January 20, 2023

20 fun things to do in San Antonio that don’t involve alcohol

Who says you need booze to have fun? Whether you're sober, temporarily abstaining or just don't feel like imbibing on a given weekend, there are plenty of things to do in San Antonio that don't involve alcohol.

Need some inspiration? We rounded up 20 fun activities that you don't need to be drinking to enjoy.
Scroll down to view images
Play outside at Pearsall Park
4838 Old Pearsall Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
While SA has plenty of beautiful parks that let guests let loose and connect with nature, Pearsall Park is perfect for almost everyone because it basically has it all. With a skate park, dog park, multiple sports courts, golf course and plenty of trails, Pearsall is basically outdoor heaven.
Photo via Instagram / dave_sands87
Play outside at Pearsall Park
4838 Old Pearsall Road, (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
While SA has plenty of beautiful parks that let guests let loose and connect with nature, Pearsall Park is perfect for almost everyone because it basically has it all. With a skate park, dog park, multiple sports courts, golf course and plenty of trails, Pearsall is basically outdoor heaven.
Try out all the games at the Japanese-style arcade at Otaku Cafe
7022 Bandera Rd., (210) 455-4516, rrotakucafe.com
With a large selection of imported Japanese arcade games, Japanese snacks and an abundance of anime and gaming merch, Otaku Cafe is a great spot to indulge your inner otaku. Make sure to check their social media pages for info on weekly game tournaments.
Photo via Instagram / rikricotakucafe
Try out all the games at the Japanese-style arcade at Otaku Cafe
7022 Bandera Rd., (210) 455-4516, rrotakucafe.com
With a large selection of imported Japanese arcade games, Japanese snacks and an abundance of anime and gaming merch, Otaku Cafe is a great spot to indulge your inner otaku. Make sure to check their social media pages for info on weekly game tournaments.
Catch a free movie screening courtesy of Slab Cinema
Multiple locations, slabcinema.com
Slab Cinema's various offerings around town cover everything from recent blockbusters to arthouse classics, so no matter your tastes you’re bound to have a blast. Don’t forget the blankets or lawn chairs for ultimate comfort.
Photo via Instagram / slabcinema
Catch a free movie screening courtesy of Slab Cinema
Multiple locations, slabcinema.com
Slab Cinema's various offerings around town cover everything from recent blockbusters to arthouse classics, so no matter your tastes you’re bound to have a blast. Don’t forget the blankets or lawn chairs for ultimate comfort.
Test your skills at Vice Coffee's Chess Night
123 Heiman St., instagram.com/viceversa.sanantonio
Vice Coffee offers a fun take on coffee featuring an Instagram-worthy interior filled with plants and vinyl records spinning all day. Stop by on Thursday nights for Chess and Chill, where you can sip coffee, listen to a sick record, and demolish a friend at chess on one of their provided boards.
Photo courtesy of Vice Coffee
Test your skills at Vice Coffee's Chess Night
123 Heiman St., instagram.com/viceversa.sanantonio
Vice Coffee offers a fun take on coffee featuring an Instagram-worthy interior filled with plants and vinyl records spinning all day. Stop by on Thursday nights for Chess and Chill, where you can sip coffee, listen to a sick record, and demolish a friend at chess on one of their provided boards.
Search for your favorite albums at a local record store
There are few things more nostalgic than flipping through a crate of vinyl, spotting the album art for the record you’ve been looking for, taking it home and playing it for the first time. San Antonio has a whole host of record stores to peruse, so if you’re not sure where to start, look no further than here!
Photo via Instagram / oremel19
Search for your favorite albums at a local record store
There are few things more nostalgic than flipping through a crate of vinyl, spotting the album art for the record you’ve been looking for, taking it home and playing it for the first time. San Antonio has a whole host of record stores to peruse, so if you’re not sure where to start, look no further than here!
Japanese Tea Garden
200-414 Alpine, sanantonio.gov
The historic Japanese Tea Garden was built in a former quarry and features elaborate pathways and carefully cultivated landscaping, as well as waterways filled with koi. The abandoned limestone rock quarry was made complete with walkways, stone arch bridges, an island and a Japanese pavilion. Go on a less crowded weekday and let the soft sound of waterfalls and chirping of nearby wildlife wash over you.
Photo via Instagram / insanejester17
Japanese Tea Garden
200-414 Alpine, sanantonio.gov
The historic Japanese Tea Garden was built in a former quarry and features elaborate pathways and carefully cultivated landscaping, as well as waterways filled with koi. The abandoned limestone rock quarry was made complete with walkways, stone arch bridges, an island and a Japanese pavilion. Go on a less crowded weekday and let the soft sound of waterfalls and chirping of nearby wildlife wash over you.
Strap on some wheels at The Rollercade
223 Recoleta Rd., (210) 826-6361, therollercade.com
Nothing beats the neon-lit, retro vibe of the roller rink for a nostalgic night on the town. Whether you spend most of your time just re-learning how to move on wheels or you decide to come up with your own little rink routine, you’re sure to have a blast.
Photo via Instagram / therollercade
Strap on some wheels at The Rollercade
223 Recoleta Rd., (210) 826-6361, therollercade.com
Nothing beats the neon-lit, retro vibe of the roller rink for a nostalgic night on the town. Whether you spend most of your time just re-learning how to move on wheels or you decide to come up with your own little rink routine, you’re sure to have a blast.
Explore some new local restaurants
Whether you decide to head downtown and visit a brand-new restaurant or stop somewhere close to home that you have always been meaning to try, San Antonio is a great food city for tried and true cuisines as well as innovative menus. Find inspiration here.
Photo via Instagram / fullgoodsdiner
Explore some new local restaurants
Whether you decide to head downtown and visit a brand-new restaurant or stop somewhere close to home that you have always been meaning to try, San Antonio is a great food city for tried and true cuisines as well as innovative menus. Find inspiration here.
Kayak the San Antonio River
Looking for some water-centric entertainment? You can paddle down scenic stretches of the river downtown — both through the River Walk and the King William District. Mission Kayak provides guided and unguided kayak rentals from March through October, or you can take your own kayak to paddle select parts of the river!
Photo via Instagram / missionadventuretours
Kayak the San Antonio River
Looking for some water-centric entertainment? You can paddle down scenic stretches of the river downtown — both through the River Walk and the King William District. Mission Kayak provides guided and unguided kayak rentals from March through October, or you can take your own kayak to paddle select parts of the river!
Play tabletop games at Knight Watch
16350 Blanco Rd. #116, (210) 888-1051, knightwatchgames.com
Knight Watch prides itself on its atmosphere, styling its interior like a castle’s great hall, making it the perfect place to host your next DnD or board game night. The venue features a cafe with ample themed food options for patrons and hosts a $6 “ladies knight out” on Thursdays.
Photo via Instagram / knightwatchgames
Play tabletop games at Knight Watch
16350 Blanco Rd. #116, (210) 888-1051, knightwatchgames.com
Knight Watch prides itself on its atmosphere, styling its interior like a castle’s great hall, making it the perfect place to host your next DnD or board game night. The venue features a cafe with ample themed food options for patrons and hosts a $6 “ladies knight out” on Thursdays.