Our 24 Hour San Antonio Adventure
San Antonio is a major city located in south-central Texas. San Antonio is known for its deep colonial heritage and is the home of The Alamo; an 18th century Spanish mission that marks the Texan independence from Mexico. It is also a great city to visit and have some fun! While we only stayed in San Antonio for a a little over 24 hours, here are some must see activities.
Campground(s) we stayed
Braunig Lake RV Resort is located about 15-minutes from down town San Antonio. They have a total of 266 camp sites that can accommodated all sized rigs with full hook-ups. Besides being so close to downtown San Antonio they also have serval other features including; catch & release fishing, weekend meals, horse shoe courts and a pool/spa. The site we were placed in was a little tight for our sized rig. Most of the sites in section E & F sites are fairly close together. We suggest arriving during day light to park to help with any tight turns if you have a big rig like us. Their weekly rate was reasonable and they also accept Passport America if you happen to be a member with them too. We would recommend staying here while visiting San Antonio.
Things to do
The River Walk – was our favorite part while visiting San Antonio. This semi-natural/ semi-man made retreat winds along the San Antonio river. It is located below street level where cypress trees line paves paths. It curves around the city center and houses tons of restaurants, ‘cultural hot spots’ and historic sites. As we strolled along the River Walk there were so many things to see… beautiful stone bridges, colorful umbrella’s, and wildlife (ducks, other birds and fish). We had a ton of fun exploring the walk, finding stores and restaurants each with their own character and flare.
The River Walk Boat Tours – are a great way to see the entire River Walk while also getting information about the city’s history. There are tree tour options to choose from, the Dinner / Cocktail Cruises, the Narrated River Walk Tours or the River Taxi’s (not really a tour but a cool way to get from one stop on the River Walk to another). We choose to do the Narrated River Walk Tour which was about $9.00 per person. The tour is about 35-minutes long and you travel one and a half miles of the San Antonio River Walk. During the tour your guide provides an entertaining narrative about the history of the River Walk. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at varies ticket booth locations along the River walk. We enjoyed the tour as it was a great way to get a lot of information about the River Walk in a short amount of time. Check out our video above to get a sneak peak of the views you would see during a tour.
The Alamo & Other Historic Missions – There are five 18th century Catholic missions along the San Antonio River. These missions and the friars that led them created an ethnically diverse society that continues to influence the city even today. The five missions include; Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo), Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada. These missions have been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) because it represents the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America. We only had time to visit one mission – The Alamo. It was so interesting to see this old building that holds so mush history. Looking at all the pictures and reading the stories on how the battle of the Alamo was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolutions. It made us very grateful for what we have and that we were not at the Alamo back in 1836.
Tower of the Americas – While we didn’t have enough time to visit the Tower of the Americas, it was on my list to see. With an observation deck, revolving eatery, stationary bar and 4d adventure ride. Being the 2nd tallest observation tower in the U.S. it’s a great place to view the city – if you go let us know how it is!
Places we ate
Boudro’s… great spot on the Riverwalk to enjoy a dinner while watching the boat tours float by. We enjoyed their Sea Scallops and Tuna Tartare appetizers followed by Black Angus Flank Steak and Blacken Gulf Fish Fillet. AND don’t forget to try one of their prickly pear margaritas’! It was so good, a must have it you like margaritas 🙂
Joe’s Crab Shack… if you are looking for some funky drinks and a place where you can eat with your hands! We got a few of their crab buckets, where we had some fun cracking and eating crab legs. If you get a ‘window seat’ it has a great view of the Riverwalk. Nothing fancy here, just a fun spot to enjoy some seafood.
Sushi Zushi – Colonnade… every so often we get a real craving for sushi and Sushi Zushi did not disappoint. We come on a Wednesday night and the service was friendly and quick. We ordered a few more rolls then I would like to admit, but some of their signature roles that we would recommend are the LIR Roll and the Yummy Yummy Roll. They also had a big selection of Sake (e.g. hot, cold, sparkling and infused). If you are into Sushi and Sake we suggest giving Sushi Zuski a try.
Worth the Visit?
San Antonio is a great city to visit with a ton of character and history. We really enjoyed ourselves when visiting the Riverwalk. There are so many places to visit and areas along the river walk to explore. We could have spent several weeks there and still would not have seen them all! The combination of rich history and a party city vibe, we would definitely come back to San Antonio.