Where would you like to travel?   

Best 25 Cities to Visit in USA

Home >> Texas >> San Antonio

10 Top Rated Things to Do in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

#1 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in San Antonio

San Antonio River Walk is the prime attraction of downtown San Antonio. It is the most visited tourist attraction of Texas. The River Walk is a 15-mile long network of walkways that run along the San Antonio river. The river flows through downtown with shops, restaurants, and other popular attractions along the route. Things to do include boat ride, cruise, shopping, dining, watch parade, and enjoy walking. The River Walk is home to several events throughout the year including Texas Cavaliers River Parade, Armed Forces River Parade, and Ford Holiday River Parade.

Hours & Admission

The Alamo
Photograph by Daniel Schwen, via Wikimedia Commons

The Alamo

#2 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in San Antonio

The Alamo is the most visited historic landmark of Texas and San Antonio. The Alamo, originally known as the Mision San Antonio de Valero is a 300-year-old historic Spanish mission of 18th century. It was the site of the famous Battle of the Alamo in 1836. The Alamo Church, Gift Shop, and grounds are free to visit. You can explore the mission with a free timed ticket or take one hour guided walking tour.

Hours & Admission


Sponsor Ad
SeaWorld San Antonio
Photograph by Lonelysoulq, via Wikimedia Commons

SeaWorld San Antonio

#3 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in San Antonio

SeaWorld San Antonio is the largest of three SeaWorld parks in the United States. The 250 acres theme park features rides, live entertainment shows, interactive exhibits, theaters, and shops. SeaWorld is known for its popular live daily shows including Sesame Street Party Parade, Orca Encounter, Ocean Discovery, Sea Lion High, and Sunny Day Celebration. The shows features live animals such as killer whales, beluga whales, sea lions, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, and otters. The themed park includes roller coasters and fun rides. SeaWorld San Antonio also as water park called Aquatica. Visitors can also touch, feed, and interact with animals.

SeaWorld San Antonio Attractions

  • Live Entertainment Shows
  • Roller Coasters & Rides
  • Live Animal Interaction
  • Parade
  • Aquatica Water Park
  • Christmas Light Displays

Hours & Admission

Natural Bridge Caverns
Photograph by Rei, via Wikimedia Commons

Natural Bridge Caverns

#4 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in San Antonio

Natural Bridge Caverns is a family owned and operated natural attraction. It offers two types of tour to visitors: Discovery Tour and Hidden Passages Tour. Discovery Tour features half-mile caverns tour below 180 feet. The tour offers spectacular views of formations. Hidden Passages Tour offers tour of huge underground chambers with delicate formations. Natural Bridge Caverns also offers private VIP tour experiences such as Private Cavern Tour, Lantern Tour, Photography Tour, Hidden Passages Adventure Tour, and Dinner for group. There are more attractions outside the caverns such as Twisted Trails Zip Rails & Ropes Course, Twisted Trails Tykes, Twisted Trails Climbing, Maze, Gem & Fossil Mining, and Gift Shop.

Things to See

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Photograph by Pizzacrustman, via Wikimedia Commons

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

#5 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in San Antonio

Six Flags Fiesta Texas located in San Antonio, Texas features over 60 thrilling rides, shows & attractions. The 220 acres theme park has five themed areas: Los Festivales, Crackaxle Canyon, Spassburg, Rockville, and Fiesta Bay Boardwalk. White Water Bay water park of Six Flags Fiesta Texas amusement park features water slides and attractions. Six Flags Fiesta Texas also hosts live shows and events throughout park.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas Attractions

  • Family Rides
  • Kids Rides
  • Thrill Rides
  • Water Park Rides

Hours & Admission

San Antonio Botanical Garden
Photograph Flickr by BFS Man, via Wikimedia Commons

San Antonio Botanical Garden

#6 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in San Antonio

San Antonio Botanical Garden is a 38 acres living museum of native and imported plants. It is one of the best botanical garden in the U.S. with outstanding displays, botanical diversity, education, and environmental stewardship. The botanical garden collections includes native plants, conservatory, overlook tower and the Sullivan Carriage House. Featured attraction of the garden includes Lucile Halsell Conservator, Sullivan Carriage House, Mays Family Display Garden, Kumamoto En Japanese Garden, Family Adventure Garden, Auld House, and Daniel Sullivan Carriage House. Lucile Halsell Conservatory is a popular attraction of the garden with five glass structures greenhouses with tropical palms, rainforest ferns, desert cacti and rare orchids surrounding a courtyard.

Things to See

San Antonio Zoo
Photograph by Billy Hathorn, via Wikimedia Commons

San Antonio Zoo

#7 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in San Antonio

Located in Brackenridge Park, 35-acre San Antonio Zoo is home to more than 3,500 animals representing 750 species. The zoo exhibit includes Bear Corner, Cat Grotto, Savanna, Outpost Amazonia, Kronkosky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot, Big Cat Valley, Gibbon Forest, Africa Plains, Africa Live, Friedrich Aquarium, Bird House, Amphibia, and Reptile House. The Friedrich Aquarium inside zoo is home to many fresh water and saltwater animals. Other attraction of the zoo includes Kiddie Park, Carousel ride, and Zoo Eagle Train ride.

Things to See

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Photograph by Liveon001, via Wikimedia Commons

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

#8 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in San Antonio

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is a World Heritage Site that includes four of San Antonio's Spanish Missions. The missions within the National Park include Mission Nuestra Senora de la Purisma Concepcion de Acuna, Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, Mission San Juan Capistrano, and Mission San Francisco de la Espada. The Alamo is the 5th mission in San Antonio which is not part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

Hours & Admission

Japanese Tea Garden
Photograph by Brownings, via Wikimedia Commons

Japanese Tea Garden

#9 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in San Antonio

Located in Brackenridge Park, Japanese Tea Garden is a public garden open daily from dawn to dusk. The garden features historic Jingu house, floral display with shaded walkways, stone bridges, a 60-foot waterfall and ponds filled with Koi. The Japanese Tea Garden features areas available for special events through advance reservation. The Jingu House is now being operated as a Jingu House Cafe and offers sandwiches, salads, Asian dishes and a variety of hot and cold teas.

Hours & Admission

Government Canyon State Natural Area
Photograph by Zereshk, via Wikimedia Commons

Government Canyon State Natural Area

#10 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in San Antonio

Government Canyon State Natural Area preserves 12,000-acre of rugged hills, canyons, and wilderness. It offers more than 40 miles of trails. Recreational activities includes hiking, camping, picnic, and bird watching. Walk through through e Joe Johnston Route to the Zizelmann House has 110 million year old dinosaur tracks and a prehistoric midden. For scenic views, hike the Far Reaches Trail to the Chula Vista and Sotol overlooks, or to the North and South Bluff Spurs overlooks.

THINGS TO DO

San Antonio Museums

  1. Witte Museum
  2. San Antonio Museum of Art
  3. McNay Art Museum
  4. The Buckhorn Museum

San Antonio Parks

  1. Denman Estate Park
  2. Brackenridge Park
  3. Phil Hardberger Park
  4. Medina River Natural Area
  5. Braunig Lake Park