You’ll taste the world here in San Antonio, where Texas beef meets Mexican family recipes. There are German bakeries. Mexican Cantinas, French bistros and Italian trattorias. Flour from age-old European millstones becomes a morning’s crepes or an afternoon’s tortilla. Texas beef meets Mexican family recipes. Hill Country wines prove a silky foil to smoky chipotle. Acclaimed chefs bring their world-class training back to our blossoming culinary landscape.
Riverwalk Food Scene
Food and the joy of sharing it with family and friends (and strangers) is central to San Antonio culture. Sometimes the family includes Fido so check out this list of dog-friendly restaurants including those on the River Walk.
Dozens of cafes, bistros and elegant restaurants line the River Walk’s downtown central stretch, most with riverside patios, heaters in the colder months and misters in the warmer months. San Antonio’s reputation for superb Tex Mex is well represented on the River Walk. Rio Rio Cantina, Rita’s on the River and Mexican Manhattan all honor these long traditions. But there are also dozens of other choices, from the quiet elegance of the upscale Fig Tree to the big brands like the Hard Rock Cafe, regional stars like the County Line, and plenty of local restaurants unique to San Antonio. Search for a restaurant by location, price and palate.
Dinner Onboard a River Cruise
One of the most enchanting ways to see the River Walk: A delicious three-course meal served aboard a river cruiser. Join a “community” dinner cruise orchestrated by Boudros, one of the most popular restaurants on the River Walk. Your dining partners will be a suprise and you may make new friends. Advanced reservations are required.
San Antonio’s story is spicy no matter how you look at it, but the heat really gets turned up when the topic is food: We claim ancestors in eats from around the globe, but in the minds of most, it’s Mexico that matters.
The fajita came north from vaqueros working cattle; we claim to have popularized it at La Margarita and Mi Tierra – and Mi Tierra can also claim to have introduced generations to pan dulce through its colorful pastry case. Iconic El Mirador is famed for its traditional Saturday soups, but it also offers creative tacos de langosta (lobster, no less).
Tacos – especially at breakfast when egg and potato jibe with earthy chorizo – are tops at popular Taco Haven. And at Los Barrios and its offspring La Hacienda, San Antonio is summed up in a superior tequila selection and plates such as Enchiladas Mexicanas with crumbled white cheese and a lusty red chile sauce. See Tex Mex restaurant listings
Germany and the South come together again in the Texas tradition of barbecue, and San Antonio is a serious source of its centerpiece, pit-smoked brisket. At Rudy’s multiple locations, brisket takes front and center, backed by pork, turkey and more, but the sauce has become almost as sought-after. The Smokehouse represents the quintessential smoky joint with a paragon of offerings such as lip-smacking lamb ribs. At Tom’s Ribs, the menu isn’t confined to the title product, but baby backs rule regardless – along with sturdy short ribs. See BBQ restaurant listings >
Most first-time visitors to San Antonio don’t expect to find that German influence is second only to Mexican in everything from architecture to eats. The German-founded King William historic district boasts both – in the Pioneer Flour Mill and its Guenther House restaurant, blending the best of Germany and the Old South. But for potato salad and split pea soup morning to night, the destination is Schilo’s – boasting brats and wursts and specials like corned beef and cabbage.
See German restaurant listings >
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The San Antonio Riverwalk
Millions of people visit the River Walk each year to enjoy this unusual urban sanctuary that winds along the San Antonio river in central San Antonio, one story below the bustling street level. The lush landscapes, quaint pathways, tinkling waterfalls, quiet pools, outdoor art and relaxing outdoor patios evoke the renowned public spaces of Europe.What started as the vision of a young architect, in 1929, has grown, over the decades, into one of the world’s most distinctive meeting places — old and new friends meet up, travelers pause, families congregate, lovers gaze; and weddings, reunions, business meetings spill over into the River Walk.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Six Flags Fiesta Texas offers an array of award-winning shows, a complement of thrill and family rides and excitement for the whole family with a free waterpark in the summer. Come see why Six Flags Fiesta Texas is Americas favorite show park with shows like Straight Country, Rockin at Rockville High and Ritmos del Corazon. The all-new Lone Star Nights Laser and Fireworks Celebration features a new storyline and technology for an advanced production including enhanced video projection, new lasers, audio, pyrotechnics and special effects. Enjoy one of the parks thrilling roller coasters, including Goliath, racing at speeds of over 50 mph. All ages may enjoy the high-speed action on Road Runner Express, dodging boulders and racing in and out of The Rattler coaster. The tikes in your group can soar through the air on ZoomJets or hop on Buckarooz for a bouncing adventure. Dont forget to bring your bathing suit this summer! Admission to White Water Bay is free with park admission. For maximum water thrills, Big Bender delivers plummeting dips, dark twisting tunnels and refreshing waterfalls watch out for that 50-foot drop! The fun continues in Lone Star Lagoon, a Texas shaped wave pool filled with over half a million gallons of refreshing water. When youve worked up an appetite, refresh yourself with a snack or stop by one of our restaurants located throughout the park.
A trip to visit Shamu at SeaWorld is a must-do while in the Alamo City. Enjoy Sesame Street Bay of Play, an attraction for families featuring Elmo, Big Bird and all their friends. Indulge in a variety of restaurants and see the awe-inspiring new Shamu show, One Ocean. If you love roller coasters, ride the pulse-pounding Great White, the electrifying Steel Eel and take a 10-story plunge on Journey to Atlantis. Directions: 16 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio at Ellison Drive and Westover Hills Boulevard, off State Highway 151.
The 65-acre Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort has been called the #1 waterpark in the world by the Travel Channel. Plus, not only is Schlitterbahn the most popular summertime waterpark in the United States, but is also ranked as the #1 Kid-Friendly destination in the state of Texas. The park is located on the banks of the spring-fed Comal River in New Braunfels, just North of San Antonio. With more than 40 family attractions, Schlitterbahn has something for kids of all ages, including tube chutes, water slides, uphill water coasters, pools, hot tubs, kiddie water playgrounds, shady picnic ground, plus year-round resort rooms.
There’s something for every member of the family in San Antonio. For the kid or the kid at heart, San Antonio has a Texas-sized selection of adventures. Theme parks like Sea World San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas neighbor top golf resorts, while surrounding rivers and lakes provide a challenging retreat for outdoor enthusiast looking for beautiful hiking terrain or spots for tubing and canoeing.
Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo) was established in 1718 as the city’s first mission. On the east side of Alamo Plaza is the famous spot in Texas where 189 defenders fell on March 6, 1836, after repeated attacks by Mexican General Santa Anna’s army which sealed it in lexicon of U.S. history.
Fifty years ago, the Alamo made its way onto the big screen and into the international consciousness as never before. What John Wayne’s historic rendering of Davy Crockett may have lacked in some historical accuracy was more than made up for in impact, to such a degree that nowadays it’s hard to tell fact from fiction.
The curvaceous façade and the legend behind it have made their mark on the international consciousness in ways that range from the iconic to the comic; as a symbol of heroism, courage and sacrifice, and, as is the case with any symbol, a target for satire.
Alamo Historian and Curator Bruce Winders says “It’s a blessing because people remember the Alamo. We like them to remember it for the history, but sometimes they remember it for something that’s irreverent and out of context.”
Got game? San Antonio does. Catch some hoop action with the world champion San Antonio Spurs, or watch the WNBA’s Silver Stars hold court at the AT&T Center. See future hockey stars take to the ice with the San Antonio Rampage, and catch a home run or a fly ball at a Missions minor league baseball game. If you’re a football fanatic, plan a visit around the year-end NCAA tradition, the Valero Alamo Bowl.
San Antonio Zoo
The San Antonio Zoo is ranked as one of the best zoos in the nation exhibiting over 3,500 animals of 600 species. Located at the headwaters of the San Antonio River, the Zoo encompasses 35 landscaped acres. Several interaction exhibits include: Kronkosky’s Tiny Tot Nature Spot, a magnificent mini-zoo designed specifically for children under 5, Butterflies! Caterpillar Flight School, a lush tropical habitat surrounded by hundreds of butterflies (open March – Nov), Fun Farm Petting Zoo where everyone can pet African Pygmy goats, and Lory Landing, a rainbow of colorful birds flying about the canopy of an outdoor aviary, occasionally landing on visitors ($1 to feed the lories). See amazing hippos underwater in Africa Live! And, visit the Zoo’s newest exhibit called Africa Live 2. Includes a giant aviary, colobus monkeys, okapi, wild hunting dogs and a walk through termite mound. Enjoy the grand view of the forest below while you eat lunch at the new Barza Café. The San Antonio Zoo is open 365 days a year. Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
San Antonio Golf History
San Antonio is the most historic golf city in Texas. It is home to the first public golf course in the State, is host to the PGA Tour’s 3rd longest running tournament, and host’s the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. From the most luxurious Golf resorts in the country, to exclusive private clubs and professionally managed Public course, San Antonio remains a golf destination that has something to offer every golfer, of every skill set.
San Antonio Golf Highlights
- Oldest Public Course in Texas – Brackenridge park – Opened 1916 – Designed by A.W. Tillinghast – Renovated in 2008
- 3rd Longest running PGA Tour Event – Texas Open – 1st played at Brackenridge Park in 1922
- Current PGA Tour Event – Valero Texas open – TPC San Antonio, Oaks Course
- Current PGA Champions Tour Event – AT&T – TPC San Antonio, Canyons Course
- Oak Hills Country Club – opened in 1922 – Originally known as The Alamo Country Club – host to 24 PGA Tour events
- 33 Total Courses with a San Antonio address
- 3 Major Golf Resorts with multi-course amenities
- Alamo City Golf Trail manages 7 Municipal Golf Courses
- First Tee of San Antonio – Nationally recognized
- Course Designs by Arnold Palmer, A.W. Tillinghast, Pete Dye, Greg Norman, Tom Fazio, and many more