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San Antonio in a Day

Destination(s): San Antonio

Here is a fabulous one-day San Antonio itinerary. It all starts with a Mexican lunch on the famous River Walk, followed by an afternoon of San Antonio history, and ending with a great Italian dinner on the River Walk. Drinks at two well-known watering holes to follow, if you have the energy! read more about San Antonio in a Day

River Walk

River Walk

  • 454 Losoya
  • (runs through downtown)
  • tel:(210) 227 4262
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205

The River Walk is a must-see for any traveler to San Antonio. The River Walk was conceived in 1929. Downtown had serious flood problems, and Robert Hugman suggested that the city turn the San Antonio River into an asset rather than a hindrance. Hugman's brainchild has since become the essence of the city. Stairways down to the River Walk can be found on street level throughout downtown. Walk down anywhere you like, and wander and explore the great shops, galleries, restaurants and sights. To get the full story on the history of the River Walk, take the Rio San Antonio river barge cruise for a 45-minute narrated tour. It is well worth the price. read more about River Walk

Casa Rio Mexican Foods Restaurant

Casa Rio Mexican Foods Restaurant

  • 430 East Commerce St
  • tel:210 226 6718
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205
San Fernando Cathedral

San Fernando Cathedral

  • 115 Main Plaza
  • tel:(210) 227 1297
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205

The San Fernando Cathedral was founded in 1731 and is the oldest active cathedral in the United States. Located midway between the city center and the Market Square, over 5,000 people participate in weekend masses at the Cathedral every week. The burial tomb of Battle of the Alamo heroes Davey Crockett, Sam Travis and Jim Bowie is also located inside the cathedral. read more about San Fernando Cathedral

Market Square

Market Square

  • 514 West Commerce St
  • (at South Flores)
  • tel:(210) 207 8600
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78207

The Market Square, just west of city center and walking distance from most downtown hotels, is the scene of festivals and outdoor events year-round. Market Square is at its best in April, during the city-wide Fiesta celebration. The rest of the year visitors will find great Mexican restaurants, traditional Mexican handicrafts and an indoor shopping center where you are sure to find the perfect souvenir to commemorate your trip. read more about Market Square

Alamo (The)

Alamo (The)

  • 300 Alamo Plaza
  • tel:(210) 225 1391
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205
HemisFair Urban Park

HemisFair Urban Park

  • 200 South Alamo St
  • Bounded by Alamo, Bowie, Market, and Durango Sts
  • tel:(210) 207 8572
  • San Antonio, 78205
Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas

  • 600 Hemisfair Park
  • tel:(210) 207 8615
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205

Great views from over 600 feet above the city. Here's a money-saving tip. Instead of paying $10.95 for a ticket to the observation deck at the top of the tower, apply that money towards lunch or dinner at The Chart House restaurant or to just go have a drink at Bar601 (the ride is free for restaurant and bar customers). Check out the Tower of the Americas Plaza, at street level, during the summer. Every Friday night from 7-midnight, there is live music, car shows and other free events. read more about Tower of the Americas

Villita Historic Arts Village (La)

Villita Historic Arts Village (La)

  • South Alamo at Nueva
  • Nueva
  • tel:(210) 207 8610
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205

La Villita means "Little Village" and it is the original home of the first settlers of San Antonio. Today, people visit La Villita for its quaint cobblestone paths, art galleries and history. It is located on the south bank of the San Antonio River and hosts many outdoor festivals and events with live music and dancing, especially in the springtime. Don't miss a weekend dance performance of Ballet Folklorico at The Arneson River Theater, an amphitheater in La Villita, with the stage located across the San Antonio River. It is quite an experience! read more about Villita Historic Arts Village (La)

Little Church (The)

Little Church (The)

  • 418 Villita Street
  • La Villita Historic Arts Village
  • tel:(210) 226 3593
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205
Paesano's River Walk

Paesano's River Walk

  • 111 W Crocket St
  • (Suite 101)
  • tel:210 227 2782
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205
Durty Nelly's Irish Pub

Durty Nelly's Irish Pub

  • 715 River Road
  • tel:210 222 1400
  • San Antonio, 78212