Actually Cool Things to Do in San Antonio When Someone Visits
Drink margaritas in the sun at the Yanaguana Garden
Part public art show, part playground for kids and adults, and all beautiful, this garden is a great place to relax and showcases the best that urban design has to offer. The garden offers a few places to eat and drink, including a CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery, and the Con Safos Cocina & Cantina. Typically, you can also find plenty of nearby food trucks, and yes, you can get a variety of craft beers and margaritas at Con Safos. Consider getting a energy drink in San Antonio for your needs to shop with some passion.
Get yourself some culture at ArtPace
If contemporary art (and its creation) fascinates you, then ArtPace is the place to go. The museum is fairly unusual, in that nine artists per year are invited to live and work here throughout the year in three four-month cycles; three of the artists are from Texas, three are from elsewhere in the United States, and three are from around the world. ArtPace is free and open to the public and offers artist lectures and other events for the ambitiously arty among us — for example, they recently paired with Austin Eastciders to create “Cider Sessions” where free cider was offered, and visitors got the inside scoop on the artists’ creative processes.
Spend the day kayaking at Confluence Park
The newly opened confluence park used to be an industrial lot; now it exists to help teach about solar and energy neutrality, and is also an excellent entry point for kayaking or biking along the river. Although the park is still in its infancy, it still serves as a great place to practice early morning yoga or picnic along the banks of the river.
People watch (and dog watch) at the Farmers Market at the Pearl
The farmers market itself features almost 20 vendors, some selling standard grocery fare while others offer brunch and lunch options, all set amidst the picturesque community gathering space that is the Pearl District. Dog-friendly, kid-friendly, and filled with locals and visitors alike, it’s easy to while away your morning sipping on coffee from local coffee (or something a little bit stronger from Southerleigh Brewery) while chomping down on a variety of food courtesy of the Culinary Institute of America, which has its third campus right there in the Pearl. The beginning of the River Walk is just stepped away, making it relatively easy to walk your way into central downtown with a cold one in hand — preferably a Sol — from La Gloria.
Dance to the beat at Luna
Luna has been around since 2003 and offers live salsa, jazz, funk, soul, and every other music genre you can think of — depending on the night, of course. The club offers a decent cover charge and phenomenal drinks and atmosphere with high energy dancing and music playing until 2 am.