December 31, 2020

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

For many, it took serious liquid therapy to ride out the catastrophic year that was 2020.

Now, with a new year dawning, some of us are looking to throttle back our alcohol consumption, whether it be by participating in Dry January, limiting our intake or swearing off booze for good.

Here's a list of 20 ways to have socially distanced fun in San Antonio that doesn't involve opening a bottle or can. 
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Catch a Movie at the Drive-In
Between New Braunfels' Stars & Stripes Drive-In and Mission Outdoor Theater, it's easier than ever to enjoy a nice day at the drive-in. Both theaters have plenty of fun movies on the schedule, from classic flicks to new releases.
Photo courtesy of Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre
Catch a Movie at the Drive-In
Between New Braunfels' Stars & Stripes Drive-In and Mission Outdoor Theater, it's easier than ever to enjoy a nice day at the drive-in. Both theaters have plenty of fun movies on the schedule, from classic flicks to new releases.
Photo courtesy of Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre
Get crafty with DIY projects
Remember that craft project you bought supplies for a few years back and never completed? Or that hobby — knitting, pottery-making, what have you — that you put down a while ago and never picked back up? Dig out the kit and caboodle and get to making. By the end, you might have something you'll be proud to show off!
Photo via Instagram, flyntclay
Get crafty with DIY projects
Remember that craft project you bought supplies for a few years back and never completed? Or that hobby — knitting, pottery-making, what have you — that you put down a while ago and never picked back up? Dig out the kit and caboodle and get to making. By the end, you might have something you'll be proud to show off!
Photo via Instagram, flyntclay
Get out and get active 
Why not work out some of that cabin fever with an outdoor workout? You can run, bike or walk on San Antonio's parks myriad trails and greenways to get your heart pumping in the great outdoors.
Photo via Instagram / ryanibarra24
Get out and get active
Why not work out some of that cabin fever with an outdoor workout? You can run, bike or walk on San Antonio's parks myriad trails and greenways to get your heart pumping in the great outdoors.
Photo via Instagram / ryanibarra24
Have a family board game night
We've been holed up with our housemates for a while now — and it doesn't look to be changing anytime soon. Whether you live with roomies or your kiddos, a board game night can help spice things up. With plenty of classiccs to choose from, you can do anything from simple tower-building in Jenga to enacting capitalistic greed in microcosm in Monopoly.
Photo via Unsplash / Pedro Santos on Unsplash
Have a family board game night
We've been holed up with our housemates for a while now — and it doesn't look to be changing anytime soon. Whether you live with roomies or your kiddos, a board game night can help spice things up. With plenty of classiccs to choose from, you can do anything from simple tower-building in Jenga to enacting capitalistic greed in microcosm in Monopoly.
Photo via Unsplash / Pedro Santos on Unsplash
Take a driving tour of San Antonio murals
San Antonio's in the midst of a mural boom. These free public displays combine elements of street and fine art in innovative ways. The North St. Mary's Strip is a great place to take in some eye candy. Start at its intersection with U.S. Highway 281 and wend your way downtown to take in the colorful visuals. 
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Take a driving tour of San Antonio murals
San Antonio's in the midst of a mural boom. These free public displays combine elements of street and fine art in innovative ways. The North St. Mary's Strip is a great place to take in some eye candy. Start at its intersection with U.S. Highway 281 and wend your way downtown to take in the colorful visuals.
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Get a fancy meal to-go
Pack up your chef's hat and indulge in an evening of top-tier cuisine at home. Whether you want to enjoy a longtime fav or try out something new on the scene, chances are they offer convenient curbside and take-out options. 
Photo courtesy of Clementine
Get a fancy meal to-go
Pack up your chef's hat and indulge in an evening of top-tier cuisine at home. Whether you want to enjoy a longtime fav or try out something new on the scene, chances are they offer convenient curbside and take-out options.
Photo courtesy of Clementine
Take a Hike
San Antonio's city parks offer plenty of trails to explore, but if you feel like getting a little further out, vIsit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's website. Plenty of amazing natural sites are a relatively quick drive from SA. 
Photo via Instagram /  lostmaples
Take a Hike
San Antonio's city parks offer plenty of trails to explore, but if you feel like getting a little further out, vIsit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's website. Plenty of amazing natural sites are a relatively quick drive from SA.
Photo via Instagram / lostmaples
Backstab your friends in a game of Among Us
To the surprise of everyone including its small indie developer team, multiplayer video game Among Us leapt to massive viral popularity in 2020. The addictive, beginner-friendly game lets you don a spacesuit and backstab your friends — literally — as they try tp complete tasks keeping the spaceship in working order.
Photo via YouTube / Innersloth
Backstab your friends in a game of Among Us
To the surprise of everyone including its small indie developer team, multiplayer video game Among Us leapt to massive viral popularity in 2020. The addictive, beginner-friendly game lets you don a spacesuit and backstab your friends — literally — as they try tp complete tasks keeping the spaceship in working order.
Photo via YouTube / Innersloth
Cultivate a green thumb
Never been a plant parent? Well, there's no time like the present! It's never been easieer to work on your green thumb, with shops like Suck It Up SA (pictured) and Tillage Plants selling lovely succulents and other houseplants as well as large nurseries like Rainbow Gardens and Milbeerger's, which stock just about everything but the kitchen sink. Heck, you can even impulse buy a plant (or two, or seven...) at H-E-B!
Photo by Bryan Rindfusss
Bryan Rindfuss
Cultivate a green thumb
Never been a plant parent? Well, there's no time like the present! It's never been easieer to work on your green thumb, with shops like Suck It Up SA (pictured) and Tillage Plants selling lovely succulents and other houseplants as well as large nurseries like Rainbow Gardens and Milbeerger's, which stock just about everything but the kitchen sink. Heck, you can even impulse buy a plant (or two, or seven...) at H-E-B!
Photo by Bryan Rindfusss
Sate your cravings with delicious spirit-free drinks
It's easier than ever to make tasty non-alcoholic drinks. The Modernist's David Naylor says you can stock up on supplies at Central Market, like Lyre's n/a apertif, which tastes like vermouth and can be used in a faux martini. Naylor makes an alcohol-free lavender lemon cocktail using They Dhos, "a nice menthol-y spiced 'gin'" with lavender syrup, fresh lemon and a dash of lavender bitters. Top off the drink with sparkling FRE from Sutter Home.
Photo courtesy of The Modernist
Sate your cravings with delicious spirit-free drinks
It's easier than ever to make tasty non-alcoholic drinks. The Modernist's David Naylor says you can stock up on supplies at Central Market, like Lyre's n/a apertif, which tastes like vermouth and can be used in a faux martini. Naylor makes an alcohol-free lavender lemon cocktail using They Dhos, "a nice menthol-y spiced 'gin'" with lavender syrup, fresh lemon and a dash of lavender bitters. Top off the drink with sparkling FRE from Sutter Home.
Photo courtesy of The Modernist