After a fun day of flying, eating some of very delicious ramen, playing in Zilker Park, and commuting from Austin to San Antonio, we slept it off well that night, woke up energized in the morning and ready to go out and have fun in San Antonio! We first woke up and experienced our first premium breakfast buffet included at no extra cost in our hotel. After breakfast we went west of our hotel to the San Fernando Cathedral.
San Fernando Cathedral
We went to the Cathedral not by walking, not by bus, instead we traveled by motorized scooter. We rented a couple of Lime Scooters and rode to the Cathedral and rode around a bit in front of the cathedral. The kids loved it! On a more serious note, being in front of the cathedral was like being in Europe. The Gothic architecture of the cathedral was amazing to admire and I almost forgot that we were still in the USA, let alone Texas!
We decided to go into the Cathedral and since it was Sunday morning, Mass was about to start, so we picked a seat. A nice man approached us and invited us to stay for Mass. We did not since we had so many things to see that day, so we left right before they started. It was beautiful inside the cathedral.
From the cathedral we walked through part of Riverwalk to the Alamo.
If you think the Alamo is only for the Texans, you are gravely mistaken. The story of the Alamo and how Texas gained independence from Mexico is more than just Texas State History, it is US History and the Alamo is Ground Zero of the war that was fought to gain independence.
Note: They did not allow photos or videos to be taken inside the main building and the armory.
It’s interesting to visit the different buildings in the Alamo to learn what they were used for during the days prior to the wars and after the wars. In the armory you can see the different weapons that were used during the battles.
While there, be sure to go toward the back of the property where the theatre is located and you can watch a 7-minute video that quickly details the history of Texas from Mexican territory to eventually becoming a state in the USA.
We finished our visit in by visiting the gift shop and buying a few souvenirs. Once we were completely done, we left the Alamo and traveled to across the street to enter Riverwalk to eat at Bier Garten for lunch.
Bier Garten Riverwalk
If you like German food and drinks, look no further than Bier Garten located just between Riverwalk and the Alamo. You can eat sausages, saur kraut, sandwiches, burgers (for those of you who are not adventurous), and many choices of drinks including soda, German beers, American beers, and cocktails.
We ordered the Bier Garten Sampler platter for my wife, older daughter Ariana, and I. Our younger pickier eater, we ordered french fries. The sausages and the dipping sauces and mustards were all really good!
After we finished eating, we visited a mirror maze where the kids and my wife went through and had a lot of fun getting lost in a maze with mirrored walls.
During this time, I took a video of Riverwalk, which you can see below.
After the Mirror Maze, we decided to take a walk around Riverwalk, we ended up seeing all of it and we walked all the way around until we arrived at our hotel. We walked by many restaurants, bars, and shops. We made a quick stop at Rain Forest Cafe, but we did not eat there, we just admired the indoor jungle and the fake animals inside. We continued to see different parts of Riverwalk including a stage where a scene of the movie Miss Congeniality was filmed.
We noticed Riverwalk Cruise boats going by often and we decided we needed to take this boat ride, so we did so on Day 2.
Riverwalk was amazing, and I was thinking to myself, I could see us living here and hanging out at Riverwalk often!
Free Dinner at the Hotel?
It’s always a plus when hotels offer free breakfast in the morning, especially if it’s a gourmet breakfast buffet such as they have at the Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk, but did you know that some hotels including our Hotel offer free dinner? They call it Happy Hour, because they have a bar that serves various drinks, but they have a fairly large dinner buffet. It’s not fancy food, but it’s filling, and it’s FREE!!!
We decided to eat dinner at the Hotel after a long, fun, and tiring day. Also we were still pretty full from lunch at Bier Garten, so eating lightly seemed to be the better option this evening. That evening, they had a taco bar, soup bar, salad bar, and nacho bar. It was perfect for refilling our stomachs a little bit to carry us through the night, and it was relaxing.
After dinner we all got into our swim suits and ascended up to the 9th floor of one of the wings of our hotel and went swimming. We went to the indoor pool since it was too chilly to go to the outdoor pool.
Laser Light Show on the Cathedral
After the pool, ascended up to the 14th floor of our hotel to witness the light show on the same San Fernando Cathedral mentioned above. Truly spectacular.
It’s amazing how much we got to see on our first full day in San Antonio. This city is amazing!