The city of San Antonio seems to revolve around the site of the Alamo, the most visited historic landmark in Texas. Located in the center of downtown San Antonio, adjacent to the San Antonio River, Alamo Plaza is a bustling area full of fun restaurants, attractions, and other things to do. Check out our list of Alamo Plaza attractions to help plan your day around exploring the Alamo Plaza, from world-class museums to action-packed rides.

Save on Admission to Alamo Plaza Area Attractions

Many of the Alamo Plaza attractions listed below are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass. Choose as you go from many of the top San Antonio attractions and save up to 40% off combined admission vs. paying at the gate. Or, build your own pass and save up to 20% off. For all available passes, attractions, and prices - Learn more.

Hop-On Hop-Off San Antonio Bus Tour

CitySightseeing San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour is a great way to get around San Antonio to all the major attractions One of the best ways to get acquainted with the area is via the CitySightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off San Antonio Bus Tour. You'll get to see all the best of San Antonio, from the Riverwalk to Southtown. Along the way you'll get informative and entertaining narration by professional guides who know all about the city's most significant landmarks, neighborhoods, and hotspots. Enjoy the freedom to hop-on and off at any of the stops to explore some of the popular attractions along the way. Getting In: Hop On Hop Off San Antonio Bus tickets are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Battle for Texas: The Experience℠

Battle-for-Texas-The-Experience-1 Immerse yourself in every aspect of the Battle of the Alamo with Battle for Texas: The Experience and witness the spectacle, heroism, and the ultimate sacrifice made by those who fought in one of the most pivotal battles in U.S. history. In this fully interactive exhibition, you’ll travel back in time to 1836 Texas and experience what daily life was like for early Texas settlers, learn about the tensions leading up to the Texas Revolution from both Texan and Mexican perspectives, and witness the emotional Battle of the Alamo brought to life through heart-racing, multimedia re-enactments. You'll get to see lots of rare artifacts from the battle, including Santa Anna's uniform, Bowie knives, and possession that once belonged to Davy Crockett. Getting In: Battle for Texas: The Experience tickets are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Guinness World Records Museum

Alamo-Plaza-Attractions-6 Explore some fascinating record-breaking history at Guinness World Records where you can see the pages of the famous books brought to life through various interactive displays and exhibits. Guinness World Records is the first museum in the world to give guests a chance at breaking official records. See if you can set any new records in the Attempt Arena or catch one of the daily live shows featuring official Guinness World Records adjudicators. Getting In: Guinness World Records Museum tickets are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Tomb Rider 3D

Tomb Rider 3-D is a fun kid-friendly attraction right near Alamo Plaza in San Antonio Part laser tag challenge, part thrill ride, Tomb Rider 3-D takes you on a spooky journey to the ancient tomb of the Egyptian God, Anubis where you'll have to battle to take down any and all obstacles that pop up along the way on this interactive ride. After the ride, try your hand at some of the classic games in the arcade. (Free!) Getting In: Tomb Rider 3D tickets are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Ripley's Haunted Adventure

Ripley's Haunted Adventure is a popular Alamo Plaza attraction in San Antonio If you're looking for a good scream session, see how long you last before getting scared in this spooky and interactive haunted house adventure. With its cast of live actors, high tech special effects, creepy artifacts, and props, the line between fake and reality is scarily indistinguishable. Getting In: Ripley's Haunted Adventure tickets are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

The Alamo

The Alamo front view By Bigroger27509 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Rich in historic significance, the Alamo is the most visited historic landmark in all of Texas. Located in the heart of San Antonio, the former Spanish church turned battle fortress serves as a standing testament to those who sacrificed their life in 1836 in one of the most pivotal battles in American history. Walk around the square at your own pace and explore the very spot where, after months of fighting, the Texian troops defeated the larger Mexican troops achieving independence to the shouts of "Remember the Alamo!"

Ripley's Believe It or Not! San Antonio

See how you stack up next to the world's tallest man Robert Wadlow at Ripley's Believe It or Not! San Antonio See how you stack up next to the world's tallest man, Robert Wadlow, at Ripley's Believe It or Not! San Antonio
There's something for everyone at Ripley's Believe It or Not! San Antonio, the strangest place in San Antonio. Take a walk through 18 themed galleries and over 500 exhibits in the "Odditorium," an entire museum highlighting bizarre and unusual phenomenon from around the world. In addition to the bizarre and unusual things you'll see, you'll also get to learn about the fascinating life of Mr. Ripley himself; from semi-pro baseball player and cartoonist to collector and curator of his famous museums. Getting In: Ripley's San Antonio tickets are separately ticketed and not available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

San Antonio Fire Museum

Learn about the history of the Fire Service through an extensive collection of exhibits filled with artifacts, documents, and photos documenting the Fire Service dating back to the mid 1800's. Young ones will especially enjoy dressing up in authentic replicas of Firefighters' gear and then climbing onto the 1953 International fire truck built by the Simms Fire Equipment Company. Getting In: Admission to the San Antonio Fire Museum is free.

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum and Texas Ranger Museum

Buckhorn Saloon and Museum and Texas Ranger Museum Get an immersive Texas experience and explore these two located in the same building providing a holistic portrayal of Texan history and culture. The Buckhorn Museum boasts collections wildlife from every continent of the world and natural artifacts collected from travelers passing through the area such as, bones, antlers, and over 500 distinct species of wildlife. The Texas Ranger Museum features hundreds of artifacts from the days of the Texas Ranger, including revolvers, automatic handguns, sawed off shotguns, photographs, and more. Walk through Ranger Town to see what San Antonio was like at the turn of the century complete with a replica of the Buckhorn Saloon, a jail cell, blacksmith shop, and more. Getting In: Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum tickets are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Let's Recap

There you have it - some of the fun Alamo Plaza attractions and things to do in the heart of San Antonio, Texas. Plan to add a few of the attractions above to your vacation itinerary to make the most of your trip. Remember, a number of the attractions listed above in addition to other popular San Antonio area attractions are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.