Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” San Antonio? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in San Antonio?”
San Antonio is a city where an artist created a 35-foot-tall cowboy boot sculpture and a bunch of high schoolers once made a batch of over 17,000 tamales (both are world records). Why? Maybe the worn-out “bigger in Texas” cliché is true. And maybe San Antonio has vowed to honor its history and culture bigger, better and downright weirder than anyone else, gosh darn it. How do you think they ended up eating puffy tortillas and turning old breweries into neighborhoods? This is a city of big shoes and larger-than-life characters, where Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders and Davy Crockett charged into battle. Where they remember the Alamo so intensely that they have graves for the cats. They’re mavericks who know where they came from, and who weave that past into inventive art, food, music, and celebrations. Here are all the best ways to explore San Antonio right now.