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San Antonio, the seventh-largest city in the United States and the second-largest city in Texas, serves as a gateway into the unique culture of the American southwest.

San Antonio, the seventh-largest city in the United States and the second-largest city in Texas, serves as a gateway into the unique culture of the American southwest. Considered the 'Cradle of Texas Liberty', this city is no stranger to tourism, as more than 26 million visitors arrive here every year to enjoy the historic sites, cosmopolitan art scene and trendy riverside restaurants.

Population: 1.327.407 

Most of the city's attractions are situated on or near the Paseo del Rio, or the RiverWalk. This intensely successful pedestrian marketplace features upscale restaurants, countless boutiques and laid-back cafes. It leaps to life during the springtime Fiesta celebration, when a colourful parade floats by on the meandering river.

The San Antonio and Beyond prepaid card is a discount pass that grants access to many of the city's primary attractions and museums. Those wishing to see most of the local attractions can save nearly 50 per cent by purchasing this card online or at the San Antonio Visitor Center. The card is issued in three different forms: a museums pass, a downtown attractions pass, or a super pass (collection of both).

San Antonio has a humid subtropical climate. The weather is hot in the summer, comfortably warm or mild winters subject to descending northern cold fronts in the winter with cool to cold nights, and warm and rainy in the spring and fall. In San Antonio, July and August tie for the average warmest months, with an average high of 95 °F (35 °C).

The highest temperature ever to be recorded was 111 °F (44 °C) on September 5, 2000.The average coolest month is January. The lowest recorded temperature ever was 0 °F (−18 °C) on January 31, 1949. May, June, and October have quite a bit of precipitation. San Antonio receives about a dozen subfreezing nights each year.


San Antonio's public transportation system is called VIA and includes 89 bus lines and a small streetcar service downtown. Service is fairly extensive, as you might imagine.

Many of San Antonio's popular attractions are easily accessible with public transportation, including The Alamo, the Japanese Tea Garden, the Majestic Theater. And it costs only $1.20 for an adult to grab a ride on a regular bus or streetcar and just a $2.50 for an express bus. You can also get a day pass for $4.00. 

Day passes can be  purchased online or at many places in San Antonio. The VIA Information Centers are closed on some holidays (like the 4th of July) but you can surely buy your Day Pass at the Crowne Plaza hotel at Pecan and Mary Streets, or at the VIA downtown office at Commerce and Flores.

One-way Ticket (Local Transport): 1.30 $    

Monthly Pass (Regular Price): 35.00 $


San Antonio is the top tourist destination in Texas, is home to some of the most popular and unique attractions in the Lone Star State, giving visitors plenty of options.

Alamo: The Alamo is not only one of Texas’ most important historical landmarks, it is also one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions, with over 2.5 million visitors annually.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas: San Antonio's Six Flags Fiesta Texas has been one of Texas' top attractions since its inception. This massive theme park offers the only "floorless" roller coaster in the southwest, plus over 100 rides - including Tony Hawk's Big spin, shows, a waterpark and more.

Riverwalk: San Antonio’s famous shopping and dining district, the Riverwalk, is located along the winding banks of the San Antonio River, is a must see for any visitor in the Central or South Texas regions.

San Antonio Zoo: One of the largest zoos in the nation, the San Antonio Zoo houses over 3,500 animals, making it a must see for kids and adults alike. Animals such as the spectacled bear, rhinoceros, giraffe, Sumataran tiger, kangaroo, ocelot, elephant, and dozens of varieties of birds and reptiles give visitors plenty to look at. 

SeaWorld San Antonio: SeaWorld has long been known as a leader in marine exhibits and waterpark entertainment. SeaWorld San Antonio lives up to its billing, featuring marine life shows and displays, adventure camps, thrilling rides, a water park and more.


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