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Where in the world: USA  /  Texas  /  San Antonio
Whether you're looking for family-friendly excursions in nature or adrenaline-pumping attractions, you'll find a selection of suitable things to do in San Antonio. You can review your American history with a visit to the crumbling walls of Mission San Jose, built back in 1720. Nature lovers will love a descent into the largest underground grotto in Texas, located 55 m (180 ft) below the earth's surface. Raise your hands as Goliath roller coaster drops you from a height of almost 11 floors at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, a giant amusement and water park.

San Antonio is best known for its Shopping, Historic Sites, and Missions.

Top 15 things to do in San Antonio

1. Natural Bridge Caverns

A natural limestone bridge leads into caves at Natural Bridge Caverns. The cavity houses the largest commercial caves in the United States--viewed as a living cave system because of the active growth of formations. Prior to opening to the public, the cave revealed evidence of ancient human remains dating back to 5,000 BCE. The caverns are part of a drive-through safari park, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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2. SeaWorld

Discover the wondrous world of underwater creatures on over 100 hectares (250 acres at SeaWorld. One of the largest aquariums in the country, the complex features an array of interactive exhibits dedicated to sea life, as well as a large water park and children’s play area. Catch an orca show at the world-famous Shamu theater, or head to Rocky Point Preserve for a chance to feed seals, sea lions, and walruses, before spending the rest of your visit riding the dozens of waterslides and roller coasters at the Aquatica water park. Purchase tickets online in advance for discount prices.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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3. The San Antonio River Walk

A network of walkways along the San Antonio River, The San Antonio River Walk winds its way under a series of bridges. Lined with bars, restaurants, and shops, the walkways offer a different perspective of the city, away from the traffic buzzing one level above. You can explore most of the city's main tourist attractions by following this network of pedestrian-friendly sidewalks--without having to worry about parking or getting stuck in commuter traffic. In many sections, no safety fences separate the sidewalks from the water, so be cautious, especially with small children.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $7 › Learn more about The San Antonio River Walk

4. Austin Biker Gang E-Bike Adventure

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You can be a part of an e-bike biker gang! Our e-bikes are fun and super easy to ride. See the sights and have a blast! We believe that riding is more fun with others, so add another e-bike so your friend can ride along with you! We have a very dynamic experience and with so much to see in Austin each ride is different! It's an incredible way to get the feel of what Austin is and what it is loved by so many! Tours available every day except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Each ticket also included our CYB equipment protection so if you do any accidental damage to our e-bikes you're not responsible (Horseplay is not covered, so calm down there Evel Knievel, no stunts allowed).Our max ticket purchase is 4 per order. If you have a group larger than 4 you'll just need to make a second (or third) booking for up to 4 at a time to purchase all the tickets you'll need. We cap our groups to 13 total. For groups larger than 13 you need to contact us directly.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $75 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. The Alamo

Texas history comes alive at The Alamo, where Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and William B. Travis made their last stand for their territory's independence. Formerly a Roman Catholic church and fortress and now the crown jewel of the UNESCO-designated San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, the mission houses a museum dedicated to the Battle of the Alamo. Tour the restored mission to admire a collection of relics and memorabilia and understand the site's importance in Texas history. Audio guides are available for purchase.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $12 › Learn more about The Alamo

6. Mission San Jose

Founded in 1720, Mission San Jose is the largest of the missions in Texas and offers visitors a glimpse into the area's Spanish community life more than 250 years ago. This Catholic mission was rebuilt in limestone in 1768 and is dubbed Queen of the Missions because of its relative size compared to fellow sites within the UNESCO-designated San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. This particular mission underwent restoration in the 1930s and is most well-known for its detailed rose window.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $65 › Learn more about Mission San Jose

7. San Antonio Botanical Garden

Bursting with life year-round, the nature trails and conservatory at San Antonio Botanical Garden feature blossoms from all over the world. Admire the cacti gardens and desert blooms as you walk the outdoor paths. Small signs along the way identify the plants. Keep an eye out for the garden's many birds. Self-guided tours are popular, or you can reserve a spot via the website on a guided bird or nature tour. For the current blooming schedule, check the website. If you work up an appetite, enjoy a meal at the Carriage House Bistro.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $286 › Learn more about San Antonio Botanical Garden

8. City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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There’s no better way to explore the sights of San Antonio than with a 1, 2, 3 or 4 day unlimited hop-on hop-off bus pass. From the open-top deck you'll have brilliant panoramic views of the key landmarks, including The Alamo, San Fernando Cathedral, Market Square, San Antonio Museum of Art, The River Walk and much more! This hop-on hop-off tour allows you to discover San Antonio to your own schedule, hopping off and spending more time at the locations that interest you most.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $49 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Six Flags Fiesta Texas amusement park features six themed areas packed with rides, a water park, live entertainment, and restaurants to keep you fueled throughout your visit. Thrill-seekers should beeline for the fast-paced rollercoasters, such as Boomerang and Iron Rattler, which combines a classic wooden structure with a steel track and rails. If you need a break from the wild rides, relax on the merry-go-round or enjoy a view of the park on the ferris wheel. Cool off from the hot Texan sun at the Lone Star Lagoon, a massive wave pool shaped like the state of Texas. The park’s daily shows have received several awards, so make sure you catch one. Remember to bring your bathing suit and sunscreen.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg

Pay tribute to World War II heroes and learn about the conflict at National Museum of the Pacific War. Located in Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s hometown, this museum complex includes three major sites--the Admiral Nimitz Museum, the George H.W. Bush Gallery, and the Pacific Combat Zone. Guided tours, artifacts, documents, weapons, and multimedia presentations illustrate the war in the Pacific. Visit the Japanese Garden of Peace, donated by the government of Japan on the town's 130th anniversary. A single ticket gives you access to all of the sites and is valid for two days.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $35 › Learn more about National Museum of the Pacific War

11. San Antonio Zoo

San Antonio Zoo features 750 species of mammals, reptiles, birds(among the United States' largest collections), and amphibians. See the plains of Africa and lush jungles of Amazonia in this natural setting for over 9,000 animals. Observe different animal species as they share a common watering place, and watch a hippopotamus and a Nile crocodile up close through underwater viewing windows. You can hop on a train for a tour around the zoo, visit a butterfly garden, play with parrots, and ride a carousel. There's a lot of walking to do, so wear comfortable shoes and carry water with you.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $27 › Learn more about San Antonio Zoo

12. Austin and Hill Country Sightseeing Tour

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Skip searching for best things to do in Austin, and let real locals show you the best of the city's rich culture and history, with a little bit of that famous Central Texas Hill Country. This signature Austin tour covers 30 miles, 50+ points of interest, in 90 minutes (1.5 hours) NON-STOP. (Route subject to change due to closures.)You'll get to see iconic places such as the Texas Capitol, as well important cultural areas like the Six Square District in East Austin. Sit back and relax in the comfort of a Mercedes-Benz sprinter van as you explore the city and head into hill country. Even lifelong Texans can't believe these rolling hills and greenery are in their own state!Read the What to Expect section below to learn about the places you'll pass by as your Austinite guide gives you anecdotes and ideas for how to enjoy the rest of your trip in this counterculture capital. For those who want to get out and explore, consider the 2.5-hour version of this tour with stops along the way!
Suggested duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Tours from $30 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Tower of the Americas

When passing through San Antonio, don’t miss dining in the rotating restaurant at Tower of the Americas. This 230 m (750 ft) tower, located in the middle of HemisFair park, was the tallest observation tower in the United States from 1968 until 1996. The panoramic view is best seen from the observation desk, which is easily accessible by an elevator. If you like a challenge, though, you can climb the 952 steps to the top. A 4-D movie about the history of Texas is included in the ticket price.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $49 › Learn more about Tower of the Americas

14. Room Escape Games

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. San Antonio Haunted History Ghost Tour

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Rated #2 Ghost Tour in the Country by USA TODAY! Stroll through the streets of Old San Antonio as your guide recounts the stories of centuries past and brings history to life! This 90-minute walking tour is an educational and historical experience and can be enjoyed by all ages.
Suggested duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Tours from $27 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

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