Last week we were fortunate enough to spend an entire week in San Antonio, Texas. I definitely did not know what to expect, but everyone kept telling me I would love it. Once we got past the more touristy stuff and into more of the local scene, I realized how much I really did like it. We also had some great friends that showed us around! We will definitely be returning.
1. VISIT THE ALAMO. But be prepared to be underwhelmed. I'm not a huge history buff, so I wasn't terribly excited to visit in the first place. My favorite part was the cat that lived on the property... oops.
2. SAMPLE BEER AND VIEW ART AT BLUE STAR. This is a newer, trendy area with great art galleries and restaurants. We checked out the actual brewery and they had GREAT beer with super friendly staff!
3. SEE A SHOW AT THE ARNESON RIVER THEATER. We were lucky enough to be around during the San Antonio Current's FREE Coors Light Concert Series. We saw a variety of bands including Los Skarnales! Such a great time at an amazing venue.
4. DO A BARGE RIDE. Seriously, for $8.25 a ticket, WHY NOT?! It's a fun way to see the city through a different lens and get an "insider look."
5. WINE TASTING IN THE HILL COUNTRY. While we were in town we were lucky enough to stay with Kelli and her husband, Kevin. They took us to the hill country one day where we all went wine tasting! It was so great to finally meet Kelli and spend a few days together!
6. VISIT FREDERICKSBURG. This is a quaint little German town just outside of San Antonio with great little shops! Be careful because everything shuts down around 5pm on Fridays!
7. EAT AND DRINK ALL THE THINGS AT PEARL. This is such a great area with too many good food and drinks, not to mention some cute shops. It's an old historic brewery turned modern. We loved Southerleigh, Cured (which also has a GREAT happy hour), Arcade (which is sadly closing), and Lick. They also have a great farmer's market on the weekend that sells some mean crepes.
8. RENT BIKES. San Antonio has this great program known as B-Cycle. For $10 a day, you get unlimited 30 minute bike rides. We rented the bikes and rode all around the city! We saw some hidden gems of downtown San Antonio like murals and hidden urban parks.
9. EAT RIDICULOUS AMOUNTS OF MEXICAN FOOD. There is no shortage of Mexican food in San Antonio. Whether it's fresh tamales from a food stand, Tex-Mex on the River Walk, or a small cafe in La Villita, you can't go wrong.
10. VISIT BRACKENRIDGE PARK. This is much more than a park. It hosts a number of trails, the zoo, and even a Japanese tea garden. The perfect place to ride a B-Cycle in order to escape the immediate downtown area.
11. EAT AT ALAMO SPRINGS CAFE. Thanks to Kelli and her husband, we were informed we HAD to stop at Alamo Springs Cafe for burgers on our way to wine tasting in the hill country. PRAISE JESUS WE DID BECAUSE O.M.G. So good.
12. VISIT LUKENBACH. I feel like I am going to have a hard time explaining this place. It's famous for being a great country music venue. They had bar cats and longhorns, so it was definitely an experience!
13. GO TO A FOOD TRUCK PARK. San Antonio has no shortage of food truck parks. Take your pick.
14. SING KARAOKE AT THE LIQUID MONKEY. Because why not? You'd be surprised at some of the amazing country singers that come out of the woodwork.
15. WANDER THE KING WILLIAM DISTRICT. This is a great little historic area that is definitely more up and coming (or so I have been told). It has great food, a variety of bars, and amazing old buildings that have been converted to eating and drinking holes.
OTHER PLACES WITH GREAT FOOD AND DRINK:
Have you been to San Antonio? Would you add anything to this list?