It is always fun to take a vacation. However, large expenses to not always permit extravagant vacations. The city of San Antonio is a great vacation destination, and provides a great value for any budget. Home to two amusement parks, one water park, a zoo, the Alamo, and numerous other great attractions, you will be very pleased with a vacation to Texas’ second largest city.
San Antonio has much to offer, from the $50 per person amusement parks to the free Japanese Tea Garden. However, our great nation’s economy has not been great, so lets focus on the less expensive side of a San Antonio Vacation.
Like I mentioned before, the Japanese Tea Garden is a great place to visit. Although the garden itself is not very large, the large amount of scenery creates an extraordinary experience. It is home to numerous large Koi ponds, a 30+ foot waterfall, and many great plants and flowers. The Japanese Tea Garden is so beautiful, it is a very popular location for brides-to-be to take their wedding pictures, and couples to go for a romantic stroll. The free admission is definitely easy on the pocket book, and it is conveniently located in Brackenridge park, the same location as the San Antonio Zoo, which will take us to our next budget friendly location.
The San Antonio Zoo is a great destination for the entire family. I, myself, have spent an entire day taking in all the sights and enjoying the 3,500 animals on the zoo’s 56 acres. Although the zoo my not be as elaborate as San Diego’s, it truly is a great experience, and they continue to add new exhibits every year. The San Antonio Zoo is open 365 days a year, and only costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children, and free for infants.
Now, I know you always enjoy things more if you dont have to pay for admission. If you make plans to visit San Antonio during the week, you are truly in for a treat. Museums throughout the city provide free admission certain days of the week, at certain times. The museum I enjoy the most is the McNay Art Museum. Even at the everyday price of $8, it is a fantastic value. The museum is the converted 24-room mansion owned by its namesake. My first visit to the McNay put me in awe. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the museum, as well as its 14,000 objects created by everyone from local artists to Pablo Picasso himself. The fact that the museum is open to the public for no charge on Thursday nights as well as the first Sunday of every month, makes it a highly suggested vacation destination. The city also offers free admission to the Witte Museum and the San Antonio Museum of Art on different days and times, please search their websites for more information.
Everyone is aware of the obvious San Antonio attractions, such as the Alamo, Riverwalk, and Sea World. All those are great destinations as well. However, this great city has so much more to offer, for much less money. I could go on, and on, and on, possibly write enough for an entire magazine, but more great San Antonio travel tips will have to come in another article. Please verify any pricing in this article due to the possibility of admission price increases from the time this article was written. Good luck, happy vacationing, and I hope you enjoy this city as much as I do.