I recently had the fortunate opportunity to visit San Antonio, Texas for the first time. While I have spent a significant amount of time in the Lone Star State, I had mainly traveled to either the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, as well as Houston and Waco. Also on my Texas travel “bucket list” is the city of Austin, which hopefully one-day soon I will attend the South by Southwest festival.

San Antonio is very charming and I was surprised to learn about the history of the city. I mean the only reference I had ever had to San Antonio was from the movie Peewee’s Big Adventure when Peewee tried to find the basement of The Alamo. Well rest assured, I didn’t ask this question and no, there isn’t a basement. While I did discover that pictures inside The Alamo were not to be taken (although I spied a few violators), there are many great places to take outside pictures of The Alamo.

I also had a fair amount of time to walk around downtown San Antonio for the three days I was in town and I observed some amazing outdoor sculptures that were simply breathtaking and I can totally see myself coming back to San Antonio in the near future. So while I did stay on the San Antonio Riverwalk at the Hilton Palacio del Rio (which was awesome), here are 7 must do items the next time that you visit San Antonio:

  • San Antonio Riverwalk: One of the more charming and romantic places I’ve ever encountered, the Riverwalk has hotels, restaurants and shops. You can even get a river tour and although there are no railings to prevent you from taking a dip in the river, I didn’t see anyone in the river. Bonus.
  • The Alamo: Founded in 1718, this Mission is the home to the Battle of The Alamo in 1836. A sight to see, it’s great history.
  • SeaWorld San Antonio: Who doesn’t love SeaWorld? It is the home to some amazing marine life. I could spend many days here, I fear.
  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark: Looking for something really cool, come here for a unique dip in the pool. On a lark, check out this massive waterpark.
  • San Antonio Zoo: I don’t know about you, but I always love visiting the zoo.
  • Witte Museum: One of the city’s most popular museum, the Witte is primarily devoted to science and natural history, with wonderful children’s exhibits and an early Texas art collection.
  • Self-Guided Tours: Looking to explore any of the great indoors or outdoors? Then a self-guided tour may be your perfect route, no doubt.

So if you are looking for a great pace to go, head to Texas and San Antonio. Perhaps to fly or drive, you’ll take your pick, otherwise you can “Visit San Antonio” with just one click right here.