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Explore the San Antonio Riverwalk, Defend the Alamo and Shop the Mexican Markets. If eating is your thing, then we will point you to the fanciest and finest restaurants in San Antonio, Texas, or if you want to “get down and dirty” then “Hammer’s Hole’s” will lead you to the best of San Antonio’s “hole in the wall” fare.
Things to Do From a Locals Perspective
Here is a little insight on how Locals might entertain in San Antonio.
Go down to the Guenther House (129 E Guenther- 227-1061) For some fresh pastries and a hearty breakfast. The Guenther House is located at the Pioneer Flour Mill. Tour this historical house and visit the gift shop. Walk down the Riverwalk from the Guenther House and get a feel of the King William residential area. Walk up to the street level if you like the old Greek Revival type architecture. Walk down King William Street in particular. If you like to walk keep walking down the Riverwalk towards the Downtown area. To your left, as you pass Durango you will see the Riverwalk Inn (Bed and Breakfast made of Restored Log Homes). Tours are welcome so come on in Look at the Xeriscape Garden put in by the Texas Master Gardeners. . Keep walking down the Riverwalk, past the waterfall, until you come to the River Bend. Take a right on the River Bend. You will soon come to the Westin. Very nice hotel and worth a look inside. You could spend a lot of time walking the Riverwalk so I won’t elaborate too much on what to see there.
The Southwest Craft Center is worth a visit, a bit of a walk but very nice. Make sure to see the Old church (Great ceiling) and ask someone to show you the gate where babies used to be dropped off for adoption to the monastery. Also, check out the Clock tower with faces on three sides, they never thought San Antonio would grow towards the fourth side. Lunch here in the Copper Kitchen is very good and cheap.
A stroll through La Villita is interesting. Look at the old village and early architecture.
The mission trail is also worth the time with Mission San Jose being my favorite.
Sunset Depot is quite beautiful in Sunset Station. The old renovated train depot is quite impressive.
If your in San Antonio on Saturday around 11:00 am then go over to El Mirador and eat the Soup. (Sopa Azteca is my favorite)
The walkthrough of Hemisfair Park is nice and if you have kids the playground is very fun. Take a ride up the Tower of Americas for a great view of the City but make sure not to eat up there.
If you are into the middle-of-the-night eating then you will find Mi Tierra open 24 hours. But I would only go late, there are better places for the other key meals. (Check out Hammer’s Holes) Late night dessert and coffee at Earl Abel’s is always a good locals choice but if you want trendy then you might have to go to Niles wine bar on Broadway or Cappy’s (chocolate cake) , also on Broadway.
Take a Pedicab ride. These bikes with a carriage can be found throughout Downtown. Take a tour or just a ride. They do not charge but work only for tips, but tip well because it sure is fun.
If nature is your thing then take a trip to the Botanical Center on Funston. Very pretty with a great Texas landscape and scenery. Head down Hildebrand to McCullough for a great chocolate shake and burger at the Olmos Pharmacy. The San Antonio Zoo is also very nice and close to this location. A great day trip to Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg is another nice way to spend some nature time.
Art and Museums- Mc Nay Art Institute, San Antonio Museum of Art, Blue Star Art Complex, Buckhorn Museum, Witte Museum, and Tree House, Guadalupe Cultural Arts, South West Craft Center