January 18, 2019

The Most Overrated Things To Do in San Antonio

There are good things about San Antonio, and there are bad things about San Antonio, and everyone who lives here experiences both. We do slideshows about the good things all the time, so here are some of the most annoyingly popular and overrated things to do in the Alamo City as well.
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Two-stepping at Cowboys Dancehall
Why go to Cowboys when you can go to Floore’s? Nobody likes dancing with a bunch of underage teens anyway.
Photo via Instagram / cowboysdancehallsa
Two-stepping at Cowboys Dancehall
Why go to Cowboys when you can go to Floore’s? Nobody likes dancing with a bunch of underage teens anyway.
Photo via Instagram / cowboysdancehallsa
Riding in a barge on the River Walk
Riding a barge on the River Walk? This may be one of the oldest tourist traps on this list. Even though they got a recent facelift, barges have been floating down the San Antonio River since the ‘60s. Hasn’t everyone done this already? We recommend either taking a stroll on the River Walk or attending one of the special (and often free) events there instead – like the seeing the Confucius Wishing Lanterns or Jazz on the River. 
Photo via Instagram / goriocruises
Riding in a barge on the River Walk
Riding a barge on the River Walk? This may be one of the oldest tourist traps on this list. Even though they got a recent facelift, barges have been floating down the San Antonio River since the ‘60s. Hasn’t everyone done this already? We recommend either taking a stroll on the River Walk or attending one of the special (and often free) events there instead – like the seeing the Confucius Wishing Lanterns or Jazz on the River.
Photo via Instagram / goriocruises
Having anything to do with SeaWorld
It’s 2019 – can we all finally agree that SeaWorld is trash? We might all have nice memories there as naive kids, but as woke-ass adults, is it really worth your time to stand in hot, humid lines for hours to ride a mediocre roller coaster right over some captive orcas? No, it’s not. Maybe once they implement the much-talked about program that focuses more toward education and wildlife conservation than entertainment, we’ll change our minds.
Photo via Instagram / seaworldsanantoniotx
Having anything to do with SeaWorld
It’s 2019 – can we all finally agree that SeaWorld is trash? We might all have nice memories there as naive kids, but as woke-ass adults, is it really worth your time to stand in hot, humid lines for hours to ride a mediocre roller coaster right over some captive orcas? No, it’s not. Maybe once they implement the much-talked about program that focuses more toward education and wildlife conservation than entertainment, we’ll change our minds.
Photo via Instagram / seaworldsanantoniotx
Taking a tour of the Alamo
Easy there, hoss – you might be shocked that taking a tour of the Alamo made it on the list of the most overrated things to do in San Antonio. Don’t get us wrong -– there’s nothing wrong with visiting the Alamo, or even taking a tour of it. But when you have a Ripley’s museum right across the street, this doesn’t feel like the best way to indulge yourself in Texas history.
Photo via Instagram / officialalamo
Taking a tour of the Alamo
Easy there, hoss – you might be shocked that taking a tour of the Alamo made it on the list of the most overrated things to do in San Antonio. Don’t get us wrong -– there’s nothing wrong with visiting the Alamo, or even taking a tour of it. But when you have a Ripley’s museum right across the street, this doesn’t feel like the best way to indulge yourself in Texas history.
Photo via Instagram / officialalamo
Taking a selfie at the Hays Street Bridge
EVERYONE and their mother, sister, brother, father, and both grandparents has this picture. You might even know someone who proposed here. You could even be a person who proposed here. Join the other 4,000 posts on Insta with the tag #haysstreetbridge if that’s what you want to do with your life.
Photo via Instagram / city.of.sanantoniotx
Taking a selfie at the Hays Street Bridge
EVERYONE and their mother, sister, brother, father, and both grandparents has this picture. You might even know someone who proposed here. You could even be a person who proposed here. Join the other 4,000 posts on Insta with the tag #haysstreetbridge if that’s what you want to do with your life.
Photo via Instagram / city.of.sanantoniotx
Taking all of your out-of-town visitors to Mi Tierra
Is there anything *particularly* wrong with Mi Tierra? No. You’ve got to give them credit – they are a longstanding tradition of San Antonio. The shocking thing is...there are other fabulous Mexican food restaurants in San Antonio. Some of them can even make it better than abuela – but don’t let her hear you say that. If you want to go to Mi Tierra, you’re going for the surroundings.
Photo via Instagram / mitierracafeandbakery
Taking all of your out-of-town visitors to Mi Tierra
Is there anything *particularly* wrong with Mi Tierra? No. You’ve got to give them credit – they are a longstanding tradition of San Antonio. The shocking thing is...there are other fabulous Mexican food restaurants in San Antonio. Some of them can even make it better than abuela – but don’t let her hear you say that. If you want to go to Mi Tierra, you’re going for the surroundings.
Photo via Instagram / mitierracafeandbakery
Dining at the Tower of the Americas
The Tower of the Americas has surprisingly lackluster reviews for what some people call a San Antonio must-do. Many reviews from various sources seem to echo similar things: the food is ok but pricey and the service is fine, but the view is spectacular! That’s what we recommend: getting some puro San Antonio cuisine somewhere else and going only for the gorgeous views.
Photo via Instagram / toweroftheamericas
Dining at the Tower of the Americas
The Tower of the Americas has surprisingly lackluster reviews for what some people call a San Antonio must-do. Many reviews from various sources seem to echo similar things: the food is ok but pricey and the service is fine, but the view is spectacular! That’s what we recommend: getting some puro San Antonio cuisine somewhere else and going only for the gorgeous views.
Photo via Instagram / toweroftheamericas
Eating Mexican food anywhere that charges for chips and salsa
Some of you pay for chips and salsa and it really shows.
Photo via Instagram / lagloriapearl
Eating Mexican food anywhere that charges for chips and salsa
Some of you pay for chips and salsa and it really shows.
Photo via Instagram / lagloriapearl
Having a photoshoot somewhere trendy in Southtown
If you thought Hays Street Bridge was unoriginal, join the 10K+ posts with some sort of variation of #southtownsa. While we’re all about supporting local business, it’s a good idea to *actually* support local businesses while you’re in Southtown instead of taking a trip all the way across town just for a few cute photos.
Having a photoshoot somewhere trendy in Southtown
If you thought Hays Street Bridge was unoriginal, join the 10K+ posts with some sort of variation of #southtownsa. While we’re all about supporting local business, it’s a good idea to *actually* support local businesses while you’re in Southtown instead of taking a trip all the way across town just for a few cute photos.
Dining almost anywhere on the River Walk
Let’s face it: as popular as the River Walk is, it’s that way because of tourists. Articles about the River Walk are one of San Antonio’s main exports, you know. While dining and drinking somewhere on the River Walk is something that almost every San Antonian does at least once in their time here, it’s just not worth going to over and over again and paying an exorbitant amount to do so. If you’re gonna bother dining here, make sure it’s a local spot and not a cringey chain.
Photo via Instagram / sariverwalkfun
Dining almost anywhere on the River Walk
Let’s face it: as popular as the River Walk is, it’s that way because of tourists. Articles about the River Walk are one of San Antonio’s main exports, you know. While dining and drinking somewhere on the River Walk is something that almost every San Antonian does at least once in their time here, it’s just not worth going to over and over again and paying an exorbitant amount to do so. If you’re gonna bother dining here, make sure it’s a local spot and not a cringey chain.
Photo via Instagram / sariverwalkfun