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San Antonio: Saturday Night Rodeo General Admission Ticket

1. San Antonio: Saturday Night Rodeo General Admission Ticket

Upon arrival, you will be directed onto the rodeo grounds for a true Texas experience, where you can enjoy delicious Texas BBQ while sipping a cold drink, all the while taking in some good ol' country music. Roam around the Western-themed grounds where you'll find vendors selling cowboy hats, leather goods, jewelry, and more. If an adrenaline rush is what you're after, the mechanical bull lets you put your bull-riding skills to the test. Try your best to hang on for 8 seconds. A life-size, stuffed bucking bull makes for perfect photo opportunities during your visit. After all the food and fun, make your way into the covered arena for a professional rodeo, including an opening ceremony with longhorn cattle entrance, award-winning drill team, a presentation of the flags, bull riding, team-roping and barrel-racing speed events, mutton busting and calf scramble for the kids, and much more. Following the rodeo, guests can boot-scoot in the covered pavilion to a live country and western band who will play for hours.

San Antonio: River Walk Cruise Ticket

2. San Antonio: River Walk Cruise Ticket

Celebrate the beauty and charm of San Antonio with the Riverwalk Cruise, an enchanting journey along the picturesque San Antonio River. Embark on a leisurely boat ride that meanders through the heart of downtown, revealing the city's rich history and vibrant atmosphere. As you glide along the serene waters, marvel at the lush landscapes, iconic architecture, and lively cultural scenes that line the riverbanks. Admire the romantic bridges and hidden gems nestled along the route, while knowledgeable guides share captivating tales of San Antonio's past. Whether you're a local looking for a new perspective or a visitor eager to immerse yourself in the city's allure, experience the Riverwalk Cruise and the delight and scenic wonders that come with it.

SEA LIFE Aquarium San Antonio

3. SEA LIFE Aquarium San Antonio

Explore the magical underwater world at SEA LIFE Aquarium San Antonio. Immerse yourself in a tropical sea where sharks and rays swim overhead in 155,000 gallons of water. Be amazed by the underwater ocean tunnel. See the aquarium’s largest sharks and fish swim directly overhead for the ultimate shark selfie. Reach in and touch a chocolate chip sea star, sea anemones, hermit crabs, and more. Dive into a shipwreck to spot some of the most unique creatures at SEA LIFE San Antonio. Be mesmerized at a technicolor reef full of live corals, count the schooling bannerfish, and wave hello to beautiful coral fish. Optionally, you may choose to also experience the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center San Antonio. Surround yourself with LEGO Bricks, take flight on Merlin's Apprentice ride, blast skeletons on Kingdom Quest ride, and see your favorite characters on screen.

San Antonio: Any Day Zoo Entry Ticket

4. San Antonio: Any Day Zoo Entry Ticket

Experience all of what San Antonio Zoo has to offer with an any-day admission ticket. This ticket can be used any day during zoo operating hours versus standard admission tickets which are date-specific. Explore the zoo's grounds, spanning 50,000 acres, and see some of the more than 8,500 animals that call this zoo home. Zoo Lights will transform San Antonio Zoo into a winter wonderland from November 18 to December 31. Entry to Zoo Lights are included with your admission ticket. Take time to see the flock of Caribbean flamingos or watch as red-ruffed and black and white lemurs jump and play at Pride Place. Say hello to hyenas and bears in The Grotto, or visit the Asian Forest, home to the Komodo dragon and cute Asian small-clawed otters. The Cat Grotto is home to small cats like the caracal, clouded leopard, and black-footed cat. Walk through this majestic area as water flows over the rocks. Visit the Friedrich Aquarium, home to fresh and saltwater animals, and head to the Reptile House to see a wide array of reptiles from all over the world, from snakes to turtles to lizards. Immerse yourself in Neotropica with the feel of a remote South American fishing village. This area of San Antonio Zoo is home to jaguars, Amazon birds, monkeys, mammals, fish, and reptiles. Check out the world-famous Timothy and Uma at Africa Live. See a Nile crocodile, a variety of fish, okapi, African wild dogs, dwarf mongoose, colobus monkeys, and a giant aviary with exotic birds. Big Lake is a bird-lovers paradise. Marvel at the whooping crane pair, Madison and Patty, as well as other resident winged animals including pelicans, storks, ducks, and flamingos. Big Cat Valley allows you to get face-to-face with magnificent animals- Hear the roar of lions as they let you know they are the kings of the zoo. Gaze across The Savanna from elevated viewpoints to see zebras, ostriches, sitatunga, cranes, giraffes, and white rhinos roaming peacefully. Have your own outback adventure at Kangaroo Krossing. Get up close to kangaroos, and pose for a fun photo opportunity, where unexpected guests may pop out of a kangaroo's pouch. At Amphibia you can see frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians from Texas and around the world. See Australian wildlife from the outback and beyond, including cassowaries, tree kangaroos, mighty red kangaroos, and the Australian Aviary at Wild Australia. Encounter birds from all parts of the world at Hixon Bird House. See birds from the deserts of the American southwest, coastal beaches, South American rain forest, the jungles of Asia, and the African bush. And if you're visiting with your little ones, make sure to pop past Kronkosky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot. This area is specially designed for knee-high naturalists from birth to 5 years old. Here, young explorers can dig, climb, splash, and get dirty while uncovering and discovering nature’s wonders. Enjoy free trick-or-treating, pumpkin spice, and everything nice at San Antonio Zoo this Halloween season for ZOO BOO! This non-scary Halloween event will be open daily from September 16 – October 31 with zoolightful activations like live music, costume parties, multiple realms of Halloween fun, daily FREE trick-or-treating hour, and exciting interactions for little ghouls, goblins, and of course, your boo! ZOO BOO! is included with Standard Admission.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center San Antonio

5. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center San Antonio

Discover the many LEGO attractions located at LEGOLAND Discovery Center San Antonio. Save the princess on an interactive journey during the Kingdom Quest adventure ride. See famous LEGO characters on the big screen, like The LEGO Movie™: A New Adventure, at the 4D LEGO Cinema. Go faster and higher on Merlin’s Apprentice Ride where you control an enchanted cart to conjure the sorcerer’s spell and soar into the sky. Explore MINILAND, a San Antonio cityscape made entirely out of LEGO Bricks – over 1.5 million to be exact. Build friendship in LEGO Friends Heartlake City and create new colorful additions to add to their growing town. Get a selfie with a LEGO Friend during the visit too. Create a LEGO racing car at the LEGO Build & Test and race vehicles on the test track for the quickest time. Select the option that includes SEA LIFE San Antonio and discover San Antonio’s only underwater ocean tunnel, come face to fin with sharks, and marvel at over 20 breathtaking exhibits.

San Antonio: Witte Museum Admission Ticket

6. San Antonio: Witte Museum Admission Ticket

Journey through an immersive cultural experience while exploring Texas history dating back to the Cretaceous Era! The Witte Museum of Nature, Science & Culture includes a dinosaur gallery, Texas heritage center, art gallery, H-E-B treehouse, climbing wall and much much more! Welcome to a journey through Deep Time. Enter beneath a blue Cretaceous sky as pterosaurs glide overhead. Explore layer upon layer of Texas history stacked from floor to ceiling, packed with evidence of past life from millions, thousands and hundreds of years ago. Discover the place where water, land and sky meet and find out how they shaped the environments of the past, and now shape your world today.

San Antonio: Small Group Night Tour with River Walk Cruise

7. San Antonio: Small Group Night Tour with River Walk Cruise

Get to know San Antonio's nightlife during this night tour that features one-of-a-kind views of the city skyline illuminated at night from the Tower of the Americas, a relaxing River Walk cruise, and a narrated drive. Begin your night out with your tour guide greeting you directly outside the front of your hotel in San Antonio or Austin before heading out to the first stop of your night tour. First, take your view of San Antonio to new heights. Get whisked away up 190 m (623 ft) and marvel at magical views of the illuminated city skyline from the Tower of the Americas Observation Deck, the tallest observation tower in Texas. Once your feet are back on the ground, embark on an enchanting nighttime river cruise, passing multiple points of interest such as the historical Old Mill Crossing and La Villiata, the city’s first neighborhood. After your cruise, go on a drive with your tour guide to explore San Antonio’s cultivating nightlife. Experience an immersive 45-minute narrated drive through the illuminated streets to learn more about the city’s history and culture, pointing out multiple points of interest. Once your tour is complete, enjoy a safe return transfer back to your downtown hotel or arranged drop-off destination, where you can relax after your exciting night out.

San Antonio: UNESCO World Heritage Missions Tour

8. San Antonio: UNESCO World Heritage Missions Tour

Experience the beauty and history of the great city of San Antonio. Throughout this experience, you will visit several of the Spanish-influenced landmarks on the river, which was named in honor of San Antonio de Padua. Travel to sites such as Mission San José, Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan, and Mission San Francisco de Espada on this guided, half-day sightseeing tour. Watch birds and wildlife along the new Mission Riverwalk Hike and Bike Trail, and experience mission life at Mission San Jose and the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Visitor Center. Later, view original frescoes at Mission Concepción, before seeing the old Espada Acequia (irrigation system) with its dam and aqueduct which are still in use today. You will also enjoy mission silhouettes with Spanish and Moorish-influenced architecture against the South Texas Sky, which makes for a magical sight.

San Antonio: Small Group Tour w/ Alamo, Tower & River Cruise

9. San Antonio: Small Group Tour w/ Alamo, Tower & River Cruise

Experience San Antonio with this group tour as you explore the Alamo and Spanish colonial missions, go to the top of the Tower of the Americas, and cruise the river on an electric barge. Walk among legends as you enjoy a guided tour of the Alamo. Hear about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Get up close and personal with some of the Alamo’s largest weapons and fortifications. Next, take in the sights at the vibrant Historic Market Square. Listen to the stories of people who came to the Spanish missions in the 1700s. Take some free time to see the living quarters, compound walls, and the church. Drive past La Villita Historic Arts Village, King William Historic District, and the San Fernando Cathedral. Get insightful narration on the drive. Travel on a 35-minute river cruise. Relax, as you sail through La Villita, the Old Mill Crossing, and Selena’s Bridge. Take an elevator ride to the top of the Tower of the Americas for panoramic views of San Antonio.

San Antonio: Guided Haunted Pub Crawl

10. San Antonio: Guided Haunted Pub Crawl

Discover the most haunted sights of San Antonio on this guided pub crawl. Hear chilling stories about the ghosts that linger in San Antonio, visit haunted pubs, and calm your nerves with some delicious drinks along the way. Begin your haunted pub crawl with a stop at one of Texas' most haunted hotels: the Menger Hotel. While you enjoy a drink in the bar, hear about the hotel's many ghosts. From Teddy Roosevelt to the Victorian maid Sallie White, the Menger Hotel is full of otherworldly guests. After you've finished your drink at the Menger, follow your guide to the iconic Alamo. After the famous battle, many fallen soldiers remained in ghost form. Hear the stories of these brave men from just outside the Alamo. Head to Oro at the Emily Morgan Hotel, where you can hear about the mysterious orbs, midnight phone calls, and disappearing hospital carts while sipping on a drink. Meander to the Maverick Whiskey Distillery, where you can hear chilling tales of the ghosts from this antique building's long history as a firehouse and a bank. End your haunted pub crawl at the Haunt Bar at St. Anthony Hotel. Choose a drink, sit back, and listen to your guide's stories about the area. Hear the local folklore, learn more about the ghosts you might encounter during your stay in San Antonio, and relax with your new pub crawl friends.

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Would highly recommend this tour. Loved the walk and attention provided. Great variety of restaurants to eat - too much food included was really great value for money. Preferred this to the river cruise - so much more to see when you take the time.

The different areas are very well designed to have an excellent time. Excellent location two blocks from the center of San Antonio

The employees were great, loved the exhibits, but wish there was an extra lounge

Excellent activity, you have a nice panorama and a lot of history

Jesse was very knowledgeable and made it really fun.