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San Antonio: UNESCO World Heritage Missions Tour

1. 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: SeaWorld Skip-the-Line Park Admission Ticket

2. San Antonio: SeaWorld Skip-the-Line Park Admission Ticket

Discover the underwater world at SeaWorld San Antonio with animal encounters, shows, and thrilling rides. Get up close to marine life and learn about conservation efforts. Choose the 2-park option to combine your experience with a visit to Aquatica San Antonio or to add a ticket to Howl-O-Scream. Head to SeaWorld to explore the rides and shows this marine park has to offer. Admire killer whales, belugas, dolphins, and sharks, as you learn about these incredible mammals. Experience up-close animal encounters, exhilarating roller coasters, and shows for all ages. Select the 2-park option to enjoy entrance to Aquatica San Antonio. Cool off as you slide next to stingrays, feel the rush on water rides, or simply relax on one of the beaches. This waterpark is fun for the whole family. Select the Howl-O-Scream option from September 16th until October 30th, 2022. Brave dark passageways inside haunted houses and feel the fear as you stroll through the terror-tories within the park. Visit a themed spooky bar to sip on a spooky libation or creepy concoction with a splash of fear. Ride your favorite coaster or attraction in the dark to amp up the thrill before heading to Monster Stomp. Meet the creatures of the night as you are transported to Victorian London to experience another era of terror. Beware of Jack the Ripper as the forsaken streets will soon run red.

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: San Antonio Zoo Entry Ticket

4. San Antonio: San Antonio Zoo Entry Ticket

Discover one of San Antonio's must-see attractions with an entry ticket to the San Antonio Zoo. Explore the zoo's grounds, spanning 50,000 acres, and see some of the more than 8,500 animals that call this zoo home. Take time to see the flock of Caribbean flamingos or watch as red-ruffed and black and white lemurs jump and play at Pride Place. Say hello to hyenas and bears in The Grotto, or visit the Asian Forest, home to the Komodo dragon and cute Asian small-clawed otters. The Cat Grotto is home to small cats like the caracal, clouded leopard, and black-footed cat. Walk through this majestic area as water flows over the rocks. Visit the Friedrich Aquarium, home to fresh and saltwater animals, and head to the Reptile House to see a wide array of reptiles from all over the world, from snakes to turtles to lizards. Immerse yourself in Neotropica with the feel of a remote South American fishing village. This area of San Antonio Zoo is home to jaguars, Amazon birds, monkeys, mammals, fish, and reptiles. Check out the world-famous Timothy and Uma at Africa Live. See a Nile crocodile, a variety of fish, okapi, African wild dogs, dwarf mongoose, colobus monkeys, and a giant aviary with exotic birds. Big Lake is a bird-lovers paradise. Marvel at the whooping crane pair, Madison and Patty, as well as other resident winged animals including pelicans, storks, ducks, and flamingos. Big Cat Valley allows you to get face-to-face with magnificent animals- Hear the roar of lions as they let you know they are the kings of the zoo. Gaze across The Savanna from elevated viewpoints to see zebras, ostriches, sitatunga, cranes, giraffes, and white rhinos roaming peacefully. Have your own outback adventure at Kangaroo Krossing. Get up close to kangaroos, and pose for a fun photo opportunity, where unexpected guests may pop out of a kangaroo's pouch. At Amphibia you can see frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians from Texas and around the world. See Australian wildlife from the outback and beyond, including cassowaries, tree kangaroos, mighty red kangaroos, and the Australian Aviary at Wild Australia. Encounter birds from all parts of the world at Hixon Bird House. See birds from the deserts of the American southwest, coastal beaches, South American rain forest, the jungles of Asia, and the African bush. And if you're visiting with your little ones, make sure to pop past Kronkosky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot. This area is specially designed for knee-high naturalists from birth to 5 years old. Here, young explorers can dig, climb, splash, and get dirty while uncovering and discovering nature’s wonders.

Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Hotel Pickup

5. Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Hotel Pickup

Embark on a full-day tour from select Downtown San Antonio or Downtown Austin hotels through the rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country. Visit the former home of U.S President Lyndon B. Johnson, also known as LBJ Ranch, explore Fredericksburg, stop by Luckenbach, and end your day at a Texas winery. After pickup at your hotel in San Antonio or Austin, head out of the city toward the famous Texas Hill Country. Make your first stop in Johnson City to visit the home where President Lyndon B. Johnson spent his younger years. Continue on to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and have time to explore LBJ Ranch, also known as the "Texas White House." Be sure to stop by the hangar to see LBJ's plane, and view the many exhibitions on site. From there, head down to the charming town of Fredericksburg, a historic German town. While there, have time to shop at boutique stores and enjoy lunch in the square. Be sure to make time to taste some wine at one of the many wine tasting rooms throughout the town, and check out the fascinating exhibits at the National Museum of the Pacific War. This portion of the tour is flexible and you will have time to explore at your own pace. Afterward, experience the magic and music of Luckenbach, Texas, "where everybody's somebody." Step back in time in this tiny Hill Country Town that was established as a trading post in 1849, making it one of the oldest settlements in Texas. Kick back, relax, and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in a town known for exuding the Texas state of mind. Enjoy some good ol' country music before heading back to the city. Finally, end your day traveling through Texas vineyards. Learn about the development of the Texas wine industry and even visit one of the area's award-winning local wineries. Tastings are optional and will be an additional fee. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel in either Downtown Austin or Downtown San Antonio.

San Antonio: Aquatica Skip-the-Line Park Admission Ticket

6. San Antonio: Aquatica Skip-the-Line Park Admission Ticket

Head to Aquatica San Antonio and enjoy a fun day for the whole family. With rides, slides, beaches and play areas, there’s something for everyone. Select the combination ticket, and benefit from access to SeaWorld. Spend a day at Aquatica and make the most of the attractions this water park has to offer. Float next to stingrays, feel the rush on water slides, or relax on one of the sandy beaches. Splash about in the play area, and don’t forget to ride the new Tonga Twister. Choose the option including entrance to SeaWorld San Antonio, and enjoy up-close encounters with bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, and other marine animals. Ride thrilling roller coasters, see educational shows, and much more.

3.5 hour Bike Tour Northern Historic Yanaguana Route

7. 3.5 hour Bike Tour Northern Historic Yanaguana Route

Start and end your tour in the same location, just south of Mission San Jose on Mission Road. Directions. All instructions will be provided in your confirmation email once you book a tour. Join a 12 mile guided bicycle tour along the beautiful and scenic Mission Reach Trail as it winds along the San Antonio River. The tour takes you to Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, and other fascinating sites. At each mission, the local tour guide will walk the grounds with you and talk about the 18th-century Spanish Colonial period. Understand how these missions transformed the daily lives of the mission inhabitants, impacted the surrounding communities, and helped mold the culture of San Antonio and South Texas. Additionally, the tour guide will discuss the importance of the San Antonio River to the region and cover portions of local 19th and 20th Century history. In addition to Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose, other stops along the tour route include the Co-Cobijos art installation, the River Return art installation, and the historic Hot Wells of Bexar County. Your tour guide will stop briefly at each site and provide an overview. This tour is our most challenging bicycle tour (but still very manageable) due to the rolling hills along the route. It offers a more in-depth history of the San Antonio River, as well as San Pedro Creek. It also offers a wider range of history and is a great compliment to our Heart of San Antonio walking tour and/or a visit to the Alamo. The majority of the tour route follows the Mission Reach Trail, large portions of which are in direct sunlight. The pace of the tour is relaxed, but please make sure you are physically able to bicycle 11 to 12 miles, get off and on a bicycle at each stop and walk the grounds of 2 missions.

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The San Antonio Mission tour is very informative. Just the right amount of time and interaction at each mission. Alex G is a great tour guide. His overall knowledge and information were appreciated and he made the trip fun.

Perry was awesome!!! Would highly recommend requesting him! Super knowledgeable, hilarious, and made the tour go by quick! We loved it!

This was a great value. We got to see all the important sites and learned a lot.

Very interesting and loved hearing the history and growth of these Missions

Informative and entertaining. Worth the drive around!