Things to do

Our favorite things about San Antonio.

From strolling along the iconic River Walk to indulging in mouthwatering Tex-Mex cuisine, experience the charm of San Antonio, Texas.

San Antonio is a vibrant city and melting pot of cultures renowned for its lively atmosphere, delicious bites, and array of fun outdoor activities. From historical landmarks to modern attractions, there is never a shortage of things to do in this beautiful Texan city. Whether you're planning a quick weekend getaway or embarking on a week-long excursion, San Antonio has something for everyone. In this blog post, we’re sharing the top things that you absolutely must do during your visit. 

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1. Visit the Historic San Antonio River Walk 
No visit to San Antonio is truly complete without a stroll along the renowned River Walk. This picturesque tree-lined promenade spans over 15 miles, tracing the course of the San Antonio River. As you wander, you'll discover an array of charming restaurants, shops, lively bars, and more. 

Some of the top attractions we recommend making time for during your visit to the iconic River Walk include checking out the Rivercenter Mall (100+ stores), exploring Museum Reach (a 1.3-mile pathway extension – we recommend stopping at the San Antonio Museum of Art), supporting local artists at La Villita Historic Arts Village, and visiting The Esquire Tavern, the oldest bar on the River Walk (est. 1933) and home to the longest wooden bar top – over 100 ft – in Texas.  

2. Enjoy Some Authentic Tex-Mex Cuisine
If you're a food enthusiast, no visit to San Antonio would be complete without indulging in some authentic Tex-Mex cuisine. San Antonio is renowned for its Tex-Mex food, but it also boasts some of the most mouthwatering Mexican street food. Whether you're craving tacos, tamales, or enchiladas, there's something ready to satisfy your cravings.   

When exploring the city, we recommend visiting Tex-Mex gems like Rosario's Mexican Café y Cantina, one of the “Best Mexican Restaurants” in San Antonio or Historic Market Square eateries La Margarita (with the bonus of live music) and Mi Tierra Café y Panaderia, a landmark serving San Antonio for more than 80 years.  

If you happen to be strolling along the River Walk and want to hit up a happy hour hot spot, we highly recommend checking out Ácenar or Iron Cactus for delicious authentic bites and flavorful drinks. Interested in taking a Mexican beer or margarita to-go? Thirsty Aztec is our recommendation with their 24 oz whimsical frozen margaritas in unique flavors.

3. Explore the Historic Pearl
Pearl is a trendy neighborhood home to some of the city's best restaurants, bars, and cafes. Don't miss out on the twice weekly Farmers Market, charming boutique shops, and, of course, the chance to indulge in some mouthwatering Texas BBQ!  

When it comes to dining, Pearl has got you covered with an array of options like Boiler House at the Pearl with its elevated Texas Hill Country-inspired menu, Hotel Emma’s Larder, a European-meets-South Texas takeaway and grocery store, and Blue Box Bar, a popular spot for craft cocktails. Other noteworthy establishments we recommend include Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery, Supper, and Cured 

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try Bakery Lorraine for homemade French pastries and Lick Honest Ice Creams (especially the Goat Cheese, Thyme, & Honey flavor) for ice cream goodness.

4. Sip a Cup of Coffee at a Top Café
San Antonio has a thriving coffee scene, and there are many local coffee shops that offer both delicious coffee and a cozy atmosphere. Whether you're a fan of bold espresso or a lover of creamy lattes, the coffee culture has got plenty of buzz – a caffeine buzz that is.  

Some of our top recommendations include: 

  • Halcyon: Halcyon is the perfect spot to grab a coffee in the morning and a cocktail at night. Open seven days a week, they serve up cold brews, smoothies and milkshakes, a “Latte and Cocktail of the Week,” and a must-try themed coffee flight.  
  • Local Coffee: Nestled in the heart of the historic Pearl, Local Coffee is quickly growing into one of the most popular coffee shops in the city. With ample outdoor seating and Wi-Fi at your fingertips, it’s the perfect spot to sip and get work done. But here's the really cool part: they make most of their syrups in-house and locally source their milks, pastries (see Bakery Lorraine above), and ice cream (see Lick Honest Ice Creams above).  
  • Stranded Coffee: This coffee truck has a delicious menu with all your favorites - classic java, seasonal items, and even some local breakfast eats depending on the day. Our top recommendation is the “Maribel,” a popular latte made with their special cinnamon vanilla syrup (Cinilla), oat milk, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and of course, espresso.

5. Catch a Show at a Famous Theatre 
When exploring theaters in San Antonio, Texas, three notable venues stand out: the Majestic Theatre, the Arneson River Theatre, and the Aztec Theatre.  

The Majestic Theatre, located in downtown San Antonio, is renowned for its grandeur and historical significance. Built in 1929, it is both the oldest and largest atmospheric theater in the city, hosting a wide range of Broadway shows, concerts, comedians, and other live events.  

Another unique theater is the Arneson River Theatre, located in the La Villita Historic Arts Village along the River Walk. This outdoor amphitheater offers a stunning backdrop for various performances, including plays, concerts, and cultural showcases.  

Lastly, the Aztec Theatre is a beautifully restored movie palace that originally opened in 1926. Known for its distinctive Mesoamerican-inspired architecture and ornate design, it now hosts a diverse array of concerts, comedy shows, and special events.  

6. Visit the Alamo 
Last, but certainly not least, The Alamo is one of San Antonio's top attractions and is located just a block away from the River Walk and The Maverick, powered by Placemakr. An important part of Texas history and a must-see for anyone visiting, this historic site was built by Spanish missionaries in the 18th century and is known for the battle that took place there in 1836.  

The site is now a museum open for self-guided tours, guided audio tours, and group tours. Take the time to thoroughly explore everything it has to offer - from the captivating artwork to the fascinating artifacts and breathtaking architecture. And don't forget to wander through the hallowed grounds, immersing yourself in the rich historical significance of the site. 

Your Ultimate Travel Guide to San Antonio 
San Antonio is a city brimming with excitement and adventure. From immersing yourself in its rich history to indulging in the vibrant local cuisine and coffee scene, there are countless attractions in San Antonio to captivate every traveler's interest and palate. 

Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned explorer, San Antonio is a city that will leave an indelible mark on your heart. Begin planning your trip by securing the perfect stay at The Maverick, powered by Placemakr. Situated in the heart of Downtown and just steps from the River Walk, The Maverick offers an unparalleled location to experience San Antonio's top attractions all while giving you a place to call home.  

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