San Antonio, TX
If you want to head southwest for a sunny getaway, go off the beaten path and visit San Antonio, Texas. This cool metropolis offers a balance of Wild West history and Mexican culture coupled with great food and attractions for all ages. From the Alamo to the Rodeo, Texas's second largest city is reinventing itself, becoming a versatile destination well worth exploring. Here are a few things to check out on your trip.
The Alamo is one of the main reasons people travel to San Antonio. As a symbol of the state, the Alamo is an 18th-century church that was occupied by Texan volunteer soldiers who were fighting for independence from Mexico. Though greatly outnumbered, the Alamo's defenders courageously held out for 13 days before the Mexican invaders finally overpowered them. For Texans, the Alamo is a heroic symbol of their resistance to oppression and struggle for independence, which they won shortly after. It's a must-see while in San Antonio.
Winding through the city center, with easy access to dining, shopping, historic sites, and other attractions, is the River Walk. With cypress-lined paved paths, arched stone bridges, and lush landscapes, the River Walk is a serene and pleasant way to navigate the city. You can take a river barge, walk, or bike, depending on your mood. Just steps from the Alamo, there is an adventure around every turn.
Check out the breathtakingly beautiful Majestic Theatre for captivating plays such as A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, The Color Purple, and more. Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the Majestic Theatre was built in 1929 and was designed in a Spanish-Mediterranean style. With 2,264 seats and a domed ceiling painted with images of clouds and stars, the theatre is a National Historic Landmark you won't want to miss.
El Mercado, or The Market Square, is a vast Mexican marketplace that occupies two blocks of plazas and historic buildings, with shops, restaurants, art galleries, and more. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Mexico by exploring dozens of locally owned stores where you can find authentic pottery, exotic curios, and handcrafted works of art. The plazas come alive with music, dancing, mariachis, and other entertainment while you shop. Many festivals and fiestas are held in El Mercado throughout the year.
The Sea World San Antonio park is home to Shamu, the killer whale and a variety of sea creatures like sea lions, seals, dolphins, penguins, and sharks. Spend the day experiencing thrilling rides, family-friendly shows, swimming with dolphins, and dining alongside Sea World's most famous stars. During the holidays, the park is covered with eight million lights, the most significant display in Texas. Be sure to put Sea World on your list!
Catch a San Antonio Spurs basketball game at the AT&T Center. Winners of five NBA Championships, the Spurs are talented players who are fun to watch. Tickets can be purchased now through the beginning of April for home games. Whether you're a sports enthusiast or not, you're sure to enjoy a night of shooting and dynamics with the Spurs.
Spend an evening watching some of the country's top cowboys compete in the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo on an AAA MVP vacation. This 5-day tour also includes a visit to the legendary Alamo and Mission San Jose. Explore the history of the San Antonio region, visit the Botanical Gardens, journey to Stonewall to spend time at the LBJ Ranch, and cruise along the Paseo del Rio to immerse yourself in Texan culture.
AAA Travel can help you plan a fantastic getaway to San Antonio. Whether you're looking to book our Spotlight on San Antonio Tour or an a la carte experience, call 1-800-444-8691 to speak with one of our expert agents. If you prefer, you can visit a nearby AAA Travel branch for more information. You can also pick your dates, set your budget, and select a hotel chain on your own at an AAA-Approved property. Check out AAA's San Antonio Travel Guide for travel essentials.