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1 Week in San Antonio, Texas

Feb 8, 2019 | Texas | 0 comments

Updated: Nov 1, 2020

Planning a trip to Texas? Well, get ready for an amazing adventure of culture, Tex-Mex food, and loads of fun in San Antonio, Texas! Spending a week here will give you plenty of time to dive into its world-famous theme parks and have a blast. So, buckle up and check out these suggestions for a week filled with excitement and unforgettable experiences!

Little boy watching the shamu in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

El Tropicano on the Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas

110 Lexington Avenue San Antonio, TX 78205

Staying Downtown is a Must when staying in San Antonio! (The rooms have a microwave, coffee maker, and free WI-FI.)

Aerial view on El Tropicano on the Riverwalk Hotel pool and pool deck in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

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OK, maybe I’m speaking from my stomach, but this place has the BEST breakfast buffet! Therefore, it’s my favorite hotel on the Riverwalk. The buffet is HUGE with a wide selection and it’s only $10.99 a person. The buffet used to be free back in the day. (sad face) Also, the price of a room is easy on the pocketbook at $100 a night, plus it’s right on the Riverwalk. I love waking up in the morning and heading on foot to the Riverwalk. I have only two complaints. First, you have to pay for parking, but that’s to be expected when booking a hotel downtown. Second, the walls are really thin! I could hear the family in the room next to us coming back drunk from the Riverwalk around 3 am. I could hear their entire conversation along with the baby crying. (annoying)

View of the Riverwalk in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas

849 E. Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

You should spend at least one day enjoying walking up and down the #1 Riverwalk in America. It’s a three-mile stone pathway surrounded by restaurants, boutiques, bars, and clubs. Yes, you can carry open containers around with no worries.

If you are going downtown pack your favorite tennis shoes because you will be doing a ton of walking. The best advice I can give you is do not eat on the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk restaurants are tourist traps and the food is yucky and overpriced. I suggest finding a street vendor and enjoying some authentic Tex-Mex street tacos. Also, be careful when it comes to mixed drinks around the Riverwalk. The restaurants and vendors are known for putting just a drop of liquor in their drinks. I would stick to beer or wine so you’re not broke without a buzz.

Rio San Antonio Cruise

You haven’t experienced the Riverwalk unless you take a ride on the “Rio San Antonio Cruise” aka boat ride down the Riverwalk. The lines are crazy long for the ticket booth and to get on the boat. I suggest having one person stand in line for the boat, while the other purchases the tickets at the booth. If you want the best view then sit in the front of the boat. I think the best time to take a Riverwalk boat ride is at night. It’s lovely during the day, but the city lights up at night, and it’s breathtaking. The tour lasted about 30 minutes.

View of a Rio San Antonio Cruise in the River along the Riverwalk in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

Rivercenter Mall in San Antonio, Texas

849 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205

Follow the Riverwalk trail to the three-story Rivercenter Mall.

You can spend hours roaming around this mall. It’s one of my favorite malls. If you have some picky eaters, then the food court has a wide selection of fast food restaurants for them.

View of the outside of Rivercenter Mall in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

Market Square

514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207

Continue walking and head over to Market Square. This is where you can find authentic street tacos and art.

View of the outside of Market Square in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

The Alamo is within walking distance from the Riverwalk.

View of the outside of the Alamo in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

If you want to go inside the Alamo then you will be excited to know that it’s free. A guided tour is $18 and the Audio tour is $7. They take professional pictures at the door of the “shrine” (picture above). The earlier you get there the better, because the lines are long to go inside the shrine. The inside of the shrine is very small and it takes an entire 10 minutes. You are not allowed to take pictures inside. Honestly, not much to see inside, but small rooms with stone walls. If the lines are too long, then you can walk the outside gardens of the Alamo, and go inside the Alamo barracks museum behind the gates without waiting in those ridiculously long lines. If you are lucky, you can see the famous Alamo cat on the grounds. We were lucky and saw a glimpse of the cat.

Plaza Wax Museum & Ripley’s Believe It or Not

301 Alamo Plaza, San Anotnio, TX 78205

Across the street is the Plaza Wax Museum & Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

If you have never been to a wax museum or Ripley’s, then here is your chance. It’s a cool experience.

Two girls posing with a wax character at Plaza Wax Museum and Ripley's Believe It or Not in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

Two other great spots located downtown are:

Towers of Americana

739 E César E. Chávez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78205

I heard the view of downtown is amazing.

San Fernando Cathedral

301 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

Mi Tierra Café Y Panaderia

218 Produce Row, San Antonio, TX 78207

If you do not mind driving, I suggest stopping at Mi Tierra Café Y Panaderia. They are open 24 hours, and I’ve never been when they aren’t busy. They have a huge selection of Mexican pastries and the food is delish.

Inside Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas
Plate of food from Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas
Little boy playing with toys at the table at Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

Courtyard by Marriott San Antonio SeaWorld®/Westover Hills

11605 State Highway 151, San Antonio, TX 78251

Once you have experienced downtown, then it’s time for the theme parks in San Antonio. We like to stay at the Courtyard by Marriott.

Outside view of Courtyard by Marriott San Antonio SeaWorld Westover Hills in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

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The best part about this hotel is that it’s 3 miles from SeaWorld, and the hotel has a free shuttle to the SeaWorld & Aquatics park. The shuttle saves you money so you’re not stuck paying for parking at the park, plus you get dropped off right at the front (VIP style). At this hotel, you do not have to pay for parking, but you do have to pay for breakfast. We usually bring snacks and breakfast items with us, so we can save money on unnecessary extra purchases which can add up really fast.

I love a good view, so we always pick a room with a pool view. I enjoy sitting on the patio and drinking my morning coffee.

View of pool at Courtyard by Marriott San Antonio SeaWorld Westover Hills in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

A huge plus is the outside pool is heated, so you can swim throughout the year. We usually spend a few hours at the hotel pool on every family vacation.

People swimming in the pool at Courtyard by Marriott San Antonio SeaWorld Westover Hills in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

SeaWorld San Antonio

10500 SeaWorld Drive

San Antonio, TX 78251

Family posing in front of water fountain at SeaWorld in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

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We went on a Friday when the weather was overcast with clouds and the place was empty. We hit the jackpot. I ordered the tickets online 3 days in advance, which saved us a lot of money. Also, Ebates has 2.5% cash back on SeaWorld tickets right now. You can buy all-day dining with your tickets for $49.99, but my family doesn’t eat that much. If you have older kids it may be worth it. Go to “special offers”, we scored free Aquatica tickets with our SeaWorld tickets. Also, we picked credit card wristbands, so we could make purchases without digging for our credit card.

SeaWorld has a “teacher card”. Active and certified k-12 Texas grade school teachers get complimentary tickets (Register by online by May 31, 2019)! The teacher’s card gives you unlimited admission to SeaWorld San Antonio valid until January 5, 2020. Teachers can add an Aquatica card for $30.

SeaWorld offers Free Preschool Cards for kids 5 and under. Free admission to SeaWorld through 2019, but you must register by May 31, 2019. (Texas Residents only.)

Little boy looking at sea life in aquarium at SeaWorld in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

Make sure you pack plenty of snacks and a water bottle. You are not supposed to bring food into the park, but security never said anything about our snacks. Save money by refilling your water bottle at the water fountain outside the restrooms. The awesome part is the water fountains have a filter for water bottles. Our kids are too old for strollers, but we did rent a plastic stroller because the kids will eventually get too tired of walking. When the park opens head over to the dolphin area because the dolphins are extremely sociable first thing in the morning. Yes, the dolphin is looking right at my son. They were following him all around the tank. My son had a blast playing with the dolphins. We went back midday and the dolphins seemed to be done with people. They were just swimming around and not interacting with anyone.

People riding kid rides at SeaWorld in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

They have an entire kids section. Sesame Street Bay of Play has a variety of rides. We spent hours in this section riding the rides over and over again. You are not allowed to take your backpacks on the rides, so bring your crappiest backpack so no one touches it. You can even meet the characters and watch a show. The park schedule has meet and greet times. There is a splash pad, so make sure the kids bring their bathing suits and towels.

My son was tall enough to ride the larger rides outside the kid area. His favorite was Journey to Atlantis. I think they rode it over 20 times.

Little boy watching the shamu in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

Lunch with Shamu

Lunch buffet with the orcas is expensive, but 100% worth the money. You need to purchase your tickets online in advance. You get a behind-the-scenes experience with the trainers along with an all-you-can-eat buffet. The food is the typical “OK” theme park fast food. However, the show is amazing. Yes, you get to be up close and personal with the orcas. That’s my son standing about 20 feet from orcas. If you want a good seat you need to show up 40 minutes early and stand behind the hostess stand. You will notice a lot of people showing up just standing around. If you’re not standing behind the hostess stand, then you showed up early for a crappy seat. They sit based on where you are in line behind the hostess stand. You will NOT see a sign telling you where to stand.

SeaWorld Aquatics

FYI- the pools are not heated. (burr) We went in March, and the water was freezing! We made the best out of the situation. We went on a Saturday and the place was packed. However, they had a ton to do for the bigger and smaller kids. We got there right when the park opened and we marked chairs with our towels. No one touched our stuff and everyone was respectful. They have plenty of life vests for the kids, so no need to bring floaties. Aquatica has a ton of animals you can see up close and personal. You can pet the stingrays or feed the fish for $5. We lucked out because a sweet couple gave us their food to feed the stingrays for free.

Man and little boy petting stingrays at SeaWorld in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas
Little kid laughing on lounge chair at the pool at SeaWorld in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

Acadiana Café San Antonio

1289 SW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78227

This is right down the street from the SeaWorld hotel, and it’s my favorite Cajun seafood restaurant. The food is to die for.

Plate of food from Acadiana Cafe in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

Six Flag San Antonio, Texas

17000 Ih-10 W, San Antonio, TX 78257

I’m sad to say we have never been to Six Flags San Antonio, so I’m super jealous if you can squeeze this in on your trip. I can’t wait to go. Let me know what you think about it in the comments below.

Map of Six Flags in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

The DoSeum in San Antonio, TX

2800 Broadway Street

San Antonio, TX

People in the DoSeum in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

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They offer $3 tickets for EBT families. Also, if you have a Bank of America credit card or debit card you can receive one free general admission ticket. Free Family Day- First Tuesday of the month 5:30 pm-7:30 pm.

Little girl playing in the DoSeum in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas
People riding the train in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas
People walking around the park in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

With over 6 exhibit areas, this place will keep everyone busy for the entire day. The kids had a great time.

Japanese Tea Garden

200-414 Alpine, San Antonio, TX 78212

Woman taking a selfie at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

This place is stunning and it’s FREE. Free to enter and free parking. No excuses! This garden is year-round and features a 60 ft waterfall with a pond full of Koi. It’s even wheelchair accessible.

Man walking through the Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas
Man walking through the Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

Magic Time Machine in San Antonio, Texas

902 NE Interstate 410 Loop, San Antonio, TX 78209

Keep in mind you are going for the experience, not the food. The servers dress in costumes representing popular pop culture icons from the past, present, and future. Each booth is decorated and has its theme. My kids loved this place. The kids had spooky drinks too, with dry ice that lit up. It was super cool.

Magic Time Machine poster in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

Animal World & Snake Farm

5640 IH 35 South

New Braunfels, TX 78132

If you are driving from San Antonio to Houston then right off the freeway.

(Adults $12.75 & Children $9.75 & under 2 Free)

Free Parking

People looking at the animal displays at Animal World and Snake Farm in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas
People looking at the animal displays at Animal World and Snake Farm in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas
People looking at the animal displays at Animal World and Snake Farm in San Antonio. | Week in San Antonio, Texas

They have one of the most diverse selections of snakes in the entire nation. Many of the animals just roam around the facility freely, while others are behind cages. They have a petting zoo with some amazing animals. Your kids will enjoy all that this zoo has to offer.

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