Every year, more than 25 million tourists visit San Antonio. Granted, you’re not one of them. You’re headed to San Antonio on business and staying in an extended stay corporate housing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your time here.
Here are 10 things you can do while visiting San Antonio for work that are sure to make your stay memorable.
1 – The River Walk
Get to know the city while getting some exercise by walking along the San Antonio River, which contains a network of walkways near two sidewalks filled with restaurants, shops and night spots. If your stay has you in San Antonio in the springtime, be sure to check out Fiesta San Antonio, where colorful floats drift along the river.
2 – The Alamo
Perhaps the most famous site in San Antonio, this one-time Catholic mission was the site of one of the most notorious battles in U.S. history.
In 1836, a small group of American settlers fought – and died – in a skirmish against 3,000 Mexican soldiers. Their deaths became the rallying cry (“Remember the Alamo!”) in the ensuing war against Mexico. It is strange to look at modern-day San Antonio and see how wonderfully native Texan and Mexican culture have become inseparable over the past century—especially when it comes to the cuisine.
Tex Mex is a regional cuisine that grew out of the Rio Grande Valley and propagated in San Antonio. If you’re a Tex Mex lover, you’ll be right at home in San Antonio and Texas as a whole.
Today, the Alamo is a national monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most iconic locations in the United States and is referenced all throughout popular culture.
3 – San Fernando Cathedral
This Roman Catholic church is famous as the burial site for the heroes of the Alamo. It’s one of the oldest cathedrals in America and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
At night, the cathedral serves as the stage for an exciting visual attraction, San Antonio: The Saga. This free video art installation happens each Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, a 24-minute short film with choreographed music and narration telling the history of the city on a 7,000 square foot projection.
4 – The Pearl District
This trendy district has a reputation for amazing cuisine, hip restaurants, unique shopping experiences and lovely historic buildings that were once the Pearl Brewery which operated from 1883-2001. Many of the original buildings remain as the enormous facility and surrounding areas were repurposed into a micro-district.
On weekends, it’s also where you’ll find a bustling farmer’s market, which attracts vendors from a 150-mile radius around San Antonio.
5 – Market Square
You’ll find plenty of unique items and souvenirs along this three-block commercial strip, known for being the largest Mexican market in the country. The indoor El Mercado sells everything you can think of, all from locally owned vendors.
When you’re done shopping, stop by Mi Tierra Café y Panderia, which serves Mexican food 24 hours a day, and has been in operation since 1941.
6 – CIA Culinary Boot Camps
The CIA, in this case, is the Culinary Institute of America, which has a campus in San Antonio. The CIA offers short culinary boot camps covering a wide range of topics. There’s even a basic boot camp for beginners who want to learn the fundamentals of cooking before moving onto more advanced classes. If you travel a lot for work, cooking is undoubtedly a handy skill to pick up that will not only make it easier to cook tasty, healthy meals, but you’ll also save yourself from the major expense of eating out every night for a whole month plus!
7 – The McNay Art Museum and San Antonio Museum of Art
These two museums offer very different perspectives on art. At the McNay, you’ll find a large collection of modern art, including contemporary Indian pieces. This museum is at the former estate of Marion Koogle McNay and features several works from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Museum of Art houses outstanding Greek, Egyptian and Roman antiquities, as well as art from Asia, Europe, the U.S., and Latin America.
Extended Stay in San Antonio, TX
The best part is that many if not all of these locations are not far from our extended stay apartments in San Antonio.
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