The state of Texas has certainly been witness to many events that have shaped American history including being home to the Houston Space Centre and the state where President Kennedy was assassinated. Arguably though, its most important claim to fame is being home of the Battle of The Alamo. Tour this and other historic sites by visiting beautiful San Antonio for your next spring break.
Visiting San Antonio
Located in South Central Texas, San Antonio is the 7th most populous city in the USA. April sees the cooler air move across the state, with temperatures averaging 27C (81F). The pleasant weather makes the south a much more comfortable to explore, as you enjoy the sunshine without the searing heat. There are many fantastic places to stay on offer in the city, from iconic hotels such as The Fairmont Hotel to timeshare resorts.
Historic San Antonio
San Antonio is home to the most visited site in Texas, The Alamo. It started life as a mission back in 1718, one of 5 along the San Antonio River. Initially it sought to convert the native population as well as be a focus point for the Catholics in the region. However, it became a famous icon during the Battle of the Alamo, with famous fighters such as Davy Crockett fighting to protect it from the siege being undertaken by the Mexican troops. Much of the site still remains for you to walk amongst a history that is almost palpable even today. The perfect accompaniment to The Alamo is a visit to the San Antonio Missions National Park.
- Location: 300 Alamo Plaza, Downtown San Antonio, TX
- Opening Times: 9-5:30pm (Mon-Sat); 10-5:30pm (Sun)
- Admission: Free
- Website: thealamo.org
To get a sense of life in the Wild West, there is no finer place to visit than the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum. Not only can you enjoy this historic saloon which dates back over 130 years, but you can also visit the Texas Ranger Museum which hosts a fine array of artefacts from life as a sheriff during this iconic period.
After The Alamo, arguably the best attraction in San Antonio is the River Walk. It is a thriving, cultural area with bars, restaurants and shops lining the river bank. The nightlife here is spectacular, with The Majestic Theatre and Arneson River Theatre perfect accompaniment to an evening of dining and drinking. During the day, enjoy The San Antonio Museum of Art, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! or Dinosaur Quest all within walking distance of one another.
For lovers of the natural world, there are two must-see destinations to visit here. The San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium is a popular attraction and is often seen as one of the best zoos in the USA, home to over 750 different species of animal. SeaWorld is the world’s largest marine life theme park, hosting a wide range of aquatic themed rides and exhibitions, as well as being home to thousands of species of marine wildlife.
- Location: 10500 SeaWorld Drive San Antonio, TX 78251
- Opening Hours: 10am-6pm
- Admission: Adult $60; Child $52 (ages 3-9)
- Website: seaworldparks.com
San Antonio in April
There are many festivals and events to enjoy throughout April, giving the city even more of a draw to tourists. The main attraction is the Fiesta which runs from the 18th-24th April and is the biggest festival in San Antonio. Dating back to the late 19th Century, the Fiesta sees a wide range of events including many parades, the most popular being the Battle of the Flowers. Other events include concerts, parties and sampling some fine southern cuisine.
Another great festival to attend is the Poteet Strawberry Festival, which runs from 12th-14th April. This is one of the oldest and largest agricultural festivals in Texas and offers up the chance to sample some of the state’s fresh produce. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also parades, fireworks and even a Rodeo on offer to enjoy.