San Antonio Tourist Advice
Our goal in producing this website is to present advice that tourists, visitors, and residents can benefit from when seeking information to further explore and enjoy San Antonio. There are some valuable resources beyond the scope of this site that we can share with visitors that will enhance their visit to San Antonio.
Advice for San Antonio Tourists
Weekend Visitors - For tourists coming to visit San Antonio on a weekend, the Friday edition of the Express News has a section in the newspaper entitled "Weekender". The Weekender section covers all of the upcoming weekend events including music of all genres, comedy shows, theater performances, museum exhibits...you name it. Weekend visitors will benefit greatly by picking up a Friday edition of the Express News. The Weekender is only published on Friday.
Alamodome Events - If the nature of your visit is centered around an event taking place at the Alamodome, stay in a downtown hotel. Parking at the Alamodome is terrible and the highway exits in the vicinity of the dome can become so congested that traffic (on these exit ramps) can be stopped for close to an hour. The Alamodome is just east of of downtown San Antonio and downtown hotels are close enough so that the walk is to the Alamodome bearable and convenient. Not to mention, the time spent walking to the dome is exponentially less than trying to drive to the Alamodome. Stay downtown...there's plenty of room. However, if you aren't staying close to downtown, use the VIA bus shuttle service. It will save you a tremendous amount of time and hassle.
Outdoors - San Antonio is more of a tropical climate than otherwise and our warm climate is enjoyed by not only friendly tourists, but also mosquitoes and gnats. Downtown isn't so bad regarding these irritating pests but other places can be. A small bottle of insect repellant will be invaluable on a humid, 90 plus degree day in the Alamo city. Trust me, I live here.
Shopping - School shopping usually starts at the end of July and continues until the beginning of classes. During this time, San Antonio hosts a large number of Mexican citizens that shop during this time for their children and families. Our neighbors to the south enhance our cultural flair (and economy!) with their visit but they also tend to be very serious in their quest for clothing and school clothing...meaning they are here, and welcomed, in full force. The same is true for Holy Week, the week before Easter. We welcome everybody all the time...but just a little advice for the shopping tourist.
Mexican Border Towns - Many San Antonio tourists want to take a day trip to Mexican Border towns for shopping or other cross border entertainment. Historically, this was a popular activity for local San Antonio residents to enjoy regularly. However, at this time, we do not recommend crossing the border into Mexico. There has been an unprecedented increase in violence along the Texas-Mexico border and we feel it is in the best interest of our visitors that we share this information with you. We will change this recommendation as conditions warrant.
Spring Break - San Antonio is a great place to spend Spring Break and it's also a great time to visit. Our city is not at all crowded during this school holiday for shopping excursions but the San Antonio attractions can get a bit crowded. In fact, Spring Break is a time when many San Antonio residents leave town for the Texas coast or other family vacation places and destinations. Hotel availability is fantastic with crowds and traffic at a minimum. As previously stated, some area attractions get very busy with families that remain in San Antonio during Spring Break but the shopping crowds seem to be quite manageable.
Fiesta - If planning to visit and enjoy the celebration of Fiesta...book your hotel room early. Hotel rooms during these ten days are sold out months in advance so reserve a room (or rooms) as quickly as possible.
Common Sense - San Antonio is the eighth largest city in the nation. Although a beautiful and endearing tourist attraction in itself, San Antonio has it's share of crime and bad happenings. We have muggings, robberies, and other criminal activity. Most of the unscrupulous activity occurs at night so keep your bearings about you and travel with a group. Basically, just use some common sense when visiting one of the largest cities in the nation.
Spring Allergies - San Antonio Spring time is synonymous with allergies. Tree pollen and allergens invade the city and wreak havoc on many San Antonio residents and tourists. If planning a trip to San Antonio in the Spring, our advice would be to pack something to relieve the annoying symptoms of Spring allergies.
South Texas Weather - As always, weather is a factor in planning a vacation to any destination. San Antonio is a different animal weather wise, as is south Texas. Summer, Fall and Spring usually consist of mild temperatures with summers being hot. Spring and Fall can catch you off guard if a cold front slides in and the temperature drops 30 degrees in an hour or two. It's not like northern states where weather patterns mean a difference between light and heavy jackets. San Antonio weather pattern fluctuations mean a difference between swimming suits and a sweater. As for rain, Storms can develop in the mountains of northern Mexico at any time and move quickly into the San Antonio area so pack accordingly. Concerning advice for San Antonio weather, we say "if you don't like the weather in Texas, wait a minute and it'll change". Easter Sunday 2007 - record cold and snow to the north...two days later - high 82. You get the picture.