If you are planning a visit to Texas but are not interested in the busyness of Dallas or the quirkiness of Austin, you might want to consider San Antonio. There is something for every member of your family in this affordable Texas tourist town. Here are the top reasons we think you should check it out.
It kind of goes without saying that a trip to San Antonio should include a stop at the Alamo. It is a great place to take the kids to show them a slice of Texas history. This 18th-centruy structure’s history is significant not just to the state but to America as well. From the last stand of the Mexicans, to the conversion of Native American’s to Christianity, the Alamo bore witness to a lot of our early history.
San Antonio is a city that likes to celebrate. There seems to be a festival or celebration going on here every month of the year, especially in the summer months. From Cinco de Mayo to the Fourth of July fireworks and jazz Festival in September, they know how to entertain guests and locals. The entire list of annual festivals can be found online at sanantoniovisit.com.
Texas has a long history of wine production. There are more than 200 wineries in the state with many located in or near San Antonio. Winemakers have found that that warm-climate in the area means that grapes from certain regions ripen well here. Perhaps not as well-known as Napa Valley, the region actually planted vines here nearly a hundred years before the vineyards in California or Virginia. Franciscan priests planted vines for their sacramental wines and cultivated them for larger production.
There are a so many good restaurants in San Antonio that it is difficult to narrow down a list of the best spots to try. If you like Tex-Mex, you can be sure that you will find something in this town that you will enjoy. There are also a number of spots that serve top-or-the-line Cajun dishes, Belgian mussels, fine dining, and dive joints as well. Whether you want to sit at a table with fine linen and place settings or eat a taco from a food truck in a park, you will find what that which you seek in San Antonio.