Texas is a big state, with plenty to see and do. The city of San Antonio is one of the most popular destinations rich in history and culture, yet maintains a vibrant social scene with no shortage of restaurants, bars and clubs. If you are planning a trip to the Alamo City, here is just a sampling of cool things to do and see here.
No list of San Antonio attractions would be complete without the Alamo. This is the most famous site in the city, and the setting of one of the most well-known events in Texas history. It was once a Franciscan mission, but is now a monument to the 189 people who died during a 13-day siege of the mission by Mexican dictator Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Though they lost, this battle served as the inspiration for a later fight for independence, in which the Texans were victorious. Admission is free.
This is one of the top attractions in San Antonio, and the inspiration behind one of the city’s many nicknames, the River City. The River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is made up of about 3 miles of scenic pathways on the banks of the San Antonio River. You can access many of the main tourist attractions through this path, which alternates between quiet peaceful areas, and those chock-full of restaurants, bars, hotels, shops and mariachi bands.
La Villita Historic Arts Village
La Villita, or Little Village, is another hot spot in the city. If you want to find good shopping and entertainment, this is the place to be. The original settlement of Old San Antonio, you will find structures made of stone, brick and adobe in a variety of styles. The area has been well-preserved and a great place to get some good pictures. Many of San Antonio’s artisans and jewelers set up their boutiques and workshops here. The area is also home to many good restaurants.
The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
The Buckthorn Saloon, which opened in 1881, was a well-known watering hole said to be patronized by many famous people, such as Teddy Roosevelt, Pancho Villa and writer O. Henry. Primarily frequented by hunters and trappers, they often traded fur and horns on the spot while enjoying a nice drink. The owner collected horns, and even used some of them to make chairs. The saloon still operates as a restaurant, serving hearty fare like burgers and steak. It is also home to a museum showcasing things like mounted birds to famous artifacts.
The Pearl Brewery
Originally built in the 1880’s by the Pearl Brewing Company, it has been recently revitalized after being closed in the late 90’s for a stretch. Now, the area is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants and shops, as well as an amphitheater. Many of the city’s top eateries can be found here, as well as the famous Farmer’s Market, open every Saturday.