In a recent trip to Texas I found myself with a free day to explore the San Antonio area. I had never visited that part of the country before so I was eager to check out what the area had to offer. I found it to be a vibrant, up and coming and very picturesque part of Texas. The Texas Hill Country reaches into San Antonio providing some of the most beautiful hilly vistas the state has to offer. There is an abundance of great restaurants, shopping malls and attractions all around the city and surrounding area. Here are a few of the highlights:
The Alamo which is officially known as “The Alamo Mission in San Antonio” is the most famous of the many missions built along the San Antonio River. The historic battle of The Alamo took place in 1836. You can learn all about its rich history on a tour that can be completed in under an hour.
River Walk is a tree lined waterway running through the heart of the city and is one of the top tourist attractions in San Antonio. It has an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants, offering plenty of opportunities to sample some of the best Tex-Mex around. You might want to consider ordering the Chili as it’s known to be San Antonio’s signature dish. Dotted with colorful umbrellas along the waterway, River Walk takes you right through the city where you can see all the city’s sites by either taking a stroll or by enjoying a boat ride.
Natural Bridges Caverns is another top attraction. It offers a great way to escape the Texas heat if you are visiting during the summer months as the temperature inside the cavern never gets above 70 degrees all year round. Guided tours are available for a small fee. While visiting the area be sure to check out the Wildlife Ranch and the Watchtower Challenge. These are great activities if you are traveling with young children.
If you find yourself in San Antonio with more than 24 hours on hand, there is an abundance of family fun activities such as Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Sea World, both located right in the city. If you are a hoops fan then you’ll want to be sure to catch a San Antonio Spurs game at the AT&T Center.
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Thank you to travel blogger Lisa Medeiros. Follow her on Twitter @lisamedeiros_