Robby and I, along with our friends, Courtney and Matt, took a trip to San Antonio for a long weekend. We arrived just before 10 p.m. on a Friday night and stayed until Tuesday.
We rented an Airbnb that was around 10-15 minutes away from San Antonio International Airport and about 10 minutes from downtown. As if that wasn’t already perfect, the Airbnb itself was a beautifully decorated home full of vintage items. I love anything vintage, so to me it felt like Christmas. The master bedroom had its own bathroom with a claw-foot tub (eek!) and out back was a nice sitting area decorated with pretty string lights.
Since our Airbnb was close to downtown, we allowed ourselves to take a break during the afternoon if we were tired. This helped, especially since it was so hot out. But when we weren’t enjoying down time, we were having a blast exploring the city!
Things to Do in San Antonio, TX
In all honesty, I didn’t know much about the Alamo, so it was interesting getting to learn about it. You can pay to take a guided tour or just walk around on your own for free, which is what we chose to do. We went into the church, strolled through the grounds, and stopped by the exhibition hall.
Robby went to San Antonio in college and told me about The Riverwalk, so I was really excited to see it. I’d say this was one of my favorites out of all the things we saw/did. There are plenty of places to eat, or you can just enjoy a nice stroll. We even took a boat tour along the river on our last evening.
Blue Hole was so cool! We ventured to Wimberley, about an hour from San Antonio, to enjoy this natural swimming hole. You have to make reservations to spend several hours there, but it’s only $10 and completely worth it. The water was clean and refreshing, plus it changed different shades of green and blue with the sunlight.
Right next to the hole was an open area where you can lay out, set up chairs and towels, and simply relax. They allow you to bring floaties, and there were two chain swings that people were swinging into the water off of!
Natural Bridge Caverns
We booked a tour for Natural Bridge Caverns, which allowed us to explore a stunning underground cave system. The formations have been growing for years and as you can see, they’re just so unique-looking. We saw stalagmites, stalactites, flowstones, and soda straws.
While the temperature was only 70 degrees, it was pretty humid. Luckily, we went to Blue Hole after this tour!
The Mirror Maze
This was something else Robby had talked about doing again, and it was a lot more fun than I thought (originally I was just like, ‘Oh, sure, a mirror maze’). The first time you enter, you have to try and find your way to get out on the opposite side. When you go in the second time, they give you 3D glasses, making it harder to navigate your way through. There was also a Laser Maze where you have to make your way from one side of a room to the opposite end by crawling under and over lasers without touching them.
You can find this attraction across from The Alamo. Once you pay to get in, you can go as many times as you want that day. Since we went before lunchtime, we ended up going back later in the afternoon. Also, I didn’t take many photos, so the one above is the best I have.
San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden
This was a beautiful spot to walk through. Although it was extremely hot outside, the garden was peaceful and relaxing. You can see Koi fish swimming in the ponds while enjoying the lush greenery and stone bridges. What makes it even better is free admission! There’s also a little cafe you can stop by if you get hungry or thirsty.
Half Price Books
I love used book stores! This was a quick stop on our last day, but it was a great little find. Along with shelves and shelves of used books, there was a section for records, CDs, and even cassettes.
Government Canyon State Natural Area
We took a short walk along one of the trails here, but it was too hot for us to be out for long. I did enjoy seeing some cacti along the way!
Restaurants in San Antonio
Our Airbnb had a full kitchen, so we took advantage of that. We bought snacks along with some stuff for breakfast. But we also ate at a few great restaurants in San Antonio:
- The Original Mexican Restaurant – This was located on the Riverwalk. We ate outside so we could enjoy the lively atmosphere and mariachi band. They give you chips and dip for the table, and their menu has great Mexican cuisine. It was hard for me to choose, but I ended up getting their chicken quesadillas.
- The County Line – We chose The County Line, also located on the Riverwalk, for some yummy BBQ! I ordered a half rack of ribs, which came with two sides. Let me tell you, a half rack was more than enough. I couldn’t finish it all, but it was delicious! I’d definitely eat here again if we ever go back to San Antonio.
- Down On Grayson – We ate dinner here on our last night. You can dine indoors, however we chose to sit outside on their large patio. I ordered a Thai steak salad (pictured above), which was one of my favorite meals of the trip. Down On Grayson even allows dogs on the patio!
- Rainforest Cafe – Nothing new, but still a great place to eat. The only time we ever go to a Rainforest Cafe is if we’re in Disney World, so this was a nice treat.
- Rosella Coffee Company – I researched coffee shops in San Antonio before we went, and Rosella was one of the many I found. We actually didn’t get coffee, but we did enjoy a delicious lunch. I had their BLT&A, a sandwich made up of bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and spicy roasted garlic aioli. SO GOOD.
We had so much fun in San Antonio. I would love to visit again one day to explore some more, and even go back to places like Blue Hole and the Riverwalk!