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25 Reasons Living In San Antonio Ruins You For Life

There’s more to remember than the Alamo.

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1. Because the Riverwalk is SO much more than that stretch for tourists downtown:

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Thanks to the San Antonio River Foundation.

2. Although TBH you can have a pretty great time with the tourists, too:

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For all the hate the Riverwalk gets, those barge tours are pretty fun.

3. Because you’ll never have a better breakfast taco:

 

4. Or a more luscious puffy taco:

 

These are from Ray’s Drive Inn and Henry’s Puffy Tacos, respectively.

5. And you’ll never find a tastier chicken fried steak and giant cinnamon roll served together anywhere else:

 

6. Because there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than wandering around the Japanese Tea Garden:

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7. Or visiting the old missions on the missions trail:

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A UNESCO World Heritage site! Read more about what that means here and here.

8. Because there’s so much indie theater that you can’t find anywhere else:

 

9. Not to mention art:

 

Like the exhibits at Blue Star Arts Complex and Luminaria.

Which is literally everywhere, even on the cathedrals:

This is San Antonio | The Saga.

And out in the open air:

 

These are just a couple of the many, many murals that you can find all around the city. Learn more here.

10. Because you’re never too far from a good rollercoaster:

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Season passes to Six Flags Fiesta Texas = visiting in October when the weather’s perfect and the lines are short.

11. Or the Guadalupe river:

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Here are the rules for getting your river drink on.

12. Or that giant granite dome called Enchanted Rock:

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It’s about an hour and a half outside of the city. Get visiting information here.

13. Or some of the most stunning caves in the entire country:

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Brush up on your geological knowledge at Natural Bridge Caverns.

14. Because the views from the Tower of the Americas are unbelievable:

 

Even if the food’s a little overpriced, the restaurant freaking ROTATES, what else do you want?

15. Because you can always find a cold glass (or can) of local beer:

 

The Alamo Beer Company is right beneath the Hays Street Bridge in the city. And you can tour the super local Real Ale and the ubiquitous Shiner breweries just outside of town.

16. Or wine blessed by the Hill Country sunshine:

 

These are Becker Vineyards and Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, which are a short drive away. You can see a complete list of Hill Country vineyards here.

17. Oh, and strong, delicious margaritas:

 

On the left is El Mirador’s margarita, which according to the San Antonio Current’s Best of 2015, is the top marg in the city. On the right is La Gloria’s, which comes in at number two.

18. Because everyone goes all out for Fiesta every year:

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This is Night in Old San Antonio.

And it is so freaking gorgeous:

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This is the Battle of Flowers parade, where you yell “Show me your shoes!” and the princesses lift their skirts to flaunt their crazy footwear.

20. And so is the Rodeo:

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It’s only been awarded “Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year” for 11 years straight, NBD.

21. And let’s not forget the Spurs!

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Five championship rings. Enough said.

22. Because you can spend literally all day eating, shopping, and chilling at the Pearl Brewery:

 

Like at The Tiny Finch or Cured. Learn more about the Pearl here.

23. And, okay, yes, you can also spend a few hours learning your Texas history at the Alamo:

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It’s smaller than you think it is, but still pretty cool. Afterward, stroll over to The Esquire or Zinc Bistro for some mostly un-touristy food and booze.

24. But best of all? You’re right in the heart of Texas.

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25. And there’s no better place to be.

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