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San Antonio, the old capital of Texas, is undeniably the historical hotspot of the Lone Star State. It is also one of the biggest cities in America so you will have plenty of opportunities for leisure to look forward to! The hub of tourist activity is found in San Antonio River Walk, a winding pedestrian path lined with restaurants, shops and galleries. Downtown San Antonio is a pleasant compact area encouraging visitors to explore the city’s major attractions, including the Alamo, which is a few steps from the River Walk. Bringing kids to San Antonio on vacation results in a jam-packed trip. There are many child-friendly attractions such as Sea World, Schlitterbahn Water Park and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Not forgetting the sports fans, San Antonio serves up a spectacular array of sports. It is, after all, home of one of the prolific NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs who call the AT&T Center as their home base.
City Highlight: For eclectic food that will appeal to your budget, make sure to drop by Market Square on weekends and the King William neighborhood for selections that would suit any palate.
San Antonio Hotels
Everything is bigger in Texas so naturally, the hotel selection is also bigger. When planning check out these hotels: The Grand Hyatt San Antonio is budget friendly and close to the River Center and kid-friendly attractions. The Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk is a great option and its close to the convention center. The Hyatt Regency Riverwalk offers upscale accommodation at a friendly price and a rooftop pool. For more San Antonio hotels to fit any budget visit Reservations.com.
San Antonio Attractions on a Budget
Sightseeing around San Antonio is a roundup of the most popular attractions in the city, some of which require no admission fees.
The Alamo presents the enduring legacy of Texas and the valiant men who fought for its independence from Mexico. Once a Spanish mission, the historical structure houses a museum of artifacts related to the fateful event in 1836.
Some 23 miles south of San Antonio is the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park where four Spanish missions are linked together through hiking and biking trails. More of the colorful heritage of the city can be experienced at the Spanish Governor’s Palace, which is opposite San Fernando Cathedral.
A visit to San Antonio can never be completed without a walk on the 2-mile long River Walk that is lined with cafes, shops and scenic gardens with pathways. Included within this area is La Vilita, an artist’s hub and Market Square, which features stalls upon stalls of local wares and crafts. More of San Antonio’s major landmarks must be included in your itinerary, such as Hemisfair Park, St. Paul Square and Brackenridge Park.
While visitors can freely roam the River Walk area, dining in the restaurants is an entirely different story. They can be very expensive as well. If you’re in Market Square on a weekend, watch out for discounts later in the day when vendors are more likely to listen to your bargaining skills.
Modest accommodations are typically found in areas like Fredericksburg Road, Roosevelt Avenue and in roads north of downtown. Alamo KOA is a few miles from city center and includes RV camping facilities. Reasonably priced rooms are also available in Delux Inn and Bullis House Inn San Antonio International Hostel.