Get to Know San Antonio!

The following information is courtesy of Visit San Antonio

San Antonio’s River Walk, Spanish colonial architecture and parks and plazas make it one of America’s most picturesque cities. As one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, San Antonio offers modern convenience in the middle of a historic city with diverse culture, ethnic cuisine and exciting attractions.

Fast Facts

  1. Seventh-largest and third-fastest growing city in the U.S.
  2. Host to more than 39 million visitors a year, including 31.1 million overnight guests
  3. Home to the River Walk — a network of stone paths along the San Antonio River that connect hotels, shops, restaurants, theaters and more
  4. Has the largest collection of Spanish colonial architecture in North America, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that includes five 18th century missions. The city also has the oldest active cathedral sanctuary in the U.S.
  5. Designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in November 2017, only the second city in the U.S. to receive the designation.
  6. Home to Culinary Institute of America — one of only three campuses in the country; focusing on Latin American cuisine
  7. Known for the Alamo, the number one tourist attraction in Texas and one of the city’s Spanish colonial missions.
  8. Home of Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Morgan’s Wonderland — the world’s largest ultra-accessible theme park for those with special needs
  9. Offers nationally acclaimed museums including two Smithsonian affiliates and the national center for Latino arts
  10. Recognized for events including Fiesta San Antonio (happening during #CraftBrewersCon!), Luminaria: Contemporary Arts Festival, Culinaria, the Conjunto Music Festival and the largest Dia De Los Muertos celebration in the U.S.
  11. Birthplace of Tex-Mex — experience it in the city’s culture, art, music and cuisine
  12. Leading golf destination with more than 50 golf courses, many noted among the nation’s best
  13. Destination for professional sports teams: San Antonio Spurs (NBA), Rampage (AHL), San Antonio FC (USL), San Antonio Commanders (AAF) and Missions (MiLB)
  14. Top industries include healthcare/bioscience, manufacturing, IT, tourism and aerospace
  15. Host to eight universities including Division I schools University of Texas, San Antonio (UTSA) and University of the Incarnate Word, as well as the Alamo College System

Things to Do

As a top leisure destination in the nation, San Antonio offers an experience that stretches far beyond the conference room. You’ll enjoy a wide array of unforgettable attractions, history and culture that can’t be found anywhere else. From the historic landmarks to more than 50 area golf courses to theme parks and nightlife, San Antonio has something for everyone.

The San Antonio River Walk has been expanded twice in recent years, and each section offers unique experiences. In the heart of downtown, visitors can stroll along cypress-lined paths, dine al fresco or enjoy narrated tours on the city’s new fleet of electric river barges.

To the south of downtown, the Mission Reach links four of San Antonio’s five Spanish colonial missions. Aside from exploring the missions, visitors can hike, bike and kayak this stretch of the river. The missions, including the Alamo, were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. UNESCO also recently designated San Antonio a “Creative City of Gastronomy.” San Antonio is only the second city in the U.S. to earn this distinction, and the first in Texas. It’s further proof that no city blends food, culture, tradition and innovation quite like San Antonio.

The Museum Reach offers cultural and culinary immersion with museums, public art installations, and Pearl, an 1800’s-era brewery reincarnated into a contemporary urban district with boutiques, restaurants, a farmers market, Hotel Emma and the rousing Jazz, TX music venue.

Along Broadway Street, visitors will find many of San Antonio’s significant cultural attractions including the San Antonio Museum of Art, The DoSeum, Brackenridge Park, Witte Museum, San Antonio Zoo, Japanese Tea Gardens and the McNay Art Museum.

Nightlife and entertainment abound in San Antonio. From upscale bars to neighborhood pubs, karaoke, dueling pianos and sports clubs, there is no lack of ways to have fun here.

P.S. Oh, there are craft breweries too. 🍻