San Antonio

San Antonio SkylineAs the second largest city in the great Lone Star State, San Antonio is bursting at the seams with culture, entertainment, and fun for an excellent vacation of any kind. Whether you’re in the area for an educational adventure, family reunion, or somewhere in between, San Antonio will rise to the challenge to be the best destination you could find.

A historical city for its involvement in the Texas Revolution, the Mexican-American War in the mid-1800s, and the Civil War, San Antonio is rife with landmarks and memorials starting with the Alamo. The site commemorates the efforts of a small group of Texans who held the fort, formerly a mission church, for thirteen days against the Centralist Army of General Santa Anna in 1836. Other historic attractions include the Mission churches of San Jose and Concepcion, both established in the 18th century by Catholic missionaries.

If you’re in San Antonio purely for pleasure, head straight to the Riverwalk for the quintessential San Antonio mixture of cultures, entertainment, dining, and relaxation. Cruise down the San Antonio River on a riverboat and dine with your group to live music or shop your way through Rivercenter Mall only a few blocks away. San Antonio is also home to some of the best theme parks in Texas including SeaWorld, WonderWorld Park, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. These world-class destinations feature rides such as the world’s tallest roller coaster loop, the tallest waterpark slide, the first out of water inner tube conveyor belt, the longest waterpark ride, and the first 4D free-fly coaster, Batman.

A sightseeing tour is recommended to get the most out of your trip to San Antonio. Try Alamo Trolley for a hop-on, hop-off style of touring that allows you to spend as much time as you want at each stop before moving along.

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Sample Itineraries

3-Day San Antonio Tour

San Antonio is exciting because it captures the spirit of Texas and it has so much to offer groups.

    •  History by the River
    •  Ripley’s
    •  Six Flags

Southern Texas History Tour

San Antonio has a lot to offer groups: from the Alamo & historical sites to the beautiful Rivercenter Mall & Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

    •  Six Flags
    •  Show Cave
    •  Sightseeing Tours


Don Strange Ranch Adventure Course

Established in 1998, Don Strange Ranch Adventure Challenge Course has been a leading zip line course in the San Antonio area for nearly twenty years. From team building exercises to group fun days, the Don Strange Adventure experience is one that shouldn’t be missed by any group desiring a fun, exciting day in the outdoors.

Regular zip line courses for general adventures average at 350 to 400 feet in length at varying heights. Get a short briefing from the staff and then you’re on your way to the many wooden platforms before you shoot off through the Texas woods high above the ground.

Team building adventures are great for groups of colleagues and associates and small businesses desiring an adventure to bring the group together. Watch as your group enjoys the course, helping each other to the next station, and “step out of their personal comfort zone and into a learning zone” as Don Strange puts it. Team building adventures last approximately four hours and include rope courses either low or high, or even both depending on your preferences.

Group fun days make the Don Strange Ranch the perfect destination for groups of any size. Start off with zip line courses or take the Adventure Challenge course, do some catch and release fishing, have a chili cook off, compete in the Cowboy Olympics or armadillo races, feed the longhorn cattle, and watch a live rodeo all on the Don Strange Ranch. This is more than just a zip lining course but a group experience to be shared!

There is no age or weight requirement although there are some restrictions to participating on the zip line courses. Pregnant women will not be allowed to zip line and youth under 18 must have a parent sign a release before they participate.

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Wonder World Park

Wonder World Park is located near San Antonio, Texas. It is a one-of-kind Theme Park which is known as the 1st show cave in Texas. Visitors can take a tour of the Balcones Fault Line Cave. The location also contains other family-friendly attractions and entertainment. Your group will have the chance to take a guided tour of the Balcones Fault Line Cave. The tour focuses on the Great Texas Earthquake and the dramatic physical changes that happened millions of years ago. Your group may eat a lunch provided by the park. The lunch includes a deli sandwich, chips, brownie, and a large soft drink. There are other fun attractions that will enhance your experience. Featured attractions include the following: Mystery Mountain and Wildlife Park, Tejas Observation Tower, and the Anti-Gravity House. Mystery Mountain and Wildlife Park is interesting for visitors of all ages. The group will climb aboard the train and travel to the Wildlife Petting Park. You will splash through the cascading waterfall. There will be friendly deer and other critters waiting when you arrive for you to feed and pet. The Anti-Gravity House is an entertaining attraction. Things that go up do not always come back down and water even runs uphill. Visit this fun and fascinating Theme Park and see this amazing cave!

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Six Flags Fiesta Texas

San Antonio roller-coaster at six flags fiesta

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In a park of world class roller coasters, international cuisine, and thrilling waterpark rides, you can’t go wrong. Head to Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio to sample what the best of the Lone Star State has to offer with family friendly entertainment.

Let’s start with the roller coasters and focus on the record breakers, shall we? Superman the ride features the world’s tallest vertical loop while Batman is the world’s first 4D free-fly coaster. If you’re brave enough to venture near these superhero worthy coasters, you deserve a cape of your own. Other crowd favorites include Der Twister which takes you on 360 degree flips at 4 Gs, the Poltergeist which rockets out of the gate going 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, the inverted coaster Goliath, and the Iron Rattler, a classic wooden style coaster that propels you up to 70 miles per hour on the turns.

Take a break and go a bit slower on these classic rides. Try the themed carousel Amerigoround or Scooby Doo Ghostblaster where you can annihilate the ghosts with your own shooter. If you like waterparks, try the world’s tallest water slide, Bahama Blaster, or take a swim in the wave pool shaped like the state of Texas, Lone Star Lagoon, before heading on the White Water Canyon lazy river.

While you’re at Six Flags, you are bound to work up an appetite with all of your roller coaster screaming. When you’re hungry, stop by Bubba’s River Cafe for some down-home American cooking or try some overseas inspired cuisine at Panda Express or Primo’s Pizzeria. Snacks and desserts are covered by Cold Stone Limited’s deliciously crafted ice cream and Mockingbird Funnel Cakes. Grab yourself some souvenirs, candy, and caricatures at one of the park’s many kiosks and gift shops before you leave.

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SeaWorld in San Antonio TX water slides

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Like its Florida sister park, the San Antonio SeaWorld is an adventure into the deep blue sea with thrilling amusement park rides and up close interactions with some of the most magnificent marine creatures.

This 250 acre park includes several Animal Encounters, some of the most popular include Dolphin Cove, Penguin Encounter, Pacific Point Preserve, and Alligator Alley. Dolphin Cove lets you get up-close and personal with beautiful dolphins as you watch their handlers feed them daily and perform shows. Penguin Encounter is a time honored favorite where you can meet over 100 penguins and see their wild personalities while Pacific Point Preserve is a new destination featuring a family of sea lions. Make sure to visit the massive 450,000 gallon tank holding deadly sharks at the Sharks/Coral Reef.

Also a theme park, SeaWorld’s rides are a fabulous thrilling complement to the laid-back marine animal atmosphere of the animal encounters. Ride The Great White as this exciting coaster rockets you up to 50 miles per hour and curves around at nearly 4.6 Gs! As a nice change of pace, and something for the kids, Shamu Express is a kid-friendly coaster in trains designed to look like your favorite Killer Whale. Other rides include Rio Loco, a float through river rapids, the Steel Eel, and Journey to Atlantis, both of which are thrilling coasters.

When you get hungry, Dine with Shamu in a unique experience or just stop by Shamu’s Smokehouse, Rio Grille, Rosita’s Cafe, or the new Harbor Market where you can choose from an array of counter service options with international cuisine.

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Schlitterbahn Water Park Resort

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

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Located just outside of San Antonio in the Texas town of New Braunfels, Schlitterbahn Waterpark is the best at what they do, and that’s creating the most fun, inclusive, water-bound experiences for you and your group.

Thrill rides abound at Schlitterbahn. If you’re up for it, try out the Der Bahn Speed Slides, Double Loop Body Slides, or the Hillside Tube Chute. Let’s not forget about the kid’s though. Youngster will go crazy for the many activity pools throughout the park featuring bucket dumps, giant sea monsters, kid-sized water slides, and more. The Wolfpack Raft Slide allows you to take friends along for the ride down its twists. The Falls, the world’s longest water ride, is a 3,600 foot long river through waterfalls, waves, and splashes led by the AquaVeyer, the first conveyer belt to carry riders out of water to the beginning of The Falls.

If you prefer a little slow time, check out one of the many heated pools like Bamboozle Bay or Boogie Bay. For groups wanting some down time or a place to meet up, look into getting one of the premier cabanas. Each comes with unique amenities, lockers, and some even have BBQ grills so that you can make your own lunch. Schlitterbahn resorts are also located near the park for those desiring multiple day stays.

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San Antonio Zoo

The San Antonio Zoo is located in San Antonio, Texas. Visitors will find attractions, a variety of animals and exhibits. The location has an aquarium where the group can take in the creatures that live in the water. There are many classifications of animals for visitors to view at the San Antonio Zoo. Featured categories include: Amphibians, Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles. Featured birds include: the American common goldeneye, the American white pelican, the Australian shelduck, the Batelur eagle, the Bahama pintail duck, the Bananaquit, Barletts dove, and the Blackbilled whistling duck. Mammals include: the Addra gazelle, the African crested porcupine, the African lion, the Asian elephant, the Bat-eared fox, the Black-footed cat, and the Black howler monkey. There are other attractions for your group to explore throughout the zoo. Featured attractions include the following: Africa Live, African Plains, Amazonia, Cranes of the World, Gibbon Forest, and the Nature Spot. The Africa Live exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to experience the  world of Africa. Features include: plants, animals, and people. You will observe animals through one of the underwater viewing windows. Specific animals include: Hippos, crocodiles, and African cichlids. Come visit this one-of-a-kind attraction!

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Rivercenter Mall

Located only moments away from the Riverwalk is the gorgeously designed Rivercenter Mall. An entertainment, fashion, and food destination, the Rivercenter Mall is an all-in-one stop for premier shopping and a night on the town.

With four levels, each separated into their specified use, the mall is compartmentalized into granting a clearcut entertainment experience where everything is easy to find and in its place. Enter from the River Level and marvel at the water-filled courtyard, reminiscent of grand old world Spanish villas. Don’t miss the 1,000 room Marriott attached directly to the side of the mall as it towers above the premises. On the lowest level you can find a myriad of restaurants and counter service food kiosks such as Tony Romo’s, Little Tokyo, Chili’s, Marble Side Creamery, and Tutti Frutti among others.

From there, travel to the Street Level and find accessories, shoes, fine jewelry, and more. If you’re searching for apparel, head up one floor to the Fashion Level and peruse your way through favorites like American Eagle, Aeropostale, Express, Hot Topic, Macy’s, and Buckle. The fun doesn’t end with shopping and dining, however. With the true spirit of the Riverwalk, Rivercenter Mall is also home to an IMAX theater and an 11 theater AMC on the top floor Entertainment Level. Travel the floors upwards and end your night by taking in a movie and then relax along the riverside.

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San Antonio Riverwalk

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The number one tourist attraction in San Antonio, the Riverwalk public park is open 365 days a year. This beautiful riverway is lined with businesses, restaurants, hotels, attractions, and other services to make it the most inviting and entertaining district in the city.

Ride the riverboats and have dinner on board for the quintessential Riverwalk experience. Take a tour of the area or just stop by as part of the Alamo Trolley tours before heading onto different places. You might not want to leave, however, once you get a taste of the glorious personality of the San Antonio River and the shopping you can find here.

Boutiques and shops are sprinkled throughout the walk, spicing up the area with specialty shops and local flavor. Nearby is the Rivercenter Mall for more in depth shopping, located only minutes away. Other attractions include the Majestic Theatre where you can see all manner of performances and various special events that take place throughout the year. Come for the 4th of July and stay for the Arts and Crafts Show or participate in the Ford Canoe Challenge and paddle your way down the river with your group mates.

If you get hooked by the Southwestern flavor of the Riverwalk, you might want to step into one of the magnificent dining establishments. Dine by the riverside or in the air conditioned venues to the sound of live music as friendly waitstaff serve up the most delicious cuisine from all over the world. Try La Paloma Riverwalk for fine dining, Boudro’s Texas Bistro for a classic favorite, or Michelino’s for traditional Italian cuisine.

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Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

With live actors, animatronics, special effects, and more, this multi-million dollar haunted house is one of the best year round attractions in the country. As part of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! company, you can expect wild thrills, terrifying sights, and a good time.

Travel to the top floor in an old coffin cage and then find your way out of the house on your very own Haunted Adventure. Wander through horrifying rooms, escape trap doors, and scream your head off around every corner. Beware that on this adventure you may meet vampires, monsters, ghouls, gremlins, creatures of nightmares, and even the crypt keeper. Who knows what kind of monsters you may find in San Antonio’s top haunted house.

If you enjoy Halloween, horror movies, thrill rides, and being scared out of your mind, then Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is just for you. Make sure you have friends nearby to hold onto when crossing over into this nightmare house filled with the creatures of the dark. Stay near the brave ones in your group as you’ll need them to go ahead of the crowd and scout out what creeps within the shadows.

Allow at least one hour to find your way out of this haunted maze of a house. This is not recommended for young children or the faint of heart.

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Ever since 1918, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has brought the public the best in weird, scary, and otherwise unique artifacts and information from around the world. San Antonio’s Ripley’s location is no different with a three floor Odditorium covering 18,000 square feet, 18 themed galleries, and over 500 exhibits. Open 365 days a year, Ripley’s is a great attraction for groups of all ages.

Shrunken heads, a 19th century vampire killing kit, two-headed animals, the world’s largest tire, and 3,500 pounds of the Berlin Wall fill the many exhibits of this crazy museum. They even have the car Lee Harvey Oswald was driving the day he assassinated President Kennedy! The Odditorium is a tribute to the collection Robert Ripley started in the early 20th century who applauded the strange, the wild, and the unusual truths of the world that just sound insane. So it’s up to you to answer the question: Do you believe it or not?

Also in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! complex is the Louis Tussaud’s WaxWorks, a wax museum with over 200 figures in themed settings, and the 4D Moving Theater. Take a picture with your favorite celebrities and historical figures in themed sections including Hollywood, Passion of the Christ, Heroes of the Lone Star, US History, Horror, and more. See one of two films at the interactive, multi-sensory theater that moves! There’s no better way to experience a movie.

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Natural Bridge Caverns

Natural Bridge Cavern Tour

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Natural Bridge Caverns is located in San Antonio, Texas. This location is a beautiful place to enjoy nature and have a good time. There are various tours offered to visitors of all ages. Visitors can also pan for precious stones. Featured tours include: the Discovery Tour, the Hidden Passage Tour, Adventure Tours, and the Lantern Tour. During the Discovery Tour, your group will walk 180 feet below the ground while listening to a professional guide. This tour is the most popular choice at the location. Visitors will view many exquisite natural formations that have been forming for centuries and continue to grow in the present day. These include: stalagmites, stalactites, flowstones, chandeliers and soda straws. The group may want to take part in the Canopy Challenge. This adventure is fun for everyone. Visitors can get on the Canopy Explorer and maneuver their way to the top of the 60-foot, 4-teer adventure course. You will encounter 47 obstacles along the way. If you are up for another challenge, take a ride on one of the exhilarating zip lines, where you will glide high above the Texas Hill Country. Come visit this breathtaking location with your group today!

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Hemisfair Park

Originally built to host the 1968 World’s Fair, HemisFair Park is a beautiful urban park with everything from historic homes to museums, playgrounds, and more. Come with your group, your friends, your children, or just your dog for a beautiful walk in the Texas sunshine through lush landscapes, beautifully constructed waterfalls, and cultural attractions of HemisFair Park.

Beautiful fountains featuring cascading waterfalls decorate the lush landscapes for a comfortable and pleasurable walking experience. As a historic destination itself, HemisFair Park is home to several attractions that featured in the World’s Fair. The Tower of the Americas is perhaps the area’s most popular and most impressive feature. This 750 foot tower rises high above the park and surrounding city to provide breathtaking views with an added bonus of a fine dining restaurant and 4D theater ride. Skies Over Texas is an interactive multi-sensory theater experience that flies you over the Lone Star State. The park also houses the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Instituto Cultural Mexicano, two heritage museums with history and art exhibits to highlight the respective cultures.

Kids will find HemisFair Park exciting and enjoyable with the newly developed Yanaguana playground, a 7-acre recreational area with everything from an imaginative splash pad to indoor gaming areas. Magik Theatre, located at the park’s entrance, is the area’s premier children’s theater showing educational performances and entertaining plays meant to spark your child’s imagination.

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Adventure Challenge Course

The Don Strange Ranch Adventure Challenge Course is located just north of San Antonio, Texas. It was constructed in 1998. The zip line was added to the location in 2008. As part of the experience, take time to visit the General store on the ranch. The location offers a variety of fun adventure activities for groups no matter the size. The activities encourage team building to complete the adventure at hand. Featured adventure options include the following: kayaking, climbing, and zip line tours. The programs can be tailored to fit your needs. Other entertainment options include: catch & release fishing, hay rides, live bands or DJ’s, line dance instruction, a casino, mariachi, skeet shooting, and much more! The theme of the programs focuses on the following areas: problem–solving, leadership, communication, and personal effectiveness. Come with your group and enjoy the entertainment this attraction has to offer. The trip will not only be fun but will also be one you will not forget.

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Alamo Trolley

With complete flexibility you can tour San Antonio’s most prestigious, historic, and entertaining attractions while enjoying informative narration provided by your guide with Alamo Trolley. All day unlimited boarding allows you to stay as long as you want at each of the stops and simply hop on another trolley when you’re ready to move along. For the best and most comprehensive look at San Antonio, the Alamo Trolley is here for your group.

Start at the Alamo, San Antonio’s most famous destination where a small group of Texans held the mission fort for 13 days against the Centralist Army of General Santa Anna in 1836. From there, visit La Villita, San Antonio’s first neighborhood and now a highly concentrated art community with galleries, museums, and historic landmarks. Market Square is another must-see as the largest Mexican Market in the United States with over 100 shops, booths, and restaurants to explore. Other destinations include the San Antonio Zoo, HemisFair Park, Tower of the Americas, the RiverWalk, San Fernando Cathedral, Mission Trail, King William Historic District, and more.

The complete freedom and transportation offered through the Alamo Trolley is second to none in San Antonio. See San Antonio’s most popular attractions with one tour company. When your group is in the city and desiring a sightseeing tour, Alamo Trolley is perhaps the best and most entertaining option.

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Alamo Sightseeing Tours

From the populated city centers to historic landmarks and into beautiful wine country, Alamo Sightseeing Tours will take you to all of the best attractions to be found in San Antonio. Knowledgeable, informative, and accommodating guides lead you through Texas’ second most populated city and one of the most historic destinations in the country.

Alamo Sightseeing Tours offer several options to meet everyone’s desires whilst providing an excellent window into San Antonio’s best and most popular attractions. Choose from full day or half day options or even a few hours with varying levels of flexibility.

For those of you who enjoy a good array of sites and photographic opportunities, there is the San Antonio Grand Sightseeing Tour, lasting eight hours traveling from the historic Alamo to the Spanish Governor’s Palace, Market Square, the Missions of San Jose and Concepcion, the Japanese Sunken Gardens, as well as a riverboat cruise down the Paseo Del Rio. Hill Country Tours drive you out to the LBJ Ranch and into the German town of Fredricksburg where you can tour the local boutiques and shops.

If you enjoy flexibility and a laid-back schedule, the Hop-on, Hop-off Trolley Tour may be just for you. With this option you can ride the trolleys to the Alamo, the Institute of Texan Cultures, Rivercenter Mall, La Villita, San Fernando Cathedral, and more with ease. Stay as long as you want at each of the sites and when you’re ready to go, just hop on another trolley.

Groups of adults may enjoy the wine country tours. Lasting approximately seven and a half hours, the wine tour options take you outside San Antonio proper to enjoy wine tours and tastings at two wineries. This tour also includes free time in Fredricksburg and amazing Texan vistas.

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