The Alamo: On the east side of Alamo Plaza is the most famous spot in Texas where 189 defenders fell on March 6, 1836, after repeated attacks by Mexican General Santa Anna’s army. Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo) was established in 1718 as the city’s first mission. The chapel, one of the most photographed facades in the nation, and the Long Barracks are all that remain of the original fort. The Long Barracks Museum and Library is located near the chapel. The museum contains relics and mementos from the Republic of Texas and offers a narration on the fall of the Alamo. The Alamo is located in the heart of the city, inside beautifully landscaped grounds.
The River Walk: 20 feet below street level and steps from the famed Alamo, the Paseo del Rio, better known as the River Walk, awaits you. Aside the meandering San Antonio River, stone pathways connect shops, restaurants, hotels and museums with a blend of historic and modern architecture that resonates the depth of this centuries-old metropolis. Among these walkways, commerce meets culture with the sounds of mariachis serenading diners and river taxis carrying guests across the spring-fed river that has attracted people to this region for centuries. Soon the River Walk will extend from two to thirteen miles, connecting many of San Antonios prestigious museums and historic districts with beautifully preserved 18th century, Spanish Colonial missions.
SeaWorld San Antonio: From Shamu to dolphins, sharks, seals, sea lions and much more, SeaWorld San Antonio is the world’s largest marine life park. After hanging out with Shamu or watching one of Sea World’s shows, head over to the roller-coaster action with the Great White, which is Texas’ first inverted steel roller-coaster or the Steel Eel for a bout of weightlessness. To cool off, ride Journey to Atlantis which is part roller-coaster, part water ride or dip into the Lost Lagoon.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas: Experience the best in thrilling rides, exciting live entertainment and a free waterpark all at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Begin your adventure by facing your fears on the parks eighth roller coaster, Goliath. Towering 105 feet, Goliath propels riders down an 80-foot drop, two massive loops and five heart-pounding inversions all at 50 mph! Continue the thrills by soaring high on the Superman Krypton Coaster, taking gut-wrenching turns on Tony Hawks Big Spin and enjoying a daring free-fall down on Scream. Then soak up some family fun at White Water Bay, Fiesta Texas free waterpark. Get drenched on over 15 wild rides and slides, including Tornado, Big Bender and The Lone Star Lagoon, a wave pool not only shaped like Texas, but almost as big! Six Flags Fiesta Texas has won Amusement Todays Golden Ticket Award for The Best Theme Park Shows in the Country for an astounding 10 consecutive years!
The San Antonio Zoo: The San Antonio Zoo is ranked as one of the best zoos in the nation exhibiting over 3,500 animals of 600 species. Located at the headwaters of the San Antonio River, the Zoo encompasses 35 landscaped acres. Several interaction exhibits include: Kronkosky’s Tiny Tot Nature Spot, a magnificent mini-zoo designed specifically for children under 5, Butterflies! Caterpillar Flight School, a lush tropical habitat surrounded by hundreds of butterflies (open March – Nov), Fun Farm Petting Zoo where everyone can pet African Pygmy goats, and Lory Landing, a rainbow of colorful birds flying about the canopy of an outdoor aviary, occasionally landing on visitors ($1 to feed the lories). The San Antonio Zoo is open 365 days a year. Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ideas for First Time Visitors:
- San Antonio Historical Mission: The Alamo, Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Juan, Mission Espada, World Heritage Site
- River Walk, Mission and Museum Reach
- La Villita
- San Fernando Cathedral
- The Saga
- Tower of the Americas
- Texas Hill Country
- Market Square
- Tax Free Shopping
Ideas for Repeat Visitors:
- SeaWorld San Antonio
- Six Flags San Antonio
- Natural Bridge Caverns
- The Shops at Rivercenter
- King William Historic District
- Majestic Theatre
- Tobin Center
- San Antonio Zoo
- San Antonio Western Shooting
Local Art Scene
San Antonio has captivated people from cultures around the world since the city was first established in the early 1700s. Mexican, European, Asian, African and Western traditions all blend together into a personality that’s uniquely San Antonio. You’ll find outdoor sculptures and artwork, art galleries, more than 25 museums, over 40 performing arts stages and many cultural arts festivals. Together, these artistic attractions make San Antonio one of the top 25 cities for art in the United States.
Need an easy way to see San Antonio’s museums, art galleries and more? Explore Southtown Arts District, King William, the Broadway Cultural Corridor and more using VIA’s VIVA Culture route!
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with new rides, shows and a ton of fun! The thrill capital of South Texas is celebrating it’s iconic 25th Anniversary in 2017! Enjoy classic thrills on rides like Fireball, Hurricane Force 5, the Iron Rattler and don’t miss fun shows for the entire family. New shows this year include VIBE!, Vinyl Countdown Vol. 2 The One Hit Wonders and returning after popular demand, From Memphis to Motown, A Rock And Soul Celebration. Also new in 2017 is the Six Flags Mardi Gras Festival that features eight authentic parade floats created by the world-renowned Kern Studios! Enjoy creole fare, a twice daily parade and beads galore! Are you ready for more? This summer take a ride on America’s first rocket blast water coaster–Thunder Rapids, featuring custom-designed inline rafts and water propulsion jets for lighting-fast uphill speed and adrenaline-pumping drops. This thrilling new water coaster is right in the hear of White Water Bay, Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ FREE water park (included with admission).
SeaWorld San Antonio
Immerse yourself in the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld® San Antonio. Experience up-close sea life interactions and dive into the world beneath the waves. For totally new experiences, head for SeaWorld’s breathtaking coastal-themed bottlenose dolphin habitat, Discovery Point™. Visit our Dolphin Lagoon, where you can observe a playful pod of dolphins from its shores, watch their behaviors from our underwater viewing area, or even reserve one of our limited Signature Dolphin Swims. You’ll also find Explorer’s Reef, home to sharks and exotic fish, along with a living coral reef. Discovery Point can be explored by all guests as part of their admission. And don’t forget to catch the awe-inspiring shows and the thrills of coasters and rides at SeaWorld. Then dive into Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark®, and come face-to-fin as you wade amongst real stingrays! This tropical paradise next to SeaWorld offers water rides from serene to extreme, crashing surf and unforgettable opportunities to meet stingrays, tropical birds and other amazing animals.
Daisy Tours : We’ll make sure that your conventioneers remember more than just the Alamo. We offer spouse programs that work with your meeting agenda and special events your entire group can enjoy together. We are locally owned, and operate our own deluxe coaches to handle all your transportation needs. We also offer a few extra touches to help things run smoothly.
Coach USA/ Kerville: Kerrville Bus Company, Inc. has over 400 dedicated people to serve you. We take pride in providing the finest quality in motorcoach transportation service which has been the company’s way of doing business for over seventy years, since its early beginnings in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
Although the company has grown to become one of the nation’s largest bus carriers, we continue to strive for excellence in the transportation industry. Our division offices specialize in a variety of services including scheduled route-line transportation, deluxe motorcoach charters and shuttles, customized group tour packages, casino trips, and convention coordination and planning.
Circa Texas, Inc.: Circa proves time and again that hospitality can be efficient. Our uniformed transportation professionals will greet your guests at the airport, assist with baggage, and coordinate ground transportation. We’ll give tours, provide shuttles, take expedite transportation to off-site venues, take spouses on shopping trips, and make sure every guest arrives at every event in comfort and on time.
San Antonio Star Shuttle: Our Shuttle & Charter division offers one the regions newest and largest bus and mini-bus charter fleets as well as air conditioned school busses and trolleys. Our European style Touring Coaches are configured for 49-57 passengers while our Mini-bus and van fleet have configurations for 10-29 passengers. We’re equipped to handle the smallest to the largest events including conventions, parking shuttles, airport transfers, and trips for schools, churches, and other groups.
Distance from Major Airports
- San Antonio International Airport (SAT) to downtown – 10 miles