Whether traveling solo or with friends, San Antonio has fantastic experiences year-round. But there are just some activities that must be experienced in the summertime. Check out our top 7 things to do in San Antonio this summer.


Take a Cruise Through the Heart of San Antonio

Go Rio River Barge Lit

Visitors and locals alike agree - when you're in San Antonio, a trip aboard a GO RIO River Cruise is a must. Maybe you've seen pictures or videos of the iconic river barges drifting through the heart of San Antonio, but did you know just how many different experiences you can find aboard these barges? Take a narrated cruise through the heart of San Antonio on a sunny day.

Insider Tip: Be sure to stop by GO RIO's Beverage Bar To-Go and pick up a refreshing drink to accompany you on the ride. You can also take a monthly Black History River Cruise trip narrated by the San Antonio African American Community Archive & Museum and learn about San Antonio's rich black history. You can even take a dinner cruise and enjoy the sights and sounds of the San Antonio River Walk as you dine on cuisine from your favorite River Walk restaurant. But that's not where the experiences end! GO RIO Tours offer specialty tours throughout the year, Spanish Tours, private tours, and so much more!



Experience San Antonio from Above

San Antonio Rooftop

Day or night, San Antonio's iconic skyline and city below are a must-see. We have no shortage of ways to experience San Antonio from up above. Visit the Tower of the Americas for complete panoramic views of the city, and stop by the onsite restaurant Chart House to enjoy a great meal while the 750-foot-tall tower rotates.

Or make it a great evening at one of our many incredible rooftop bars, like 1Watson rooftop bar in the AC Hotel San Antonio River Walk, The Moon's Daughters rooftop bar in the Thompson San Antonio River Walk, or the Fairmount Rooftop Oyster Bar in the Fairmount Hotel.


Get Lost in the Stories of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Missions National Historical Park Stairs

Part of the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is home to the largest collection of Spanish colonial missions in the United States. Get lost in the stories and history of Mission Concepcíon, Mission San José, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada - but don't be surprised when you find that although these beautiful sites are steeped in historical events, they're still thriving communities today! 


Find your Calm at the Japanese Tea Garden

Japanese Tea Garden 1

Take some time to enjoy the moment at the Japanese Tea Garden. Whether it's the serene sounds of the 60-foot-waterfall, the sights of bright Koi swimming in the ponds, or just the wind breezing through the lush garden and floral displays, the Japanese Tea Garden is the perfect place to unwind, take a deep breath, and cherish nature.


Take a Journey Through Time at San Antonio | The Saga

Not only is San Fernando Cathedral one of the oldest active cathedrals in the country, it is also the canvas for San Antonio | The Saga, a visual journey of the history of San Antonio projected via light show onto the facade of San Fernando Cathedral. Learn all about San Antonio's incredible history (we recently celebrated our 305th birthday!) from historical discovery to early settlement to current development – with a world-class video art installation created by world-renowned French artist Xavier de Richemont.

Find up-to-date showtimes on the Main Plaza website.


Indulge in Patio Dining on the River Walk

River Walk Dining

Let's set the scene - the best food with fusions of flavors you haven't tasted, beautiful skies, great company, and all right on the San Antonio River Walk. Grab your sunglasses and meet us at your favorite River Walk restaurant. Lounge away and leave your cares behind as you indulge in food in the heart of the Culinary Capital of Texas, soak up the sun, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the San Antonio River Walk.


Enjoy the Alamo City After Dark - Our Nightlife Scene

1902 Dancing Nightlife

If you love San Antonio during the day - just wait until you see the city transform at night! Our nightlife scene is a must. Catch a show at the Majestic or Aztec Theatre, then hit the town and continue the celebrations afterward. What's your nightlife scene of choice? From Howl at the Moon and Merkaba, to Tiki vibes at Hugman's Oasis, The Esquire Tavern (which boasts the longest wooden bar in Texas!), Devil's River Whiskey, El Honky Tonk and more - our nightlife scene has exactly what you're looking for!