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How to Spend 3 Days in San Antonio

How to Spend 3 Days in San Antonio

Three days in San Antonio gives you plenty of time to 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.

Day 1: Historic San Antonio

Start your trip to San Antonio at the beginning, with a look into the past. The Alamo Mission has come to symbolize the fight for Texas independence, and a trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get there early to beat the crowds, then spend some time touring the historic downtown neighborhood on your own or on a guided walking or Segway tour. In the afternoon, get a feel for everything San Antonio has to offer with a flexible, self-guided tour aboard the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. You’ll be able to stop at notable landmarks such as the San Antonio Museum of Art, Pearl Brewery, Market Square, HemisFair Park, and the Tower of the Americas. In the evening, head to the San Antonio River Walk for dinner at one of the waterside restaurants, followed by a romantic evening cruise along the San Antonio River. 

Day 2: Modern Family Fun

Now that you’ve experienced San Antonio’s historic appeal, it’s time to have some serious fun. This city is home to some of the nation’s best family-friendly attractions. Depending on your interests, you could spend the day riding rides and watching parades at Six Flags Over Texas, learning about more than 750 species of animals at the San Antonio Zoo, or taking an educational (and entertaining) dive into the world’s marine ecosystems at SeaWorld San Antonio. After your day at the park of your choice, head back into downtown San Antonio for an after-dark ghost tour to learn more about the paranormal side of the city. 

Day 3: Texas Hill Country

Today, head outside the city limits on a day trip to explore the scenic Texas Hill Country. Many guided tours include stops at the boyhood home of President Lyndon B. Johnson (as well as his “Texas White House”), the German-influenced town of Fredericksburg, country music–loving Luckenbach, and area vineyards where it’s possible to sample Texas-made wine. When you arrive back in the city, head to the top of the Tower of the Americas for one last look over the San Antonio landscape from the Flags Over Texas observation deck. If you’re feeling hungry, make reservations at the tower’s rotating restaurant for dinner with a view.

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San Antonio Segway Ghost Tour

San Antonio Segway Ghost Tour

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Roll through San Antonio's spookier side on an evening haunted history tour by Segway. Perched atop a self-balancing electric scooter, head to some of downtown’s most storied and supposedly haunted locales, where a guide shares tales of notorious gun-slingers, ghosts of the Alamo, and legends of old Indian burial grounds. It’s a frightfully fun way to spend an evening immersed in Texas lore—unlimited spine tingles included!
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San Antonio River Walk Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

San Antonio River Walk Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Combine two great tours for a comprehensive look at the city of San Antonio. First, enjoy a relaxing, 35-minute River Walk boat cruise along the San Antonio River. Then explore the most popular sites in San Antonio on a scenic hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit popular sites like the Alamo, Pearl Brewery, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Market Square and many more. Select a pass, then board at any of the 19 stops to get to know the city in custom fashion, with live, onboard narration.
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Go City: San Antonio Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions

Go City: San Antonio Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions

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Set your own pace as you go sightseeing with the San Antonio Explorer Pass by Go City, valid for 60 days after your first use. Select two, three, four, or five top attractions, tours, or activities and get incredible savings of up to 45 percent compared to buying individual tickets. Enjoy the freedom to choose and visit popular sites such as the Texas Ranger Museum, San Antonio River Cruise, or Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two years from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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See San Antonio's top attractions and historic landmarks at your own pace with a 1-,2-, or 4-day ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Explore the sites you like and hear informative recorded commentary aboard the double-decker tour bus. Learn about San Antonio's history, culture, architecture and more as you pass by the Alamo, HemisFair Park, Tower of the Americas and Cathedral of San Fernando, then browse the shops at the Rivercenter Mall along the River Walk.
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San Antonio Zoo General Admission Ticket

San Antonio Zoo General Admission Ticket

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Visit the San Antonio Zoo to see more than 3,000 animals from around the globe. Check out the largest collection of birds in the world; large animals including tigers, hippos, zebras, and elephants; a number of different monkeys; and daily talks by the experts. Ride a train around the beautifully landscaped grounds, or let the kids take a spin on the carousel, which features colorful native Texas animals.
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San Antonio Ghost Walking Tour

San Antonio Ghost Walking Tour

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Get ready for a spooky night full of ghosts and things that go bump in the night. Professional paranormal investigators will lead you on a walking tour of San Antonio’s most haunted spots, while you learn the tragic stories of spirits unable to find their eternal rest.  Learn why San Antonio is considered one of the most haunted cities in all of America…if you’re brave enough, that is.
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