San Antonio, Texas, the seventh largest city in America, is home to historic sites and leisure attractions galore. San Antonio also boasts one of the nation’s premier sports teams, as well as some of the best restaurants anywhere in the country. If you’re planning to visit for business or pleasure, you’ll want to check out some of what the Alamo City has to offer during your short-term stay in San Antonio.
Top Restaurants in San Antonio, Texas
Take your taste buds south of the border.
Located north of Downtown San Antonio in the revitalized Pearl Brewery area, Nao Latin Gastro Bar prides itself on being a restaurant dedicated to the preservation, celebration, and exploration of authentic Latin American cuisines. That’s not surprising considering that it’s operated by The Culinary Institute of America. Both the food and cocktail menus use fresh, iconic Latin American ingredients, prepared with continental and indigenous techniques. Order a pisco sour and dig into duck carnitas. 312 Pearl Parkway.
Bliss is known in the San Antonio area – and nationally – for its excellent take on contemporary American cuisine. OpenTable diners in 2016 voted it one of the top 100 restaurants for foodies in America. The seasonal menu highlights in-house baked goods, artisanal cheeses, and charcuterie items, backed by a stellar beer and wine list. Is it cheap? No, not with entrees topping out at $45. But you’ve got the company credit card, right? 926 South Presa St.
A bit farther off the beaten tourist path, Pollos Asados Los Norteños specializes in Monterrey-style roasted chicken. Whole chickens are split and roasted on a wood-fired grill and then bathed in a basting liquid loaded with herbs and dried chiles. The restaurant also has fajitas and hamburguesas nortenas (American-style burgers) on the menu, but the chicken, as the restaurant’s name would suggest, is the star of the show. 4642 Rigsby Ave., just off Interstate 410.
Botika serves a different take on South American cuisine, serving up Peruvian-Asian fare. Executive Chef Geronimo Lopez, a native of Venezuela, offers “Chifa” (Chinese-Peruvian) and “Nikkei” (Japanese-Peruvian) items on the simple menu, including sushi, ceviche, noodles, egg rolls, and empanadas. Botika is also in the hot Pearl neighborhood, a mix of restaurants and boutiques built on the site of the Pearl Brewery, which operated here from 1883 until its 2001 closing. 303 Pearl Parkway #111.
San Antonio Attractions
Remember the Alamo, but don’t forget the rest.
You remember the Alamo right? What you might not know is that the Alamo is just one of five existing San Antonio Missions, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Alamo (officially Mission San Antonio de Valero, founded 1718) is most famous as the site where scant Texas forces, including Davy Crockett, held off an army from south of the border for 13 days in 1836. It is now operated as a historic site by the state of Texas. The other four missions – Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada – are operated by the National Park Service. The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza; San Antonio Missions, 6701 San Jose Drive.
San Antonio certainly offers more traditional museums such as the San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum. The Briscoe Western Art Museum, however, is an only-in-Texas affair. The museum tells the story of the American West with art and artifacts of Native Americans, cowboys, and Mexicans. Collection highlights include Santa Anna’s sword and Pancho Villa’s saddle. 210 W. Market St.
The San Antonio River Walk
After the Alamo, which is the biggest draw in the entire state of Texas, the River Walk is by far the biggest attraction in San Antonio. Also known as Paseo del Rio, it is a network of connected walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story below street level in Downtown San Antonio. The River Walk is lined with restaurants, shops, and bars. And if you get tired of walking, you can always hop on a boat for a cruise.
The Six Flags chain of amusement parks operates Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. The park features roller coasters and other amusement park rides, from the tame to the extreme. It also has a seasonally open water park with slides and – believe your eyes – a wave pool in the shape of Texas. There are several other water parks, amusement parks, and the like in the area (due to the amazing year-round weather), but Six Flags Fiesta Texas is the big one. 17000 IH-10 West.
San Antonio Sports and Outdoors
The Spurs and a lot more.
The San Antonio Spurs as of February 2017 holds the record for the most consecutive winning seasons in NBA history, at 20. The team’s five NBA championships put it in fourth place for the most in league history, after the Celtics, the Lakers, and the Bulls. When not trouncing teams on the road, the Spurs play at the AT&T Center. 1 AT&T Center Parkway.
Spurs Sports & Entertainment
The owner of the Spurs, Spurs Sports & Entertainment, dominates the rest of the sports lineup in the Alamo City. Besides managing the AT&T Center, it owns and operates:
San Antonio Stars, WNBA (women’s basketball)
San Antonio Rampage, AHL (hockey)
San Antonio FC, USL (soccer)
Golf in San Antonio
San Antonio’s pleasant year-round weather makes it the ideal place to visit if you’re an avid golfer. And with more than 50 golf courses to choose from, you’ll never run out of options. Some of the must-play courses in San Antonio include the AT&T Oaks, Hill Country Golf Club, La Cantera Resort, The Quarry Golf Club, and the Thomas Walker-designed Canyon Springs Golf Club.
Where to Stay in San Antonio Short-Term
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