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Downtown San Antonio Attractions

Discover the Best of San Antonio

San Antonio, the 7th largest city in the United States, is well-known for the role "The Battle of the Alamo" played in the early history of Texas. Today, the Alamo is a shrine and museum located in the heart of downtown San Antonio. While it is clearly San Antonio's best-known tourist attraction and is featured in its flag and seal and in the city's nickname, "Alamo City", the diverse range of things to in and around the downtown San Antonio is practically limitless.  

San Antonio is a big city with a small town feel. Here, you will find everything you'd expect in a large metropolitan area: performing arts, professional sports, shopping, public transportation, easy highway access, cultural and recreational attractions, not to mention all the things to do in the scenic San Antonio Riverwalk. 

To assist with planning your stay in downtown San Antonio, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the top tourist attractions and things to do. 


.04 miles | 8-minute walk

In the heart of downtown San Antonio, the Alamo stands as a Shrine to Texas Liberty. The 1836 Battle of the Alamo is one of the most pivotal battles in world history, signifying Texan identity, the fight for liberty, and bravery in the face of impossible odds.   

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San Antonio River Walk

.03 mi | 4-minute walk 

The San Antonio River Walk is a city park and network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of San Antonio, Texas, United States.

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Market Square / El Mercado

1.2 mi | 6-minute drive | 18-minute walk 

Market Square is a three-block outdoor plaza lined with shops, and restaurants in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Market Square is the largest Mexican market in the United States. The "El Mercado" section has 32 specialty shops and the "Farmer's Market Plaza" section has 80.

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San Antonio Zoo

4.4 miles | 11-minute drive 

The San Antonio Zoo is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoo in Midtown San Antonio, Texas, United States. It is located in the city's Brackenridge Park. The 35-acre zoo has a collection of over 3,500 animals representing 750 species. 

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SeaWorld San Antonio

17.9 miles | 22-minute drive 

SeaWorld San Antonio is a 250-acre marine mammal park, oceanarium, and animal theme park, in the Westover Hills District of San Antonio, Texas, on the city’s west side. It is the largest of the three parks in the SeaWorld chain owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, and the world's largest marine-life theme park.

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Six Flags Fiesta Texas

16.5 miles | 21-minute drive 

Six Flags Fiesta Texas, formerly Fiesta Texas, is a theme park located in La Cantera, San Antonio, Texas. It is owned and operated by Six Flags. The park was built by Gaylord Entertainment Company and opened on March 14, 1992 as the first business in the district of San Antonio.

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San Antonio Museum of Art

1.4 miles | 29-minute walk | 7-minute drive

The San Antonio Museum of Art is an art museum in Downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA. With a collection spanning 5,000 years of global culture, SAMA is the only encyclopedic museum of fine art in South Texas. The Museum is housed in the historic former Lone Star Brewery on the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River Walk.

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San Antonio Missions

4.3 miles | 12-minute drive 

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is a National Historical Park and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserving four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio, Texas, USA. These outposts were established by Catholic religious orders to spread Christianity among the local natives. 

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Hemisfair Park

0.3 miles | 6-minute walk

Iconic park housing Tower of the Americas, Institute of Texan Cultures, fountains & a playground.

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King William / Southtown

0.7 miles | 15-minute walk 

Known for its ornate 19th-century mansions, the residential King William neighborhood is also an indie arts hotspot with relaxed coffeehouses. Overlooking the San Antonio River, the Blue Star Contemporary complex includes exhibition spaces and artists’ studios in airy converted warehouses, plus eclectic restaurants, gift shops and a craft brewery. Just west, vendors at SoFlo Market sell handicrafts and vintage goods.

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Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

0.4 miles | 7-minute walk 

The Henry B. González Convention Center is the City of San Antonio's convention center located in Downtown San Antonio, Texas, along the banks of the River Walk. The facility is a central component in the city's convention industry

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0.6 miles | 14-minute walk

The Alamodome is a 64,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in San Antonio, Texas. It is located on the southeastern fringe of downtown San Antonio. The facility opened on May 15, 1993, having been constructed at a cost of $186 million.

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Majestic Theatre / Empire Theatre

0.6 miles | 12-minute walk 

The Majestic Theatre is San Antonio's oldest and largest atmospheric theatre. The theatre seats 2,264 people and was designed by architect John Eberson, for Karl Hoblitzelle's Interstate Theatres in 1929.

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Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

0.8 miles | 17-minute walk

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is San Antonio's performing arts center. Located next to the San Antonio Riverwalk, it is named for Robert L. B. Tobin, one of the city's most prominent residents.

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