San Antonio Travel Guide & Information
San Antonio, the second-largest city in the state of Texas is known as the center of Tejano culture and Texas tourism. From friendly residents, to Texas home style cooking and renowned Mexican fare, to exciting nightlife; it's no wonder that so many people plan their visit to this timeless city on the river.
Travel to San Antonio, a city rich in heritage, charm and beauty. Also known as the River City and Alamo City; San Antonio is home to friendly people, historical architecture, delicious food, shopping, attractions and activities. Flights to San Antonio are your tickets to one of the most culturally enjoyable cities in Texas. A Riverboat Tour, the Alamo and the Institute of Texas Cultures are just a few of the places to explore the cultural roots of this historical city.
Founded in 1691 by Spanish missionaries, San Antonio retains a relaxed, organic flavor, thanks to a winning combination of small town warmth and respect for diversity and history. A remarkable blend of culture and the tradition make San Antonio unlike any other city. Travelers visiting San Antonio are sure to be charmed by the small-town friendliness of this lovely, unforgettable destination.
Things to do in San Antonio
San Antonio is home to several world class museums.
San Antonio Museum of Art: specializes in art of the Americas including pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial and Latin American folk art. Secondary collections include excellent representations of Oceanic Art, Islamic Art, Irish Silver, Wedgewood Ceramics, European paintings, Photography and more.
Institute of Texan Cultures: is a museum and library located in HemisFair Park. It serves as the state's primary center for multicultural education with exhibits, programs and events, like the Texas Folklife Festival. The Institute of Texan Cultures maintains 65,000 square feet of exhibits designed to entertain, inspire and educate.
McNay Art Museum: focuses primarily on 19th and 20th century European and American art by such notable artists as Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Diego Rivera, Mary Cassatt and Edward Hopper. Today, the collection consists of over 14,000 objects and is one of the finest collections of Contemporary Art and Sculpture in the Southwestern United States.
San Antonio is home to several outstanding attractions.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas: is a seasonally operated theme park. Experience the best of thrilling rides, exciting live entertainment and a free water park, all at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. With more than 40 rides at the venue including white-water rapids flume and a tower drop. Rounding out the offerings are many excellent family-friendly musical shows. Fiesta Texas has won the Golden Ticket award for best theme-park shows in the country for nine straight years.
San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium: Set on 35 acres with more than 3,500 animals of 600 species, the San Antonio Zoo is consistently ranked as one of the best zoos in the country. It has the nation's third-largest animal collection, mostly in outdoor habitats. The Children's Zoo, features rides, a nursery, a playground, an education center and the highlight, "Round-the-World Voyage of Discovery" exhibit.
Brackenridge Park: makes an excellent setting for a picnic or a stroll and also offers jogging trails, public art, athletic fields, a golf course, concessions and rides on a carousel and miniature train. Another popular attraction in the vicinity is the Japanese Tea Gardens - a lush year-round garden and floral display featuring shaded walkways, stone bridges, a 60-foot waterfall and attractive ponds.
Where to Stay in San Antonio:
When it comes to accommodation, the choices in San Antonio are endless, cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99
River Walk: is extremely popular with tourists, business travelers and leisure travelers. The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with restaurants and shops, connecting the major tourist draws from the Alamo to Rivercenter mall and the Arneson River Theatre to HemisFair Park. Those looking for luxury 4-star and 5-star hotels should definitely check out this area, replete with notable chains.
Downtown: Downtown San Antonio is the central business district in San Antonio. The Central Business District is home to Rivercenter Mall, including Macy's, an IMAX theater and Dillard's. Many people travel to visit this historic district, which houses the famous Alamo. Besides being home to some premier hotel chains, it also offers plenty of budget hotels.
Passport & Visa Requirements
As per the latest travel information available to San Antonio, here are the latest passport and visa guidelines:
For US Citizens:
* A valid identification in order to board the plane.
For Canadian Citizens:
Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:
* A passport or
* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.
This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.
We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.
*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.
When to visit San Antonio
With pleasant weather and plenty of outdoor activities year-round, San Antonio is a popular family vacation spot.
The most popular time to visit San Antonio is during the summer when the weather is at its best. Budget travelers will find cheaper airfare and discount hotel rates when traveling during the fall and winters.
Planning your Visit:
Peak season: (May to mid-August)
Off-Peak season: (Mid-August to late August & Mid-December to Late
San Antonio Weather
The climate in San Antonio is considered subtropical, located on the edge of the Gulf Coastal Plains, which makes for a moderate year-round climate.
* San Antonio’s weather is alternately dry or humid depending on the winds. During the summer, it can be hot and dry, while winters are mild to cool. Occasionally it gets quite cold.
Currency and Language:
Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available throughout San Antonio. Be sure to let your bank know your dates of travel and find out the cost for ATM withdraws.
* English is the primary language.
* Many people in San Antonio also speak Spanish