San Antonio holidays offer visitors an exciting blend of culture, heritage and history in a cosmopolitan Southern Texan city.
There’s plenty to do in this bustling city to keep you occupied. A stroll along the picturesque banks of the San Antonio River Walk is a must. You can easily spend the day exploring the Venetian-like waterways, stopping off at buzzy waterside cafes and taking photos of the pretty bridges you pass. For the best tour of the waterway networks, hop onto a river cruise to discover as much as you can of the historic canals. If you’re here at the weekend, head to the Pearl Weekend farmers markets. Here you can indulge in local South Texan fare and learn about the ranching and artisanal food community of the area.
San Antonio holidays: immerse yourself in art and culture
San Antonio holidays allow you to experience the city’s fascinating blend of Spanish and Mexican culture. You can enjoy traditions from Native Americans, colonial Spain, the Canary Islands, old Mexico and the Wild West.
On your holiday in San Antonio make sure you visit the ageing building of The Alamo Mission. The ancient Spanish mission and fortress compound was established in the 18th century by Roman Catholic missionaries. It was a pivotal site in the famous Battle of Alamo, which took place in 1836.
Our San Antonio holidays allow you to experience the free ‘Saga’ light display, which is projected onto the beautiful old building of San Fernando Cathedral. Created by the world-renowned French artist Xavier de Richemont, the spectacular blend of colourful lights will take you on a visual journey, immersing you into the rich and vibrant history of the Alamo City.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for San Antonio holidays. You can easily combine San Antonio all-inclusive holidays with a tour of other fantastic Texan spots or destinations in the USA.
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Explore San Antonio
The River Walk
The Alamo is the famous Texan landmark where Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie were killed during the Battle of the Alamo. The curvaceous facade of the building and the legend behind it now represent liberty, heroism, courage, and sacrifice. Its history is rich and diverse, ranging from a Spanish mission in the late 18th century to a military barracks in the 19th century. The old church exhibits William B. Travis' ring, Crockett's buckskin vest, a flintlock rifle used in the battle, and more. There are also gardens, a museum, a film about the Alamo, and a shrine to explore.
SeaWorld San Antonio
The beautiful main artery of San Antonio is its legendary River Walk, a developed part of the San Antonio River that stretches more than 15 miles. In addition to the serpentine downtown portion that winds past some of the city's noted restaurants, shops and lodging, the River Walk now includes the gorgeous Museum Reach to the north of downtown and the placid Mission Reach to the south. The River Walk personifies the community's dedication to experiential opportunities, including hiking the richly manicured paths of the river, taking advantage of the city's B-Cycle program or even kayaking on the southern reach, not far from four of the World Heritage missions.
The Pearl Brewery
Immerse yourself in the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld® San Antonio. Experience up-close sea life interactions and dive into the world beneath the waves. For totally new experiences, head for SeaWorld’s breath-taking coastal-themed bottlenose dolphin habitat, Discovery Point™. Visit our Dolphin Lagoon, where you can observe a playful pod of dolphins from its shores, watch their behaviours from our underwater viewing area, or even reserve one of our limited Signature Dolphin Swims.
San Antonio Missions Trail
The Pearl Brewery has been transformed from historic brewery to iconic cultural gathering place. Set within a limestone structure presided over by a tall, cathedral-like building, the Pearl Brewery is filled with restaurants, shops, studios, and even a culinary institute. Take in a free concert at the riverside amphitheatre or browse the eclectic shops.
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Explore the park's four Spanish frontier missions and their churches, including San José, San Juan, Espada, and Concepción. San Antonio Missions Trail is a place chock full with culture sites and natural areas, such as a dam and aqueduct, a grist mill, and the 270-year-old irrigation system.
“Texas’ famous BBQ can be found all over San Antonio. Ribs, steak and pulled pork are a must. Vegetarians can try delicious BBQ sauces on all sorts of BBQed veg.”
“In the evenings, the city comes alive with music. There are live music joints on almost every downtown street. Make sure you don’t miss it!”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your San Antonio holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
First Friday Artwalk
Every first Friday of the month, head to San Antonio’s night time art street festival to discover unique artwork pieces, the First Friday Artwalk. While the festival started with a few local artists opening their studios to the public, today it’s a complete neighbourhood experience that draws in locals and visitors from all over. Browse interesting art spaces and professional galleries, and grab a bite to eat at a funky cafe or bar. On the second Saturday of the month, you can also meet the artists themselves at local galleries and choose a special souvenir or gift from a local artist.
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