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San Antonio: Scenic Night Tour and River Walk Cruise

1. San Antonio: Scenic Night Tour and River Walk Cruise

Get to know San Antonio 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 in the lobby of your downtown hotel before heading out to the first stop of your exciting night tour of San Antonio. 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.

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San Antonio: Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

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San Antonio: SEA LIFE Aquarium & LEGOLAND Discovery Center

5. San Antonio: SEA LIFE Aquarium & LEGOLAND Discovery Center

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.

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San Antonio: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

6. 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

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San Antonio: 4 Downtown Attractions Combo Package

7. 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. 

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

8. 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.

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San Antonio: UNESCO World Heritage Missions Tour

9. 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.

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Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Hotel Pickup

10. Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Hotel Pickup

Embark on a full-day tour from select Downtown San Antonio or Downtown Austin hotels through the rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country. Visit the former home of U.S President Lyndon B. Johnson, also known as LBJ Ranch, explore Fredericksburg, stop by Luckenbach, and end your day at a Texas winery. After pickup at your hotel in San Antonio or Austin, head out of the city toward the famous Texas Hill Country. Make your first stop in Johnson City to visit the home where President Lyndon B. Johnson spent his younger years. Continue on to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and have time to explore LBJ Ranch, also known as the "Texas White House." Be sure to stop by the hangar to see LBJ's plane, and view the many exhibitions on site. From there, head down to the charming town of Fredericksburg, a historic German town. While there, have time to shop at boutique stores and enjoy lunch in the square. Be sure to make time to taste some wine at one of the many wine tasting rooms throughout the town, and check out the fascinating exhibits at the National Museum of the Pacific War. This portion of the tour is flexible and you will have time to explore at your own pace. Afterward, experience the magic and music of Luckenbach, Texas, "where everybody's somebody." Step back in time in this tiny Hill Country Town that was established as a trading post in 1849, making it one of the oldest settlements in Texas. Kick back, relax, and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in a town known for exuding the Texas state of mind. Enjoy some good ol' country music before heading back to the city. Finally, end your day traveling through Texas vineyards. Learn about the development of the Texas wine industry and even visit one of the area's award-winning local wineries. Tastings are optional and will be an additional fee. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel in either Downtown Austin or Downtown San Antonio.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 129 reviews

Picked up from our hotel and joined the others for our tour. Nice small group (max. 7). Went up to the top of the needle, then to the Alamo, the Grotto, the Pearl, and ended the night with a River Walk boat ride. Brian was incredibly knowledgeable of the city. This was a great tour on the first night in town as it gave us ideas of what to do the next two days. Highly recommend.

It was amazing. The driver-guide, Loretta, was so knowledgeable and friendly so we really enjoyed all her lectures and stories. My wife and I would recommend taking this tour.

Brian Rankin was our tour guide. He was professional and personable. Very knowledgeable. Excellent tour. Highly recommended

Great fun, it's small compared to San Diego but it has several activities and it's fun for the kids

It was a perfect evening. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The sites were beyond expectations