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Things to see and do in San Antonio besides PAX?

kube00kube00 SE WA StateRegistered User regular
We have had these threads before for East and Prime.

Suggestion on things to see and do for us out-of-towners?

1st PAX was Prime 2010. Made it to several more Primes/West. Been to East and South. Headed back to West in 2019 for my 12th PAX.

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    kube00kube00 SE WA StateRegistered User regular
    edited January 2015
    I know the Alamo is close and I'll probably try to check it out. I see the Spurs are playing at home over the weekend too.

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    chellerschellers New HampshireRegistered User regular
    Check the thread for the magical mystery tour.

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    kyan22kyan22 Tucson,azRegistered User regular
    I went to San Antonio a few years ago for my exes air force graduation and the river walk is just a neat place itself.the boat tour is pretty cool and the mall there

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    GarcMattGarcMatt San AntonioRegistered User regular
    edited January 2015
    Riverwalk, Alamo Street, thats about it most tourist walk downtown to hemisfair park with will be literally the backyard of the convention center and where the Tower of Americas is which people like to go up in

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    AggressAggress Houston, TXRegistered User regular
    River-walk is quite pleasant from an architectural standpoint. Bars are good, food is good, generally. Alamo is really a 20 minute thing, you can linger for longer but I don't know what you would be doing lol. They have all sort of random stuff like Segway tours and such, but remember Thursday will be in the 40s and most likely raining, then taper off during the weekend gaining a few degrees.

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    JensunamiJensunami TacomaRegistered User regular
    The Pearl is a nice place to catch a bite and do some walking. Saturdays it has a farmers market (but I assume you will be at Pax). There are a few breweries downtown but their names escape me. The San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers farm team) plays saturday night and their tickets are usually super cheap. Spurs play sunday. Main event is a place that has bowling, food, laser tag and racing and ticket games. You will probably need to Uber or take a taxi to one of those. Alamo drafthouse is the movie theaters with beer and food while you watch a movie.

    Other than that...live music is something to consider. :)

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    TheFizz11TheFizz11 Registered User regular
    Over 21, bar hop. Um I think Six Flags and Sea World are closed for the season still. But there are various shopping malls, the mercado downtown has some cool cultural shops, the missions nearby are cool if you are a history junkie, visit HEB if you like unique-ish grocery stores like Trader Joes, stop by Bucees if you are driving in south on I-35, walking downtown is always an adventure. Basically, there is a good bit of stuff to do if you are looking to kill some time. Don't be couped up in a hotel!

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    forteforte Registered User new member
    There is a model train show going on at a different convention center...if you like trains.

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    PuritysanPuritysan thePuritysan San Antonio, TXRegistered User regular
    I personally WOULDN'T (hint) go see Alamo: Price of Freedom in the IMAX in Rivercenter mall... nope.
    (and by WOULDN'T, I mean would, because the managers there would be tickled because we hardly get any guests during this time of year).

    And also go see American Sniper. <3

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    BIGmogBIGmog DenverRegistered User regular
    It doesn't seem that San Antonio has the tourist appeal of Seattle or Boston. Still, I'm sure it has it's own charms. Having never been before, I'll enjoy just wandering around and exploring (as weather permits).

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    ragnarok628ragnarok628 Registered User regular
    Agree to disagree, BIGmog, but in Seattle I couldn't find much that seemed worth doing other than PAX whereas San Antonio has the river walk and the Alamo and a couple theme parks. Not that it's a contest.

    BTW if you're remotely interested in the history and museum aspect, you can spend a whole afternoon at the Alamo IMO. If you're there to just check it off your bucket list sure you can be done in 20 minutes but if that's the case I wouldn't even bother going.

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    orthancstoneorthancstone TexasRegistered User regular
    BIGmog wrote: »
    It doesn't seem that San Antonio has the tourist appeal of Seattle or Boston.

    I find this an amusing take due to the fact that tourism is a big part of San Antonio's appeal. The city thrives on it.

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    GarcMattGarcMatt San AntonioRegistered User regular
    Another suggestion is checking out all the Missions including the Alamo also San Antonio myth locations such as the train tracks and Donkey Lady bridge(which is blocked off) we have museums too like the Witte Museum!

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    JT0418JT0418 san antonio, texasRegistered User regular
    First off, avoid the restaurants on the river, a majority are over priced and not worth it. I am trying to give you places where the locals go. I have just put restaurants, if you would like to know about bars/clubs, etc, please let me know and I can add some.

    There are several restaurants around the area that I would recommend. I will list them in sections.
    "Southtown"
    Feast - great spot for brunch on Sunday http://www.feastsa.com/
    Hot Joy - Voted one of the top 10 new restaurants in the country http://hotjoysa.com/
    Alamo Eat Street - food truck park
    Rosarios - Excellent Mexican food. http://www.rosariossa.com/homepage.php


    "Pearl"
    This is along our riverwalk expansion to the north. Saturday morning they do a farmer's market.
    Cured - My favorite restaurant in this location. Excellent happy hour from 3-6, even on saturday. http://www.curedatpearl.com/
    Granary - Great BBQ, but not your regular BBQ, more high end. http://thegranarysa.com/
    La Gloria - Great Mexican food and strong margaritas. http://chefjohnnyhernandez.com/lagloria/

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    JT0418JT0418 san antonio, texasRegistered User regular
    This is a good website to look into as well for things to do.
    http://puropinche.com/events/

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    azzurriburnsazzurriburns Registered User regular
    Could I trouble you to list some bars or breweries in there area? Thanks dude.

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    JT0418JT0418 san antonio, texasRegistered User regular
    Lots of the big name bars like howl at the moon, coyote ugly or anything on the river is over priced and not really original. Sure everyone has the same type of bars back at home.

    If you want old fashion cocktails there are several good bars downtown.

    The last word
    Ocho
    Esquire Tavern
    Brooklynite
    Soho
    Cured (this is in the pearl area, great hh)


    If you want cheap and boozie have to venture a little farther than downtown and that would be the st marys strip. Lots of college kids
    Hitones (really good house made shots)
    Brass Monkey (thursday night 75 cent wells and a great dj, sunday night 2 $ you call it all night)
    TBA
    Faust

    If you want something specific type bar just ask ! Want to make sure you guys enjoy the city right.

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    azzurriburnsazzurriburns Registered User regular
    Thanks for the list and recommendations.

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    O.F.FascistO.F.Fascist South TexasRegistered User regular
    Cool thing about the riverwalk is that there are a few convenience stores down there where you can buy singles of beer and it's legal to walk around and drink down there.

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    orthancstoneorthancstone TexasRegistered User regular
    Could I trouble you to list some bars or breweries in there area? Thanks dude.

    A couple of brewery options:
    Freetail (you'll need to check their website for the downtown address, Google Maps did not have it last I checked)
    Blue Star (right off a southern portion of the Riverwalk in the Blue Star Arts District)

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