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San Antonio: Scenic Night Tour & River Walk Cruise

1. San Antonio: Scenic Night Tour & River Walk Cruise

Get to know San Antonio nightlife during this night tour that features one-of-a-kind views of the city skyline illuminated at night from the Tower of the Americas, a relaxing River Walk cruise, and a narrated drive. Begin your night out with your tour guide greeting you directly in the lobby of your downtown hotel before heading out to the first stop of your exciting night tour of San Antonio. First, take your view of San Antonio to new heights. Get whisked away up 190 m (623 ft) and marvel at magical views of the illuminated city skyline from the Tower of the Americas Observation Deck, the tallest observation tower in Texas. Once your feet are back on the ground, embark on an enchanting nighttime river cruise, passing multiple points of interest such as the historical Old Mill Crossing and La Villiata, the city’s first neighborhood. After your cruise, go on a drive with your tour guide to explore San Antonio’s cultivating nightlife. Experience an immersive 45-minute narrated drive through the illuminated streets to learn more about the city’s history and culture, pointing out multiple points of interest. Once your tour is complete, enjoy a safe return transfer back to your downtown hotel or arranged drop-off destination, where you can relax after your exciting night out.

San Antonio: Tower of Americas, River Walk Cruise & Bus Tour

2. San Antonio: Tower of Americas, River Walk Cruise & Bus Tour

Start your day on a hop-on hop-off city tour of San Antonio where you can enjoy a 1-hour narrated tour on the top deck of the double-decker bus.  Along the way, explore the city's top sightseeing destinations, including the Alamo, the Pearl Brewery, and the San Antonio River Walk.  On your hop-on hop-off city tour, you will have access to 19 stops in Downtown San Antonio: 1. The Alamo 2. Pearl Entertainment Complex 3. San Antonio Museum of Art House 4. VFW Post 76 5. Augie’s BBQ Restaurant 6. Riverwalk Museum Reach 7. Tobin Center 8. Veterans Memorial Park 9. Travis Park and St. Anthony Hotel 10. Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum 11. Riverwalk/ River Cruise 12. San Fernando Cathedral/Spanish Governor’s Palace 13. Market Square/El Mercardo 14. Hotels on Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard 15. King William Historic District 16. Southtown 17. Yanaguana Garden 18. Tower of the Americas 19. The Shops at Rivercenter Mall Afterward, jump aboard a city boat cruise to take in the iconic River Walk from another perspective. On this 40-minute boat tour, learn a little more about the history and culture of San Antonio. End your day at the Tower of the Americas' Observatory Deck to enjoy break-taking panoramic views of San Antonio with the sun glistening in the background.

San Antonio: River Boat Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

3. San Antonio: River Boat Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

Start your day with a scenic city boat cruise along the iconic San Antonia River Walk. During this leisurely 40-minute boat tour, learn about the rich history and culture of the city and admire the sights as you sail. When you’re done, head over to the city’s hop-on hop-off bus cruiser and pick up your 2-day pass. Enjoy the freedom to explore San Antonio at your own leisure and get on and off the bus at the sights and attractions that appeal to you most. Onboard, listen to a 1-hour narrated tour which provides lively commentary about the city. Throughout the bus ride, enjoy access to explore 19 of the best sightseeing destinations in San Antonio, including the Alamo, Pearl Brewery, Museum of Art House, Tobin Center, Veterans Memorial Park, Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, Southtown, King William Historic District, Tower of the Americas, and many more.

SEA LIFE Aquarium San Antonio

4. 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: 4 Downtown Attractions Combo Package

5. San Antonio: 4 Downtown Attractions Combo Package

Explore the best of San Antonio with this combo pass featuring top tours and attractions, including a hop-on hop-off tour, a River Walk cruise, a pass to the Tower of Americas, and a 2-in-1 entry ticket to the Texas Ranger Museum and Buckhorn Museum. Start your day on a hop-on hop-off city tour where you can enjoy a 1-hour narrated tour on the top deck of the double-decker bus. Along the way, explore 19 sightseeing destinations in Downtown San Antonio: • The Alamo• Pearl Entertainment Complex• San Antonio Museum of Art House• VFW Post 76• Augie’s BBQ Restaurant• Riverwalk Museum Reach• Tobin Center• Veterans Memorial Park• Travis Park and St. Anthony Hotel• Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum (entry included)• San Antonio River Walk• San Fernando Cathedral/Spanish Governor’s Palace• Market Square/El Mercardo• Hotels on Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard• King William Historic District• Southtown• Yanaguana Garden• Tower of the Americas (pass included)• The shops at Rivercenter Mall Afterward, jump aboard a city cruise to experience the iconic River Walk from another perspective. On this 40-minute tour, learn a little more about the history and culture of San Antonio.  End your day at the Tower of the Americas' observatory deck to enjoy break-taking panoramic views of San Antonio with the sun glistening in the background. 

San Antonio: River City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

6. San Antonio: River City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Explore a hotbed of paranormal phenomenon in San Antonio and find out about the history you never hear about in books. Listen to countless stories of strange and unpleasant happenings from your professional guide. Your tour guide will take you through historic downtown San Antonio to 8–12 different locations around the Old Town area (depending on whether you choose the standard or extended tour). Get a glimpse of the dark underbelly of San Antonio history as each haunted location ratchets up the tension of the tour. During the tour, see several key historic locations and properties around downtown San Antonio and the Old Town area. If you select the Extended Tour route, enjoy an additional 30 minutes of blood-curdling stories to fuel your imaginations and your nightmares.

San Antonio: City Tour with Tower of America & River Cruise

7. San Antonio: City Tour with Tower of America & River Cruise

Experience San Antonio with this group tour as you explore the Alamo and Spanish colonial missions, go to the top of the Tower of the Americas, and cruise the river on an electric barge. Walk among legends as you enjoy a guided tour of the Alamo. Hear about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Get up close and personal with some of the Alamo’s largest weapons and fortifications. Next, take in the sights at the vibrant Historic Market Square. Listen to the stories of people who came to the Spanish missions in the 1700s. Take some free time to see the living quarters, compound walls, and the church. Drive past La Villita Historic Arts Village, King William Historic District, and the San Fernando Cathedral. Get insightful narration on the drive. Travel on a 35-minute river cruise. Relax, as you sail through La Villita, the Old Mill Crossing, and Selena’s Bridge. Take an elevator ride to the top of the Tower of the Americas for panoramic views of San Antonio.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center San Antonio

8. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center San Antonio

Discover the many LEGO attractions located at LEGOLAND Discovery Center San Antonio. Save the princess on an interactive journey during the Kingdom Quest adventure ride. See famous LEGO characters on the big screen, like The LEGO Movie™: A New Adventure, at the 4D LEGO Cinema. Go faster and higher on Merlin’s Apprentice Ride where you control an enchanted cart to conjure the sorcerer’s spell and soar into the sky. Explore MINILAND, a San Antonio cityscape made entirely out of LEGO Bricks – over 1.5 million to be exact. Build friendship in LEGO Friends Heartlake City and create new colorful additions to add to their growing town. Get a selfie with a LEGO Friend during the visit too. Create a LEGO racing car at the LEGO Build & Test and race vehicles on the test track for the quickest time. Select the option that includes SEA LIFE San Antonio and discover San Antonio’s only underwater ocean tunnel, come face to fin with sharks, and marvel at over 20 breathtaking exhibits.

San Antonio: UNESCO World Heritage Missions Tour

9. 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: Guided Haunted Pub Crawl

10. San Antonio: Guided Haunted Pub Crawl

Discover the most haunted sights of San Antonio on this guided pub crawl. Hear chilling stories about the ghosts that linger in San Antonio, visit haunted pubs, and calm your nerves with some delicious drinks along the way. Begin your haunted pub crawl with a stop at one of Texas' most haunted hotels: the Menger Hotel. While you enjoy a drink in the bar, hear about the hotel's many ghosts. From Teddy Roosevelt to the Victorian maid Sallie White, the Menger Hotel is full of otherworldly guests. After you've finished your drink at the Menger, follow your guide to the iconic Alamo. After the famous battle, many fallen soldiers remained in ghost form. Hear the stories of these brave men from just outside the Alamo. Head to Oro at the Emily Morgan Hotel, where you can hear about the mysterious orbs, midnight phone calls, and disappearing hospital carts while sipping on a drink. Meander to the Maverick Whiskey Distillery, where you can hear chilling tales of the ghosts from this antique building's long history as a firehouse and a bank. End your haunted pub crawl at the Haunt Bar at St. Anthony Hotel. Choose a drink, sit back, and listen to your guide's stories about the area. Hear the local folklore, learn more about the ghosts you might encounter during your stay in San Antonio, and relax with your new pub crawl friends.

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What people are saying about San Antonio, Texas

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Alex our guide was fantastic. Provided us with as much information that we could absorb about the history of San Antonio and showed us some great places, as well as pointing out places of interest that we would be able to explore more on our own the following day.

This experience was one of the highlights of our trip. It was tailored specifically to us. Brandon, our guide, was prompt, fun, and knowledgeable. We highly recommend making this tour a part of your package!

Took the night tour as it was very hot during the day. Had Albert as our guide. Very interesting tour with extensive history on the Alamo and city. Would definitely recommend this tour.

The tour was enjoyable. Visited highlights and our guide Brandon was very accommodating to the weather and best to see at what time. Our family really enjoyed it.

I had never been to a rodeo…I had seen movies but never a live performance so this was a great experience!!