Create the perfect San Antonio getaway with City Sightseeing Tour! These awesome adventures allow guests to see the city in style and at their own leisure, allowing for a hop on/hop off feature that is sure to impress. Guests of all ages will have a wonderful time exploring the best parts of Alamo City!
The Hop On/Hop Off tour is a great addition to your itinerary, as it allows you and your loved ones to visit so many of San Antonio's most beloved attractions. The comfortable bus ride includes an open-air deck that is perfect for sightseeing. Plus, you will be able to learn about the city with interesting narration from your charismatic local guide who can give you all the tips to making your getaway memorable. There are plenty of great stops along the way on this hop on/hop off adventure, and tours operate every 20 minutes all day from 8:40 AM until 5:30 PM. The stops include:
Stop at Spanish Governor's Palace
This colonial townhouse is a beautiful estate. It was constructed in 1749 and was home to the captain of the De Bexar Presidio as well as the Texan Governor, Ignatio Perez. It is the only aristocratic Spanish building from the 18th century that is still standing in Texas today.
Pass By Zona Cultural
At the Zona Cultural, San Antonio visitors will find a collection of culture, history, parties, fine dining, and more that represent San Antonio's rich and vibrant history. Here, guests will see landmarks such as the San Fernando Cathedral, the Main Plaza, Alameda Theater, and the Market Square.
Pass By Veterans Memorial Park
Honor those who served in the military at the Veterans Memorial Park in San Antonio, TX. This memorial's crown jewel is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial which features a gorgeous sculpture. This plaza is dedicated to past, present, and future military service members who risked their lives for our country and freedom. Pay your respects by visiting the memorial park during your Alamo City vacation.
Pass By Theater District
Explore downtown San Antonio's artistic side with a visit to the Theater District. Here, visitors will be able to see famous venues such as the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre as well as the historic Majestic Theatre, both of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Pass By The Park at Pearl
Located close to Museum Reach on the Riverwalk, the Pearl offers a collection of locally-owned and operated restaurants, shops, boutiques, and more. While here, guests will be able to try some delicious foods and enjoy San Antonio's cultural atmosphere. Additionally, the Park at Pearl offers a splash pad and many local events for guests to enjoy during their travels to San Antonio.
Stop at Yanaguana Garden in San Antonio, TX
The beauty of the Yanaguana Garden is absolutely breathtaking. With this stop, guests can get out and explore a collection of beautiful gardens. Playground equipment is also available for those who want to get in some childhood joy. The park also has a giant chessboard, stunning murals and artworks, and plenty of landscaping to admire. Whether you hang out and play on the equipment with the kiddos, snap some photos of the gardens, or get in a game of giant chess, you will have a great time at the Yanaguana Garden.
Stop at VFW Post 76 in San Antonio, TX
Also known as the VFW, this historic place is the oldest post in Texas. As such, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Located on the River Walk, this post serves up some great entertainment as well as history! Enjoy Tejano Music on the patio or head inside to learn about the post's history, its haunted tales, and Victorian architecture.
Pass By Travis Park
Travel through Travis Park, one of San Antonio's most beloved local parks. The park is located just across from the Saint Anthony hotel, providing some great views of its gorgeous architecture. Additionally, it was once part of the Alamo. Explore history and tons of modern fun when you visit Travis Park.
Stop at Tower of the Americas
Get a new perspective of San Antonio's landscape with a trip to the Tower of the Americas Space Needle. Choose to go up the elevators at your own leisure and see the finest buildings including the Alamo from 750 feet in the air. The observation deck offers panoramic views that will impress, and guests can even choose to dine at the Chart House Restaurant at their own leisure.
Stop at Tobin Center in San Antonio, TX
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is located close to the River Walk. This auditorium is home to countless events throughout the year, offering up local places and Broadway-worthy performances. If you have a chance while you are in the city, be sure to stop by and catch one of the shows!
Stop at The Shops at Rivercenter Mall in San Antonio, TX
The Shops at Rivercenter has a variety of shops for those who want to browse San Antonio's wares. This collection of shops includes both locally owned and chain stores, allowing for anyone's tastes to be catered to. There are more than 100 retailers to explore, which includes more than 10 restaurants and several entertainment options as well.
Stop at The Alamo
During the day, guests can visit the Alamo for free when the City Sightseeing Tour Bus stops here. Explore history in one of the most historically famous landmarks in the world. The Alamo was founded in the 18th century, making it one of the oldest buildings in the city. As well as this, it was the fortress and Spanish Mission that saw the Battle of the Alamo, which saw Texans fight for independence from Mexican rule. It was a pivotal part of history, not only in Texas, but also in the United States and Mexico.
Pass By Buckhorn Saloon and Museum
Did you know that the Buckhorn Saloon is the oldest-running saloon in Texas? Explore not only San Antonian history but also the history of Texas by visiting this great place. The saloon is a working saloon that serves up delicious food and cocktails. Guests can also explore the museums, which include the Buckhorn Museum and the Texas Ranger Museum. The Buckhorn Museum is dedicated to the natural world and features a variety of taxidermied animals. The Texas Ranger Museum has a variety of exhibits and artifacts detailing the history of the Texas Rangers. With so many interesting things to learn, the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum is a great place to visit.
Pass By Southtown Arts District Art Walk
Located close to the River Walk and the King William Historic District, Southtown is known as a local hot spot and is perfect for dining, shopping, and more. There is an affluent neighborhood, nightlife, bars, hotels, and more in the area, making it a great place to visit during your vacation.
Stop at Scottish Rite Cathedral in San Antonio, TX
This gorgeous cathedral was built in 1924 and is styled in a classic Greek Revival style. It is, of course, the meeting place for the Scottish Rite Masonry for South Texas, but it is also an event hall for various events throughout the year. This gorgeous building is a sight to see just on its own, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
Stop at San Fernando Cathedral
This historic cathedral is located in the beautiful downtown San Antonio. This gorgeous church faces the main plaza and is one of the most famous buildings in the city. This cathedral was built from 1738 through 1750, and it is an awe-inspiring look at the Roman Catholic architecture of that time period.
Stop at San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, TX
Located on the famous River Walk, the San Antonio Museum of Art is home to countless displays of cultural artifacts that paint a picture of San Antonian and world history like no other place. Here, guests will find an expansive collection of Roman, Egyptian, and Greek artifacts which give insight into the world of these ancient cultures. Various exhibitions are held throughout the year as well!
Stop at Riverwalk Museum Reach in San Antonio, TX
Museum Reach is one of the most prominent aspects of the Riverwalk. Here, guests will find ample pedestrian areas to traverse as they explore everything from water features to gorgeous landscaping and several important landmarks along the way. These points of interest include the San Antonio Museum of Art, VFW Post, and the Pearl. You can also explore the Lock and Dam complex or take part in one of the local festivities that take place here.
Stop at Pearl Brewery LLC in San Antonio, TX
Pearl Brewery is known for a variety of awesome adventures! Head out to the Farmers Market, enjoy awesome food at the Boiler House or Botika, and go shopping for your next treat. There are also events that go on throughout the year, making each visit to the brewery unique.
Pass By La Villita Historic Arts Village
For an amazing look into San Antonian culture and art, visit La Villita Historic Arts Village. This art village is on the National Register of Historic Places and offers local wares. Whether you want to peruse jewelry and handcrafted garments or want to try some delicious local Mexican cuisine, this vibrant area is certain to delight you.
Stop at King William Historic District
Located next to the San Antonio River in Downtown San Antonio, the King William Historic District is home to some of the most impressive architectural wonders in the state. The homes here date back to the 1840s and represent styles from Greek, Victorian, and Italian influences.
Stop at Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building in San Antonio, TX
This historic building served many purposes throughout its operation. This building was used as a courthouse, post office, and federal office. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located across from the Alamo. It is a beautiful building that was built in the 1930s.
Pass By Hemisfair Park
This park is a hotspot on the Riverwalk. Here, guests will find an array of playground equipment to help kiddos burn off some energy. The park also features gorgeous fountains. Of course, the highlights of this park include the Tower of the Americas as well of the Institute of Texan Cultures. This historic park was also the site of the 1968 World's Fair, making it a cool place for history buffs to go to learn about San Antonio's vast history.
Stop at El Mercado - Market Square
This historic square is one of the most popular shopping areas in San Antonio. It is reminiscent of Mexcian markets complete with stalls stocking food, homemade decor, and other wares. This colorful plaza is vibrant and paints a wonderful picture of San Antonio's downtown scene. More than 100 locally-owned stalls can be found here and the Farmers Market Food Court serves up some delicious food.
Along with these stops, guests can also choose to upgrade their tickets to add admission to the following activities:
About the Optional San Antonio Museum of Art Admission
For those who enjoy artwork, a visit to the San Antonio Museum of Art is a must! This River Walk art museum features some of the most stunning pieces. With collections spanning across ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian culture as well as modern-day sculptures, paintings, and more, you can enjoy some fantastic art and culture during a trip here.
About the Optional Tower of the Americas Admission
Want to see San Antonio from a new point of view? Head up to the Tower of America to see San Antonio from an astonishing viewpoint, 750 feet up off the ground!
About the Optional Buckhorn Saloon & Texas Ranger Museum Admission
Guests can also choose to add on admission to the Buckhorn Saloon & Texas Ranger Museum, where they can grab a drink and learn about Texas history. This downtown San Antonio saloon has been a favorite since 1881, getting its name from bartering drinks for horns and antlers. This collection grew to have some of the most interesting pieces in the world, including a record-breaking marlin and a 10,000 year old Irish elk. citysightseeingsanantonio