Blue Star Arts Complex: Blue Star is the Anchor of San Antonio Art. Home to San Antonio’s longest-running contemporary art space, the complex also features a varied collection of arts venues, shops, and studios with ample opportunity to quench your hunger and thirst.
Briscoe Western Art Museum: The Briscoe Western Art Museum, named in honor of the late Texas Governor, Dolph Briscoe, Jr. and his wife, Janey, preserves and interprets the art, history, and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage. Located on San Antonio’s famed River Walk, the institution is housed in San Antonio’s first Public Library and boasts a newly constructed pavilion designed by the nationally recognized architecture firm Lake|Flato.
DoSeum: The DoSeum is a place where children are inspired to use their inner creativity and curiosity to learn through play. The majority of the exhibits at The DoSeum boast a science, technology, and mathematics (STEM) focus, which we integrate with literacy and creative art concepts. The museum often holds themed ReDo Recess events for those 21 and older. These events include live music, delicious food, specialized adult beverages, and a place to unleash your inner child.
El Mercado (Market Square): A three-block outdoor plaza lined with restaurants, shops and produce stands near San Antonio’s city center, Market Square is the largest Mexican market in the U.S. It is one of America’s top-ten outdoor markets according to Frommer’s. Visitors browse through 32 shops at “El Mercado,” and 80 specialty shops in the Farmers Market Plaza. Market Square is also the scene of many Hispanic festivals.
Gruene Hall: Gruene Hall, built in 1878, is Texas’ oldest continually operating and most famous dance hall. The Dance Hall, located at historic Gruene in New Braunfels, features Texas’ best live country, Americana & blues musicians nightly.
Hemisfair: In 2009, the San Antonio City Council established the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC), a local government organization appointed to manage and revitalize the Hemisfair area. The park includes the playground amenities, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Institute of Texas Cultures, Instituteo Cultural de Mexico, Magik Theater, Yanaguana Garden and Tower of the Americas. The park also hosts many fitness, cinema, family, and cultural events.
Japanese Tea Gardens & Sunken Garden Theater: The San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden or Sunken Gardens in Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, Texas, USA opened in an abandoned limestone rock quarry in the early 20th century. Historic Sunken Garden Theater is an open-air amphitheater used for both commercial functions and City co-sponsored events. Programs presented at the theater on a regular basis include comedy, Shakespearean drama, and concerts ranging from jazz to hard rock.
Majestic & Empire Theaters: Recognized as one of the most ornate facilities in the country, the Majestic Theatre has long held a special place in the archives of Texas theatrical and architectural history. Located 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. The Charline McCombs Empire Theatre was built in 1913 on the site of the former Rische’s Opera House in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Today the Majestic & Empire Theatres are San Antonio’s premier performing arts facilities featuring Broadway shows, concerts, comedians, and other live events.
McNay Art Museum: The McNay Art Museum is a modern art museum in San Antonio specializes in 19th- and 20th-century European and American art. Since Marion McNay’s original bequest in 1950, the museum’s collection has expanded to over 20,000 works including Medieval, Renaissance art, 19th- through 21st- century European and American paintings, sculptures, photographs, one of the finest collections of prints and drawings in the Southwest, the exceptional Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, Jeanne and Irving Mathews Collection of Art Glass, and Art of New Mexico.
Paper Tiger: Music lovers can find it all here: indie, punk, noise, hardcore, hip-hop, electronic, country, and, really everything. Paper Tiger has a best-in-class sound system, bar program, and a great space to hang out right on the North Saint Mary’s Strip. If you love watching music, hop on over.
Paseo del Rio (Riverwalk): At the heart of San Antonio tourism stands the San Antonio Riverwalk or Paseo del Rio. This stretch of downtown is full of restaurants, shops, and various tours.
San Antonio Botanical Gardens: The San Antonio Botanical Garden is a 38-acre, non-profit garden; the city’s official botanical garden. Visitors and Texas natives alike will enjoy the Texas Native Trail that showcases the diverse regions that make up the second largest state of the United States. The garden includes the carriage house bistro and hosts events regularly, such as the annual Brews and Blooms.
San Antonio FC: The San Antonio FC was founded in 2016 and competes in the Western Conference of the United Soccer League. Home matches take place at Toyota Field and the team colors are black, silver, and red.
San Antonio Missions Baseball: The San Antonio Missions are a minor league baseball team, which plays in the Texas League, is the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres major-league club. Opened in 1994, the Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium seats over 6,200 fans and holds more than 9,000. While the team’s official mascot is “Ballapeño”, a baseballing jalapeno, the puffy taco always helps support the team.
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park: The San Antonio Missions tell the stories of the people who came into the Spanish missions to live in the 1700s. Acculturating and converting the indigenous population in order to become Spanish citizens reverberates today in the southwest United States. The four southernmost Spanish colonial missions—Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada—are included in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which officially opened in 1983. You can explore the Missions along the River Walk’s new Mission Reach, an eight-mile stretch with recreational trails, picnic and seating areas, pedestrian bridges, pavilions and portals to the four Spanish colonial missions.
San Antonio Museum of Art: The San Antonio Museum Association was chartered in 1925. In 1981, after a $7.2 million renovation of the historic Lone Star Brewery complex, the San Antonio Museum of Art was opened to the public. The Museum houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman, as well as Asian, art in the southern United States. The Museum also has a significant collection of Latin American art, from Pre-Columbian times to the present, showcased in the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art.
San Antonio Spurs: The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team and have become a San Antonio institution since the team was founded in 1969. The Spurs compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The team’s official mascot is the Coyote.
San Antonio Zoo: The San Antonio Zoo is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoo located in the city’s Brackenridge Park. San Antonio’s first zoo consisted of a collection of animals assembled in San Pedro Park in the 1800s. In 1914, Colonel George W. Brackenridge, one of the city’s leading citizens and founder of the San Antonio Express-News, placed buffalo, elk, deer, monkeys, a pair of lions, and four bears on land he had deeded over to the city in what is now known as Brackenridge Park. This collection became the San Antonio Zoo. The zoo is now a 56-acre collection of over 3,500 animals representing 750 species. San Antonio Zoo is a non-profit organization committed to securing a future for wildlife.
Sea World: SeaWorld San Antonio is a 250-acre marine mammal park, oceanarium, and animal theme park. The theme park offers roller coasters, rides, shows, tours, attractions & family-friendly activities for thrill seekers & animal lovers. The theme park hosts an annual Seven Seas Food & Wine Festival, Howl-o-Scream and other various seasonal events.
Six Flags: San Antonio’s biggest, most popular themed attraction featuring dozens of thrill rides, shows, and activities.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts: The Tobin Center provides a world-class venue that promotes a diverse range of cultural, educational, and artistic experiences. This theatrical icon is once again the pride of the River and a shining beacon of creativity, fine art and downtown development. There is no better place — anywhere — to see and hear a live performance.
Witte Museum: San Antonio businessman Alfred W. Witte died September 22, 1925, leaving $65,000 to fund a museum in Brackenridge Park. The museum is dedicated to natural history, science, and South Texas heritage. The permanent collection features historic artifacts and photographs, Texas art, textiles, the world-renowned Hertzberg Circus Collection, dinosaur bones, cave drawings, Texas wildlife dioramas and the four-story H-E-B Science Treehouse, in addition to nationally acclaimed traveling exhibits. The museum often hosts Cocktails and Culture an after-hours, in an evening exclusively for adults (21 and older) that mixes cocktails, conversation, and innovative museum culture.