San Antonio is a Texas city that brims with charm. You won’t be bored here, whether you’re hanging out for a day, a week, or longer. Check out this sample itinerary to get you started on planning your adventure in this magnificent city.

Have Breakfast in Market Square

Market Square is a three-block area in San Antonio that’s full of places to shop and eat. Mi Tierra is a favorite restaurant, and it’s in the heart of the square. Plus, it’s open 24 hours a day, so you can adjust your breakfast time to suit your personal routine. Grab something from the bakery for your morning meal, and pick up a pecan praline to go; Mi Tierra is famous for its big, buttery, and irresistible pralines.

After you eat, take an hour or two to explore the square, which has about 100 locally owned shops. The festive indoor mall is known as the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico.

Enjoy the View at Tower of the Americas

The Tower of the Americas in downtown San Antonio is home to the second-highest observation deck in the United States. You’ll be treated to a stunning view of the city after you take the 75-floor elevator ride to the observation deck. Of course, if you want to, you can climb the stairs instead — there are 952 steps.

Your ticket is good for the entire day, so come back after dark to get a different perspective on the city.

Check out the Spanish Governor’s Palace

The Spanish Governor’s Palace is back by Market Square, so you might want to go there before you visit the Tower of the Americas, but they’re only just over a mile apart, so it doesn’t really matter which one you choose to do first. The palace was the seat of government when Texas became independent. It’s a beautiful building with lots of historic value.

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The San Antonio riverwalk.

Enjoy Lunch at the Farmer’s Market, then Go for a Walk/Cruise

Back in Market Square, go to the Farmer’s Market and enjoy live entertainment while you munch on local cuisine.

To burn off your lunch, walk the 0.6 miles to the San Antonio River Walk, which is lined with restaurants and places to shop.  Be sure to slow down when you’re passing through La Villita Historic Arts Village, which is full of amazing art galleries.

The River Walk is 15 miles long, and you probably don’t want to explore all of it on foot. Relax on a river cruise. General admission to the cruise is only $10 per person. The cruise is 35 minutes long and includes narration about the portion of the River Walk that winds through the city’s downtown area.

Visit the Alamo

No visit to San Antonio is complete without a trip to the Alamo. Before you go there, however, head to Rivercenter Mall and go to the IMAX theater, where you can watch a 45-minute documentary. It will give you all the historical information you need on the Alamo. There are frequent show times, almost every hour.

Within easy walking distance of the mall is the Alamo itself, which is open until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday during the off-peak season. During peak season, it is open until 8 p.m. A guided tour costs $15 per person and lasts for about an hour.

King William Historic District
The King William Historic District in San Antonio.

Grab Dinner and Relax

Go to Pollo Asados Los Nortenos for some of the best Mexican food you’ll ever have. This casual, low-key restaurant on Rigsby Avenue has fast service and delicious eats. Order a whole charcoal grilled chicken with extra chilis. Add beans to your order to complete your flavorful and protein-packed meal.

End your evening at one of the city’s favorite bars. For a raucous and loud time, go to Howl at the Moon San Antonio, where you’ll find dueling pianos. For amazing Mexican cocktails, go to Naked Iguana Riverwalk Bar.

If you wish, return to the Tower of the Americas to take in one last breathtaking view of the city before you retire to your hotel to rest up and get ready for another day of vacationing.

The above itinerary is just a small sample of the things you can do in San Antonio. The city is rich with historic sites, but it has so much more. With its colorful culture, warm weather, and great shopping, it’s a place you may never want to leave. Adjust your itinerary to suit your personal tastes so you get the most out of your experience.