The seventh largest city in the United States, and the second largest in Texas, San Antonio is a city filled with history, culture and recreation. Because of this, each year many tourists (and San Antonians) visit the city for great opportunities to learn about the amazing culture and fun activities the urban center offers. Because of this, some people often struggle with what to do when visiting the city–so here’s a list of the Top 5 Fun Things to Do while in San Antonio, Texas.
5. Go to SeaWorld San Antonio
There are only a few locations in the United States that can boast having a SeaWorld park, and San Antonio is one of them. Of the three SeaWorld parks that exist, the San Antonio park is the largest, so if you’re going to visit a SeaWorld you might as well do it right. The San Antonio SeaWorld offers pretty much anything you could want. One part water theme park, one part aquarium, Sea World offers 3 roller coasters, 9 water rides and several marine animals that the whole family will love. Besides, we know you’ve always wanted to see Shamu.
4. Visit the Tower of the Americas
Built for the 1968 World’s Fair, the Tower of the Americas reigns supreme in the city’s skyline as the tallest building in San Antonio. The Tower of the Americas boasts many other features as well. The 750-foot tower has an indoor and outdoor observation deck that can be reached by elevator for a small fee; these observation decks offer grand, sweeping vistas of the city of San Antonio and surrounding area. To top it off, the structure contains a lounge, and a revolving restaurant operated by Landry’s at the top, allowing you to get a bite to eat while taking in the scenery from the highest point in the city.
3. Take a Detour to Schlitterbahn
You might count this as cheating, but if you’re visiting San Antonio, you should definitely take a detour to nearby New Braunfels to visit Texas’ most famous water park. Initially founded in 1979, Schlitterbahn frequently sweeps the lists as the top water park in the United States, and boasts many winners of best water attraction in the United States. From water coasters, to lazy rivers, to water playgrounds for kids, Schlitterbahn has it. Family-owned-and-operated, Schlitterbahn is easily the best water park you can go to. However, if you do decide to make the 45 minute trip from San Antonio, ensure the park is open first—they typically close during the Fall and Winter seasons.
2. Walk the River Walk
First concocted as a construction project for the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression, the San Antonio riverwalk is one of the city’s oldest, and most well-known tourist attractions. With good reason I might add: the River Walk boasts a complex network of walking paths and bridges lined with restaurants, shops and other San Antonio gems. Located a level down from the streets, the riverwalk is foot traffic only and lets tourists and San Antonians alike enjoy the serene, beautiful San Antonio River’s scenery without disturbance from the regular hustle and bustle of daily life. If you’re lucky enough to be in town during one of the parade celebrations, you must go and see the many floats filled with musicians, celebrities and performers floating down the River Walk.
1. Remember the Alamo!
We both knew it would come to this, right? Any Texan, (and most Americans) can tell you the tale of the Alamo, a historic battle fought in the Texas War of Independence in 1836, where 189 men gave up their lives to defend the famous Spanish Mission from Mexican attackers. Today the Alamo operates primarily as a historical landmark and museum for the events that occurred there over 150 years ago. Supported by gift shop revenue, admission to this important place in Texas history is free. If you consider yourself a Texan, American or a tourist in San Antonio, you must remember to visit the Alamo.
Jon Bibb is the owner of Steamer’s Carpet Care, a locally-owned carpet, upholstery and air duct cleaning business serving the San Antonio and New Braunfels areas. A fan of traveling and San Antonio, Bibb loves to give advice on his hometown and personal favorite city in the world.
Photo Credit: Colleen Pence (CC BY 2.0)
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