This summer we did a couple of road trips with the kids and mostly they were to San Antonio. We visited right after school ended for them and managed to do a weekend right before school started again. Let’s just say we love the city! Now that the kids are older they are all about road trips, those that aren’t 24 hours long like our Disney trip turned out to be. San Antonio is about 3 hours away from Houston making a perfect weekend getaway for us.
VISIT SAN ANTONIO
If you are planning on visiting San Antonio, Texas with the family any time soon this travel post is for you. San Antonio is a city full of history, beautiful attractions, and historical sights with lots of delicious places to eat at. Some of the main attractions people come for are the River Walk, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld, The Alamo, and Missions National Historical Park. The heritage and history of San Antonio is so rich and full of beauty that you cannot help but to be fascinated by it all.
Although we have visited with the kids twice we feel there is still so much more to do and experienced with them as a family that we cannot wait to go back and explore some more. While you could enjoy a week here, a weekend getaway offers the perfect amount of time to visit your top must stop places.
WHERE TO STAY IN SAN ANTONIO
We have to thank The St. Anthony Hotel for hosting my family and I for a weekend and giving us an incredible stay. The most friendly and attentive service we have ever experienced so far. We were pampered from the moment we stepped out of the car until the very end when we left. This hotel is set in the heart of downtown San Antonio.
THE ST. ANTHONY HOTEL
The St. Anthony Hotel has been recently restored as it went through a multi million transformation to show off its luxury modern appeal but still offering a historic charm and premier service. It was originally opened in 1909 and it has since been rated one of the Top Hotels in Texas where its hosted many famous celebrities and politicians through out its time. This designated national historic landmark overlooks Travis Park and sits three blocks from the Alamo and the River Walk.
My absolute favorite room was the Peacock Alley. It highlights the character of the building’s history with a modern and chic take to it. Overall there was so many places to take pictures that we could be there all day long.
GALLERY ON THE PARK
One place you need to stop by and have brunch or lunch at is Gallery on the Park located inside The St. Anthony Hotel. It is such a beautiful setting with the perfect view to Travis Park right in front of you. With floor to ceiling windows you won’t miss a thing.
My kids favorite spot was the roof top infinity pool. This is where we would spend our afternoons once the sun was down. Once 11PM hit the pool would close down and it was time to head back to our rooms and call it a night.
WHERE TO EAT
Mi Tierra Cafe and Bakery: You must experienced real authentic Mexican food, live music, and the best bakery in town when visiting San Antonio located in Heritage Square. But I do warn you now since its a popular spot the wait is long- but oh so worth it!
It is open 24 hours so it doesn’t matter if you stop early in the day or at night. It first was established in 1941 to offer breakfast for the early rising farmers at the city’s market to a full well known local favorite. The secret to its success aside from the delicious authentic food starts with the festive and and fun atmosphere of colorful party decorations and piñatas dangling from the ceiling.
Located right next to The St. Anthony Hotel, La Panaderia specializes in making homemade bread and the sweetest pan dulce.
WHERE TO VISIT
- Historic Market Square: To get a Mexican traditional feel visit the Historic Market Square, also known as El Mercado. You will find one of the largest Mexican shopping center in the city with plenty of live music, festivals, and exhibits. Located at 514 W Commerce.
- The Pearl District: A recommended spot to me by one of my family members. The Pearl has it all food, shopping centers and a family friendly plaza. Located at 303 Pearl Pkwy.
- The Alamo: This is a free attraction located at 300 Alamo Plaza. The most visited landmark in the state. The Alamo is a monument of what it means to be a true Texan. It is a big piece of what San Antonio represents. The Alamo was a battleground for Texans resisting the Mexican army that was led by General Santa Ana. Some of the brave heroes included Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett. While the Alamo eventually fell Closest lots to park are the Crockett Lot at 824 E Houston for $15 for 5 hours and just so you know no photography is allowed inside the building.
- The San Antonio Riverwalk: Located at 849 E. Commerce Street the Riverwalk is one of the biggest attractions in San Antonio. It is located below street level and extremely crowded for the most part even during the crazy Texas heat. All around the edges are gorgeous landscapes and a variety of indoor and outdoor restaurants, shops, bars, and hotels.One thing on our lost for the next visit is to get on the boat ride and experience the cruise around the river to capture the main landmarks and sites that the Riverwalk has to offer.
- Tower of the Americas: We haven’t been here in more than 10 years now, so this is something on our list for the kids to get to experienced on our next visit. The 750 foot tall Tower has the best views of the city and a nearby countryside.
One of the places I got to experience growing up with friends and my husband before we had kids. Located at 1700 IH-10 West. It had been years since we visited here and the very first time we brought the kids to enjoy a full day of entertainment with thrill rides. If you have roller coasters lovers (like my kids are) this 200 acres of pure thrill rides of a theme park is for you. I am completely terrified of heights and high roller coasters with a fast speed but my kids love it and are dare devils. Thank you Six Flags Fiesta Texas for hosting us, we can’t wait to come back next year!
- SEAWORLD:A place to stop by and visit with the kids located at 10500 SeaWorld Drive. There are unique fun rides, toddler friendly, animal experiences and shows for all animal lovers to watch throughout the day. It is great for kids of all ages and kids 3 and under get in free. One tip to make your day a success is as soon as you enter the park pick up a map at the entrance so you can plan out your day. You can have your activities planned out and check on shows and times allowing you to enjoy everything in one day. Thank you for having us SeaWorld, we definitely plan to come by again during the Spring next year.
One of the first places we took the kids and planning on coming back. This museum focuses on natural history, science, and South Texas heritage. The Witte Museum features a diverse collection of the Texas wildlife, dinosaur bones and exhibit for the kids, and much more. Located at 3801 Broadway.
Let’s Go Places with TOYOTA
IF YOU PLAN TO VISIT SOON
This end of the summer trip was full of fun and filled of wonderful memories for my kids and I. These are the best moments as a family while my kids are still little that I want to cherish forever. If you have any questions or plan to visit soon I’d love to help and and answer any questions. Feel free to ask in the comments down below! I hope you enjoyed our weekend getaway vacation. Thank you to The St. Anthony Hotel, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld, and Toyota for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.