Welcome to San Antonio
Historic architecture, vibrant culture, and small-town charm with big-city amenities
San Antonio is steeped in history, home to the Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Established as a Spanish mission and colonial outpost in 1718, the year the Alamo was built. The Spanish Revival architecture that became popular here in the early 20th century pays homage to the city’s roots. You'll find luxurious Spanish manors along the tree-lined streets of Alamo Heights, historically the city’s most affluent neighborhood. In Monticello Park, there are well-preserved 1920s Spanish Colonial homes mixed with Tudor, Craftsman, and Art Moderne, giving the area the nickname “Deco District.” And in Monte Vista, you’ll find the most glamorous Spanish Eclectic and Moorish style estates built during San Antonio’s “Gilded Age.”
Downtown is the most historic area of the San Antonio metro area, home to the River Walk and The Alamo. Always bustling with people, the famous River Walk is lined with bars, restaurants, and museums. You’ll find ultra-modern luxury high-rise condominiums featuring penthouse units, rooftop pools, and hotel-like amenities. Downtown is very walkable, so you would only be steps away from everything you need. San Antonio is also centrally located within Texas. It’s only 90 minutes to Austin and two hours to the beaches of Corpus Christi.
What to Love
- An eclectic mix of architecture
- Rich in arts, culture, and history
- Shopping and dining at the River Walk
Rich in diversity, San Antonio’s different neighborhoods have their own unique vibes. Downtown is busy and cosmopolitan. To the north, Terrell Hills is a quieter, more exclusive suburb. Tobin Hill and Monte Vista are somewhere in-between, slower-paced than urban Downtown, but with a livelier nightlife than the suburbs.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
San Antonio’s food is influenced by its Spanish, Mexican, German and French heritage, but it’s best known as the birthplace of Tex-Mex cuisine. Set in a Spanish Colonial hacienda, Casa Rio was the first restaurant built on the water in 1946 and has been serving Tex-Mex fare ever since. Rio Rio Cantina is another colorful riverfront restaurant specializing in Tex-Mex. The Original Mexican Restaurant offers classic fare and vegetarian options. Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar serve modern Mexican cuisine and over 100 different tequilas, perfect for happy hour cocktails and tequila flights. El Jarro de Arturo is a vibrant eatery with traditional Mexican plates and handshake margaritas. The Republic of Texas offers Tex-Mex, bbq, and jumbo margaritas and doubles as a lively nightclub.
For upscale dining, Maverick Texas Brasserie is a French-style bistro in Southtown, perfect for private dining and events. Paesanos Riverwalk is an Italian restaurant highly rated for its food and service. Nonna Osteria in the Fairmont Hotel specializes in northern Italian fare.
For American fare, Biga has a changing menu and international wines. The epitome of fine dining, Bohanan’s Prime Steak and Seafood exude old-world steakhouse charm while overlooking historic Houston Street. They serve Akaushi beef and fresh seafood paired with an extensive wine list and have patio seating, a cocktail lounge, and live jazz in the evening. Outside of downtown, El Mirasol has a couple of locations serving elevated Mexican dishes. And Chris Madrids is a local institution famous for its burgers and nachos. Broadway 5050, once featured on the Food Network, holds the claim to being voted the best cheeseburger in San Antonio.
Things to Do
Locals and tourists flock to the San Antonio River Walk, and it can get especially crowded on weekends. It’s the second most visited place in the state, next only to The Alamo. The oldest theater in San Antonio, Majestic Theatre produces quality Broadway shows and hosts tribute bands. For art lovers, La Villita Historic Village is filled with art galleries and hosts over 200 events every year. For outdoor lovers, Hemisfair Park has picnic areas, climbing structures, outdoor games, scenic fountains, and community events. It also houses the Mexican Cultural Institute and the Tower of the Americas, a 750-foot observation deck with a restaurant, café, and 4D theater.
San Antonio hosts several festivals annually. The San Antonio Rodeo takes place over two weeks in February and is one of the largest events in the city. Fiesta San Antonio is one of the longest-running, with a carnival, marathons, and live music. The Armed Forces Parade in July and Octoberfest also draw huge crowds.
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