San Antonio, Texas: Urban Oasis of Nightlife and Culture
By Vange Tapia
In San Antonio, Texas, you can find surprises around every corner: from a peacock strutting down a random neighborhood sidewalk to a bear wearing eyeglasses at the zoo. In this exciting city, you never know what you might see next!
Unique Fun on the River Walk
One attraction that is unique to San Antonio is the River Walk, a narrow but very long river that runs through the center of the city, which can be explored by foot or boat. I chose to stroll along the river, passing under bridges, walking the sidewalks lined with cafes and bars, discovering restaurants with beautiful al fresco dining. Your only difficulty is deciding just where to go!
Restaurants, Nightlife and Entertainment
San Antonio boasts year-round warm weather, and there are numerous restaurants and bars to enjoy from morning to night… not to mention a vibrant live music scene. In the Houston Street District, right in the heart of the city, you can enjoy breakfast, a light snack, lunch or dinner. I recommend taking in some live jazz at the elegant Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood while enjoying a fabulous rib eye, lobster sashimi or a fresh spinach salad.
I decided to see the sunset from the revolving Chart House restaurant in the Tower of the Americas, where patrons revel in spectacular views of the city while sampling fresh fish specials and awesome desserts like the chocolate volcano. Afterward, I recharged my batteries with a cocktail and some live music.
Nearby, you’ll find a variety of entertainment options such as dance halls, nightclubs and theaters including the Majestic Theatre, the Aztec Theater and the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
Natural Urban Attractions in San Antonio
Since I am a nature lover, I visited the San Antonio Botanical Garden the next day. I was blown away! The garden inspires you to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives.
Who doesn’t like to be close to animals? At the San Antonio Zoo, it’s easy to see all kinds of wild animals, and at Brackenridge Park, I relaxed in a beautiful Japanese garden that filled me with peace and energy.
History and Culture
There are historical sites scattered throughout the city commemorating its important history, as well as many world-class museums. In the cultural district known as the Broadway Reach, visit the McNay Art Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Witte Museum, so you can get doses of culture and history.
And getting around San Antonio was a breeze; it is easy and fun to do it on the trolleys, which are buses that resemble old trains. They no longer glide on rails, but on wheels, making them much more accessible for everyone all over the city.
I could spend hours telling you the wonders of San Antonio without stopping. There are museums, theaters, bars, restaurants, the zoo, the River Walk… there is so much to do that the days seem too short. Enjoy an unforgettable experience in San Antonio, where the old and new come together.