One Day in San Antonio Itinerary – Experience San Antonio in a Day for Under $100

Traveling to San Antonio with only one day to explore? It can be hard to decide what to do with such limited time in your schedule.

Fortunately, we’ve put together a one day in San Antonio itinerary to help you make the most of your one day in this historic city.

This one day itinerary includes:

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • The Alamo (free!)
  • Battle For Texas: The Experience
  • Go Rio San Antonio Cruise
  • El Mercado (free!)

Spending more than one day in San Antonio? Then take a peek at one of our sample 2-day and popular 3-day itineraries for longer stays, enjoy!

Save on Attraction Admission

Many of the popular attractions included in this itinerary are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Choose as you go from top attractions and save up to 45% off combined admission vs. paying at the gate. With the 3-Choice San Antonio Explorer Pass, you’ll get to enjoy a full day of fun!

Remember, this one day in San Antonio itinerary is just one of many ways to experience the area.

The San Antonio Explorer Pass® gives you the flexibility to create your own itinerary, so you can choose from many top attractions and create a vacation tailored to your interests.

Stop #1: Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San AntonioStart your trip with a half day of entertainment and excitement at Six Flags Fiesta Texas – a part theme park/part water park destination.

The park features six themed areas:

  • Los Festivales
  • Crackaxle Canyon
  • Spassburg
  • Rockville
  • Fiesta Bay Boardwalk
  • and KIDZOPOLIS

No matter what your favorite type of theme park fun is, from classic carnival rides with varying thrill levels and high-speed roller coasters, to water pools and slides, you’ll find it at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

In addition to all of the rides, the park hosts a variety of live shows and entertainment, several dining options, and even shopping venues.

Our favorite ride is the Boomerang, a triple-loop coaster that thrill-seekers will adore. NEW! Coming in 2018 is the Wonder Woman Golden Lasso coaster, an exciting single-rail coaster that’s among the first of its kind in the entire world!

Getting In: Six Flags Fiesta Texas tickets are available as a Premium Attraction option on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Stop #2: The Alamo (free!)

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Alamo Square, the famous site of the Battle of the Alamo, is the most visited historic landmark in the state Texas.

Conveniently located in the heart of San Antonio, it’s easy to visit and a San Antonio must-see attraction.

The iconic building you’ll see is a former Spanish mission-turned-fortress for the battle and stands today as a testament to those who fought and gave their lives in the Battle of the Alamo–it’s also the place where Texian troops won independence and famously shouted “Remember the Alamo!” after months of fighting in 1836.

Insider tip: Get acquainted with some of the tales and folklore surrounding The Alamo and learn some of its history by watching the Disney miniseries Davy Crockett from the 1950s and John Wayne’s film The Alamo from 1960 before your trip!

Stop #3: Battle for Texas: The Experience

Battle-for-Texas-The-Experience-1After spending some time at The Alamo, walk over to Battle for Texas: The Experience, right in Alamo Plaza.

This fully interactive exhibition is one of the best ways to learn about The Battle of The Alamo.  You’ll get to witness the spectacle and heroism of one of the most pivotal battles in U.S. history.

See what life was like in 1836 Texas for the early settlers, learn about the tensions leading up to the Texas Revolution from both Texan and Mexican perspectives, and more through multi-media experiences and re-enactments.

You’ll even get to see some artifacts from the battle first-hand, including Santa Anna’s uniform, Bowie knives, and some of Davy Crockett’s personal possessions. This is a great educational experience for kids and adults alike, and is an excellent companion to a visit to the Alamo.

Getting in: Battle for Texas: The Experience tickets are an included attraction option on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Stop #4: Go Rio San Antonio Cruise

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After soaking up all of that Texan history, explore San Antonio’s River Walk area and start with a relaxing, 30-minute cruise along the river.

Each boat is operated by an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide who will talk about some of the area’s unique history and culture.  You’ll also learn plenty of fun facts about Texas and the flourishing River Walk community.

On this scenic river cruise, you’ll pass under bridges and walkways, and alongside a vibrant, bustling riverfront area as your tour guide points out all the important sites.

Getting in: Rio San Antonio Cruise tickets are an included attraction option on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Stop #5: El Mercado (free!)

For your last stop of the day, you’ll want to pop by El Mercado, the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico and one of the top 10 outdoor markets in the US, according to Frommer’s.

Home to over 100 locally owned shops and stores, El Mercado is one of the best places to go for authentic Mexican fare and music and to immerse yourself in one of the cultures that has had such a large influence on San Antonio.

Admission to the market is free, although anything you purchase will not be covered by the Explorer Pass.

Let’s Recap

There you have it – our suggestions for how to make the most of your one day in San Antonio.

Plan to add a few of the attractions above to your San Antonio itinerary to make the most of your trip to Texas.

Remember, you can save on admission to your choice of popular attractions, like the ones included in this one day itinerary, and more with a San Antonio Explorer Pass.

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