Things To Do
Guests are always eager for suggestions of things to do and places to go. The reason most of you stay at a small inn or bed and breakfast is so that you can get the inside scoop on what the area is about and the must sees. I know when I travel, I'm always curious about what the locals do and where they go and what they are most proud of about their area. Below are some of my favorite things about living in San Antonio. When I have free time or friends in town this is my standard hit list of activities. I hope this helps you plan your stay with us!
ARTS AND CULTURAL TRAVELER
San Antonio has a wonderful selection of museums with world class collections. You will see everything from the classic and traditional to the extraordinarily weird and wildly contemporary.
- BOTANICAL GARDENS - a wonderful way to spend part of your day. Unless we are experiencing a terrible drought the gardens are magnificent and beautifully maintained. Plan to eat lunch there. It is one of my favorite restaurants. Also, save some of your money to spend in this gift shop, too.
- INSTITUTE OF TEXAS CULTURE - a short walk away and includes interesting exhibits about the variety of cultures in Texas. Who moved here and why, how they lived, and which cultures are still here. As you probably know, the Germans were very prominent in this area, but there were other immigrants that moved here, too.
- THE MCNAY - is privately owned and the permanent collection surprises most guests. The special exhibits are always enjoyable and there are often lectures and workshops that are open to the public.
- MISSIONS - you can enjoy the mission trail by car or rent bikes [see below] Don't forget the most famous mission, the Alamo!
- SAN ANTONIO ART MUSEUM - is on the northern end of downtown. You can walk there in about 45 minutes or take the trolley most of the way. The permanent exhibits are fascinating and the Asian Wing is outstanding. There is usually a special exhibit up, as well. This museum also has one of my favorite gift shops.
- STEVES HOMESTEAD - in our neighborhood and just a couple blocks away. The docents are knowledgeable about that particular house as well as the neighborhood. It is a fun way to get started enjoying the Historic King William District.
- SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS - is about a 20-minute walk. The exhibits are usually by local artists. Do not miss this gift shop. It is full of beautiful things to keep and give away.
- VILLA FINALE - Villa Finale is the first National Trust Historic Site in the state of Texas. All tours of Villa Finale are hosted by one of our interpretive Guides who will lead your experience through the 6,500 square-foot home and its collection of fine and decorative arts. Tour size is kept to a maximum of six persons to allow for an informal and personal visit just as guests of Walter Mathis enjoyed for nearly forty years. All tours run approximately 45 minutes.
- CAMERATA CHAMBER MUSIC - this is a small group of musicians from the symphony. They generally perform at one of the downtown churches on Sunday afternoons. If they have something scheduled while you are here, don't miss it. Their programs are well thought out and beautifully performed.
- CARVER CULTURAL CENTER - is one of my favorite venues for concerts and other performances. The schedule includes dance, music and other types of performance art.
- LILA COCKRELL THEATER - is one of my favorite performance venues. This is where dance companies usually perform. The London Ballet will be here this summer.
AND EMPIRE THEATERS - are beautifully renovated theaters
around the corner from each other and in the center of downtown San
Antonio. The symphony performs at the Majestic. Both
theaters have various kinds of
entertainment scheduled throughout the year. The Broadway series comes through here as well as other nationally known performers and artists.
- SAN PEDRO PLAYHOUSE - is where you will find local actors performing some of your favorite plays.
- SHELDON VEXLER THEATER - is at the Jewish Community Center Campus. It is a small theater, but one of the best in town.
- SOLI Chamber Ensemble - San Antonio's premier new music group.
- SYMPHONY - The San Antonio Symphony is something we are all proud of. Our musicians and conductors are among the best. You can choose from either pops or classical concerts. Itzhak Perlman will join them in September.
ATHLETE AND OUTDOORS
- GOLF - There is a huge selection of courses to choose from. Here are the links to Kit's favorites. Golfing is a way of life for many men and women in San Antonio. If you have questions, Kit will be happy to tell you what he knows and try to point you toward the course that is best for your game.
- GOVERNMENT CANYON HIKE - You can choose from several different lengths and types of hikes. The landscape is pretty scrubby, so take your sunscreen and hat.
- PEDERNALES FALLS HIKE - this is about a 45-minute drive and a fabulous place to go when it is hot out. Take your swimming gear because there are several good swimming holes and the water is gloriously cool and refreshing.
- RIDE A SEGWAY - this is a good way to tour the River Walk and Historic King William.
- San Antonio Bikes - The mission of San Antonio Bikes is to increase bike ridership for daily use and improve cycling safety by making our bike network accessible, direct, and continuous thereby raising the visibility of cycling as an alternative form of transportation.
- San Antonio Bike Rides - Where to ride your bicycle in and around San Antonio!
- SEA WORLD - is not just for kids! We have so many guests who enjoy a day at this park, especially when it is a typical South Texas steamy summer day. Call ahead and make arrangements to swim with the dolphins.
- SPURS - the world champs of basketball live and play here. If you are a basketball fan, it doesn't get any better!