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48 Hours in San Antonio

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As the "River City", San Antonio gets under way as your next vacation destination, our 48 hours itinerary will pick up the city highlights for you. Through this guide we will take you to the city's most talked about landmarks and let you get a sweet taste of this America's kindest city. Live it up in San Antonio with its world-class museums, delicious Mexican cuisine and the famous Spurs basketball games.

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Day 1 San Antonio Tour!

Jog around the Downtown at 7:00 AM

Put on your running shoes and jog around the beautiful downtown. Jog pass the Riverwalk and the Alamo, which are right smack dab in the middle of downtown. This little effort will definitely rejuvenate your body and charge you up for a whole day long city tour.

Breakfast at 9:00 AM

While in downtown, why not sit yourself down for a good breakfast. A simple and delicious breakfast is served atPancake Joe’s (1011 Donaldson Ave).You can relish on its yummy pancake, egg Benedict and waffle. Another great breakfast place in downtown is Citrus (150 E Houston St, Hotel) - Amazingly delish breakfast buffet is served here.

Historical Site - The Alamo at 11:00 AM

Loaded with the brave tales of the brave rebels who fought against the Mexican to protect the fort, The Alamo will absorb you completely. Stroll around the Cavalry Courtyard and the meander in the chapel which now serves as the Shrine. For more insights to Mission life and the historic battle, watch a short 17 minutes film.

Address: 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio
Telephone: 1 210 225 1391
Website: www.thealamo.org

Al fresco Luncheon at 1:00 PM

Tourist delight - Riverwalk offers many interesting restaurants with open seating arrangement along the beautifully landscaped walkways. At Guillermo’s (618 McCullough Ave), you can feast on a scrumptious Italian fare - pizza, pastas, raviolis, lasagna and the list is an endless one. For a heartwarming American cuisine, stop at The Luxury(103 E Jones Ave). The name says it all - the food served here is luxuriously delicious.

A slice of Italy - Riverwalk at 2:00 PM

After a delicious lunch, meander around the stunning footbridge, cobblestone pathways along the San Antonio River. A stunning spot with a big reputation, put simply, a phenomenal riverfront. Visit the numerous gift shops there and walk by the beautiful hotel gardens. Walk further and stop at the San Antonio Art Museum or the Pearl Brewery complex.

Website: www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Duration from The Alamo: 0.3 mile or 2 minutes drive

Shopping spree at 4:00 PM

Just off the River Walk, lies the lovely La Villita historic distric. The spot will amuse you with its artisanal shops, nestled in charming mid-19th-century buildings. You ought to drop by stores such as The Casa Clasal Copper Gallery - everything here is copper, Alice Knight - lookout for some goofy paintings here.

Address: South Alamo Street at East Nueva Street
Website: www.lavillita.com

Also make sure to stop at Market Square - experience little bit of Mexico. The square is flooded with Mexican ware stores, mariachi band playing and delish Mexican food to nibble. And who can miss the huge stretch of El Mercado, that boasts of being the largest Mexican marketplace.

Address: 514 W Commerce St, San Antonio
Telephone: 1 210 207 8600
Website: www.marketsquaresa.com
Opening hours: 10am-8pm Jun-Aug, to 6pm Sep-May

Hit the Pearl neighborhood at 6:00 PM

You ought to visit this Pearl brewery, that has been producing beer for more than a century. Aside from tasting the outstanding beer, you can wander around the Pearl neighborhood and explore the farmers market, visit the the Culinary Institute of America (branch), bookshop in the airy Twig Book Shop or stop to eat in the fine restaurants. This neighborhood is always lively and bustling with activities.

Pearl Brewery
303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 300
San Antonio, Texas 78215
Phone: (210) 212-7260
Website: www.atpearl.com

Duration from Market Square: 2.8 miles or 5 minutes drive

Dinner at 8:00 PM

Ever imagine French influences into Mexican cuisine. Step in Ernesto’s Mexican Specialties & Seafood (2559 Jackson Keller Rd) to taste the delicious fusion cuisine. To enjoy a generous portion of Belgian meal, head to La Frite Belgian Bistro (Southtown, Lavaca, Downtown 728 S Alamo St). For a laid back gastro pub experience, drop by The Monterey (1127 S St Mary's St).

Theater at 9:00 PM

A 5 minutes drive will take you to The Majestic Theatre. The 2,264 seat Spanish Mediterranean designed theater is an epitome of an example of Arts Center Enterprises and is a National Historic Landmark. Currently, the theater is showcasing the Broadway series, performing arts and concerts. Look up for shows and book your tickets ahead here

Address: 224 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205, United States
Phone: 1 210-226-5700
Website: www.majesticempire.com/home

Night Scene at 11:00 PM

It's time to head to the dance party venues and nightclubs. To enjoy fantastic live music, drop by Main Plaza (115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, (210) 225-9800) that is located in the heart of downtown. If you are in a mood for some country music, then Cowboys Dance Hall will cater to that. Or for Tejano's Latin rhythms, you must visit the Graham Central Station (4902 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, (210) 979-9303)

Day 1 San Antonio Tour Map Guide

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Day 2 San Antonio Tour!

Magnificent HermisFair Park at 8:00AM

Kick off your morning blues. You will feel alive wandering around the magnificent HemisFair Park. This park serves as an urban oasis and embraces the iconic Tower of the Americas, Magik Theatre, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Institute of Texan Cultures, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto Cultural de Mexico, and several historic structures.

Feed Yourself - Breakfast at 9:00AM

Guenther House (205 E Guenther) Restaurant welcomes you with the smell of its delish buttermilk pancakes and freshly brewed coffee. If you're in for a soulful Mexican breakfast, make sure to visit Pete’s Tako House (502 Brooklyn Ave)

The McNay Art Museum at 10:00AM

Visit the McNay Art Museum, Spanish Colonial revival-style mansion, which was once the home of Marion Koogler McNay. Here you can marvel at the stunning collections of collection of European and American modern art.Also explore the newly added Stieren Center for Exhibitions - tagged as a 'translucent, two-story box'

Address: 6000 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio
Telephone: 1 210 824 5368
Website: www.mcnayart.org

Duration from Downtown: 4.4 miles or 12 minutes drive

Mission Trails at 11:00 AM

For a historic tour, visit the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, that includes 4 southernmost Spanish colonial missions, viz, Concepcion, San Juan, San Jose, and Espada. The compound has a church and buildings, that is the home of the priests and local Native Americans. You can stop the park’s Visitor’s Center, in Mission San Jose, where you can watch a 30 minutes long film based on the life in the missions - Gente de Razon.

Address: 6701 San Jose Dr, San Antonio, TX 78214
Phone: 1 210-922-0543

Duration from McNay Art Museum: 10.6 miles or 18 minutes

Lunch at 1:00 PM

Maggiano's Little Italy (17603 W I H 10, San Antonio) is a great place to devour an authentic Italian cuisine. An elegant spot but you can still enjoy a casual dining experience. For a Mediterranean fare, stop at Pasha Mediterranean Grill(99339 Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio) that will serve you the a perfect blend of Mediterranean, Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas at 2:00 PM

Locals as well as tourist paradise - Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a combination of thrilling rides, award-winning musical shows, and a free waterpark. You can enjoy a refreshing dip in the White Water Bay waterpark, packed with exciting Tornado, Whirlpool, Twister, and Big Bender. The famous rides here are - A 4D Free Fly Coaster ride called Batman: The Ride and the totally immersive thrust from 200-ft. above the ground, called the SkyScreamer.

17000 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257, United States
Phone: 1 210-697-5050
Website: www.sixflags.com

Spend a quite evening - San Antonio Botanical Garden at 5:00PM

After the day's rambling, it will be great to relax in this beautiful garden - a peaceful location loaded with greenery, vibrant flowers, clean sidewalks. The focal point is its rainforest rooms and succulent rooms, that exhibit exquisite plants.

Address: 555 Funston, San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: 210 207 3250
Website: www.sabot.org

Uncanny experience - Buckhorn Saloon & Museum at 7:00 PM

Buckhorn Saloon & Museum is a little unearthly decorated place, with rustic collections of deer antlers, mounted animals and the bar. You will find here unique oddities (two-headed cow), wildlife from the different corners of the world, Texas maps made out of rattlesnake rattles and a astonishing assortment of Lone Star Beer paraphernalia.

318 E Houston St, San Antonio
Phone: 1 210 247 4000
Website: www.buckhornmuseum.com

Dinner at 9:00 PM

A five minutes walk from the Buckhorn museum will lead you to this exquisite restaurant, Bella On The River (106 River Walk St, San Antonio). Here you can feast on fresh and scrumptious Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Or drop by Bliss (926 S Presa St, San Antonio) - a spot to relish on American, contemporary cuisine. Must try here are - Crispy Shrimp Springrolls, Crispy Fried Gulf Oysters, Beef Tenderloin, and delish fresh salads.

Loosen up! Get some great drinks at 11:00 PM

The night is still young and you must soak in some thrilling nightlife while in the city. An assortment of restaurant, theater and bar - all in one single spot - Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (1255 S.W. Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78227). Watch the best of first run films while enjoying a great choice of wine and beer!

Day 2 San Antonio Tour Map Guide

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