Finding Old World Charm in Modern San Antonio


May in the city of Alamo is scorching hot in more ways than one.

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Some American Cities mix old world charm with modern conveniences just like San Antonio. With a diverse heritage that includes Mexican, Tejano, German and Irish influences, the southern oasis embraces its history as it continues to grow – and May just might be the perfect time to visit before the notoriously scorching summer temperatures hit. of the city do not settle.

With attractions at every turn, the famous Walk on the river is the perfect place to start your journey. The 15-mile promenade offers everything from chic shops and restaurants to five time-untouched Spanish missions, including the legendary Alamo, which is one block away. Or, for a different perspective, hop on a river boat tour in Cruises in Rio and coast by iconic landmarks such as Selena’s Bridge.

Looking to dive even deeper into Texas history and culture? Discover nearby Witte Museum‘s Heritage Center, where you can browse hundreds of artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries. For a more cutting-edge viewing experience, take a tour Hopscotchan immersive art gallery showcasing a rotating collection of illuminating installations, such as the colorful “Walls Within” exhibit – a vibrant exhibition of murals brought to life by the San Antonio Street Art Initiative – and a light-up ball pool.

Of course, you are really here to enjoy the many natural wonders of the region, including Natural Bridge Caverns, where you can descend 180 feet below the surface to view impressive geological formations on the Discovery Tour. The Hidden Passages tour provides additional immersion by venturing into another part of the subterranean labyrinth. For a more relaxing ride, the San Antonio Botanical Garden features 38 acres of scenic trails and gardens fresh from a $40 million renovation.

Naturally, dinner in Texas revolves around steak. Those feeling incredibly daring (and hungry) can sit down at Tejas Steakhouse & Saloon, the only place in the area where you can enjoy a live rodeo with your rib eye. If you prefer craft cocktails, the bar scene in San Antonio is full of options, including Pastiche, a European cocktail bar housed in a 1930s cottage. Fancy a happier time? Let your hair down and raise your hands to Moon– part speakeasy, part nightclub and 100% San Antonio.

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Getting There

Board JetBlue’s recently launched nonstop flight from Logan to San Antonio International Airport, with fares starting around $134 this month.

Stay here

The chic but sophisticated Thompson San Antonio, which opened last year on the city’s River Walk, has 162 rooms and a 5,000-square-foot full-service spa. The property also offers three dining venues, including a rooftop bar with dazzling views of the city skyline.