San Antonio Travel Guide

Activities & Events

Events
Fiesta!!!Fiesta is a yearly event held in San Antonio in late April. Fiesta is a 10-day, city-wide, fun-filled, multi-cultural celebration. Many family-oriented events take place during this time, as well as many events geared towards adults. With over 100 different events, it's the biggest party and greatest community benefit in the state of Texas. One of the most fun events of all Fiesta, is Oysterbake on the St. Mary's University campus. It kicks Fiesta off with a bang, has plenty of food (chicken on a stick, oysters, fried oysters, corn, corn in a cup, meats on sticks, pizza, you name it. Friday of Oysterbake is usually more family-oriented with an '80s or '90s band headlining the festivities. (Previous headliners: Eddie Money, Loverboy, Night Ranger, Smashmouth) Saturday is a jam-packed day of fun, food, music and booze. More modern acts will headline the main stage, there will be a country stage, and a tejano stage. Previous acts include: Three Days Grace, Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd, Hinder, Lit, 10 Years, Buckcherry (bad year), and The Veer Union. If you're single, Oysterbake on Saturday is your time to shine. Otherwise, you'll have an awesome time with friends or family. Leave the toddlers at home on Saturday! Don't be that parent.
San Antonio Stock Show & RodeoThe San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is an annual agricultural fair and entertainment event in early February. It provides world class rodeo action and entertainment to people of all ages. The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo has been nominated for the Largest Indoor Rodeo of 2009, the winner to be announced February 2010. Everyone who's anyone in country music plays during rodeo time, simple as that.
Texas Folklife FestivalThe Texas Folklife Festival is an annual four-day celebration in the second week of June, of the diverse ethnic and cultural groups that settled our state. Some 45 groups bring their stories, crafts, music, dances, and foods to share with visitors in a vibrant blend of education and entertainment.
Bat migrationRiver WalkTexas is one of the best places in the world to observe bat migrations. Every night at dusk in the summer, thousands of bats emerge from their "hangouts", including under urban bridges, and many people come to watch. Local conservation organizations host weekly events to explain the migration.
Amusement Parks
SeaWorldA marine life theme park which is home to the world-famous Shamu the killer whale. There are also thrill rides, a small water park, as well as sharks, an aquarium, penguins, seals and sea lions, and an opportunity to pet and feed dolphins.
Six Flags Fiesta TexasHome to several thrill rides and exciting shows, Fiesta Texas is an entertaining theme park geared to people of all ages. It has a really interesting water park and the ride the Boomerang is recommended.
Natural Bridge Wildlife RanchHome to a great Drive-thru Safari Park!
SchlitterbahnWhile not in San Antonio, it is a nearby drive and very much worth your while to go. It is the first waterpark to feature slides that incline. It's also worth noting that there is an onsite resort where you can stay overnight.
Sports
San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio is home to the four-time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs that currently play at the AT&T Center.
San Antonio Rampage. The AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers that currently play at the AT&T Center.
San Antonio Missions. The Class AA minor league affiliate of the San Diego Padres; plays in Wolff Municipal Stadium.
San Antonio Scorpions. San Antonio's professional soccer club, Scorpions FC, is in the NASL and plays at Heroes Stadium.
San Antonio SilverStars San Antonio's WNBA team plays at the AT&T Center.
San Antonio Talons The Talons are San Antonio's Arena Football team. They play at the Alamodome in the AFL.
UTSA RoadrunnersPhone: +1 210 458-UTSA (8872)Fax: +1 210 458-4813The city's main college sports attractions are the teams of the University of Texas at San Antonio, whose main campus is located off Loop 1604 just west of the northern interchange with I-10. UTSA is set to move from the Southland Conference to the Western Athletic Conference in July 2012, and will move to Conference USA one year later. Most venues are on campus, but the football team plays at the Alamodome. Notably, the football team drew more than 35,000 fans per game for its first-ever season in 2011.
Tours
Alamo Helicopter Tours8535 Mission RoadPhone: +1 210-287-5797Price: $40-280Offers exciting and breathtaking views of San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country, including sites such as the San Antonio River, Downtown, the Botanical Gardens and Historic Mission.
San Antonio Walks302 Alamo Plaza (directly in front of the Alamo)Professional guided tour. This is not a highlight reel, but real storytelling about the city's rich history. Captivating and educational. Voted: Best Tour in San Antonio. Member: Texas Travel Industry Association
Another peaceful place to walk is in the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. In the Spring they have the Spring Children's Vegetable Garden Program.
Ghost Hunts of San Antonio Texas TourAlamo Plaza (directly across from The Menger Hotel next to the green park benches)Phone: +1 210-275-9957Hours: 8:30PMGuided ghost hunting tour. Visit over 10 locations where ghost sightings occur. Learn to use modern ghost hunting equipment while learning the history of each location. This ghost hunting tour offers rich history on some of San Antonio's most haunted locations. Many have called it mystifying,educational, and fun. Member: The Atlantic Paranormal Society (Family Investigators), American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomenon(AAEVP), MUFON
Segway Tours San Antonio Segway Tours enables you to tour downtown San Antonio on a Segway. Learn to ride a Segway and tour beautiful and historic downtown San Antonio. Tours leave from 260 East Houston Street, and range from 1 hour to 2.5 hours. Prices range from $55 to $75 depending on tour length. Tours depart 7 days a week, 5 times daily. .
Theaters
Majestic Theatre224 E. Houston StreetPhone: +1 210 226-5700Recognized as one of the most ornate facilities in the country, the Majestic has long held a special place in the archives of Texas theatrical and architectural history. Located at 224 E. Houston Street in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the Majestic was designed and built in 1929 by John Eberson for Karl Hoblitzelle's Interstate Theatres, and stood proudly for many years as the largest theatre in Texas and the second largest motion picture theatre in the country. It was intended to be the most modern and ornate building in South Texas - complete with new sound and projection equipment - and was the first theatre in the state to be totally air-conditioned.

San Antonio is home to several historic vaudeville theatres; The Empire, Aztec, Alameda, and the Majestic. There are also many live music venues including, Sunset Station, White Rabbit, Scout Bar, Blue Star Arts complex, Pearl Brewery, Cowboys, La Tuna's, Randy's Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar, and The Ten Eleven and many great local bands.

source: Wikivoyage

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