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San Antonio: River Boat Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

1. San Antonio: River Boat Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

Start your day with a scenic city boat cruise along the iconic San Antonia River Walk. During this leisurely 40-minute boat tour, learn about the rich history and culture of the city and admire the sights as you sail. When you’re done, head over to the city’s hop-on hop-off bus cruiser and pick up your 2-day pass. Enjoy the freedom to explore San Antonio at your own leisure and get on and off the bus at the sights and attractions that appeal to you most. Onboard, listen to a 1-hour narrated tour which provides lively commentary about the city. Throughout the bus ride, enjoy access to explore 19 of the best sightseeing destinations in San Antonio, including the Alamo, Pearl Brewery, Museum of Art House, Tobin Center, Veterans Memorial Park, Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, Southtown, King William Historic District, Tower of the Americas, and many more.

San Antonio: Tower of Americas, River Walk Cruise & Bus Tour

2. San Antonio: Tower of Americas, River Walk Cruise & Bus Tour

Start your day on a hop-on hop-off city tour where you can enjoy a 1-hour narrated tour on the top deck of the double-decker bus.  Along the way, you'll have access to explore 19 top sightseeing destinations in San Antonio, including the Alamo, the Pearl Brewery, the San Antonio River Walk. On your hop-on hop-off city tour, you will have access to 19 stops in Downtown San Antonio: 1. The Alamo 2. Pearl Entertainment Complex 3. San Antonio Museum of Art House 4. VFW Post 76 5. Augie’s BBQ Restaurant 6. Riverwalk Museum Reach 7. Tobin Center 8. Veterans Memorial Park 9. Travis Park and St. Anthony Hotel 10. Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum 11. Riverwalk/ River Cruise 12. San Fernando Cathedral/Spanish Governor’s Palace 13. Market Square/El Mercardo 14. Hotels on Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard 15. King William Historic District 16. Southtown 17. Yanaguana Garden 18. Tower of the Americas 19. The Shops at Rivercenter Mall Afterward, jump aboard a city boat cruise to take in the iconic River Walk from another perspective. On this 40-minute boat tour, learn a little more about the history and culture of San Antonio. End your day at the Tower of the Americas' Observatory Deck to enjoy break-taking panoramic views of San Antonio with the sun glistening in the background.

San Antonio: City Tour with Tower of America & River Cruise

3. San Antonio: City Tour with Tower of America & 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: 4 Downtown Attractions Combo Package

4. San Antonio: 4 Downtown Attractions Combo Package

Explore the best of San Antonio with this combo pass featuring top tours and attractions, including a hop-on hop-off tour, a River Walk cruise, a pass to the Tower of Americas, and a 2-in-1 entry ticket to the Texas Ranger Museum and Buckhorn Museum. Start your day on a hop-on hop-off city tour where you can enjoy a 1-hour narrated tour on the top deck of the double-decker bus. Along the way, explore 19 sightseeing destinations in Downtown San Antonio: • The Alamo• Pearl Entertainment Complex• San Antonio Museum of Art House• VFW Post 76• Augie’s BBQ Restaurant• Riverwalk Museum Reach• Tobin Center• Veterans Memorial Park• Travis Park and St. Anthony Hotel• Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum (entry included)• San Antonio River Walk• San Fernando Cathedral/Spanish Governor’s Palace• Market Square/El Mercardo• Hotels on Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard• King William Historic District• Southtown• Yanaguana Garden• Tower of the Americas (pass included)• The shops at Rivercenter Mall Afterward, jump aboard a city cruise to experience the iconic River Walk from another perspective. On this 40-minute tour, learn a little more about the history and culture of San Antonio.  End your day at the Tower of the Americas' observatory deck to enjoy break-taking panoramic views of San Antonio with the sun glistening in the background. 

San Antonio: Guided Haunted Pub Crawl

5. 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.

San Antonio: Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

6. San Antonio: Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

Explore a hotbed of paranormal phenomenon in San Antonio and find out about the history you never hear about in books. Listen to countless stories of strange and unpleasant happenings from your professional guide. Your tour guide will take you through historic downtown San Antonio to 8–12 different locations around the Old Town area (depending on whether you choose the standard or extended tour). Get a glimpse of the dark underbelly of San Antonio history as each haunted location ratchets up the tension of the tour. During the tour, see several key historic locations and properties around downtown San Antonio and the Old Town area. If you select the Extended Tour route, enjoy an additional 30 minutes of blood-curdling stories to fuel your imaginations and your nightmares.

San Antonio: Ghosts and Dark History Guided Walking Tour

7. San Antonio: Ghosts and Dark History Guided Walking Tour

Discover the dark truth behind top sights in downtown San Antonio on this guided walking tour. Listen to stories about real-life wars, deaths, and murders and hear about the ghosts these events left behind. Meet your guide and head to the Alamo to learn the gruesome details behind one of the most famous battles in history. Next, head to the Menger Hotel which is one of the oldest operating hotels in the South and has boasted guests like Ulysses S. Grant, Oscar Wilde, and Teddy Roosevelt. Find out about the events that took place at the the Emily Morgan hotel which was the city's first sky-scraper and its first hospital. Make your way down Houston Street and listen as your guide fills you in on some of San Antonio's worst killers and natural disasters.  Stop at the Majestic Theatre in the center of San Antonio's Theatre District, which is home to some theatrical stories of the paranormal. Finish your spine-chilling tour at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel which is the venue where one of the most brutal crimes in San Antonio's history took place.

San Antonio: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

8. San Antonio: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Explore San Antonio on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Discover the city's culture, history, art, and architecture and view the River Walk, the HemisFair Park, and all the most important monuments. Conveniently step off and hop back on the bus wherever you want amidst the city's major sights and attractions. Passes by San Antonio's most important monuments, so you won't miss a thing. Admire the River Walk surrounded by restaurants, patios, galleries, and shops and see the HemisFair Park, overflowing with fun activities and exhilarating adventures. Tailor your tour just the way you like it and get a great overview of the city. Visit popular tourist sites, check out the best shopping areas, or locate one of San Antonio's top-class restaurants. The tour stops along the route:  1. The Alamo 2. Pearl Entertainment Complex 3. San Antonio Museum of Art House 4. VFW Post 76 5. Augie’s BBQ Restaurant 6. Riverwalk Museum Reach 7. Tobin Center 8. Veterans Memorial Park 9. Travis Park and St. Anthony Hotel 10. Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum 11. Riverwalk/ River Cruise 12. San Fernando Cathedral/Spanish Governor’s Palace 13. Market Square/El Mercardo 14. Hotels on Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard 15. King William Historic District 16. Southtown 17. Yanaguana Garden 18. Tower of the Americas 19. The Shops at Rivercenter Mall

San Antonio: 2.5-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

9. San Antonio: 2.5-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Turn downtown San Antonio into your own personal giant game board. Urban Adventure Quest created an interactive Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt that lets you do just that. On this 2.5-hour San Antonio adventure, you’ll see the city’s sights as you’re guided by your smartphone. Race to be the first to finish the game, or take as much time as you need, solving clues, completing challenges, and learning about local history along the way. The adventure begins deep in the heart of Texas, where there’s a history of courage and sacrifice for freedom. Your Quest starts in the center of San Antonio and takes you back in time to explore the grounds of the Alamo. You’ll then be guided down to the River Walk and through the streets to enjoy the sights and sounds of the modern city. So gather up your troops and defend your right to have fun! Play the game, see the sights, and experience San Antonio in a whole new way. This tour is offered at a fixed group price rather than a per-person, so it’s the perfect city adventure for groups who want to get the best value for money. Points of interest on your quest: Emily Morgan Hotel Alamo River Walk La Villita Courthouse/Main Plaza San Fernando Cathedral

The Ghosts of San Antonio Walking Tour

10. The Ghosts of San Antonio Walking Tour

Experience the spooky side of San Antonio with this Ghosts of San Antonio tour, a ghost-themed tour with over 6 months of preparation and research put into it. Visit San Antonio's haunted spots while learning about the city's scary history. Prepare for a spooky time as you walk to the historically significant, and scary, buildings in the city. Discover the sinister history of ghosts and hauntings in San Antonio, and dive back to the dark days of the old Wild West. Experience a chilling tour that’s great for the whole family.

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What people are saying about The Alamo

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 99 reviews

Our guide Adam was excellent. He was a history major and he really seemed to enjoy what he was doing. He stayed on track, was punctual and was just a really nice person. The things we did on the tour were great, well chosen and I learned a bit about San Antonio. It was well worth the money and my time.

Brandon was a wonderful host. Warm, knowledgeable and friendly. This is an excellent tour for any person visiting San Antonio for the first time!

I always love these bus tours. It makes seeing the sights so much easier! No parking needed. The entire city can be explored without worry!

It’s was a lot of fun and I discovered things the area that I didn’t know was there. I also learned some history. I highly recommend.

Terrific, Brian was so helpful and informative. Would recommend this tour and hope the next group have as much fun! Judith Losa