No city is complete without a few historical sites and attractions to draw in tourists and bring in money for the city; and lucky for us, San Antonio is full of them! As residents of San Antonio, we have seen these sites and attractions many times and never seem to get tired of them. From historical sites like the Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, to child-friendly sites like Six Flags Fiesta Texas and the San Antonio Zoo & Aquarium, San Antonio has it all.
The city of San Antonio has many sites and attractions worth seeing – however, as residents, we consider the list below absolute MUST-SEE sites and attractions of our wonderful city! Not only are these sites perfect for those looking to visit San Antonio; they are also great for those who have guests visiting. All of these sites are relatively inexpensive and make for a great day of family-fun for those who have out-of-town guests.
Sites and Attractions
300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio
You can’t say you visited San Antonio without a trip to the Alamo. Known as the most famous building in Texas, the Alamo is home to the pivotal stand of 187 Texans, entrenched in the Alamo, against an army of more than 3,000 Mexicans. All 187 defenders of the Alamo were killed, and the Alamo became the symbol of Texan Independence with the battle cry, “Remember the Alamo!”
110 Broadway, Suite 500, San Antonio
A visit to San Antonio wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the River Walk. This stretch of sidewalk along the San Antonio River is home to a plethora of shops, restaurants and hotels. In addition, boat tours are available for those interested in learning more about the history of San Antonio and the sites of the River Walk — this is a must-do at least once!
739 East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard, San Antonio
This 750-foot-tall building stands as the tallest in San Antonio, and all of Texas except for Dallas and Houston. The Tower of the Americas overlooks HemisFair Park, the site of the 1968 World Fair. From the top, the tower boasts magnificent views of the city of San Antonio. While there, take in the Skies Over Texas 4D Theater Ride to see some amazing aerial view of Texas’ landmarks.
6701 San Jose Drive, San Antonio
Home to four of the five Spanish mission stations established between 1718 and 1740, this park is a must see for history lovers. The park includes Mission San Juan Capistrano (1731), Mission san Concepcion (1752), Mission San Francisco de la Espada (1740), and Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo (1720-31).
San Fernando Cathedral
115 Main Plaza, San Antonio
The original church of San Fernando was built between 1738 and 1750. The walls of that original church now form the sanctuary for the cathedral, making the San Fernando Cathedral one of the oldest in the United States. Famously, the cathedral is known as the burial site for the heroes of the Alamo.
San Antonio for Kids
San Antonio is every kid’s playground. With Six Flags Fiesta Texas, one of the largest amusements parks in Texas, SeaWorld, the largest aquatic animal park in Texas, and the San Antonio Zoo & Aquarium, with over 3,500 animals from 750 species, there are plenty of activities to keep the kids busy!
For easy reference, here is a printable graphic of all of our recommended sites and attractions!
We hope you have a great time exploring the sites and attractions San Antonio has to offer! If you have any questions about the city of San Antonio, or you’re looking to move into the area, give us a call! We would love to help!