Explore San Antonio

Home to the famed River Walk and a very pedestrian friendly downtown, San Antonio offers meeting planners and attendees convenience with the ultimate in Southern hospitality. If you’re looking for a destination that’s easy to reach and provides unique experiences, look no further than the Alamo City!

When arriving by plane, downtown is a quick ten-mile drive from the San Antonio International Airport. The city is surrounded by several large freeways that make traveling to downtown and the outlying areas convenient. There is something for everyone in San Antonio, with a few noteworthy places shared below.

Historical Sites: As one of the oldest cities in Texas, there are several historical sites to visit. One of the most recognized is The Alamo, the mission known as the setting of the Battle of the Alamo, and a symbol of Texas’ independence. Tours of The Alamo are free and offered seven days a week. A short walk from The Alamo is La Villita, San Antonio’s first neighborhood now known as a historic arts village. La Villita has several art galleries, restaurants, and shops to explore. The downtown area also features dozens of well-preserved venues like the Vault at Boudro’s. Tucked away in Charles Court, the Vault has multiple function spaces that can be used as unique cocktail receptions or after-glow locations.

Attractions: The River Walk includes about 15 miles of sidewalks along the San Antonio River, right in the middle of downtown. Pedestrians can access shops, eateries, hotels, and other attractions easily from the paths. There is also a river boat tour if you prefer to see the sites from the water. If you have extra time and want to relax and unwind, the local river floats offer a great way to do just that. Armed with a tube and a cooler full of your favorite beverages, you can easily spend a couple hours floating down the nearby Guadalupe or Comal rivers. In addition to natural water features, San Antonio has several man-made popular theme parks on the outskirts of the city, including Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, and SeaWorld San Antonio, the largest of SeaWorld’s facilities.

True Texas Experiences: For an authentic rodeo experience, San Antonio boasts numerous venues of interest. Tejas Rodeo is one notable venue that is ideal for events, with many on-site activities and catering options. You can join them on Saturdays for a live rodeo, or you can rent their venue for a private experience where attendees can participate in activities like learning to rope, riding a mechanical bull, or learning popular line dances.

The Hill Country: Just outside of San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country offers sprawling resorts and an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. From golf resorts and wineries to small towns with old-fashioned charm, the Hill Country is full of beautiful scenery and sure to offer plenty of recreational choices for every traveler.sanantonio1

Eager to explore San Antonio? Join Elite Meetings along with over fifty luxury hotels and event suppliers at La Cantera Hill Country Resort at the Elite Meetings Alliance, taking place Sunday, September 20 through Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Learn more and register at www.elitemeetingsalliance.com.

More information about San Antonio, maps, and other helpful planning assistance from the convention and visitors bureau can be found at www.visitsanantonio.com.

Photos: Shutterstock; Above River Walk Image by Rob Wilson / Shutterstock.com; La Cantera Hill Country Resort

Sara Bell

Sara Bell

Sara Bell is a Corporate Event Coordinator in the aviation industry and has planned everything from incentive programs and golf tournaments, to annual meetings for 200+ attendees. Based in Houston, Texas, she is a frequent traveler and enjoys exploring new destinations.

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