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San Antonio is primarily known for being home to the Alamo, but there is more to be discovered. The River Walk is lined with countless bars, restaurants, and shops – with an atmosphere that changes with the seasons, it is a lively place to visit year-round. This city is also home to the famous San Antonio Zoo and several thrilling theme parks.

San Antonio Hotels

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San Antonio is a popular tourist destination offering an abundance of history, with some of the most frequented sites being the Alamo in the heart of downtown and the four Spanish Missions, which once provided shelter for frontier settlers. The Alamo and the Missions have been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The city's second most visited attraction is the River Walk, subsequently deeming San Antonio "River City" — the River Walk is a beautifully landscaped walking and bike path that flows through the downtown area beside the San Antonio River. During the Christmas and New Year holidays, an astonishing festival of lights comes to life. Once summer arrives the air is filled with the sounds of Folklorico and Flamenco music, most common during celebrations such as Fiesta Noche del Rio — an outdoor performance featuring the dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina, California, and Texas.

Savor delightful cuisine throughout town at lively places such as the Historic Market Place where you can taste iconic Tex-Mex dishes and the authentic flavors of old Mexico, or the Tower of the Americas where you can take in spectacular sky-high views while dining at the revolving Chart House Restaurant. Discover more of the world’s history with a visit to the remarkable San Antonio Museum of Art, filled with 5,000 years’ worth of art and culture, or plan a visit to the famous San Antonio Zoo open year-round.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid government-issued photo identification (such as an enhanced driver’s license). Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, visit the website for the U.S. Department of State at

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or license for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring your marriage documentation with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers' tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at

Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
  • December through February: 63° to 65° (Winter)
  • March through May: 73° to 86° (Spring)
  • June through August: 92° to 96° (Summer)
  • September through November: 90° to 71° (Autumn)

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Local Currency: U.S. Dollar

Time Zone: Central Time Zone

Local Language: English

Transportation: Rental cars, taxis and buses are available. To determine time schedules, please inquire at your hotel.

Do Not Forget: Visitors are reminded to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, swimwear, insect repellent, personal prescriptions, a camera, film/memory card, an extra camera battery, comfortable walking shoes, and travel documents.

Top Experiences

  • The Alamo : A historic Spanish mission, most known for being the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.

  • Historic Market Square : Established in the 1820s, it is one of the largest Mexican markets outside of Mexico, featuring over 100 locally owned shops filled with handcrafted gifts, authentic Talavera pottery, leather goods, colorful cultural clothing, and authentic food options.

  • Tower of the Americas : A 750-foot tower that boasts panoramic views of downtown San Antonio from the award-winning revolving Chart House Restaurant and observation deck, with an exhilarating 4D theater ride on ground level.

  • San Antonio Museum of Art : Take a trip around the world as you uncover 5,000 years' worth of art, people, and culture – including ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian art, as well as popular art from the ancient Americas to the present, and even work from Korea, India, and Japan, including important Chinese ceramics collection.

  • San Antonio Zoo : A 50+ acre zoo welcoming more than one million visitors year-round, and home to over 750 species, some of which are either extinct or endangered in the wild.

  • Theme Parks : There are a handful of theme parks in San Antonio such as Aquatica, Morgan’s Wonderland, SeaWorld, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas just to name a few.

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