San Antonio

Founded by Spaniards, ruled by Mexicans, settled by Germans and influenced by ethnic groups from around the world, the San Antonio has tons to offer: Food, culture, family-friendly fun. Whether you choose to stroll the Riverwalk, or check out museums and shopping, know that there’s a lot to see and do in the Alamo City, well beyond the Alamo.

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Weather is comfortable and prices drop between November and April. Tourist season peaks (along with prices) during the summer months, though temperatures can be sweltering.


Visas: Travelers from outside the United States will need a valid passport, as well as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) eligibility or a full visa. 
Money: Currency is U.S. dollars and ATMs are widely available. 
Travel Health: Travelers (including U.S. citizens) should check for vaccinationproof of negative COVID-19 test and face mask requirements, as well as any travel restrictions before planning their trip. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away. Get updated guidance on health and safety, as well as reopening information from the City of San Antonio.


Getting Here: San Antonio is served by San Antonio International Airport (SAT), about eight miles north of downtown.
Getting Around: Downtown San Antonio can be easily explored on foot. In town, ride shares are prevalent, and buses run by VIA Metropolitan Transit are convenient to access. To travel further afield, car rentals are a convenient option.


Local Lingo: Learn a few local terms before your visit. Countdown City: A nickname for San Antonio, thanks to its area code, 210 (two-one-zero). Puro: Used to describe something that is purely San Antonio, like a sense of place, music or even food. Big Red and Barbacoa: A classic, locally loved combo of Big Red soda and barbacoa (barbecue).
Must-Have Apps: Transit TrackerUber
Insider Tips: San Antonio is a true arts hub and home to the McNay Art Museum, the Southwest’s first modern art museum, which opened in 1954. Today you’ll find works here from the greats, like Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as contemporary local artists.