How I spent 5 Hours in San Antonio

How I spent 5 Hours in San Antonio

San Antonio has always been one of my favorite cities to visit, I think I’ve mentioned this before but I find myself always coming back to explore what it offers. Even though I live at a short driving distance I find it to be the perfect place to visit as a tourist, even as a travel blogger I think you MUST go if you want to experience Texas. It is rich in history, beautiful culture and has many modern places to visit which makes it the perfect city for instagram spots.

On my most recent trip we explored a couple of popular areas that we had already been to in the past but it’s always such a delight to visit again.

See The Alamo

We started our day by visiting the most popular building in the city and by in the city I literally mean that. You can find the Alamo right in the middle of city center surrounded by hotels, small shops and restaurants.

It is free to visit but they do offer tours that better explain everything if you want to know more of the history of the Alamo. The tour last about one hour. You are also able to visit the inside but must reserve a Free timed-entry ticket.*

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m*

Audio ToursAudio Tour MilitaryGuided Tour AdultGuided Tour Kids (12 and under)
$ 7 Per Person$6$40$30

*subject to change because of Pandemic

Lunch at Hard Rock Cafe

We decided to try out a new place for lunch and went with Hard Rock Cafe. Because it was lunch time, every restaurant had a wait time of about an hour to two hours. Pro Tip: reserve before hand online on their website to skip that long line!

The one-of-a-kind rock star treatment you get from Hard Rock Cafe is one of my new favorite things about it. You get seated by music and entertainment memorabilia and listen to what I like to call the best throwback songs with televisions around the room to show the music videos of the songs playing. The staff was SO friendly, shoutout to our waitress who was doing an amazing job celebrating two birthdays while making sure our visit was great.

The San Antonio Hard Rock Cafe is open for Takeout, Dine-in and Delivery.

Sunday – ThursdayFridaySaturday
4 – 9 PM12 – 10 PM11 – 10 PM

Finding Hidden Murals

I know my eyes are closed but I really love this photo!

One of my favorite activities to do whenever I travel is to find the “perfect instagram background” and it is no secret that I love murals. San Antonio is filled with them in hidden streets and buildings you normally wouldn’t go to because its not near tourist sites. I recommend you really explore the city inside and out so that you can find hidden gems like the murals located by the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and St. Mary’s Street near the end of the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Walking around the River Walk

One of the most popular areas for tourists to visit in San Antonio is the River Walk, a 15 mile urban waterway filled with restaurants, shops, sightseeing and fun. You can eat incredible food or escape the sun and visit the shops at river center as well as go up a level and enjoy theater, art and more!

Bought this dress the day before we took a road trip to San Antonio and realized I got it in a size bigger than what I was and the sleeves were strangely different lengths! I Got so many compliments on my outfit this day though!

Fifteen miles of walking may not sound appealing at first but you are guaranteed to change your mind when you visit. Some parts of the walk are filled with tourists, bars and food, but you can also find tranquil areas where people go to walk their pets and get a good jog in, other sections have street vendors and art. There is so much to see and do on the River Walk, I cannot recommend it enough.

It is also worth mentioning that you will be able to find seating areas throughout the walk and wonderful murals, mosaics and art along the way. Should you want to not continue walking all 15 miles you are able to exit to the street level about every 5-10 minutes.

Keep a lookout because you may find hidden gems like the stairwells and waterfalls in my photos! We also found a lot of turtles, ducks and squirrels.


Maybe I shouldn’t have fallen into the tourist trap but I really was acting like a tourist this day. I bought this San Antonio T-shirt that changes into color when the light/sun hits it! Pretty cool!

I love shopping for souvenirs, something to bring home on every trip which may end up becoming clutter later on but I can’t help myself! They mean I had a great time and created memories so I will continue the tradition!

It’s nearly impossible to escape all the tourist shops and all the items they sell, every corner you look there is bound to be a street vendor or tourist traps and I am totally okay with that. Shopping does not necessarily mean souvenirs only however, you’ll be able to find the shops at river center, a mall, filled with restaurants and popular stores to shop at as well as entertainment like a movie theater and a lego store.

Exploring the City & Streets

When we first arrived we made sure to walk around San Antonio and explore what each street had to offer. Sometimes you may catch a glimpse of something new or something interesting to do! We had no idea San Antonio had a magic show or even a Magician agency! We also always love to see the horses and beautifully decorated carriages you can ride or take pictures in. It has become a tradition to wave at the strangers who pass by on the tour buses just for fun, sometimes the tour guide will ask everyone to wave even before you do! so fun!

Enjoy your visit to San Antonio!

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