San Antonio is an exciting city with a rich history and is seen by some as the beating heart of the Texan spirit. Visit San Antonio during the winter months for warmer weather and avoid the city’s hot and humid summer climate. With a bustling downtown full of theaters and museums, lots of historical attractions, a national park, and diverse neighborhoods, there’s so much more to San Antonio than the Alamo. Head to San Antonio for your winter vacation and see what this city in southern Texas is all about.
Though the site was used as a burial ground by native peoples for some time before, it is most famous for its Spanish mission. Visit the Alamo to learn about the famous Battle of the Alamo that claimed the lives of Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie in 1836. The battle may have been a loss for the budding Republic of Texas, but it was a decisive turn in the war that would ultimately end in a victory for the Republic. You can visit the historic Spanish mission and fortress compound for free, but donations are appreciated.
King William Historic Area
East of the San Antonio River, just south of downtown, you can find the city’s historic district. One of the first of its kind in Texas, the district was settled by German merchants in the late 1800s. Come here to see the many architectural gems of elegant Renaissance and Victorian mansions. On the first Friday of every month check out the neighborhood market and browse the assorted booths selling local food and artisanal crafts.
Explore San Antonino and experience the cosmopolitan city on the River Walk. A network of walkways along the San Antonio River, it’s the perfect place to stretch your legs with the family in the afternoon or have a romantic stroll in the evening. The River Walk is lined with shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, artwork, museums, and even passes by the five historic missions. Spend the whole day just walking along the river and discover how it intertwines with the city’s urban landscape.
San Antonio Missions National Historic Park
Stretching out to the south of the city this is the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. It hosts four of the five Spanish frontier mission UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Learn about the region’s rich history and culture by visiting the Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. While at the park, check out the Espada Aqueduct, a civil engineering landmark and architectural feat from the 19th-century.
Younger travel companions and thrill-seekers will be happy to know that San Antonio has several amusement parks nearby. Visit SeaWorld San Antonio to watch shows featuring dolphins and beluga whales, or ride water-themed roller coasters for an adrenaline rush. Six Flags Fiesta Texas Park also features thrill rides and a water park for an afternoon of family fun. Have a different park experience at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch and go on a safari ride to see animals from over 40 species including bison, zebras, kangaroos, ostriches, giraffes, rhinoceros, and more.
San Antonio is a city that loves sports, and it’s easy to catch an NBA or college football game. Watch the five-time championship NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs, at their home in the AT&T Center. Those interested in sports other than basketball can follow FC San Antonio for soccer or the college football team UTSA Roadrunners. The locals of San Antonio are proud of their sports teams and make it clear with support in the city’s street art, like the mural of the Big Three on S. Presa Street.