your hiking shoes and head to the Friedrich Wilderness Park. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon by the lake at Landa Park, enjoy an African safari at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch or ride some waves at Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

San Antonio is an exciting city to visit any time of year. A warm, semi-arid climate means it’s hot in summer and mild in winter, and most attractions are open year-round.

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Where to stay in San Antonio

Downtown - Riverwalk showing heritage architecture, boating and a river or creek

Downtown San Antonio

4/5Very Good!(209 area reviews)

The stunning river views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Downtown San Antonio. Make a stop by River Walk or Alamo while you're exploring the area.

Downtown San Antonio

Top Hotels in San Antonio

Riverwalk Plaza
Riverwalk Plaza
4 out of 5
100 Villita Street, Dwyer/Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX
The price is CA $110 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

This family-friendly San Antonio hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Tower Life Building and River Walk. Market Square and San Antonio ...

3.8/5Good! (2,352 reviews)

"It was a nice clean hotel. Loved the view of our stay."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2020

Riverwalk Plaza
La Cantera Resort & Spa
La Cantera Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX
The price is CA $222 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

This family-friendly San Antonio resort is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of The Shops of La Cantera, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and University of ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,413 reviews)

"They have temporarily suspended daily cleaning services, which is quite understandable considering the circumstances. It’s best they so advise each guest at check in rather than have to learn upon arrival in their rooms."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

La Cantera Resort & Spa
Omni La Mansion del Rio
Omni La Mansion del Rio
4 out of 5
112 College St, San Antonio, TX
The price is CA $206 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 17

Located in Downtown San Antonio, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Buckhorn Saloon and Museum and River Walk. Briscoe Western Art Museum and Alamo ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,586 reviews)

"Unfortunately, the pool bar wasn’t open, so we had to wait in line with people who were checking in in order to ask for an alcoholic beverage from behind the front desk. Odd. Las Canarias wasn’t open due to COVID19. The website needs to be clearer as to what amenities are or are not available to ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

Omni La Mansion del Rio
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in San Antonio

Staybridge Suites Northwest near Six Flags Fiesta
Staybridge Suites Northwest near Six Flags Fiesta
3 out of 5
6919 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX
The price is CA $98 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Situated in San Antonio, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Texas-San Antonio, The Shops of La Cantera and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The ...

4.2/5Excellent! (768 reviews)

"Everything was neat and clean lobby,eating area,lobby restrooms,pool and rooms"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2020

Staybridge Suites Northwest near Six Flags Fiesta
The Luxury Suites at Arrive Eilan
The Luxury Suites at Arrive Eilan
5 out of 5
17803 La Cantera Terrace, San Antonio, TX
The price is CA $143 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23

Situated in San Antonio, this luxury apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Six Flags Fiesta Texas, The Shops of La Cantera and The Rim Shopping Center. ...

3.6/5Good! (56 reviews)

"It was a really nice property"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2020

The Luxury Suites at Arrive Eilan
Stoney Porch Guest Cabin
Stoney Porch Guest Cabin
100 Stoney Ridge Rd, Bulverde, TX
The price is CA $171 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23

Situated in the mountains, this cabin is within 16 miles (25 km) of Canyon Springs Golf Club, Natural Bridge Caverns and Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. Landa ...

5/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Beautiful & cozy cabin, perfect for a weekend getaway!

"Our hosts Kathi and Dan were amazing! They went out of their way to help us with whatever we requested. The cabin was so serene and gorgeous that it made our weekend extremely pleasant. The hosts have taken a lot of effort in even small things, making the cabin interiors beautiful. As soon as you ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2020

Stoney Porch Guest Cabin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in San Antonio

Alamo
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Alamo

4.5/5(138 reviews)

Learn about the fierce Battle of the Alamo and pay your respects to those lost during the Texan Revolution at this historical complex.

Top things to do in San Antonio

San Antonio Ghost Tour
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San Antonio Ghost Tour

CA $27
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Grand Historic City Tour
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Full-Day Grand Historic City Tour

CA $145
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour from San Antonio
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Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour from San Antonio

CA $144
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
San Antonio Haunted Pub Tour
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San Antonio Haunted Pub Tour

CA $35
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Go San Antonio Explorer pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 attractions
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Go San Antonio Explorer pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 attractions

CA $125
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: San Antonio Zoo General Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: San Antonio Zoo General Admission Ticket

CA $21
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend

Reviews of San Antonio

4.4

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 41.6267942583732%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.655502392344498%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 8, 2020

The Alamo was excellent

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 3, 2020

It's definitely a "come back again" place. Appears to be very safe, easy to walk around in the greater downtown area, understanding drivers who don't blast you with their horns, pedestrians who mind the instructions at the stoplights, lots of eating

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 2, 2020

Like the riverwalk! The Alamo is an interesting piece of American history, especially with people parading around in historic costumes

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 17, 2020

Lové the river walk

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 6, 2020

Its a very nice city!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 5, 2020

Very beautiful and clean city. I felt very safe and the river walk area with its wonderful nightlife is a reason to return over and over again.

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