Written by Contributing Writer, Sarah Farthing
During our stay in Texas my husband and I had a great time exploring San Antonio; I had never visited before and it had been a long time for him. We absolutely loved it. There was so much to do we couldn’t possibly fit it all in a four day trip so we must go back and I think next time we’ll bring the kids with us because there was so much they would have enjoyed, too!
I know they would have loved the boat tours:
We took one boat tour during the day and then another at night. They were affordable, informative and fun!
The whole River Walk area is an amazing scene. Restaurants and shops line the river as far as you can see. There is no shortage of great places to eat and good people watching! We saw tons of families out, both during the day and enjoying the walk at night. The path itself is very wide and easily accommodates large numbers of pedestrians and their strollers.
The River Walk
Several things stood out to me about this city and chief among them was that it felt so safe and welcoming. Friendly faces were everywhere, service was fantastic no matter the caliber of the restaurant we were in, windows and doors were wide open in celebration of the mild temperatures- no bars on the windows in these here parts! There were interesting design elements everywhere we turned, the whole downtown area is so bright and unique. I took picture after picture of the art and architecture surrounding us at every turn.
This city is extremely family friendly. You’ll want to wear comfortable shoes and bring a stroller for your little ones under 5 (or purchase a cheap umbrella stroller when you get there), because there is definitely walking to be done. There are plenty of opportunities, however, to stop and play in fabulous parks and cool down in fun water features while you walk. The sidewalks and park paths are wide and well-maintained and there are trolley taxis, and boat taxis!, when you need a break.
In every direction from the River Walk at street level we found an array of things to see and do. You name it, San Antonio has it! Segway and trolley tours, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! “Odditorium,” Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum, boutique shopping, Rivercenter Mall, The Alamo, Market Square, La Villita, Hemisfair Park, San Antonio Children’s Museum, Buckhorn/Texas Rangers Museum, Tower of the Americas, live theater, IMAX theater…the list goes on!
Hemisfair Park and Tower of the Americas
If you have time to venture from Downtown San Antonio, there are attractions so nearby you can’t miss them! The Witte Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden, Pearl Farmer’s Market, Pearl Brewery, the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Spanish Colonial Missions to name a few!
The food! Oh my goodness the food. We realized early on that we needed to plan for four meals a day (and Haagen Dazs for a snack) if we were going to experience all the restaurants we put on our must-eat list! This worked out well because you can score midday meals at some of the best restaurants for nearly half the price you would pay for dinner!
We had to try Mi Tierra next to the Market Square for Tex-Mex. This place is decorated for Christmas year round and festive is definitely the word I would use to describe it!
Mi Terra Restaurant and Bakery
Our two favorite meals were at Acenar and Boudro’s. We had Prickly Pear Margaritas at Boudro’s and devoured the fresh guacamole, which was made tableside! This is far from your standard Southwest fare. My husband had an entree called “Duck Three Ways” that he savored and will never forget.
Our food at Acenar, which serves up self-described “modern tex-mex,” was equally unforgettable. In fact, my husband was lobbying to go back the next day! Their tagline is “hotmex, coolbar.”
On our last night we opted for fine dining at The Fig Tree and we loved every morsel of food they brought us on their tiered patio. The twinkling white lights everywhere mirrored the night sky and it was a fantastic, gourmet meal to close our trip with.
The Fig Tree
San Antonio is definitely a city we’ll visit again. Texas is a new vacation destination for our family!
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