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Crashing in our San Antonio Crashpads? Here are 5 “Off the Beaten Path” Attractions to Explore

San Antonio, Texas may be most remembered for the Alamo but this central Texan city is much more than the Riverwalk and strong military presence. The city of San Antonio has evolved in a way that cultivates its rich Mexican-American history with a unique blend of art, culture and food. So, if you’re crashing at one of our San Antonio Vacation Crashpads and looking for more of the unique and off the beaten path attractions to explore in the city, here are 5 of our Top Recommendations for your stay.

The Pearl District

What started as a district for a popular brewery in the late 1800s has transformed into a one stop shop eclectic district to experience some of the best culinary culture and shopping in the city. Year round, you can dine at one of the local restaurants and shop local at some of the best boutique shops in the city. However, the magic happens on the Weekend at The Pearl Farmers Market where local artisans and vendors come together to give an authentic taste of San Antonio. Visiting “The Pearl” is one of the best ways to gain a multifaceted experience of the city and it’s a stop that should not be missed. We suggest spending at least a half day at this experience.

Natural Bridge Caverns

Did you know that the largest commercial cavern in the United States sits right below San Antonio? The Natural Bridge Cavern is a family owned and operated exploration excursion that allows guests to explore some of the Naturally beautiful landscapes in Texas. There are many tours for guests to choose from but this is a great option for people who enjoy getting out and exploring nature. We suggest dedicating at least a half day to the experience.

Explore San Antonio’s Wide Variety of Murals and Free Standing Art

San Antonio boasts a vibrant variety of Art that is celebratory of its Mexican-American culture and overall love for the city. One of the best ways to get a feel for the city is to explore those murals and free standing art sculptures around the city. While there are multiple forms of transportation offered, one of the best ways to explore on your own time is by way of bike or electric scooter.

Here are a few of the best city art works for photo opportunities to check out and their addresses but do keep in mind that the city is bursting with them:

  • Made in San Antonio Mural: 17851 Rogers Ranch San Antonio, TX 78258

  • 35 Underpass Outdoor Gallery: E Euclid Ave & N St Mary's St

  • Fiesta San Antonio Mural: 2611 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78215

  • Selena Murals (There are multiple around the city): Interstate 10 (Hildebrand Avenue)

  • Greetings from San Antonio: 2718 N. St Mary Street

There are guided art tours to experience at the San Anto Organization but If traditional art exploration is more your preference, the city has a ton of Galleries such as the San Antonio Museum of Art and more.

Gain International Experiences in the Middle of the City

San Antonio offers a variety of diverse cultural experiences. In one day, tourists can travel from the tea gardens of Japan to the streets of Mexico. These are some of our recommended places to visit to get unique international experiences.

Japanese Tea Garden Experience: The Japanese Tea garden experience is owned by the SATX parks foundation and is over 90 years old. Visitors can explore miles of guided paths with waterfalls, lush landscape, exotic flora, a Japanese style pavilion and koi ponds. Admission is completely FREE. However, there is a restaurant on staff to grab a bite to eat and enjoy the scenery.

El Mercado: El Mercado is an authentic Mexican experience right in the heart of the city’s downtown. Known as the Historic Market Square, guests can experience Old Mexico with authentic artisan shops, food vendors and live music experiences. They boast over 100 locally owned businesses so this is a great place to support local. There is nothing like this experience and it is a must-see attraction during your time in SATX.

Dive into the History of Popular Attractions

While we suggest visiting San Antonio and going off the beaten path, you should not leave without exploring some of the most famous tourist attractions that the city has to offer and taking the time to learn about why they are so popular in depth. The Riverwalk and the Alamo are still great stops for your itinerary and tours are suggested to understand a bit more about the history.

The San Antonio Riverwalk: The San Antonio Riverwalk offers a half hour water taxi tour where guests can learn more about the history of the city and why the canal in the middle of the city is so popular. We recommend hopping on the water taxi to learn more. Then, your experience on the Riverwalk will be that much more appreciated.

The Alamo: The Alamo plays such an integral role in how San Antonio came to be. After all, San Antonio is one of the oldest Spanish settlements in what we now know to be Texas. On property, guests can take a guided audio tour to learn more about the history of the Spanish mission. There are often also historical reenactments of the historic siege.

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