Austin and I crossed this off the 101 list last September with a nice little weekend getaway. We drove to San Antonio on a Saturday morning, spent the night, and drove home the following afternoon. It was a fun trip with plenty of time to see some of the great things San Antonio has to offer. The end of September turned out to be great timing too. The weather was warm, but not too warm, which made spending so much time outdoors actually pleasant.
Day 1 Day 2
This timeline worked really well for us. We never felt rushed or bored.
This was such a great way to start off the trip! Especially for an active family with a husband that bores easily of traditional tourist activities.
The Missions Hike and Bike Trail connects the five historic San Antonio Missions along the San Antonio River, ending at the Alamo. The cool thing about this trail is that you can make the experience your own. End to end the trail spans 10 miles (20 miles roundtrip) all of which are hike-able and bike-able. You can even rent bikes on site!
I had recently hurt my back and biking was difficult for me, so instead we chose to walk/jog the roughly 3 miles (roundtrip) between Mission Espada and Mission San Juan. The scenery was what a friend of ours would call "Texas pretty." The missions themselves were really interesting too. A lot of the old structures are still in place and you can find maps everywhere to show you more about a building's history and usage.
HEMISFAIR URBAN PARK
This was the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic. It was shady, quiet, and beautiful. Plus, the fountains made for a fun post-lunch playtime :)
There are so many things you can do on the Riverwalk, and if you're a big shopper you could probably be happy spending an entire day roaming in and out of shops. That's not really our thing though, so we didn't.
Instead, we spent an evening enjoying the ambiance, visiting just a few shops, taking a boat tour of the River, and having dinner and drinks at the Iron Cactus. All of which I highly recommend.
P.s. There are ducks everywhere. It's adorable.
You can't make a trip to San Antonio without seeing the Alamo. It's an interesting, but haunting, experience. Because of this I have no other photos to share.
Market Square is another great place for shoppers. It's full of Southwestern and Mexican style and culture. Lots of locally owned shops and galleries, and they've got some events too.
We had lunch at the awesomely decorated Mi Tierra (pictures wouldn't do it justice). Such a fun place to spend some time! Afterwards we grabbed a few dessert empanadas from the bakery - guava filling anyone? We're adventurous desserters :)
That was the trip!
What are your favorite things to do in San Antonio?