San Antonio, Texas is home to notable historical sites such as the Alamo and a variety of other colonial missions, as well as attractions like SeaWorld. If you’re also looking for some more off-the-beaten-path attractions and things to do, this is the list for you – here are 7 unique things to check out in San Antonio this winter!
1. Enjoy Riverfront Caroling
Get into the holiday spirit by heading over to the San Antonio Riverwalk this December. The San Antonio Riverwalk is home to a large selection of high-quality restaurants offering scenic views and is beautiful to visit any time of year. During the Holiday season, it’s also the site of nightly caroling. Boats filled with merry carolers traverse the river, and you can opt to watch from the shore – or even join in!
2. Celebrate Christmas In A Cavern
Head a bit outside of San Antonio to Natural Bridge Caverns for a truly one-of-a-kind way to celebrate the holidays. Natural Bridge Caverns hosts annual Christmas activities that include visits from Santa, a trail of lights outside, and also caroling inside Texas’s largest cavern. Tickets can be purchased online.
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3. Check Out Hopscotch
Hopscotch is an interactive art exhibit in San Antonio. It’s home to a variety of otherwordly and ethereal feeling art installations that you can traverse. It’s also an amazing place to take some truly one-of-a-kind and memorable photos. Tickets can be purchased online.
4. Go Ice Skating
Nothing says winter quite like ice and snow. While San Antonio may not get much of either, you can still enjoy some wintery fun by heading over to The Rotary Ice Rink. This outdoor icerink opens the Friday before Thanksgiving and will remain open through mid-January. Whether you’re an ice-skating pro or planning to hold onto the edge of the rink, this is still sure to be a fresh and memorable thing to do this winter!
5. Visit The Ruins Of The Hot Wells Hotel
The Hot Wells Hotel was a large, luxurious, and popular resort in the early 1900s. After a devastating fire in 1925, much of the previously grand hotel was unfortunately destroyed. While staying at the Hot Wells Hotel is no longer a possibility, visiting the remaining ruins of the hotel still is.
6. Explore Friedrich Wilderness Park
One great thing about visiting San Antonio in the winter is the milder weather. This makes it the perfect time to explore the outdoors! Friedrich Wilderness Park is located at the edge of the city of San Antonio. With 10 miles of trails, it’s a great spot for getting some hiking in. The park is also home to several rare species of birds, making it a favored choice for those looking to view less common wildlife.
7. Visit Lightscape
Head over to the San Antonio Botanical Garden to experience Lightscape! Returning to San Antonio for its second year, Lightscape is a sprawling Christmas light show that spans a one-mile path through the gardens. You can also enjoy some festive food and drinks that will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased online.
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