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San Antonio: Scenic Night Tour & River Walk Cruise

1. San Antonio: Scenic Night Tour & River Walk Cruise

Get to know San Antonio nightlife during this night tour that features one-of-a-kind views of the city skyline illuminated at night from the Tower of the Americas, a relaxing River Walk cruise, and a narrated drive. Begin your night out with your tour guide greeting you directly in the lobby of your downtown hotel before heading out to the first stop of your exciting night tour of San Antonio. First, take your view of San Antonio to new heights. Get whisked away up 190 m (623 ft) and marvel at magical views of the illuminated city skyline from the Tower of the Americas Observation Deck, the tallest observation tower in Texas. Once your feet are back on the ground, embark on an enchanting nighttime river cruise, passing multiple points of interest such as the historical Old Mill Crossing and La Villiata, the city’s first neighborhood. After your cruise, go on a drive with your tour guide to explore San Antonio’s cultivating nightlife. Experience an immersive 45-minute narrated drive through the illuminated streets to learn more about the city’s history and culture, pointing out multiple points of interest. Once your tour is complete, enjoy a safe return transfer back to your downtown hotel or arranged drop-off destination, where you can relax after your exciting night out.

San Antonio: Tower of Americas, River Walk Cruise & Bus Tour

2. San Antonio: Tower of Americas, River Walk Cruise & Bus Tour

Start your day on a hop-on hop-off city tour of San Antonio where you can enjoy a 1-hour narrated tour on the top deck of the double-decker bus.  Along the way, explore the city's top sightseeing destinations, including the Alamo, the Pearl Brewery, and the San Antonio River Walk.  On your hop-on hop-off city tour, you will have access to 19 stops in Downtown San Antonio: 1. The Alamo 2. Pearl Entertainment Complex 3. San Antonio Museum of Art House 4. VFW Post 76 5. Augie’s BBQ Restaurant 6. Riverwalk Museum Reach 7. Tobin Center 8. Veterans Memorial Park 9. Travis Park and St. Anthony Hotel 10. Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum 11. Riverwalk/ River Cruise 12. San Fernando Cathedral/Spanish Governor’s Palace 13. Market Square/El Mercardo 14. Hotels on Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard 15. King William Historic District 16. Southtown 17. Yanaguana Garden 18. Tower of the Americas 19. The Shops at Rivercenter Mall Afterward, jump aboard a city boat cruise to take in the iconic River Walk from another perspective. On this 40-minute boat tour, learn a little more about the history and culture of San Antonio. End your day at the Tower of the Americas' Observatory Deck to enjoy break-taking panoramic views of San Antonio with the sun glistening in the background.

SEA LIFE Aquarium San Antonio

3. SEA LIFE Aquarium San Antonio

Explore the magical underwater world at SEA LIFE Aquarium San Antonio. Immerse yourself in a tropical sea where sharks and rays swim overhead in 155,000 gallons of water. Be amazed by the underwater ocean tunnel. See the aquarium’s largest sharks and fish swim directly overhead for the ultimate shark selfie. Reach in and touch a chocolate chip sea star, sea anemones, hermit crabs, and more. Dive into a shipwreck to spot some of the most unique creatures at SEA LIFE San Antonio. Be mesmerized at a technicolor reef full of live corals, count the schooling bannerfish, and wave hello to beautiful coral fish. Optionally, you may choose to also experience the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center San Antonio. Surround yourself with LEGO Bricks, take flight on Merlin's Apprentice ride, blast skeletons on Kingdom Quest ride, and see your favorite characters on screen.

San Antonio: Saturday Night Rodeo General Admission Ticket

4. San Antonio: Saturday Night Rodeo General Admission Ticket

Upon arrival, you will be directed onto the rodeo grounds for a true Texas experience, where you can enjoy delicious Texas BBQ while sipping a cold drink, all the while taking in some good ol' country music. Roam around the Western-themed grounds where you'll find vendors selling cowboy hats, leather goods, jewelry, and more. If an adrenaline rush is what you're after, the mechanical bull lets you put your bull-riding skills to the test. Try your best to hang on for 8 seconds. A life-size, stuffed bucking bull makes for perfect photo opportunities during your visit. After all the food and fun, make your way into the covered arena for a professional rodeo, including an opening ceremony, horse-drawn chuck wagon and longhorn cattle entrance, award-winning drill team, a presentation of the flags, bull riding, team-roping and barrel-racing speed events, mutton busting and calf scrambling for the kids, and much more. Following the rodeo, guests can boot-scoot in the covered pavilion to a live country and western band who will play for hours.

San Antonio: 4 Downtown Attractions Combo Package

5. San Antonio: 4 Downtown Attractions Combo Package

Explore the best of San Antonio with this combo pass featuring top tours and attractions, including a hop-on hop-off tour, a River Walk cruise, a pass to the Tower of Americas, and a 2-in-1 entry ticket to the Texas Ranger Museum and Buckhorn Museum. Start your day on a hop-on hop-off city tour where you can enjoy a 1-hour narrated tour on the top deck of the double-decker bus. Along the way, explore 19 sightseeing destinations in Downtown San Antonio: • The Alamo• Pearl Entertainment Complex• San Antonio Museum of Art House• VFW Post 76• Augie’s BBQ Restaurant• Riverwalk Museum Reach• Tobin Center• Veterans Memorial Park• Travis Park and St. Anthony Hotel• Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum (entry included)• San Antonio River Walk• San Fernando Cathedral/Spanish Governor’s Palace• Market Square/El Mercardo• Hotels on Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard• King William Historic District• Southtown• Yanaguana Garden• Tower of the Americas (pass included)• The shops at Rivercenter Mall Afterward, jump aboard a city cruise to experience the iconic River Walk from another perspective. On this 40-minute tour, learn a little more about the history and culture of San Antonio.  End your day at the Tower of the Americas' observatory deck to enjoy break-taking panoramic views of San Antonio with the sun glistening in the background. 

San Antonio: UNESCO World Heritage Missions Tour

6. San Antonio: UNESCO World Heritage Missions Tour

Experience the beauty and history of the great city of San Antonio. Throughout this experience, you will visit several of the Spanish-influenced landmarks on the river, which was named in honor of San Antonio de Padua. Travel to sites such as Mission San José, Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan, and Mission San Francisco de Espada on this guided, half-day sightseeing tour. Watch birds and wildlife along the new Mission Riverwalk Hike and Bike Trail, and experience mission life at Mission San Jose and the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Visitor Center. Later, view original frescoes at Mission Concepción, before seeing the old Espada Acequia (irrigation system) with its dam and aqueduct which are still in use today. You will also enjoy mission silhouettes with Spanish and Moorish-influenced architecture against the South Texas Sky, which makes for a magical sight.

San Antonio: City Tour with Tower of America & River Cruise

7. San Antonio: City Tour with Tower of America & River Cruise

Experience San Antonio with this group tour as you explore the Alamo and Spanish colonial missions, go to the top of the Tower of the Americas, and cruise the river on an electric barge. Walk among legends as you enjoy a guided tour of the Alamo. Hear about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Get up close and personal with some of the Alamo’s largest weapons and fortifications. Next, take in the sights at the vibrant Historic Market Square. Listen to the stories of people who came to the Spanish missions in the 1700s. Take some free time to see the living quarters, compound walls, and the church. Drive past La Villita Historic Arts Village, King William Historic District, and the San Fernando Cathedral. Get insightful narration on the drive. Travel on a 35-minute river cruise. Relax, as you sail through La Villita, the Old Mill Crossing, and Selena’s Bridge. Take an elevator ride to the top of the Tower of the Americas for panoramic views of San Antonio.

San Antonio: Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

8. San Antonio: Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

Explore a hotbed of paranormal phenomenon in San Antonio and find out about the history you never hear about in books. Listen to countless stories of strange and unpleasant happenings from your professional guide. Your tour guide will take you through historic downtown San Antonio to 8–12 different locations around the Old Town area (depending on whether you choose the standard or extended tour). Get a glimpse of the dark underbelly of San Antonio history as each haunted location ratchets up the tension of the tour. During the tour, see several key historic locations and properties around downtown San Antonio and the Old Town area. If you select the Extended Tour route, enjoy an additional 30 minutes of blood-curdling stories to fuel your imaginations and your nightmares.

San Antonio: Ghosts and Dark History Guided Walking Tour

9. San Antonio: Ghosts and Dark History Guided Walking Tour

Discover the dark truth behind top sights in downtown San Antonio on this guided walking tour. Listen to stories about real-life wars, deaths, and murders and hear about the ghosts these events left behind. Meet your guide and head to the Alamo to learn the gruesome details behind one of the most famous battles in history. Next, head to the Menger Hotel which is one of the oldest operating hotels in the South and has boasted guests like Ulysses S. Grant, Oscar Wilde, and Teddy Roosevelt. Find out about the events that took place at the the Emily Morgan hotel which was the city's first sky-scraper and its first hospital. Make your way down Houston Street and listen as your guide fills you in on some of San Antonio's worst killers and natural disasters.  Stop at the Majestic Theatre in the center of San Antonio's Theatre District, which is home to some theatrical stories of the paranormal. Finish your spine-chilling tour at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel which is the venue where one of the most brutal crimes in San Antonio's history took place.

San Antonio: Guided Haunted Pub Crawl

10. San Antonio: Guided Haunted Pub Crawl

Discover the most haunted sights of San Antonio on this guided pub crawl. Hear chilling stories about the ghosts that linger in San Antonio, visit haunted pubs, and calm your nerves with some delicious drinks along the way. Begin your haunted pub crawl with a stop at one of Texas' most haunted hotels: the Menger Hotel. While you enjoy a drink in the bar, hear about the hotel's many ghosts. From Teddy Roosevelt to the Victorian maid Sallie White, the Menger Hotel is full of otherworldly guests. After you've finished your drink at the Menger, follow your guide to the iconic Alamo. After the famous battle, many fallen soldiers remained in ghost form. Hear the stories of these brave men from just outside the Alamo. Head to Oro at the Emily Morgan Hotel, where you can hear about the mysterious orbs, midnight phone calls, and disappearing hospital carts while sipping on a drink. Meander to the Maverick Whiskey Distillery, where you can hear chilling tales of the ghosts from this antique building's long history as a firehouse and a bank. End your haunted pub crawl at the Haunt Bar at St. Anthony Hotel. Choose a drink, sit back, and listen to your guide's stories about the area. Hear the local folklore, learn more about the ghosts you might encounter during your stay in San Antonio, and relax with your new pub crawl friends.

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What people are saying about San Antonio, Texas

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based on 4 reviews

Amazing tour in Texas Hill Country! this is something we definitely could not have done on our own. i am so happy we did this tour - the guide was super friendly and informative, the walk around the white house & ranch & LBJ house were super interesting and we learned a lot. Big thanks to Jose!

Our Hop On Hop Off Guides were BC & JP...Both Exceptional...BC was very entertaining and informative. Has a beautiful singing voice. JP...a native of San Antonio was also very good and knew a lot of answers to questions that we had.

Directions were easy to follow, and the the historical notes that are part of the experience were fascinating! Intend to do more of these in other cities.

Very educational. Our guide Perry was well informed, entertaining and passionate about the mission preservation. A great experience.!

Alfred is an amazing guide with lifelong experience in the city. We had a great time.