San Antonio, the second largest city in Texas, is quickly becoming a major tourist destination.

With a bustling population of 1.4 million, multiple military complexes and the smarts to know how to attract big business, San Antonio is simpatico to their visitors. Not only did much of Texas-Mexico history take place in this area (such as the famous Battle of the Alamo); but, immigrants came here to prosper and begin a new life, like the Germans settling the King Wilhelm district.

Getting Around downtown is easy and inexpensive on the Via Trolley ($4.00 for a one day pass) or the BCycles (bike share program). For $10.00/day you can hop on a sturdy bike and peddle over to your destination and dock your bike. When you’re ready to head to the next location, select a bike and off you go.

Food and drink:

Mi Tierra is a San Antonio institution.  In 1941, Pete Cortez started a three-table cafe for local workers. His “never closes” Mi Tierra has grown to over 500 tables and expanded to three restaurants. Be sure to take a few minutes to see the murals in the back of the restaurant.

The first thing you will notice when you enter Blue Star Brewing Company, located at 1414 South Alamo Street, is the feel that surrounds you. Maybe it’s the neon lighting or those huge stainless steel tanks that seem to touch the ceiling. But, you can be sure that it is a “coming home, take a deep breath” type of feeling.  The service is Texas friendly and the food prepared by Chef Charles is simply prepared with great ingredients.


Our tour of San Antonio began with a 2.5 hour Segcity segway tour (124 Losoya Street – near The Alamo). Matt, our remarkable guide, first made sure we were comfortable navigating the segway. Then, we were off to see Downtown San Antonio.  Matt related interesting historical facts about each site which made them twice as fascinating. We covered lots of ground as we zipped along on our machines: The Alamo, the San Antonio River Walk, King William Historic District, HemisFair Park and La Villita. This gave us a quick overview of the area without tired feet. That afternoon, we re-visited landmarks where we wanted to spend more time.

Other Activities:

San Antonio is home to the NBA Spur’s who play in AT&T Center. Reasonably priced tickets, easy to access stadium and exciting action from the likes of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan will make this an evening to remember.

Sea World-San Antonio, located just off Loop 410 and Tx Hwy 151, this recognized theme park offers more than just rides and Shamu. Sea World has an educational element such as the Beluga Interaction Program that will influence your children for years to come.

San Antonio invites you to come, share her history, culture and friendly people on your next travel adventure.

Happy Holidays to all!