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Old 06-20-2015, 06:35 AM
 
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We'll be taking family from up north down to SA (we reside in Dallas) this summer.

We've been to SA and have been to Alamo, River Walk, Sea World, etc....all pretty much the regular touristy stuff. It will be the first time for our visitors, so we'd probably do much the same.

However, we'd like to know if there are some other, perhaps less touristy places to take them - something maybe locals know better. And, miscellaneous tips.

I could be historical sites (e.g. if we were to visit just one mission, which would it be?), interesting districts to give a latino flavor, little known great restaurants (latino or other), vantage points, times of day occurrences, etc.

Also, any special events going on mid to late August?

Thanks.
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Old 06-20-2015, 09:02 AM
 
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As for missions...San Jose is the queen! Don't miss the SA Zoo. Maybe do the Doseum if they have kids. Take a drive through King William and eat at Rosario's. While seeing San Jose Mission stop at Nicha's for lunch or dinner.
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Old 06-21-2015, 08:51 AM
 
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Rent a bike in Southtown and go for a ride down the mission trail along the SA river. It's a bit of a ride, 6 miles, but you can visit all of the missions. Tour some of the homes in King William district, also in Southtown. Go tubing in the Comal River nearby SA in New Braunfels. Oh, and there is the biggest and greatest waterpark in the world in New Braunfels, Schlitterbahn.
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Old 06-21-2015, 08:56 AM
 
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As for missions...San Jose is the queen! Don't miss the SA Zoo. Maybe do the Doseum if they have kids. Take a drive through King William and eat at Rosario's. While seeing San Jose Mission stop at Nicha's for lunch or dinner.

Home | Mariscos El Bucanero For the real deal.

Rosario's is an overpriced hipster tourist trap YUK

The rest are very PURO san antonio. "boring"
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Old 06-21-2015, 09:31 AM
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The Japanese Tea Garden is lovely. ...if you're there may as well check out the zoo. It's going to be hot, though, and likely very crowded.

Japanese Tea Garden
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Old 06-21-2015, 09:44 AM
 
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Walk through King William, don't drive. Don't be one of those annoying cars creeping through King William and stopping in the street to admire the houses. Or take a segway tour through King William. You can also kayak on the San Antonio river along King William.

The Pearl on Saturday morning for the farmers market is a nice place for breakfast or lunch. The Friendly Spot if people in your group enjoy a good beer and you can stand to be outside. Look at the San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay to see what events they might have going on during your visit. The Station Cafe in King William has awesome sandwiches for a causal and affordable lunch.
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Old 06-21-2015, 12:08 PM
 
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Home | Mariscos El Bucanero For the real deal.

Rosario's is an overpriced hipster tourist trap YUK

The rest are very PURO san antonio. "boring"
I think the Segway ride through King William would be the "Hipster" route. The "Pearl" definitely "hipster". Park and walk through the better parts of King william and check out the bridges and river near Pioneer mills. Rosario's is overpriced as are most places especially in "hipster village" AKA Southtown. It's like any other Mexican Restaurant aside from that. Just watch your back while walking through Southtown at night. Several robberies by hoodlums lately in the hood.

There are several little actual "hipster" joints in the area.
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Old 06-21-2015, 01:43 PM
 
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:01 AM
 
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Great input. Thanks all. And thanks SATX56 - cool pix!
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:57 PM
 
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I want to hear more about Kayaking. Sounds amazing!
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