5 Fun Group Activities in San Antonio
Business trips don’t have to be all meetings. Sure, there’s the requisite time spent in the conference room, but the added value of business travel picks up where the work leaves off. Once the laptops are powered down and the pens are re-capped, loosen your ties, take off your heels, and adventure out into your new locale.
Though time can be in short supply during business travel, there are fun group activities in San Antonio aplenty to help you make the most of your precious free time. Sample local craft brews, discover historic landmarks, or simply explore anything and everything nearby. Take a peek at our favorite fun group activities in San Antonio to explore at your leisure even if you are in town for business.
Explore La Villita
The Riverwalk is one of San Antonio’s most iconic landmarks. Yet, if you ask us, the true magic of the Riverwalk isn’t the quaint cobblestoned path or even the views of the San Antonio River. It’s where the River Walk can take you. La Villita Historic Arts Village lies along the River Walk’s south bank, and is rich both historically and culturally.
Its nearly 300 years of history landed La Villita on the National Register of Historic Places. This history shows up in every detail of the La Villita experience, with structures ranging from simple adobo to Victorian-style limestone. The unique artisan shops and upscale restaurants make this the perfect post-meeting stop. You can go for a walk, discover San Antonio’s history and eat and drink to your heart’s content, all in one fell swoop.
Dine at Las Ramblas
Post-event exploring isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’ve spent all afternoon ruminating on your company’s next big move, chances are you won’t want to spend your evening focusing just as carefully on a piece of art or even an architectural marvel. Las Ramblas was made for evenings like these.
Las Ramblas gets you close to one of San Antonio’s top points of interest--the River Walk--minus the effort of strolling its full 15-mile expanse. Request patio seating in advance to enjoy food or drink out on the patio with the River Walk in full view. Gather with colleagues to toast to a job well done or even enjoy a much needed meal on your own. The all new menus bring together local flavors with a Texas flare.
Ascend the Tower of the Americas
Some meetings leave you feeling like you’re on top of the world. Others leave you feeling like you need to rise above it all. On both occasions, head for the Tower of the Americas. The 750-foot Tower of the Americas provides sweeping views of San Antonio, so its the most bang-for-your-buck way to see the city when you’re short on time. But it’s also a fantastic place to put things in perspective.
Looking down from that high in the sky has a way of refocusing your priorities when you need it most. Take a deep breath, clear your head, and remind yourself that there’s no need to make mountains out of molehills. Whether you stick around and dine with coworkers or treat this as a solo excursion, this is a place to hit the rest button before your next event is in session.
Embark on a Brewery Crawl
One of the best kept secrets of business travel is the potential for rowdy outings. When your trip is all meetings all day, by the evening, most travelers are looking to blow off steam. One of San Antonio’s best options for taking it easy? A brewery crawl. You’ll not only see the city, and potentially traverse much of it on foot, but you’ll also get to taste a few of San Antonio’s finest craft brews.
With endorphins flowing from the walk and a newly laid back attitude from the beer, you’ll be able to better get to know your business travel companions. Try Alamo Beer Company, Bier Garten Riverwalk, Blue Star Brewing Company, and Künstler Brewing. To take things up a notch, make time for a stop at Dorol Distilling + Brewing Co. to try both beer and one-of-a-kind spirits.
King William Historic District
Meetings may leave you low on brain power, but a little history never hurt, especially in place with roots as rich as San Antonio’s. The King William Historic District and Southtown the Arts District brings together a creative community in a Victorian-inspired neighborhood. Strolling through this part of town will revitalize the senses of both you and your colleagues, especially after an afternoon spent in conference rooms.
Dig into ceviche and margaritas at local favorite Rosario’s. Savor smoothies and fruit-infused cocktails at The Fruteria. Or give into your burger craving at Burgerteca. Beyond food, King William Historic District is also a great place to score trinkets for the family, each created by local artisans.
When it comes to business travel, 2019 should be the year to think beyond the meeting room. Innovate during your business event, but make the most of your moments outside of it. See new sights, try new beers, and explore as if you came to town for leisure. Take it from us, business and pleasure can coexist. San Antonio is proof.