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Sight-See While You Celebrate: San Antonio Attractions First-Timers Can't Miss

February 12, 2020

It's a Fiesta!

And, not just any fiesta. A Texas-sized Fiesta.

Fiesta San Antonio is a festival that takes place every year. 75,000 volunteers work the event that attracts over 3.5 million people.

Yes, you read that right: 3.5 million people.

These party-goers live in or travel to San Antonio to celebrate the city's history and rich culture. They also come to see popular San Antonio attractions.

The first Fiesta San Antonio took place in 1891. Women decorated carriages and paraded in front of the Alamo to honor the heroes who fought at the battle of the Alamo and the battle of San Jacinto.

Today, Fiesta honors these women's efforts and the city's heroes by carrying on the tradition. The Fiesta features a horse-drawn carriage parade, a flower show, and a host of other fundraising events which honor community members and the city's history.

Fiesta San Antonio alone generates over 340 million dollars for the city of San Antonio.

If you're ready to get your Fiesta on, then you need to know what sights to see in San Antonio during your visit.

Read on to learn which popular attractions to visit so your trip to San Antonio is filled with adventure.

San Antonio Attractions for First-Time Fiesta-Goers

Many San Antonio attractions are great for all ages. The city offers a vast number of experiences that won't disappoint. Explore the following popular San Antonio attractions to prepare for your trip to Fiesta San Antonio.

1. Paseo del Río (The Riverwalk)

No trip to San Antonio is complete without visiting the Riverwalk. Walk down the charming riverwalk, grab a bite to eat, and shop until you drop. Then, take a riverboat ride at night to observe the Riverwalk's beautiful scenery and nightlife.

If you're visiting the Riverwalk during Fiesta, expect to see colorful floats gliding down the river and plenty of excitement for the whole family.

2. The Alamo

You can't visit San Antonio without going on a tour of the Alamo. Founded in the 18th century and the site of the Battle of the Alamo this historic location is one you won't want to skip.

The Alamo was a Roman Catholic Mission and a military fortress. It took part in educating Native Americans and cultivating a sense of community.

The Alamo is now a museum. The Alamo museum now has a new tour featuring the weapons used in the Battle of the Alamo. You can also take tours to learn more about the Alamo's influence on Texan history.

Lastly, there is a tour designed specifically for children. So, you won't need to worry about the cries of boredom when you're taking in the significance and beauty of the Alamo.

3. Natural Bridge Caverns

Visiting San Antonio just keeps getting better. The Natural Bridge Caverns is the largest natural cave in the United States. It's named after a 60ft natural lime bridge which resides inside the caves.

Enjoy the unique rock formations and the sounds of cave life. Kids can also find enjoyment in the cave's man-made mining town. Here, they can mine for gems and gold and travel through a maze.

4. Mission San Jose

On a tight budget? Entrance into Mission San Jose is completely free for all guests.

This mission was founded in 1720. Missions were not churches, but rather communities. Today Mission San Jose does conduct mass which occurs on Sundays.

So, if you want to practice your faith while sight-seeing, plan your visit to Mission San Jose accordingly.

5. Morgan's Wonderland

Morgan's Wonderland is a theme park great for all ages. It is also welcoming to individuals who have special needs. And, if you or another member of your group has special needs, admission is free.

All other guests can enter at an affordable price.

There is an amphitheater, accessible rides, and playgrounds.

6. San Antonio's Mission Park

San Antonio's Mission park includes four historical mission sites including Mission San Jose. The other three missions are Mission Concepcion, Mission San Juan Capistrano, and Mission Espada.

Tour the park with a park ranger or go on a self-guided tour. Take a bus, drive your car, or use the hike and bike trails. You can also rent a bike for 24 hours at a low rate.

Each mission is about two and a half miles apart.

7. Haunted San Antonio Tours

Do you enjoy life's spookier side? Even if you think ghosts are hocus pocus, a haunted San Antonio tour is sure to thrill you.

Two of the best ghost tours are to the Menger and the Crockett hotels. Locals also say that ghost sightings were reported at the state hospital, near railroad tracks, and at the Alamo.

Always research local laws and gain approval before accessing these locations. Especially, after dark. Otherwise, get ready to get scared!

8. Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Have you dreamed of going on a safari, but don't have the time or money to visit Africa? San Antonio's Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch has you covered!

This 400-acre plot of land is home to 500 animals. And, if you're scared of predatorial animals, there's no need to worry. The ranch doesn't have any predators or elephants.

Expect to see zebras, emus, and ostriches on your drive-thru safari adventure. Drive through the ranch as many times as you want and be prepared to see wide grins on the faces of all your family members. Especially, if the ranch's wildlife decides to pay your vehicle a visit!

San Antonio Attractions: Experiences You Won't Forget

These San Antonio attractions will make your trip one to remember.

Plan your trip well in advance to ensure you get to visit as many of these attractions as you can. The next Fiesta San Antonio is scheduled for April 16 to April 26th, 2020.

Start making your travel arrangements as soon as possible. You should also book your hotels and tourist events well in advance

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