City Snap Guide: San Antonio

San Antonio possesses a unique charm. With a huge cultural heritage that represents its dynamic history, this is a city of contrasts: one of the largest cities in the U.S that still boasts the relaxed friendliness of a small town. From down-home hospitality and cooking to high-brow dining, extensive art collections and excellent golf courses, San Antonio serves up an all-star winner. Why not get away from it all in southern Texas?

Haunted Houses

The battle at the famous Alamo took hundreds of lives, following repeated attacks by Mexican general Santa Anna’s army in 1836. Their ghosts have wandered the site ever since; to this day staff and tourists claim to hear screams and witness grotesque apparitions. Brave a visit to the Chapel and the Long Barracks Museum and Library. Explore more of the paranormal with Alamo City Ghost Tours. Guides lead you through graveyards, battlefields, old hotels and more. Tours feature ghost hunting equipment and stories about why San Antonio is known as one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. Why not add “surviving a real haunted city” onto your bucket list, and then have the ability to cross it off?

Parks and Recreation

Take a swim in a lake shaded by cypress trees at San Pedro Park, the second-oldest park in the U.S. Check out the San Antonio Zoo, ranked one of the best in the nation with more than 3,500 animals representing 600 species. Walk along the San Antonio River in a beautiful park-like setting that winds its way through the city. Downtown, the river is lined with bustling restaurants, galleries, shops and attractions like the Aztec Theater, the only surviving exotic-themed movie palace in Texas. Events include arts and crafts shows, music celebrations, and a host of festivals. Perfect for those wanting to broaden their knowledge of the arts and of history!

Look and Learn

For spectacular views of Alamo City, ride up the 750-foot Tower of the Americas and enjoy fine dining at the new Chart House Restaurant as well as breathtaking scenery from the revolving observation deck. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the Witte Museum, San Antonio’s premier museum of South Texas history, culture and natural science. Located on the banks of the San Antonio River, the Witte offers permanent and travelling exhibits as well as a super-fun H-E-B Science Treehouse with four levels of hands-on displays. Who doesn’t like to touch things in museums?

Eats and Treats

Get to know the heart of the city through San Antonio Foodie Tours, an outfit that offers a variety of cultural and culinary experiences from restaurant tasting tours to ranch and rodeo visits! Sample such local delicacies as fish tacos, prickly pear margaritas and smoked brisket smothered in ‘secret recipe’ Texas BBQ sauce. Each tasting tour is different so you can go on more than one. This is perfect for those epicurean travelers who like a taste of adventure – both for the taste buds and for the soul. Get off the ol’ dusty trail and step back in time for a brew at the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum, offering both history and classic Texan Fare. Don’t forget to check out our article on beer while travelling, and remember to ask what’s on tap!