Guide to San Antonio

Guide to San Antonio

Guide to San Antonio

San Antonio is a city brimming with culture, history, flavor and energy. Camping near the city is the perfect opportunity to relax in the great outdoors and explore the exciting attractions surrounding the famous Alamo. This San Antonio visitors guide showcases the top San Antonio attractions, restaurants and celebrations to help you make the most of your stay. 

History of San Antonio

The Alamo is a well-known and important part of San Antonio's fascinating history. The Battle of the Alamo took place at a San Antonio fort known as the Alamo. This battle between Mexico and the Republic of Texas lasted from February 23 to March 6, 1836

Mexico won the Battle of the Alamo, but this event pushed Texas to fight harder against Mexico and resulted in a following victory. A couple of months after Mexico defeated the Republic of Texas, Texas gained victory over Mexico during the Battle of San Jacinto. You can visit the Alamo to learn more and experience the essential role it played in San Antonio's history. 

Top Attractions in San Antonio

San Antonio is full of fun, excitement, food, music and celebrations. If you are looking for things to do in San Antonio, consider the following exciting attractions:


The San Antonio Riverwalk is one of the city's most popular attractions. This magical destination enchants visitors with lush paths that meander along fantastic restaurants, bars and shops. Soak in the charming atmosphere of the riverwalk on a boat cruise or enjoy a delicious dinner by the water. San Antonio's riverwalk comes to life at night with electrifying clubs and bars, beautiful lights reflecting off the water and lively entertainment.

The Spurs

If you are a sports fan, catching a Spurs game is a must. Whether you watch a game at a San Antonio bar or attend a game in person, experiencing San Antonio's professional basketball team among local fans is a thrilling experience.

Dance Halls

Wear your finest boots and make your way to a San Antonio dance hall for an unforgettable night. Some of San Antonio's best dance halls feature live bands, DJs, cocktails, food and dance lessons. Dance to a mix of today's top country songs, dance favorites and Texas music in unsurpassed atmospheres. A night out in San Antonio is the perfect opportunity to try something new and learn some dances or show off your skills on the dance floor. 

The Rodeo

One of the best ways to experience San Antonio is to visit the rodeo. The city is home to one of the area's largest indoor rodeos, which welcomes over 200 million spectators per year. When you visit the rodeo, you can experience the thrill of watching professionals ride bulls and horses. As you enjoy this exhilarating equestrian sport, listen to live music, browse shops, visit a petting zoo and see a rodeo carnival.

Fiesta San Antonio

San Antonio has a rich Hispanic culture. The first Fiesta San Antonio event took place in 1891 and has grown into one of the city's grandest festivals. In April, Fiesta San Antonio dazzles visitors with parades, music, carnival rides, fireworks, DJs, vendors and live entertainment.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo honors the date the Mexican army conquered the French in the Battle of Puebla. This event took place on May 5, 1862, and people honor the date with food, music, dancing and incredible festivities. San Antonio beautifully showcases its history, traditions and culture on Cinco de Mayo, creating an authentic experience for anyone who joins the city's celebrations.

Day of the Dead

San Antonio's Day of the Dead celebrations also offers unforgettable experiences. Grand festivities take place in October and the beginning of November to celebrate and honor departed loved ones and welcome their spirits. The city celebrates this tradition with elaborate costumes, incredible makeup and captivating parades. 

Celebrating the Day of the Dead in San Antonio involves dancing, music, face-painting, exhibits, food and remembrance walls. You may even have a chance to create your own sugar skull art. 


The University of Texas at San Antonio features the Institute of Texan Cultures, an incredible educational resource. This attraction showcases interactive exhibits focused on the area's history, heritage and ethnic backgrounds. It appropriately honors the state's immigration history and the immigration stories of the individuals who made Texas their home. Visiting this unique collection can help you understand and appreciate the city's rich past.

And if you visit in the Fall, be sure to stop at the Alamodome to catch a UTSA Roadrunners college football game!

Best Food to Eat in San Antonio

San Antonio is bursting with flavor. From southern-style comfort food to flavorful Mexican dishes and all of the tangy barbeque in between, your taste buds will surely have just as much fun as you do. Make sure you visit the top restaurants in San Antonio to try the following foods:

Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Treat yourself to some authentic Mexican dishes as you explore the city. Restaurants such as El Mirasol and Las Palapas serve tacos, burritos, flautas, enchiladas and flan. Experience the best of Mexico's flavors in the heart of Texas. 

Delicious Comfort Food

You can also indulge in some southern-style comfort food during your stay. San Antonio's Southerleigh restaurants serve comfort food favorites such as fried chicken and frequently change their menus to offer delicious variety. You can also try some southern-inspired cuisine at Ida Claire, an authentic southern restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere perfect for brunch or dinner. 

Savory Barbeque

Texas is known for incredible barbeque, so sampling some savory dishes while you're in San Antonio is a must. Visit any of the city's incredible barbeque restaurants to try some traditional smoked ribs, pulled chicken or pulled pork. You can also try some creative meals at Curry Boys BBQ, a dining establishment that combines tangy barbeque flavors with Asian-inspired dishes. 

Best Ways to Stay in San Antonio

San Antonio offers a wide variety of lodging options, but camping under the stars is the greatest way to truly experience the beauty of the Alamo. The San Antonio / Alamo KOA is one of the best places to stay in San Antonio and a perfect spot minutes away from the area's grandest attractions. With RV Sites, tent sites and lodging options, KOA is a fantastic location nestled in the great outdoors to relax and easily access all that the city has to offer.

San Antonio / Alamo KOA Holiday offers Back-In and Pull-Thru RV Sites where you can park, relax and enjoy time with loved ones. Some RV Sites feature a KOA Patio® so you can enjoy the comfort of an outdoor living space. You can also pitch a tent under the gorgeous Alamo sky when you book a KOA Tent Site with water and electric. 

If you prefer lodging options, San Antonio / Alamo KOA Holiday also features cozy Camping Cabins and Deluxe Cabins.

Stay at San Antonio / Alamo KOA Holiday

The best places to visit in San Antonio are within easy reach when you stay at San Antonio / Alamo KOA Holiday. KOA offers fantastic camping and lodging options just a short drive away from the city's top attractions. When you stay at KOA, you enjoy the comforts of convenient amenities and take part in fun recreational campground activities while experiencing this vibrant city. Book your stay at KOA to start your San Antonio adventure. 

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