San Antonio is a large spread out town. There are two highway loops that surround the city, 1604 is the outer loop and 410 is the inner loop. When you are given directions from people they will usually reference whether or not it is inside or outside the loop, i.e. closer to the center of the city or not.
San Antonio has several interesting places to visit while you visit here.
Alamo – Located in the heart of the town, the Alamo is interesting to see next to modern buildings.
Missions – San Antonio is built around 5 missions, Each mission is unique and offers a look at how things used to be. Our wedding will be held at San Juan Capistrano on the south side of town.
San Juan Capistrano – This is the mission we are getting married at. The reception hall, Slattery Hall, is just across the street from here.
King William District – The King William Historic District is located south of downtown and bounded by Durango, South St. Mary’s, Eagleland and the San Antonio River. The district encompasses land that was once irrigated farm land belonging to the Mission San Antonio de Valero, commonly known as the Alamo.
Alamo Drafhouse – A must experience, watch a great movie, while eating great food and drinking cold beer. Just make sure you turn off your phone and don’t talk, they will kick your ass out.
San Antonio Spurs – Depending on the schedule, the Spurs might be playing a home game.
Seaworld – You can spend the day enjoying the water park and rides.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas – You can also enjoy the rides and fun here too.
River Walk – located in the center of town, the River Walk has lots of hotels and restaurants to go to as well as a lot of paths for walking and biking.
Pearl Brewery – Pearl is a culinary and cultural destination in San Antonio, Texas. As a dynamic and evolving environment, Pearl is committed to stewardship and learning. This historic gathering place is where everyone is welcome to eat, play and learn along the banks of the San Antonio River.
Hill Country – Depending on how long you are coming for the Texas Hill Country is just an hour or so out-of-town. The hill country features lots of wineries that offer tours as well as river rafting and other outdoor activities
Natural Bridge Caverns – If you want to get out of the Texas heat you can go underground and explore the caves.
Parks and Museums
Witte Museum – The Witte Museum promotes lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs, and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage.
San Antonio Museum of Art – The Museum houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman, as well as Asian, art in the southern United States. The Museum also has a significant collection of Latin American art, from Pre-Columbian times to the present, showcased in the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art. Our growing contemporary art collection balances some true masterpieces with notable Texas and regional art.
McNay Art – Since Marion McNay’s bequest in 1950, the collection has expanded to nearly 20,000 works including: Medieval and Renaissance art, 19th- through 21st- century European and American paintings, sculptures and photographs, One of the finest collections of prints and drawings in the Southwest, The exceptional Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, Jeanne and Irving Mathews Collection of Art Glass, Art of New Mexico
Institute of Texan Cultures – is located in downtown San Antonio on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, a short walk from the Alamo and the River Walk. The 182,000-square-foot complex features 65,000 square feet of exhibits and displays that tell the stories of Texans.
San Antonio Zoo – The Zoo is home to over 9,000 animals representing 750 species of animals on 56 acres. More than 1,000,000 guests visit the San Antonio Zoo annually.
Outside San Antonio Area
Not too far from San Antonio, depending on the length of your stay, you can also go visit:
Austin – The vibrant hip capital of Texas, it is the complete opposite of everything you associate with Texas. Lots of places to eat, drink, and listen to live music.
Outlet Mall in San Marcos – A giant outlet mall with tons of stores. Just make sure you bring some extra suitcases to bring it all back in.
The Gulf Coast – About 2 1/2 hours from San Antonio is Corpus Christi and other smaller towns right on the coast. Personal favorites include Port Aransas and Mustang Island.
Boerne – A nice scenic small town with beautiful parks.
Gruene – The quintessential small Texas town with a beautiful river running through it. There is a ton of BBQ places around the area.
Luckenbach – A one building town that is famous for it’s music. Definitely a place to check out if you want to experience the old Texas way.