Free Things to Do in San Antonio

San Antonio has temperate weather year-round, is easy to navigate, is steeped in history, and offers a number of free things to do–including two of the city’s top attractions. Below are just a few of the many free things to do in San Antonio.

Alamo. The Mission San Antonio de Valero, better known as the Alamo, is best remembered as the site of the valiant effort in 1836 by a handful of Texans, including Davy Crockett, to defend the city from the Mexican army. Today, the site, in the heart of downtown, is open to the public every day except for Christmas Eve and Christmas. Admission is free.

La Villita. The “Little Village” is located along the banks of the San Antonio River. This artist market is filled with art galleries, artisan workshops, restaurants, and colorful displays. It’s a great place for an afternoon walk.

Strolling the Riverwalk. Dining and shopping in the stylish Riverwalk restaurants and boutiques may not be free, but walking along the historic promenade in the center of downtown doesn’t cost a dime.

McNay Art Museum. The McNay Art Museum, located in upscale Alamo Heights, is set on 23 acres of manicured grounds. The museum specializes in 19th and 20th century American and European art. Admission is free.