As part of my Texas long weekend, I took a day trip to San Antonio from Austin.
Taking a city bus to the Grey Hound station, we took an 11:00 bus and found ourselves in San Antonio by 12:30. (City bus $1.70, Grey Hound $30 Roundtrip).
The Grey Hound station in San Antonio is in the Center of town, and dropped us 3 blocks from our first attraction, and one of San Antonio’s main draws: The Alamo.
There’s long been the phrase, “Remember the Alamo,” where Texan forces suffered a terrible defeat at the hands of the Mexican Army in it’s right for independence. But before that, the Alamo was one of the first Missions on the land, a center for the Spanish in their conversion efforts. The building and it’s lands are still standing, with the town building around it. Entry is free, the line to get in on a Friday wasn’t too long.
We found that the Alamo provided not just a history of the building, but a really indepth history of Texas, especially pre-statehood. For all you history nerds out there, but this on your list and make sure you leave plenty of time for reading.
After the Alamo, we followed the crowd down to the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is one of San Antonio’s other prides. It’s several miles long and all the different parts have water front restaurants and shops. Oh and did I mention parts of it have no open container laws? We got our boozy slushies to go, and explored for a bit. We didn’t manage to get to the pearl district, but next time, it’s on my list.
We settled on eating in the super tourist area, because sometimes that’s just what you’re in the mood for. We settled down at a Casa Rio, which was the first restaurant to open a restaurant/patio on the water front. The Hard Rock Café’s would follow later. We spent the afternoon lazily sipping sangria and devouring bowls of chips and salsa.
The Riverwalk was originally an annex for overflow water after a massive flood, but it’s transformed into a beautiful place to eat and drink.
After a few hours of relaxing, we regretfully shuffled back to the bus to return to Austin.
The Useful Stuff:
Getting Around: You’re a little limited without a car, but if you’re content to just cover the Alamo and riverwalk, you don’t need one.