Here are a just a few suggestions guaranteed to please and leave your wallet full.
Hunt for History at the Missions and the Alamo
One of our family's favorites are the five Spanish colonial missions built along the spring-fed San Antonio River. Today, all five missions are open to the public, including the Alamo.
For easy access from mission to mission, San Antonio’s 12-mile Mission Trail is perfect and welcomes hiking and biking.
Ramble on the River Walk
|The Original River Walk|
|The Museum Reach Expansion|
Linger in La Villita
Along the north banks of the River Walk, a visit to La Villita, “the little village,” you'll see beautifully restored residences that house galleries and shops full of interesting sights. Originally established by Spanish soldiers stationed at the Alamo, La Villita has been reincarnated as a historic arts village where you may even catch a performance at La Villita’s outdoor Arneson River Theatre or get to talk directly with the local artisans about their creations.
Enjoy Free Live Music
Located adjacent to the River Walk and San Fernando Cathedral, the nation’s largest cathedral sanctuary, Main Plaza is ready to welcome you with a medley of free weekend concerts—from legendary conjunto performers and troubadours to blues and country musicians. Sit back under the centuries-old live oaks, listen to the many fountains and discover what a weekend in San Antonio is really like. This summer Main Plaza is featuring “Heart and Soul Summer” which will feature live music ranging from jazz to country plus “Flamenco Friday’s” and other creative hapenings all for free! More details.
The San Antonio Summer Art and Jazz Festival, an annual free 3-day event held on the first full weekend of June, features 10 great jazz concerts, an Arts and Crafts Fair and delicious Texas cuisine. It's great fun and entertainment fun for the whole family.
Watch Glass Blowers and Working Artists
San Antonio’s culture thrives in a variety of arts districts. One burgeoning art scene is Southtown. Here you can stop into Garcia Art Glass and watch celebrated glass blower Gini Garcia and her talented staff create one-of-a-kind keepsakes. Not far away, Market Square (the largest Mexican market in the nation) is a haven for working artists. From painters and musicians to wood-workers and a blacksmith, this sanctuary of culture is a San Antonio must-see.
Explore the First Historic District in Texas
Just south of downtown, the King William Historic District reflects San Antonio’s German heritage in a gracious residential area settled in the late 1800s. These beautiful Greek Revival, Victorian and Italianate-style mansions have been well maintained and are considered to comprise one of San Antonio’s most elite neighborhoods. Take a self-guided walking tour. Free brochure guides and maps are provided at saconservation.org.
Savor the Splendor of a Mariachi Mass
Every Saturday at 5:30 p.m., San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest (1731) cathedral sanctuary in the nation, offers a bilingual mariachi mass. This is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the culture of San Antonio while marveling at stunning architecture and religious works of art.
Get Outdoors for Some Real Fun
Of course, the great outdoors themselves are always free and while you stay at Hidden Valley RV near San Antonio, you can fish in our private Medio Creek, explore our nature trails, take advantage of our wildlife and birdwatching opportunities and enjoy the quiet and peaceful atmosphere yet be only a few miles from all of San Antonio's attractions.