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10 Free Things to Enjoy in San Antonio

The Lone Star State is huge and home to amazing cities like Dallas, Houston, and Austin. There’s no shortage of activities and sights to see in Texas, from the underrated destination of Georgetown to the quirky Cadillac Ranch! Specifically, those traveling to historic San Antonio won’t be disappointed either. This bustling Texas city is packed with cultural attractions, historical landmarks, beautiful city parks and more. Additionally, many of these attractions are freeperfect for budget conscious tourists.

ten Visit the San Antonio League and Museum of Art

  • Address:
    130 King William Street, San Antonio, TX 78204

Do you like art history? Located on King William Street, the San Antonio Art League and Museum is San Antonio’s oldest art exhibit, featuring works by local artists from the community. Visit the Edgar B. Davis Collection to see paintings and other artwork by local artists like Eliot Clark, Jose Arpa, Audley Dean Nichols and more. Appreciate the art of Texas, whether it’s looking at the fine collections of wildflower paintings or the impressive depictions of everyday Texas life.

9 Explore the river walk

The San Antonio Riverwalk showcases the city’s local heritage, community pride and historical landmarks. Stretching for 15 miles (or 24 km), it is also a popular place to sit, relax, shop and eat. That said, there are plenty of things to do at the San Antonio Riverwalk! For example, experience the bustle of Old Mexico’s historic marketplace or meditate quietly by the river watching the world go by. Need a break from all that walking? The Riverwalk also offers peaceful boat rides along the river, taking visitors from one end of the city to the other!

8 Relax at Brackenridge Park

  • Address:
    3700 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212

Spanning 343 acres, this public park sits in the heart of downtown San Antonio. This park is free for everyone, offering an array of attractions for curious tourists. Nearby, tourists can visit paid attractions like the San Antonio Zoo, the Witte Museum or take a train ride to Brackenridge Park. Otherwise, budget-conscious travelers can enjoy the park for free while picnicking, birdwatching around the Joske Pavilion, or strolling along its three hiking trails.

seven Take a walk in the Japanese tea garden

  • Address:
    3853 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212

What: Also known as Sunken Garden, the Japanese Tea Garden was the former site of a limestone rock quarry. Through years of care, funding and planning, the garden grew into the beautiful attraction it is today. Entertaining visitors and San Antonio residents for over 90 years, the Japanese Tea Garden features a 60-foot waterfall, year-round access, a dog-friendly park (on leash only), and a beautiful pavilion with a thatched roof and stone columns that overlooks the garden’s water lily ponds and waterfall. In addition, the garden is home to many exotic plants, from fragrant lilies to pretty shrubs.

6 Visit the Alamo

  • Address:
    300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

More than three centuries old, the Alamo played a pivotal role during the Texas Revolution. An integral part of San Antonio’s heritage and history, visiting the Alamo is recommended for history buffs and curious travelers. Explore the grounds, visit Long Barrack, or watch a live musket-firing demonstration at Alamo Plaza! Also, many people identify the Alamo by its church, also known as the “Sanctuary.” However, one important thing to note is that an Alamo field trip is free for all. However, visitors must book themselves (and their group) a free ticket to visit the shrine at a set time. The Alamo also offers an exhibit to view hundreds of artifacts from the fateful day of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo.

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5 Explore San Pedro Creek Cultural Park

  • Address:
    715 Camaron St, San Antonio, TX 78204

Head to the west side of town to enjoy the San Pedro Creek Cultural Park. Defined as a linear park, this urban park acts as a green space and a gathering place for communities and residents. Although the park is still under construction, there are still places to sit and relax. So cool off by the fountains, enjoy the wall art, and stroll through the park to see cool exhibits.

4 Enjoy the art at the saga

  • Address:
    115 N Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78205

Not only is this stunning display free for all, the Saga is also a dazzling artistic spectacle worthy of a watch! Every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, visitors and locals alike gather to watch vibrant art exhibits displayed on a 7,000 square foot projector against San Antonio Cathedral. Learn about the rich heritage and history of San Antonio while enjoying a living art installation!

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3 Spot local wildlife at Headwaters Sanctuary

  • Address:
    4503 Broadway St., San Antonio, TX 78209

Operated and owned by Headwaters at Incarnate Word, Headwaters Sanctuary is a peaceful getaway away from the busy city streets. This 23-hectare nature reserve is home to the flora and fauna of San Antonio, known for its Blue Hole spring. While touring the area and enjoying its hiking trails and wildlife viewing operations, Headwaters Sanctuary is also a place to experience San Antonio’s rich heritage and culture.

2 Stroll through the historic King William Quarter

  • Address:
    701 King William Street, San Antonio, TX 78204

The King William neighborhood was once a home for many generations, especially German immigrants in the 1840s. During this period, the neighborhood was famous for its richly built homes in Victorian, Italianate, and Greek Revival fashion. This fashionable neighborhood was recognized as a National Register Historic District in 1972 and serves as a popular attraction for history buffs. Discover the first suburb of San Antonio, which extends over 25 blocks!

1 Relax at the Cibolo Nature Center

  • Address:
    140 City Park Road, Boerne, TX 78006

Open seven days a week (from 8 a.m. to dusk); the Cibolo Nature Center is an ideal destination for nature lovers and those looking to connect with local San Antonio wildlife. Take in the beauty of Texas Hill County and stroll along the Center Trails, which stretch for 10 miles. Alternatively, spot local bird species on the boardwalk or cool off at Cibolo Creek. Plus, for something extra special, the Cibolo Nature Center is home to replicas of dinosaur tracks found nearby, which date back 100 million years!