The Pearl District, San Antonio’s hippest neighborhood, gets its name from the historic Pearl Brewery, which has since been renovated and reopened into the artsy-boutique Hotel Emma. Cram-packed with historic buildings, beautiful restaurants (we love Mon Chou Chou), charming gift shops, and art galleries, the Pearl District is a true cultural hub. You can jam to live music during the monthly night market, grab a drink or snack at the Bottling Dept Food Hall, listen to literary readings at Twig Book Shop, or do some shopping among the independent boutiques all within a few blocks.
A relatively tiny city by Texan standards, San Antonio was traditionally a short day trip from Austin or Houston. The city has bulked up over the years, however, and the list of best things to do in San Antonio has grown in tandem; today, you can’t get away with exploring the city in a single afternoon because San An is a bonafide weekend getaway.
Long before San Antonio earned its place on national travel lists, visitors flocked to this culturally-explosive city to float down the charming River Walk, to experience Tejano culture, and of course, to ‘Remember the Alamo!’ As years passed, San Antonio grew (adding about 100,000 new residents over the past decade) and its attractions expanded to include buzzy new neighborhoods, cultural experiences, and a thriving culinary scene to boot.
What’s the best way to fill up your weekend escape? Proving its status as one of Texas’ premier travel destinations, the best things to do in San Antonio range from historic excursions to exciting bars and restaurants—here’s everything worth checking off your list.