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San Antonio, Texas, has been given the title, “every Texan’s favorite city,” and with good reason. With a rich Texas heritage and strong Mexican influence, as well as the affordable and pleasant way of life readily available, there is no other city like it in Texas. With a population of 1.4 million (and still growing), San Antonio is the second most populated city in the state of Texas and the 7th most populated city in the United States. With a family-friendly atmosphere and a reputation as a hub for hardworking professionals, this city continues to grow and win the hearts of many.
San Antonio nightlife provides a range of experiences to take part in. Whatever activities you enjoy, this city has it. From comedy clubs, movie theaters, live music and entertainment to sporting events, electric dance clubs, bars and more, there is no shortage of exciting options. On the Riverwalk alone, just minutes from Alamo City, there are some of San Antonio’s favorite bars, clubs and restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a casual place to grab a drink, tapas, upscale cocktails, dancing or music, you’ll find it here.
San Antonio offers a variety of restaurants and cafes to satisfy your taste buds. Although home to restaurants of many kinds, San Antonio is best known for its Mexican and Tex-Mex dining. Upon moving to the city, you have to try the famous “puffy taco” in one of the area’s various Tex-Mex restaurants! Mariachi music will serenade you as you dig into one of our city’s famous dishes full of cheesy, spicy goodness – and cooked with lots of love.
If you like to shop, the areas offers many options of shopping centers, malls, markets and boutiques. There are many unique shopping areas in San Antonio, one of which is the Fiesta on Main. This little marketplace is packed with a wide variety of Mexican art, decor and crafts, and you are sure to have a wonderful experience.
Market Square (near downtown) is a lovely three-block market packed with fun shops, family activities and entertainment. Stroll along and check out the crafts, novelty items and apparel for sale. For something different, you can find a great high-end retail shopping and entertainment experience at Alamo Quarry Market.
Known for hot summers, San Antonio can get up to an average daily temperature of 89 degrees Fahrenheit (or higher) between late May and mid-September. While our summers may be warm, take some comfort in knowing that our winters are short, lasting about three months (late November to late February) and averaging temperatures between 43 and 70 degrees.
Arts & Culture
The Majestic Theatre
In the heart of San Antonio sits the Majestic Theatre, the city’s largest and oldest atmospheric theater. Seating 2,311 people, this venue is a wonderful place to catch a show with good friends and family. Everything from live music, comedy shows, dance numbers and musicals are held at this theatre year-round. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend an evening here!
McNay Art Museum of Modern Art
If you are a lover of modern art, you’re in luck. Home to 20,000 pieces of art, the McNay Art Museum is the first museum of modern art to come to Texas. The art collection includes masterpieces by artists such as Picasso, Degas, O’Keeffe and Monet. The permanent and temporary exhibitions will both inspire and impress.
San Antonio Museum of Art
If you like a wide variety of art, the San Antonio Museum of Art offers a great diversity of works, both old and new. Additionally, it is located right on the famous Riverwalk, making it a great anchor point for an enjoyable day out on the town. Little-known fact: this museum has the largest collection of Asian arts in the South.
Although San Antonio is the seventh largest city in America, it is also known for its surprisingly affordable housing. For such a large city, the cost of living is very low. San Antonio tends to have lower costs for items such as groceries, utilities, transportation and health care. Whether you are looking for a beautiful home for your family, an apartment, duplex or town-home, San Antonio features an excellent inventory for all price ranges.
Big city with a home feel
San Antonio is one of the largest populated cities in the United States, as well as one of the largest geographically, yet many are surprised to discover the city itself has a very warm, homely, small town feel. With friendly people, a family atmosphere, and a host of smaller neighborhoods weaved into the city – each offering something different for locals and travelers alike – you may not feel like you are in a large city at all.
Education for children
Parents will be happy to know that San Antonio that this city is very serious about quality education for all. Starting at a very young age, this city places a high value on excellence in school districts. There are countless daycares, pre-schools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools available to students, as well as many options for private school education. If you are looking to send your child to a special needs private school, there are many options that specialize in all kinds of learning disabilities and handicaps.
San Antonio takes pride in the fact that more than 100,000 students call this city home. Private universities such as Our Lady of Lake University, University of Incarnate World and Trinity University are wonderful options for those looking to further their education. Public institutions such as Texas A&M, University of Texas at San Antonio, and University of Health Science Center at San Antonio also draw thousands of students to the Southern part of Texas.
Travel & Highlights
SeaWorld & Six Flags Fiesta
Looking for someplace fun that's family-friendly? SeaWorld is sure to delight kids of all ages. With the incredible rides, marine shows with exciting dolphin and killer whales exhibits, food and other fun attractions, this park is one you surely won't want to miss while you're in the area. Home to sea lions, seals and sharks, SeaWorld San Antonio is the world's largest marine-life theme park! Are you an amusement park fan? If so, you'll enjoy some towering roller coasters, rides and attractions at Six Flags Fiesta.
Tour the Alamo
Many would say the Alamo is the most famous spot in all of Texas. The historic site attracts people from far and wide. Founded in 1718 as Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo has a rich history and heritage. Visit the Alamo to get a close and personal view of where the Battle of the Alamo happened. Allow yourself to experience what it might have been like to stand with Colonel William Barrett Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett when they lost their lives alongside 186 others fighting for independence on March 6, 1836. This enriching historic adventure is an exciting learning experience for the whole family.
You may notice upon moving to San Antonio that there is a strong military presence. The city is home to approximately 85,000 military personnel. San Antonio's roots have been largely military-based since 1835 when Texas forces took over then Spanish-held Alamo. San Antonio is home to the Fifth Army, Fort Sam Houston, and the headquarters for the U.S. Army Medical Command, as well as many Air Forces Bases, including Randolph, Brooks and Lackland.
Fiesta San Antonio is an annual event that takes place each spring (since 1891). The event originally began as a solo parade in remembrance and honor of those who lost their lives in the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. The single parade has now evolved into a 17-day event, which includes impressive parades, festivities, food, music, and other attractions.
If you love bike riding, you'll enjoy San Antonio's many options. There are many trails and bike paths for riders to enjoy, including the Mission Trail, which is about 20 miles long and runs all the way to Southtown. Also, be sure to check out the two-mile Alamo HemisFair Out & Back trail, which allows for a scenic tour of downtown San Antonio. In need of a bike? San Antonio has B-Cycle stations scattered throughout the entire city where you can borrow a bike and go, returning it after your adventure.
San Antonio River Walk
The River Walk in San Antonio, also known as Paseo del Rio, is considered one of the country's most beautiful and famous walking paths. All of the stairways and walkways along the path are made out of cobblestone dating back to the 1930's. The River Walk is also home to some of San Antonio's greatest restaurants, shops, cafes, and entertainment sights.
If you love outdoor adventure, don't miss Breckenridge Park. Offering a golf course, walking and biking trails, fishing in the San Antonio River, playgrounds and picnic areas for children, as well as the San Antonio Zoo, this park has it all.
If you are a sports fan, you are in luck! San Antonio is home to many sports teams. NBA fans will know that the San Antonio Spurts call Alamo City home. The Spurs are loved by locals, and whether they win or lose, they will always have the support of their loyal fan base here in the city. There are also a number of other sports teams, including the Minor League Baseball team (the San Antonio Missions), The North American Soccer League's team (the San Antonio Talons) and the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars.
Building for the Future
Home to more than 1.3 million people, this city is still growing. With the job market expansion rate at 3,06% - combined with an unemployment rate of 3.2% and affordable living - people are steadily moving in. For such a large city, the cost of living is very low, including lower costs for categories such as groceries, housing, utilities, transportation and health care. There is definitely something for everyone in San Antonio, Texas.