We all know that San Antonio is great for ice-cold margaritas on the riverwalk, but what you probably didn't know about is all the things to do off the riverwalk, check them out below.
San Antonio Zoo
Ranked in the Top 10 Best Zoos for Kids by Parents magazine, the San Antonio Zoo, visited by over a million people annually, is the nation's third largest. Over 8,500 animals represent 779 species. Use SAVE coupons for discount admission.
Japanese Tea Garden & Jingu House Restaurant
Created in the pit of an old limestone quarry in 1918, the Japanese Tea Garden is a quiet retreat of walkways, bridges and a Koi-filled pond, and admission is free. Stop for lunch at the Jingu House. See a photo of the cool looking Jingu House and read the menu.
King William Historic District
Stay in a charming B&B in the gracious King William neighborhood just blocks from downtown. This is the heart of San Antonio's art scene. Opulent mansions, bistros, retro shops, working artists' studios, galleries and taco stands give this area personality. Take a self-guided walking tour or take guided tours at Edward Steves Homestead and Villa Finale.
Year of Jazz Concerts
San Antonio's Year of Jazz monthly concert series (through October 2012) showcases local, regional and national musicians. In April, Polly Harrison plays a tribute to Parisian jazz. In May, it's the Three Divas, and in June, it's the Kris Kimura Quintet.
Bicycle along the city's growing Bike Share network -- and see miles of the River Walk. Start at the north end, at the Pearl Brewery. Ride south all the way to Bluestar Contemporary Art Center on the edge of the King William Historic District south of downtown. Get the Bike Share map.
Al Fresco Shopping
Start downtown at Market Square, the largest Mexican market in the U.S. Head north to The Shops at La Cantera, with upscale big brands and plenty of benches, fountains, playgrounds, luscious landscaping and great restaurants.
The Darwin Exhibit
The American Museum of Natural History in New York's acclaimed international exhibit makes its only Texas stop in San Antonio. Darwin: How One Man's Theory Turned the World on its Head, is here until September 3, at the Witte Museum, where you can also browse the South Texas Heritage Center open as of May 2012.
San Antonio's spectacular outdoor patios include dozens of sanctuaries on and off the River Walk. For top places to watch the sunet, it doesn't get much better than the aptly named Francesca's at Sunset, north of downtown, at the Westin La Cantera resort. Or the revolving Chart House restaurant atop the Tower of the Americas.
Spa Day (or Week)
Get the royal treatment at one of San Antonio's growing number of luxury resorts and spas. The Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa opened in late 2011. The weather is perfect for pampering at one of the hill country resort's outdoor treatment spaces.
You might be lucky enough to spot hundreds of American White Pelicans resting at Mitchell Lake, part of the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, a 1200-acre refuge minutes south of downtown. Check the San Antonio Audubon Society for a list of more birding sites in and around the area.
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