Whatever you’re looking for—dining, shopping, entertainment, local culture, great beer, natural wonders, or just some rest and relaxation—you can find it in San Antonio. Deep in the heart of Texas, the host city for the 2016 AAPPM Fall Practice Management Symposium offers an embarrassment of options for tourists of every taste.
For your convenience, a selection of the city’s most popular and memorable attractions is provided below. Although there is plenty more to explore and discover on your own, you can’t go wrong with any of these great choices!
San Antonio River Walk. Accessible right outside the hotel, the world-famous San Antonio River Walk boasts miles of picturesque pedestrian pathways along the San Antonio River, winding through the heart of downtown yet set apart from the bustling city, one story below street level. Lined with shops, bars, restaurants, public parks, civic venues, and tourist attractions, the River Walk is an iconic piece of the urban fabric of San Antonio and an essential experience for any visitor.
The Alamo. You’ll definitely remember this UNESCO World Heritage Site, a former Spanish mission built in 1744 and site of a famous (and pivotal) 1936 battle during the Texas Revolution. The complex provides tours of the grounds and historic buildings, along with artifacts from the era of the Texas Revolution.
Market Square. Comprising three full city blocks, Market Square is the largest Mexican market in the entire United States. The outdoor plaza boasts more than 100 specialty shops, casual and fine dining, music, dancing, and plenty of excitement for visitors and locals of all ages.
Pearl Brewery. The historic brewery, built in 1894 and once the home of the largest brewer in Texas, has been renovated into a cultural hotspot with retail shops, upscale dining, great beer, and even a year-round outdoor farmers’ market.
San Antonio Museum of Art. This critically acclaimed museum is especially heralded for its extensive collections of Latin American, Ancient Mediterranean, and Asian art, along with work by contemporary Texas artists and selections from around the globe.
Tower of the Americas. Built for the 1968 World’s Fair, the Tower of the Americas is the tallest building in San Antonio and was the tallest observation tower in the United States until 1996. Guests who take the elevator to the top can enjoy the rotating lounge and restaurant, along with breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
Brackenridge Park. Located just north of downtown, this 343-acre public park offers ample space for rest, relaxation, and reflection. The grounds include the world famous Japanese Tea Gardens, a zoo, botanical gardens, the Witte Museum, the Breckenridge Park Golf Course, and plenty of spots for a hike, bike ride, or picnic.
San Antonio Spurs. Basketball fans, take note: the 5-time NBA champions (most recently in 2014) will be taking on the Detroit Pistons at the AT&T Center on November 11.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Thrill seekers will want to check out this combined amusement and water park, located 30 minutes northwest of the downtown. Iron Rattler, renovated in 2013, consistently ranks as one of the top steel coasters in America.
Natural Bridge Caverns. Discovered in 1960, these natural limestone caverns, located about 45 minutes northeast of the city center, are a U.S National Natural Landmark. Multiple underground tours are available, where you’ll encounter stunning geological formations.