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San Antonio Attractions

What to See and Do in San Antonio

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The Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
More than 2.5 million people visit the Alamo annually. This is the old mission where a small garrison of Texans, Tejanos and settlers held out for thirteen days against the Mexican army of General Antonio López de Santa Anna.

Parlor at Guenther House
Parlor at Guenther House

Guenther House
205 E. Guenther St.
San Antonio, TX 78204
The Guenther House was built by German immigrant Carl Hilmar Guenther in the 1860s. The house, which is registered as a Historic American Building, was renovated in 1988 and opened to visitors as a restaurant, store and museum.

Spanish Governor's Palace
105 Plaza de Armas (Military Plaza)
San Antonio, TX 78205
Among must-see historical sites is the Spanish Governor's Palace. Built in 1722, this Spanish Colonial structure once housed the military commanders sent to govern the Presidio de San Antonio de Bejar, whose mission was to defend the Alamo.

San Antonio Missions National Historic Park
2202 Roosevelt Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78210
Check out the missions along the San Antonio River. Out of the four established along the San Antonio River in the 18th century, San José y San Miguel de Aguayo is probably the one to visit if you have limited time. "The Queen of the Missions" was built with native limestone covered with brightly painted stucco.


Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
318 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum was moved downtown from the now-defunct Lone Star Brewery, and truly grabs the essence of the Old West by the horns.

Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

Marion Kugler McNay Art Museum
6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78209
210 824-5368
McNay Art Museum specializes in late 19th- and 20th-century European and American art and occupies a former estate on landscaped grounds just north of downtown.

San Antonio Museum of Art
200 W. Jones Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78215
The San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in a handsomely updated and expanded 1884 brewery and showcases Greek, Roman, Latin American and Egyptian antiquities as well as contemporary art and an extensive collection of Latin American folk art in galleries named for Nelson Rockefeller, a major collector and donor.

Texas Pioneer, Trail Driver & Texas Ranger's Memorial Museum
3805 Broadway St.
San Antonio, TX 78209
The Texas Pioneer, Trail Driver & Texas Ranger's Memorial Museum covers the history of the Texas Rangers since 1823, with an exhibit of old guns, saddles, branding irons, spurs and sketches.

Witte Museum
3801 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
The Witte is San Antonio's premier natural and local history museum and also offers an interactive installation for children.


Rio San Antonio Cruises
205 N. Presa Building B, Suite 201
San Antonio, TX 78205
800-417-4139 or 210-244-5700
Rio San Antonio Cruises offers barge cruises of the San Antonio River from designated points as well as charters and dinner cruises in association with River Walk restaurants.


IMAX Theater San Antonio Rivercenter
849 E. Commerce (Rivercenter Mall)
San Antonio, TX 78203
210-247-4600 for show and ticket information
210-247-4600 for groups and schools


The Institute of Texan Cultures
851 Durango Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78205
The institute is dedicated to the "interpretation and assimilation of Texas history and folk culture." The grounds are the home of the Texas Folklife Festival, a June event that showcases traditions, foods and folklore.

King William Historic District (The King William Association)
1032 S. Alamo St.
San Antonio, TX 78210
This is the city's first, and grandest, historic district boasting of many mansions built by German settlers in the mid-to-late 19th century.

An art exhibit at La Villita in San Antonio
Art at La Villita

La Villita
418 Villita St. #9
San Antonio, TX 78205
Charming La Villita (little village) Historic District was once home to Mexican military attached to The Alamo. It still shows its Spanish, Mexican, German and French influences and today features upscale shops purveying art, rugs, blankets and accessories.

Market Square (El Mercado)
514 W. Commerce St.
San Antonio, TX 78207
El Mercado or Market Square, the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico, offers bargain hunting, souvenir shopping and soaking in the colors, sounds and aromas of Mexican and Tex-Mex culture at art galleries, shops, bakeries.


San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Place
San Antonio, TX 78209
33 acres of native Texas plants and formal gardens, crowned by a spectacular, glass conservatory housing palms and other tropical flora.

San Antonio River Walk
110 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78205
More visited even than the fabled Alamo, the River Walk is currently being expanded both north to permit extended barge traffic and south towards the missions.

San Antonio Zoo
3903 N. St. Mary's St.
San Antonio, TX 78212
The third largest zoo in the country with more than 3,000 animals and 750 species.

Southwest School of Art & Craft
300 Augusta St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
Occupying the old Ursuline convent (and a converted tire store across the street), this highly regarded institution offers classes in many media and exhibits on a regular basis.


The San Antonio New World Wine & Food Festival
Enjoy and food pairings, seminars, winemaker dinners and luncheons at the annual festival.


San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau
203 S. St. Mary's St., Ste. 200
San Antonio, TX 78205


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(Updated: 09/23/13 RED)

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