San Antonio welcomes around  34 million visitors  a year. And with good reason. There are so many things to do in this vibrant and buzzing city that many tourists are hard-pressed to find enough time to visit everything on their must-see list before heading home. 

That being said, your time here does not have to be all go! Go! Go! You will find many quiet, stress-free spots and relaxing retreats in and around the city, all of which are ideal for unwinding and recharging your batteries. 

Where should you head for some relaxation in San Antonio? We have you covered! 


Enjoy a Stress-Free Day at a San Antonio Resort

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Loma de Vida at La Cantera Resort & Spa

If you are looking for relaxing places to stay, look no further than this selection of stress-free spas and resorts in San Antonio to treat yourself.  

You may choose to stay at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, where you can unwind at Windflower Spa. Set on 300 acres of wildflowers and meadows, the spa offers an ideal retreat for getting a relaxing massage in an atmosphere that makes you feel right at home.  

La Cantera Resort & Spa boasts 496 rooms with five sparkling pools, two golf courses, nine incredible dining options, and Loma de Vida, a world-class spa for the utmost comfort. 

Or you might prefer to find your balance at Lantana Spa within the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. Here, you can indulge in the various treatments and services as well as take a dip in the private pool and hot tub.  

Explore the San Antonio River Walk 

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Taking a stroll along the river is a must for anyone who comes to visit San Antonio. But even more so if you are looking for somewhere to unwind and go at your own pace. 

The San Antonio River Walk comprises a network of lush landscapes, quaint stone bridges, and cypress-lined paved paths that wind through the city. The walkway allows locals and visitors to bask in the beautiful natural scenery and soak up the city views. And, although the San Antonio River symbolizes the heart and soul of the city, it's easy to find peace as you explore.  

Did you know there is more to the River Walk than just the downtown portion? The section of the River Walk called The Museum Reach is an especially tranquil spot to take things down a notch. This 1.33-mile extension features a range of visual and audiovisual works of art, native plants, and pedestrian paths that are great for running, walking, or cycling and letting your mind wander. Or, if you want to change up your view, hail one of the river taxis and enjoy taking in the sights from a whole different perspective.  


Stroll Through Brackenridge Park  

Relaxing places to visit in San Antonio do not get much better than Brackenridge Park. That said, it is so large, there is no need to stress about visiting the entire park if you are only in town for a few nights. But if you're being selective on which areas of Brackenridge Park you visit, you may want to aim for a walk around the 38-acre San Antonio Botanical Garden, where you can catch Huntopia on view until  November 3, 2024!

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Many visitors name the Japanese Tea Garden as one of the city's most serene spots. Often called San Antonio's best-kept secret, the garden offers the ideal place to disconnect from a busy day and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Plus, the Japanese pagoda, waterfall, stone paths, and koi ponds all add to the faraway-land feel that envelopes you as soon as you step foot into the garden.  


Explore Exhibits at the San Antonio Museum of Art

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Enlighten your senses, escape the heat, and inject some culture into your life by exploring the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA). 

SAMA is a light and airy space that offers more of that relaxing vibe you are in search of than your average museum. And if you get hungry while at your museum visit, don't worry. Tre Trattoria offers incredible Italian cuisine and beautiful River Walk views to pair your meal with. 


Indulge in Some Retail Therapy at La Villita Historic Arts Village

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If nothing relaxes you more than a little retail therapy, make sure to pay a visit to La Villita Historic Arts Village. Sitting pretty on the south bank of the River Walk, La Villita - "little village" - is the place to head for boutique-style shopping and artisanal treasures. 

Even if you do not end up buying anything, the village is full of history and charm, appearing on the US government’s National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District. While you wander the area's cute, cobbled streets, be sure to check out the historic markets on each building to learn more about the evolution of this special space.  



Visit San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

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 Escape from the buzz of downtown San Antonio and head out to San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. 

With the ruins of the historic missions and the churches here, the park offers plenty of ways to relax and enjoy the natural landscape. Highlights in the area include a scenic trail ideal for birdwatching, hiking, and taking photographs,  the mill at Mission San José, the Espada acequia, and a 270-year-old irrigation system.  


Decompress from Stress in San Antonio 

As this list shows, there are many different ways to decompress from stress in San Antonio. Although our city is lively and full of fun entertainment options, you will also have no end of opportunities to enjoy some much-needed R&R if you search for a more peaceful slice of San Antonio life!  

Want more information on what to see and do in San Antonio? Check out our Visitor's Guide!