Day Trip to San Antonio: Things To Do in Texas

Last month, the husband and I did a half-day trip to San Antonio, Texas. The road trip took an hour and a half from north Austin. It was a beautiful hot day that weekend so we decided to go and have fun!
 Day Trip to San Antonio: Things To Do in Texas

Below are the things we did at San Antonio, Texas for half a day.


The mission was founded on February 23, 1720, because Mission San Antonio de Valero had become overcrowded shortly after its founding with refugees from the closed East Texas missions. Father Antonio Margil received permission from the governor of Coahuila and Texas, the Marquis de San Miguel de Aguayo, to build a new mission 5 miles (8 km) south of San Antonio de Valero.

Like San Antonio de Valero, Mission San José served the Coahuiltecan Indians. The first buildings, made of brush, straw, and mud, were quickly replaced by large stone structures, including guest rooms, offices, a dining room, and a pantry. A heavy outer wall was built around the main part of the mission, and rooms for 350 Indians were built into the walls.

Day Trip to San Antonio: Things To Do in Texas Day Trip to San Antonio: Things To Do in Texas

Admission to this historical site is free.
Opening hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
It is located at 6701 San José Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78214.

To find out more check out my previous post: Mission San Jose.


The Alamo Mission in San Antonio, commonly called "The Alamo", was originally known as the Mission San Antonio de Valero. It is a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound, and the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. The Alamo is now a museum in the Alamo Plaza Historic District of downtown San Antonio, Texas.

Built by the Spanish Franciscan priest, Antonio de Olivares, and Payaya Indians, it is the origin of the present city of San Antonio, along with the Presidio San Antonio de Bexar and the Acequia Madre de Valero.

Day Trip to San Antonio: Things To Do in Texas

The Battle of the Alamo (February 23 – March 6, 1836) was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar (modern-day San Antonio, Texas, United States), killing all of the Texian defenders.

Santa Anna's cruelty during the battle inspired many Texians—both Texas settlers and adventurers from the United States—to join the Texian Army. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the revolution. source: wiki

Admission to this historical site is free.
Opening hours: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm; Summer hours: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
It is located at 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas, 78205.


The San Antonio River Walk (also known as Paseo del Río) is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of Downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the River Walk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.

Hubby and I really enjoyed our half-day tour at San Antonio especially our meals at the County Line at the Riverwalk. There are other more spots to explore to San Antonio like the Tower of the Americas, El Mercado, Wax Museums, Ripley's Believe it or not!, theme parks and on and on. Because we only had half of the day at San Antonio we've decided to do it on our next visit to the place.

Have you been to San Antonio, Texas? If yes, I would appreciate it if you'd share with me the things that you'd love to do in San Antonio, Texas in the comment section below.

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Day Trip to San Antonio: Things To Do in Texas