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THINGS TO DO IN SAN ANTONIO

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The famous Riverwalk is a winding network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River. Explore the many things to do and places to see, including restaurants, shops, museums and events that make the Riverwalk a must-see destination in San Antonio.

Please Note: Hours and availability of attractions may be limited at this time. Please check the hours of operation prior to arrival and contact our Concierge for the most current information.

San Antonio for Families

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Both parents and kids will fall in love with the magic of San Antonio. Start writing your family vacation bucket list with tips on everything from museums to theme parks. 

Romance on the Riverwalk

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Take an initmate stroll on the cobblestone paths along the Riverwalk. Discover vibrant culture, fine dining, unique adventures and more.

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Seasons in San Antonio

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Day of the Dead

San Antonio changes with the seasons. Experience San Antonio in a new light any time of year through events like the Holiday River Lighting and Fiesta San Antonio. 

Ultimate Guide to San Antonio

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We've compiled some of the top sights to see, things to do, and what to eat while visiting the countdown city.

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CONTESSA ELITE

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La Contessa

Your loyalty is our priority. When you book your stay on Hotel Contessa's website or through Hotel Contessa's Reservations, we want to thank you by inviting you to join Contessa Elite.

Contessa Elite invites you to enjoy perks including: 

  • Special Welcome Amenity*
  • 15% Discount on Food & Beverage*
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The Ultimate Guide to San Antonio

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If you have yet to discover San Antonio, let us be the first to introduce you. San Antonio has it all. You’ll stumble upon quaint neighborhoods tucked among bustling big city attractions. You’ll encounter unique architecture influenced as much by the city’s history as it’s proximity to the border. Though San Antonio’s claim to fame is usually the Alamo or the River Walk, we’re here to say that there’s much more to the "Alamo City," than just its namesake. 

Take a page out of Hotel Contessa’s book and browse our Ultimate Guide to San Antonio. Explore some of our favorite things to do, best places to eat, and attractions you won’t want to miss!

THE SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS

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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserving four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio.

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TOWER OF THE AMERICAS

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Tower of Americas

The view from the top of the Tower of the Americas is a must see when visiting San Antonio. This 750-foot observation tower was built as the theme structure of the 1968 World's Fair, HemisFair '68. 

THE RIVER WALK

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You can't come to San Antonio and not take a walk on the iconic River Walk. Walk along the cobblestone pavement and dine at one of the many restaurant with views of the River Walk.

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Briscoe Western Art Museum

From the Briscoe Western Art Museum right next door on the River Walk to the interactive, Doseum perfect for kids, San Antonio's vibrant culture shines thourh in its many museums.

Museums in San Antonio

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San Antonio has a rich history and appreciation for our roots in South Texas. Our city is home to an abundant of amazing Musuems that tells the history of us, our country, and other cultures from around the world. Check out our museum recommendations you should visit on your next trip to San Antonio. 

MCNAY ART MUSEUM

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The McNay Art Museum is a modern art museum that specializes in 19th- and 20th-century European and American art. The beautiful Spanish Colonial residence was built in the 1920s and became the site of Texas’s first museum of modern art when it opened in 1954. 

SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART

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Located on the River Walk, the San Antonio Museum of Art has large collections of ancient Mediterranean art, Asian art and Latin American art. The Museum is housed in the historic former Lone Star Brewery on the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River Walk.

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BRISCOE WESTERN ART MUSEUM

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Our next door neighbors at the Briscoe Western Art Museum houses art, history, and culture of the American West. 

THE WITTE MUSEUM

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Located in the beautiful Brackenridge park, The Witte Museum features everything Texas and so much more.

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THE DOSEUM

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The kids will have a blast exploring the 2-story DoSeum through interactive exhibits & creative programs. 

THE BUCKHORN SALOON & MUSEUM

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Just two blocks from the Alamo the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum houses two museums, the Buckhorn Museum and the Texas Ranger Museum. 

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Your Guide to San Antonio Theme Parks

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Though San Antonio isn't always known for it's amusement parks, it should be. The city is home to both the oldest children's amusement park in the country along with the most exhilarating modern attractions. Discover everything you need to know about these San Antonio theme parks before you go. 

THEME PARKS

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Home to famed parks including Sea World and Six Flags along with lesser known, but equally fun parks including Morgan's Wonderland and the vintage, Kiddie Park.

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Six Flags Fiesta Texas

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Admission:

Day Passes starting at $54.99

Parking:

Not included, starts at $27/visit 

Inclusions:

Over 55 rides, access to their on-site water park, shows, and attractions

The Details:

At Six Flags Fiesta Texas, you won’t ever have to wonder what to do. Six Flags is beloved around the country. Fiesta puts a San Antonio twist on the park. This friendly theme park setting brings to the city thrill rides, family rides, kids rides, and entertainment. Thrill seekers: don’t miss Boomerang, Batman the Ride, or the soon-to-open Joker: Carnival of Chaos. 

SeaWorld San Antonio

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Admission:

One-day visit starting at $59.99, Aquatica + SeaWorld Flex Passes from $71.99

Parking:

Not included in the price of admission 

Inclusions:

Optional all-day dining option starting at $15. 

The Details:

Rides, shows, and animal experiences come together at SeaWorld San Antonio. Test out some of the most exciting family and thrill rides in San Antonio. Don’t miss the all-new Riptide Rescue and Sea Swinger, as well as tried-and-true attractions like Journey to Atlantis. Once you’ve had your fill of rides, swim with the dolphins or meet a penguin. 

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Admission:

Single tickets from $39.99, Aquatica + SeaWorld Flex Passes from $71.99

Parking:

Not included in the price of admission 

Inclusions:

All water slides, pools, and the lazy river. Optional all-day dining option for an additional $18. 

The Details:

Aquatica is what water park dreams are made of. Keep it cool floating along the lazy river. Put your inner adrenaline junkie to the test on one of Aquatica’s exhilarating slides. The park also includes mouthwatering restaurants, shopping options, and even fish and stingray encounters. Make the most of Aquatica by pairing your ticket with a trip to SeaWorld, included in their Flex Pass program. 

Kiddie Park

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Admission:

$2.50 per ride, $13 unlimited ride band, or ticket packs starting at $50 

Parking:

Free. Parking is available along both Avenue B and in the empty lot on the corner.

Inclusions:

Each ride takes one ticket. Tickets are good at any time. Parents ride free with a paying child on the carousel and flying saucers. Outside food and beverage welcome. 

The Details:

As the oldest children’s amusement park in the country, Kiddie Park has been a fixture for theme park fun since 1925. Though it lacks some of the bells and whistles of a mega park like Six Flags, Kiddie Park is as quaint as theme parks come. All the rides retain their 1920’s style. Ride the carousel, play a game in the arcade, or try your hand at carnival games. 

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Urban Air Adventure Park

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Admission:

Check their website to choose your Attraction passes

Parking:

Free and on-site

Inclusions:

Games of Virtual Reality, Ropes Course, Climbing Walls, Pro Zone Trampolines, Tubes-Indoor Playground, Battle Beam, Warrior Course, Basic Trampolines, and more

The Details:

One of San Antonio’s few indoor theme parks, Urban Air is a great option to escape summer heat waves. Jump on trampolines, play dodgeball, launch yourself into a foam pit, and more. Dig into fresh pizza on-site once you’ve worked up an appetite. 

Morgan's Wonderland and Inspiration Island

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Admission:

Tickets to Morgan’s Wonderland starting at $11, dual admission to Wonderland and Inspiration Island starting at $21, free admission for all guests with special needs 

Parking:

Free and on-site. 

Inclusions:

Picnics welcome. Admission includes full, unrestricted access to Morgan’s Wonderland and/or Inspiration Island. Add-on’s available for Twilight Admission to Splash Park only starting at $12. 

The Details:

Built as America’s first ultra-accessible theme park, Morgan’s Wonderland and Inspiration Island attractions emphasize inclusion. More than 25 of the park's activities are wheelchair accessible, including rides, playscapes, and interactive entertainment. Enjoy everything from Wheelchair Swings to Pirates Island and more, all adapted so that special needs kids can have the time of their lives, too. 

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Where to Shop in San Antonio

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LA VILLITA ARTS VILLAGE

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Only a short walk from Hotel Contesa, La Villita is premier arts and shopping district with over 25 shops and galleries that showcase local handmade goods.

HISTORIC MARKET SQUARE

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Explore over 100 locally owned businesses that provide a unique market place experience in Downtown San Antonio. The Market square is filled with delicious food, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family! 

SHOPS AT RIVERCENTER

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Rivercenter mall

Located on the world famous River Walk in downtown San Antonio, Rivercenter features more than 100 retailers. 

ALAMO QUARRY MARKET

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The Alamo Quarry Market is an open-air complex with many name brand retailers and local artisans setting up shop. You can shop, dine, and catch a movie while visitng the Quarry. 

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THE SHOPS AT LA CANTERA

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The Shops at La Cantera is a an open air shopping mall with all of the best retailers as well as great dining and entainment options. Stop by La Cantera for a a vibrant mix of cultural and entertainment attractions. 

NORTH STAR MALL

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Spend the afternoon shopping the brands you love. Visit North Star Mall for shopping, dining, and entertainment activities. You can't miss it with the iconic Cowboy boots sitting proudly outside of the mall. 

Tours in San Antonio

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The best way to truly get to know a city is to take a tour! Take a narrated river cruise to learn all about the history of the Riverwalk. Tour the Texas hill country while trying delicious wines. You can even take a food tour and follow your guide to many of Alamo City’s top-notch eateries! Leave San Antonio with a unique and memorable experience. 

GO RIO RIVER CRUISES

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RIVER CRUISES

Taking a Narrated River Walk Boat Tour is a must when visiting San Antonio. This 35-minute cruise will take you on a journey through San Antonio's rich history. 

WINE TOURS

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Explore the scenic hill country and its surrounding wineries the next time you visit the alamo city with the experts at Cottonwood wine tours. 

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SAN ANTONIO DETOURS

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San Antonio Detours offers public, private, and corporate tours for locals and visitors looking to explore and learn more about San Antonio, TX. Their City Overview tour, Missions tour, and Taste San Antonio Food Tour are just a few of the options they offer. 

MISSION ADVENTURE TOURS

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Kayak the San Antonio River or ride a bike through a tour of the missions! Mission Adventure Tours brings visitors closer to the action and history of San Antonio in one of their many gudied tours and kayak rentals. 

WHAT TO EAT

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Mi Terra

SO MUCH TO TRY, SO LITTLE TIME 

San Antonio is a foodie's dream destination! Our culinary traditions blend with new and home grown talent from the Culinary Institute of America San Antonio, for a food and drink scene bursting with flavor and fun. Explore our ultimate list of where to eat in San Antonio.

Mexican Food

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  • Mi Terra Cafe y Panaderia A staple in San Antonio, Mi Tierra Cafe is a world-famous landmark where hometown regulars and hungry tourists go for authentic Mexican food and a warm Texas welcome.
  • La Panaderia Brothers José and David Cáceres opened bakery-cafe La Panadería in 2014 to share their Mexican heritage and love for baking with the people of their adopted hometown of San Antonio, Texas.
  • Rio Rio Cantina* Specializing in Tex-Mex, Rio Rio cantina serves breakfast, lunch and dinner right on the Riverwalk. 
  • Rosario's Since 1992, Rosario’s has served traditional south-of-the-border dishes with authentic house specialties. Local food critics have consistently voted Rosario’s “Best Mexican Restaurant” in San Antonio, and Critics’ Choice for “Best Restaurant to Take Out-of-Town Guests.”
  • Rita's on the River*  Rita’s is known for our delicious margaritas, handmade tortillas and hot sizzling fajitas. Enjoy river side dining, live mariachis, and the colorful Tex-Mex flavors of San Antonio.
  • Tito's Mexican Restaurant  Tito’s Restaurant is located in the Historic King William District. Fresh handmade flour and corn tortillas are served daily. Tito’s Mexican Restaurant specializes in grilled beef and chicken fajitas and an assortment of amazing enchiladas.
  • La Gloria* In the heart of the Pearl, La Gloria by Chef Johnny Hernandez serves authentic Mexcian dishes influenced by his time spent traveling Mexico. 

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  • Paesanos* Upscale dining with traditional & contemporary Italian fare, a long wine list & outdoor dining on the Riverwalk.
  • La Focaccia Italian Grill is a family owned and operated classic Italian restaurant located in the Southtown neighborhood offering seafood, wood-fired pizza, focaccia, wine & more.
  • Nonna Osteria Breezy restaurant offering rustic Northern Italian cuisine & wine. 
  • Dough Pizzeria Napoletana specializes in authentic Neapolitan style Pizza that is baked in a wood-burning oven at 900 degrees in 90 seconds.

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  • B&D Icehouse Smoked meats, sandwiches, sides & craft beer served in a no-frills setup with outdoor picnic tables in the Southtown neighborhood.
  • The County Line*  is a great place to enjoy a plate of Texas bar-b-q, an ice cold beer or a margarita on the Riverwalk. 
  • Augie's Barbwired BBQ Country-style BBQ joint serving slow-smoked meats in a relaxed spot with a beer garden & live music.
  • Smoke Shack Hopping counter-service place with a rustic, retro feel offers BBQ sandwiches, platters & sides.

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  • Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen* Family-friendly Cajun eatery offering seafood, cocktails & happy hour amid murals & rustic decor.
  • Pinch Bright, informal destination for Southeast Asian shellfish boils, plus various sandwiches & bowls.
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp* Family-friendly chain for seafood & American fare served in a fishing-boat-themed setting on the Riverwalk. 
  • Joe's Crab Shack* Informal seafood chain serving crab buckets & stuffed shrimp, plus American comfort dishes on the Riverwalk.
  • Landry's Seafood House* Family-friendly chain eatery offering steaks & Gulf Coast seafood in laid-back surroundings on the Riverwalk.
  • Ostra* Upscale seafood destination with a raw bar plus a long wine list & river views.

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Fine Dining

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  • Bliss Inspired New American fare, charcuterie, wine & beer in a stylishly restored former filling station.
  • Biga on the Banks* Chic River Walk eatery with adventurous New American fare, worldly wines & an ever-changing menu.
  • Boudro's* Hip New American bistro with wood-grilled steaks, seafood, tableside guacamole, cocktails & a patio with river views.
  • Bohanan's Chic eatery serving American fare in an old-world setting with a cocktail lounge, patio & live jazz.
  • Chart House High-end chain eatery serving seafood & steakhouse fare in a classy setting with a view from the top of the Tower of Americas. 
  • Southerleigh serving Texas cuisine in the historic Pearl Brewery and also offers a second-story microbrewery.
  • Cured  Rustic-chic restaurant serving charcuterie-focused New American cuisine & craft cocktails.

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