San Antonio, the creative city in central Texas, is a city made up of a historical fusion of Western ranchers and Mexican settlers. Notable for its iconic River Walk and mouth-watering Tex-Mex cuisine, San Antonio is an up-and-coming tourist destination for people seeking adventure, nature, and history.
5. Hotel Havana
Hotel Havana is one of the greatest hidden gems along the San Antonio River Walk. The captivating hotel, located along the north side of the River Walk, is the ideal place to relax and take in the diversity of culture that San Antonio offers. The cafe section of this hotel creates the perfect environment for a calm evening with a friend, where you can chit-chat all day about anything ranging from upcoming vacation plans to San Antonio! As you stroll down the iconic river, be sure to stop by this mesh of Spanish and Mediterranean styled hotel for a Cuban club sandwich or some tapas!
4. Mission San Jose
It is no secret that San Antonio culture, architecture, food, and style is highly influenced by Spanish colonial history. Established in 1720 by Fray Antonio Margil de Jesus, the Mission San Jose once sustained over 300 people, and became the largest Texas Mission. Mission San Jose, to this day, is still an active parish where people can attend regular mass on Sundays. The “Queen of Missions” is open to all visitors and you can learn all about the history of the location by renting a tour guide for the day.
3. The Aztec Theatre
A visit to the Aztec Theatre will take you back in time. The theatre has been recently remodelled into a unique venue for tradition and innovation, which features all kinds of entertainment for guests. The Aztec Theatre is located in the ideal location of downtown San Antonio, making it accessible to visitors in the area – be sure to check the website for the schedule of events and stop by to relax and enjoy a creative production.
2. The Bracken Bat Cave
Considered a “Jewel in Texas,” the Bracken Cave is home to over 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats which emerge from the caves every day at dusk to embark on their nightly insect hunt. This scene is a spectacle to see – a display of the intricate, detailed order of nature – and a true natural phenomena. Getting to the caves is a short 20-mile journey outside of downtown San Antonio. Check out the cave’s website for information about member nights and private tours. The Bracken Bat Caves is an absolute must-see gem during your visit to San Antonio, Texas.
1. The Toilet Seat Art Museum
Could something like toilet seats possibly be made into beautiful art? San Antonio’s 96-year-old retired plumber and toilet artist, Barney Smith, says, “Absolutely!” The unique Toilet Seat Art Museum captures the essence of a memorable afternoon – it an unconventional, quirky, and creative venue of art which reflects the diversity of the city. Ran out of his garage, Barney Smith displays over 1,000 hand-made toilet lids, ranging from designs ranging from cars to cartoons. Be sure to book your visit beforehand and let Barney know you will be coming. You will not forget your visit to this passionate man’s museum of toilet lid art!
You can’t miss these five hidden gems when you visit the awe-inspiring, creative, and historically diverse city of San Antonio. Enjoy your trip and make some unforgettable memories for a lifetime!