How to Plan a Budget-Friendly Trip to San Antonio
Did you know you can enjoy a memorable trip to San Antonio on a budget? We sure did! From low-cost indoor activities that will keep you cool to outdoor events at every turn that’ll have you appreciating the city’s walkability, there’s plenty to put on your schedule for the ultimate budget-friendly trip!
No need to compromise on the fun with this list of cost-efficient and free things to do in San Antonio before the end of Summer!
McNay Art Museum
Beat the Texas heat and roam the galleries of the McNay Art Museum. With over 22,000 works to see, kids under 12 and Veterans can visit free! Discounts are also available for college students.
Take a step back in time with selections from the Medieval and Renaissance era, the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, the Art of New Mexico, and much more throughout the gallery. The McNay is open Wednesday-Sunday with varying hours every day.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Although the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts has a wide variety of performances that will fit most budgets, did you know that they also host the (mostly) monthly Cinema on Will’s Plaza? This event is held on the second Saturday of most months and is a free movie event for the whole family. In September, you can catch Christopher Robin on September 9th, 2022. So, bring a chair or blanket and see your favorite movie on a 32-foot LED video wall!
The DoSeum Free Family Night
Bring the kids to Free Family Night at the San Antonio Children’s Museum, The DoSeum! This interactive education center is focused on taking a sustainable approach to fostering creativity and curiosity in learners of all ages. With a STEM focus, feature exhibits include Baxter the robot, a children’s river, a musical staircase, and more!
Family Free Nights occur on the first Monday of every month. Visitors must register for Free Family Nights and registration opens at 8 a.m. on the morning of the Free Family Night. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Japanese Tea Garden
Explore the ponds, waterfalls, and lush gardens of San Antonio’s Japanese Tea Garden. With free admission, this budget-friendly activity has been a San Antonio staple for over 100 years.
The entrance to the garden is stunning, designed with a moon gate created by renowned Mexican artist Dionicio Rodriguez. There are also shaded walkways, ponds filled with Koi fish, stone bridges, floral displays, and a large 60-foot waterfall, making the garden a must-see when traveling to San Antonio on a budget.
Promoting environmental education, Confluence Park is a project of the San Antonio River Foundation. It has many stunning features, including sculptures and outdoor seating areas. You can also spend your Sunday morning practicing yoga because there are free outdoor classes guided by various instructors each week.
Confluence Park is open 7 days a week from sunrise to 11 p.m. Find the free 1-hour self-guided tour on their website to make the most of your visit!
San Antonio Fire Museum
Largely considered the most noteworthy fire museum in the country, the San Antonio Fire Museum celebrates the brave firefighters who help keep us safe daily. Features include antique fire trucks, fire-fighting equipment, and fire-related artifacts from the 1800s.
The museum is free on the first Tuesday of every month, otherwise, tickets are available for $2-$5 per person, and is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Located right next to the Alamo in the heart of the city, the fire museum is an excellent addition to your visit.
Artpace San Antonio
Artpace San Antonio is a nonprofit residency program that supports Texas, national, and international artists in their creation of new art. In addition, Artpace offers several different free events throughout the year. For instance, Carbonate of Copper is a free exhibit at Artpace San Antonio, running through August 29th, 2022. The art featured in this exhibit is based on Houston-based writer Roberto Tejada’s poem and volume of the same namesake. Artists were asked to create a response to the subject matter of the piece.
Visit their website to learn more about the artists and other free events at Artspace San Antonio throughout the year.
Book Your Budget-Friendly Stay Today
Discover the vast history, arts, and greenspaces San Antonio has to offer for any budget. Whether you’re just looking for a few extra activities to add to the list or planning your trip with your pocketbook in mind, a San Antonio destination is a must.
Find more budget-friendly or free activities to do during your vacation and start planning your perfect San Antonio vacation today!