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The 30 Best Decisions You Can Make in San Antonio 

San Antonio is a one-of-a-kind city with plenty of experiences and inside jokes that make living here amazing. Whether you're a born and raised San Antonian or a fresh transplant, we've gathered the best decisions you can make right here in the Alamo City. So, what are you waiting for?
Taste your way through SA’s taco joints
If picking a side in the Puffy Taco War was tough, good luck finding a favorite taco truck and taqueria. Start with popular joints like Taquitos West Ave. and Taqueria Datapoint until you’ve dined at every hole-in-the-wall taco house in the city. Even if you can’t choose a favorite, you’ll have a great time trying to figure it out.
Photo via Instagram, thenicolai
Run, jog or bike through Mission Reach
6701 San Jose Dr., (210) 534-8875, nps.gov
Spend some time along the river, get active, learn more about the missions and explore San Antonio just by hitting up Mission Reach.
Photo via Instagram, louiepreciado
Devote a day (or week) to exploring Brackenridge Park
3910 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 207-7275, brackenridgepark.org
Brackenridge Park is a world of its own, home to an impressive golf course, the Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Gardens, San Antonio Zoo, Sunken Garden Theater and Witte Museum. Whether you’re looking for a place to get active, relax or learn in a fun way, Brackenridge Park has it all.
Photo via Instagram, eric_espi91
Choose a side in the Puffy Taco War
Henry’s Puffy Tacos, multiple locations, henryspuffytacos.com; Ray’s Drive Inn, 822 SW 19th St, (210) 432-7171, facebook.com/RaysDriveInn
They’re both delicious, but you’re required to pledge your allegiance to one brother. Are you Team Ray or Team Henry?
Photo via Instagram, joemillereats
Drink it up at The VFW Post 76
10 10th St., (210) 223-4581, vfwpost76ontheriverwalk.org
With live music and daily happy hour specials, you’ll be toasting to America (and San Antonio, of course) at the oldest post in Texas.
Photo via Instagram, montoyaste
Toast your ancestors during El Dia de los Muertos celebrations
418 Villita St., (210) 207-8614, muertosfest.com
Bring la cultura to life in honor of the Day of the Dead. Make an altar for your departed loved ones, enjoy live music, dance to the rhythmic tunes, snap your fingers to moving poetry and cheer on the festival’s procession.
Photo via Instagram, muertosfest
Spend a day at The Pearl
303 Pearl Pkwy., (210) 212-7260, atpearl.com
Stock up on produce at the farmers market, dine at one of the award-winning restaurants, sip on eloquent drink concoctions and attend lively music and dance events. All in one day, all in one place.
Photo via Instagram, historicpearl
Host a tamalada
It’s one thing to spend the day (scratch, weekend) making tamales with your family, but it’s a whole other thing to take over as host. Start off small and make a few dozens tamales with your squad.
Photo via Instagram, viedfinder
Go honking when the Spurs win
Can you really experience San Antonio if you haven’t gone honking downtown (but really, anywhere) after a win? Especially during the playoffs. We don’t think so.
Photo via Pinterest, Ruthann Hildebrand
Watch the sunset from Hays Street Bridge
803 N. Cherry St., (210) 207-0970, facebook.com
San Antonio’s favorite bridge is a prime spot for yoga and photoshoots, so why wouldn’t you admire the beautiful Texas sky from here?
Photo via Instagram, hayleytheyogi
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Get yourself a pair of cowboy boots
110 Division Ave., (210) 923-2221, littlesboots.com
It doesn’t matter if you’re about that country life or not, every San Antonian should invest in a pair of custom made boots from Little’s.
Photo via Instagram, anabelleadkins
Attend the lighting ceremony on the River Walk during the holidays
849 E. Commerce St., (210) 227-4262, thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Let your inner romantic run free and take your date to see the beautiful lights on the Riverwalk during the holidays. Bonus points if you attend the magical lighting ceremony at the beginning of the holiday season.
Photo via Instagram, dannysanco
Spend some time in the city parks
Multiple locations, sanantonio.gov
Skate at Normoyle, play volleyball at Rosedale, take the pups to Lady Bird Johnson or get walking at Denman. Whatever park you visit, it’s bound to have plenty to offer.
Photo via Instagram, carissaplatt
Check out where Willie Nelson’s career took off
14492 Old Bandera Road, Helotes, (210) 695-8827, liveatfloores.com
Pay tribute to the Texas legend and catch a show at Floore’s.
Photo via Instagram, tx_mon
Play tourist and take a tour on the River Walk barges
205 N. Presa St. B201, (210) 244-5700, riosanantonio.com
Just because you live here doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some tourist traps. Hey, you might learn a thing or two about the 210.
Photo via Instagram, sweetttravels
Indulging in barbacoa and Big Red on a Sunday morning
Multiple locations, (210) 433-1367, facebook.com
Pop into your favorite taqueria and order up some barbacoa tacos, or get it by the pound at Tellez Tamales & Barbacoa.
Photo via Instagram, puropinchesa
Drink (or eat) your way through the “4” in Southtown
Take a map (when you’re sober) and look where Alamo, Pereida, Presa and St. Mary’s streets generally meet up. Behold the shape of the number 4, and a convenient trail for your next night of bar- and restaurant-hopping. You’ll hit up The Friendly Spot, Liberty Bar, Feast and Tito’s, just to name a few.
Photo via Instagram, unionwinecompany
Treat yourself to a guayabera or a pueblo dress
Penners, 311 W. Commerce St., (210) 226-2487, pennersinc.com; Nativa, 5124 Broadway St., (210) 829-5555, nativashop.com
What else would you wear during Fiesta?
Photo via Instagram, shopnativa
Start your day off with tacos from The Original Donut Shop
3307 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 734-5661, facebook.com/theoriginaldonutshop
Arguably the best breakfast tacos in the city to many, TODS is a must-try for those who haven’t already devoured these tacos. Trust us, you won’t be sorry.
Photo via Instagram, jacobsmyboy
Have dinner at the Tower of the Americas
739 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., (210) 223-3101, toweroftheamericas.com
The next time you can’t decide where to eat for date night, knock this off your unofficial San Antonio bucket list.
Photo via Instagram, redtoffee_
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Catch a show at the Majestic
224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-5700, majesticempire.com
Be entertained by the play or concert while in awe at the theater’s detailed architecture. The Majestic is proof that Old San Antonio is gorgeous af.
Photo via Instagram, arussellactor
Hit up the museums off the beaten track
12500 NW Military Hwy., (210) 302-6807, hmmsa.org; 3898 Stanley Road, (210) 221-6358, ameddmuseum.amedd.army.mil; 11731 Wetmore Road, (210) 490-3554, txtransportationmuseum.org
Museums like the Witte, DoSeum and McNay, interesting as they may be, are major tourist traps. The next time you’re looking for a new experience without the crowds, pay a visit to one of these hidden gems: the Holocaust Memorial Museum, United States Army Medical Department Museum or the Texas Transportation Museum.
Photo via Instagram, hazalgumus
Play “name that Latino” at Pico de Gallo
111 S. Leona St., (210) 225-6060, picodegallo.com
Test your San Antonio trivia and see if you know all big shots in the community.
Photo via Instagram, nerdygirlmo
Splurge on courtside seats at a Spurs game
1 AT&T Center Pkwy., (210) 444-5000, attcenter.com
Watching the game at The Friendly Spot is always a good time, and even sitting in the nosebleeds at the AT&T Center is super fun. Go all out on floor seats for the chance to get the player’s sweat on you. GSG, amirite?
Photo via Instagram, thetxstatebobcat
Take a ghost tour of SA lleyendas
We’re not talking the cheesy haunted house type of ghost tours. Hit up the sites of the Donkey Lady, La Llorona and the famous railroad tracks. Or maybe you’re more of a Midget Mansion, devil in the dance hall or Menger Hotel type of thrillseeker. Either way, explore the “spooky” side of SA.
Photo via Instagram, jeanrwestcott
Score some selfies with some of SA’s treasured celebrities
You’re not truly living in SA if you don’t have at least one photo with a local celebrity. Whether it’s Spurs *position* Kawhi Leonard (extra points if you can make him smile), news anchor Randy Beamer or one of the Castro brothers, you gotta catch ‘em all.
Photo via Instagram, spursjesus
Do Fiesta the right way
Multiple locations, fiesta-sa.org
You have to attend at least one parade, run into 10 people you don’t like at Oyster Bake, laugh your ass off at Cornyation, take endless selfies with Fiesta royalty while wearing a flower crown, get drunk at NIOSA and, of course, eat your weight’s worth of chicken-on-a-stick.
Photo via Instagram, devicedoctor
Go all out at First Friday
Southtown, visitsanantonio.com
Can you truly experience the best of Southtown if you haven’t gone to First Friday? Appreciate some art, eat good, drink a lot and live it up.
Photo via , theelijahzane
Enjoy a few rounds at the Menger Hotel bar
204 Alamo Plaza, (210) 223-4361, mengerhotel.com
History buffs and liquor lovers alike can enjoy a drink at this historic bar, where Theodore Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War.
Photo via Instagram, jimdilloway
Volunteer at the annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner
900 E. Market St., (210) 207-8500, rauljimenezdinner.com
A rite of passage for anybody needing service hours, the Jimenez Thanksgiving dinner is the perfect chance to give back to those in need right here in SA.
Photo via Instagram, kinyacano
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Taste your way through SA’s taco joints
If picking a side in the Puffy Taco War was tough, good luck finding a favorite taco truck and taqueria. Start with popular joints like Taquitos West Ave. and Taqueria Datapoint until you’ve dined at every hole-in-the-wall taco house in the city. Even if you can’t choose a favorite, you’ll have a great time trying to figure it out.
Photo via Instagram, thenicolai
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