Three days in San Antonio means you can experience the historic missions, tour downtown, spend the day at a theme park, and even venture farther afield into the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Read on for advice on what to do during your 3-day trip to San Antonio.
Spanish Governor's Palace
Tuesday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm. Sundays: 10am - 5pm
105 Plaza De Armas, San Antonio, TX 78205
A National Historic Landmark, the 300-year-old Spanish Governor’s Palace once served as a capitol building in San Antonio and is now a public museum. “Palace” moniker aside, the structure is fairly modest, with white stucco walls and bright flowers on the exterior, rugged colonial furnishings inside, and a central courtyard with a fountain. You can take a self-guided tour through the 10 rooms, some original and some that have been added on over the years.
Things to Know Before You Go
Save time and money by purchasing a hop-on hop-off tour that allows you to see several sites in one go.
This is a small museum without a lot of bells and whistles, so it’s especially suited to visitors interested in Texas history.
It takes about an hour to tour the entire property.
The building is wheelchair accessible.
There are public bathrooms in the courtyard.
How to Get There
The Spanish Governor’s Palace is located two blocks east of San Antonio’s Market Square in the west downtown area, and two blocks west of the San Fernando Cathedral. The River Walk is four blocks east. There is no parking on-site, but you can find a spot in one of the paid lots near Market Square. Two bus stops are in front of the attraction: Commerce Street and Dolorosa.
When to Get There
The palace is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9am–5pm and Sunday 10am–5pm; it’s closed on Monday. Although you’ll rarely face large crowds and can go at your own pace, keep in mind that the museum and grounds, which are not air conditioned, can get warm in summer.
Behind the Misnomer
The Spanish Governor’s Palace’s name is almost entirely incorrect. Originally called a Comandancia, or “Casa del Capitan,” the property was home not to a governor, but rather to the Spanish military captains of the San Antonio de Béxar Presidio in the 1700s through the early 1800s. In fact, no governor ever lived here. And although the grounds and housing are lovely, if you’re expecting a grand royal palace, you might be a bit underwhelmed.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Spanish Governor's Palace?
What else should I know about attractions in San Antonio?
- Bexar County Courthouse
- San Fernando Cathedral
- San Antonio Historic Market Square
- Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio
- San Antonio River Walk (Paseo Del Rio)
- Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
- La Villita Historic Arts Village
- Battle For Texas: The Experience
- The Alamo
- Hemisfair Park
- Alamo IMAX Theatre
- Tower of the Americas
- King William Historic District
- The Guenther House
- Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC)