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The Ultimate San Antonio Bucket List! 25+ Local Favorites!

  • April 10, 2023
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Welcome to one of the best cities in Texas! Whether you’re new to San Antonio or looking for some fun as a local resident, there is plenty to do in the famous Alamo City. And just like you’ll remember the Alamo, you’ll remember these excellent bucket list finds! 

As your go-to guide to the city, UNATION has curated this guide to help you find some of the best things to do while exploring our Texas gem! Of course, you already know to explore The Alamo and catch a Spurs game if you can, but we wanted to include some hidden gems as well!  So, if you’re looking for tasty foods, creatively crafted drinks, places to explore, and even more, get ready to read!

Here is UNATION’s guide to The Ultimate San Antonio Bucket List! 


Get Outside!🌸

Looking for activities under the San Antonio sunshine? San Antonio is home to some beautiful spots you’ll want on your bucket list! From incredible flora and fauna to relaxing rivers, you’re sure to find somewhere to breathe in some fresh air and enjoy the long Texas days. 

San Antonio Botanical Garden Bucketlist

San Antonio Botanical Garden


Whether you’re looking to chase waterfalls or explore San Antonio’s history, our city has plenty to add to your bucket list when it comes to being outdoors!

Explore 38 acres of this living museum made of both native and imported flowers and plants at the San Antonio Botanical Garden! With art pieces, plant sculptures, and winding paths to see, this horticultural beauty is a must-visit!  If you’ve been here and done that, head to the Japanese Tea Garden for a century-old garden with Japanese architecture and the dreamiest of ponds and waterfalls. 

If you’re looking for a hiking spot, hit the Mission Trails! San Antonio is home to the largest concentration of Spanish colonial architecture and you can hike some of these beautiful missions for a walk you’ll forever remember! But, if you’re looking for a favorite local pastime, rent a tube and float down the Comal River. The cold water is perfect for the days of Texas heat when you want to have fun with friends.

Explore these activities and more below!

Where Are the Foodies at? 🍲

In San Antonio, we know food is love. Luckily for visitors and residents, we’ve got the eats! From being the #1 BBQ spot in the country to having the best tacos, if you’re ready to eat, we’ve got you covered! Now get ready for some unique San Antonio spots you MUST add to your bucket list.

San Antonio 2M Smokehouse Bucket List

2M Smokehouse

📸: 2M Smokehouse

For all the foodies, snack lovers, and those who just LOVE to eat, get ready to add some tasty goodness to your bucket list!

As the top dog in the BBQ world, we had to include a San Antonio favorite! 2M Smokehouse is home to some of the BEST BBQ in our city with exceptional pitmasters, a great environment, and heavenly food. (I mean, just look at the picture above!)

If your BBQ taste buds are looking for something a bit different, head to Curry Boys BBQ. This fusion spot brings Texas BBQ and Southeast Asian Cury together for a PARTY in your mouth.

If you’ve crossed BBQ off your bucket list, check out Los Azulejos for vibrant and flavorful Mexican cuisine, don’t forget your margarita though! Wanting classic American food packed with flavor or award-winning fried chicken? Head to Earl Abels. But, if you’re an Italian lover, Capparelli’s On Main is a San Antonio staple.

Wherever you find yourself eating, you’re sure to enjoy. Explore these spots and other tasty picks below.

Sippin' San Antonio!🍹

If you’re 21+, these bucket list finds belong on your list! With expertly crafted cocktails, the coolest vibes, and local flavors, these bars are worth checking out! Choose something tasty for us and remember to tag us @stufftodoinsanantonio with your drink of choice.

San Antonio Amor Eterno bucket list

Amor Eterno

📸: Amor Eterno

Trust us, you WILL be in love forever with San Antonio’s bar scene. Your bucket list may not even have room for all of the amazing bars in our city but don’t fret, here are a few of our favorites.

Amor Eterno is a craft cocktail bar offering elevated food and an awesome environment. Soak up all the SATX vibes here with delicious drinks and fun events like vinyl nights where you can listen to great music and enjoy the intimate spot.

If you’re looking for some history with your drink, head to The Esquire Tavern for a moody experience with one of the oldest bars in San Antonio,  opening in 1933! If a rooftop bar overlooking the city is more your vibe, head to 1Watson for delicious cocktails and gorgeous views!

Our wine lovers will enjoy ReRooted 210 for local wine in an urban spot but those of you who are not sure of exactly what you want, head to the Modernist. This spot doesn’t have a menu with expert mixologists who curate a drink based on what you like!

Our city is one of the best to clink glasses in and we hope you’ll add these spots to your bucket list! If you’ve visited these or want more, check out the other spots below!

Ready, Set, Shop! 🛍️

There are plenty of places to get in some retail therapy in San Antonio! We love our small businesses and always support #shoppingsmall so we definitely recommend checking out the unique businesses in our city for a shopping experience you’ll never forget!

San Antonio Rancho Diaz bucket list

Rancho Diaz

📸: Rancho Diaz

Here at UNATION, we are always ready to shop till we drop! There are so many fun and unique places to stop in our city to get your shopping fix and whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find while exploring! So, add these shops to your bucket list, you’re sure to find something (or a lot of things),  you’ll love!

Rancho Diaz is filled with eclectic and colorful items and goods from Texas, Mexico, and all around the globe! You’re sure to find colorful and one-of-a-kind goodies you’ll obsess over while in this shop! After you’re done here, head to Felíz Modern Pop, “the home of happy”!

If you’re in need of leather goods with amazing quality and local origins, check out Bexar Goods Co., their products are beautifully handcrafted! For the bookish readers, Nowhere Bookshop is a San Antonio fav! Come here for a wide range of books, author events, and a coffee, wine, and beer bar!

If you’re one for crystals, incense, and all things spiritual, head to Mystique Moon! This shop has a bunch of affordable items and even offers classes to those wanting to learn more about spiritual and metaphysical practices

Whatever you’re looking for on a bucket list shopping spree,  San Antonio is sure to have it! Check out these shops are more below!

For The Tourist!🧳

So, you’re new here. Or, you just want to live like a tourist! These San Antonio activities are perfect for those who already know about the go-to tourist things to do! Here’s some fun for those who want more stuff to do after the Hop On Hop Off tours!

San Antonio The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum bucket list

The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

📸:The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

Let’s live a little! Being a tourist in your own city can be so much fun but these activities are perfect for anyone! Explore what makes San Antonio unique and have a great time along the way.

The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum explores the rich history of our city with two museums and a cafe. This spot is rumored to be the place Pancho Villa planned the Mexican Revolution and is filled with rich history!

If you’re looking to visit history in a different way, Bad Wolf Ghost Tours will guide you through San Antonio’s most haunted spots! You can even do a haunted pub crawl if you need some liquid courage. 👻

If you want to experience SATX food in a fun way, spend the day with SA Food Tours. But, if you’re an art person, take the San Antonio Street Art Tour to explore the murals covering our city.

And if you add anything to the bucket list, you MUST add a visit to the Historic Market Square filled with local artisans, authentic Mexican foods, and a spot to be immersed in our San Antonio culture.

Check out these and other fun spots below for tourists or locals!

Are You NOT Entertained? ✨

Looking for something fun to add to your bucket list? Need a way to tackle a boring weekend or want to get out for a date night? San Antonio is filled with fun options for a good time, so explore these options below!

San Antonio San Antonio Zoo bucket list

San Antonio Zoo

📸: San Antonio Zoo

How’s it hanging? Whether you’re in need of an adrenaline rush or a visit with some furry friends, we’ve got you covered with some exciting and fun entertainment options!

San Antonio Zoo is home to over 750 species and has operated since the 1800s! This Zoo is a local favorite and always fun for any and all ages. Don’t forget to check out the birds here too! Our city has one of the world’s largest bird collections!

If you’re an adrenaline junky looking for something to get your heart pumping, head to Six Flags Fiesta Texas for rollercoaster riding or race your friends at K1 Speed! Who doesn’t love friendly and fast competition?

If you’re looking to two-step or experience some country activity, visit Tejas Rodeo for good food, dancing, live music, and of course the rodeo! Or, if you’re looking for a performance, check out the shows at the Tobin Center.

Whatever you find yourself doing, we hope you get some inspo from these ideas and the ones below!


Before You Go...

Don’t forget to save or bookmark this San Antonio Bucket List and we hope you get out and explore some of these spots! Make sure to tag us in any of your adventures!

If you’re looking for more events and things to do in San Antonio check out the UNATION  or the UNATION app! Keep up with us @stufftodoinsanantonio and follow us on InstagramTikTok, and Facebook!

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