About San Antonio

by SmarterTravel Staff
Riverwalk, San Antonio (Photo: San Antonio CVB)

San Antonio offers a Texas-sized adventure no matter who you are. Where else can you take in the unique history, Spanish and Mexican civilization, natural beauty, and arts and culture this city provides?

The Alamo and Spanish Missions are traditional sights, but visitors can also see the San Antonio Museum of Art, which houses one of the most inclusive collections of Latin American art in the country. If you're looking for free things to do in San Antonio, you can take a swim at San Pedro Park, the second oldest park in the U.S.; stroll down the San Antonio River Walk; or listen to a jazz concert at The Landing.


The San Antonio area has four theme parks—SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta, Splashtown, and Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort—for those searching for excitement. Families will also want to see the thousands of animals on display at the San Antonio Zoo or explore Natural Bridge Caverns 180 feet below the surface.

Visit the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum for a drink and a look at its collection of over 1,200 trophy mounts, or pay tribute to lawmen at the Texas Ranger Museum. For a unique souvenir, amble through the first neighborhood in San Antonio, La Villita, which is now a flourishing artist district.

With more than 100 daily arrivals to San Antonio International Airport, flights to San Antonio are easy to find. The airport's location, only eight miles from downtown San Antonio, makes it convenient for tourists heading to Alamo City.

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