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Things to do in San Antonio

You can't visit San Antonio withoutstopping by the Alamo, the famed site of a disastrous 1836 battle between Texans and Santa Ana's army. Not only is the Alamo a cornerstone of the city's history, it's also an incredibly convenient destination: So many of the other things to do in San Antonio are located nearby. But here are some other experiences that will enrich your visit:

  • Visit the other missions. The Alamo is not the only mission in town. The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which features not one but four missions, offers a well-preserved look into the Spanish colonial past—plus, it's much less crowded than the Alamo.
  • Sit in on a mariachi mass. Even if you're not Catholic, you'll find that the musical service at Mission San José is one of the most unforgettable things to do in San Antonio.
  • Shop in Market Square and El Mercado. This three-block area is home to Mi Tierra as well as 32 little shops where you can find pottery, tiles, piñatas, jewelry and every other gift-shop treasure you can possibly imagine, all at great prices.
  • See world-class art. The McNay Museum is housed in a Spanish Colonial mansion and includes works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, Renoir, Cézanne and O'Keeffe.
  • Plan a kid-friendly outing.  San Antonio is home to such child-friendly places as Six Flags and Sea World, as well as Brackenridge and HemisFair parks. During basketball season, you can also join the locals as they cheer on their beloved Spurs.
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