One of my most favorite cities (currently as hot as h*ll-but still happy to be here) is an incredible place for travel. San Antonio is a college town and a family town, which makes for a pretty good scene. For nights out (sans kids) you certainly won’t be alone at the bar, but if you are looking for a quiet evening, hit up one of San Antonio’s many upscale restaurants and you will find peace and quiet- college kids are cheap after all. For a day on the river walk with the family try these favorites.
Eat: Casa Rio
The brightly colored umbrellas and large patio make up for what’s lacking in authenticity at this tex mex spot. You are in the heart of South Texas after all and there are many, many, many, delicious spots to dine on chips, queso and fresh tortillas. But the busy atmosphere and location make up for the touristy vibe. Boudro’s next door is absolutely delicious, but a bit of a risk with little ones, peek over and see if you think you’ll be comfortable with kids. We were, but it was early evening and it was not busy.
Play: San Antonio Riverwalk Cruise
Its classic San Antonio, a leisurely cruse along its famous waterway. We recommend getting on at the Rivercenter Mall. If you aren’t staying downtown, you will find easy parking (if pricey) and an air-conditioned waiting area.
Learn: La Villita Historic Arts District
With shops, places for quick bites, art galleries and public displays and working artists, La Villita was settled over 300 years ago as one of San Antonio’s first neighborhoods. Fully restored by the City of San Antonio in the 1950’s and 60’s, the market was redesigned as an artistic teaching space highlighting handcrafted items.