5 Must-Do Things for This Weekend

Just because you live in a place that always has something to do doesn’t mean you always know what to do. But there are always things to do, and several you must do if you live in or near San Antonio.

1. Wine, Anyone?








Texas produces some fantastic wines. So much so that there really is such a thing as the Texas Wine trail, which runs a string of 30+ Hill Country wineries. Follow the trail (but don’t drive it) from just north of San Antonio, though Fredericksburg and Lampasas, and stop in New Braunfels. See how the state’s best wines are made, get samples, and take in some fabulous scenery along the way.

2. Boo!


It doesn’t need to be Halloween season to enjoy a good spooky haunted house (though Halloween certainly doesn’t hurt). San Antonio offers at least 15 haunted locations downtown that are open for touring year-round. And the haunted fun is done up right, no matter when you visit. Yes, San Antonians take their spookiness seriously.

3. Journey to the Center of the Earth

Okay, maybe not the center, but far enough to notice. San Antonio’s neighbor, Boerne, is home to the Natural Bridge Caverns, which, even more than the haunted houses, is not for the feint of heart. Start by being lowered through a 160-foot well shaft by rope. Then you climb, crawl, and rappel your way through the caverns with a guide and only the lights on your helmets to help you see. There are other nearby caverns too, and you could make a day out of being underground.

 4. Showtime

San Antonio offers plenty of culture when it comes to stage and screen. For concerts and shows, drop into the Majestic Theatre downtown, where some of the world’s biggest stars and ensembles play. You can also read the history of the theater with a basement tour, where signed murals from shows over the years are all around. If you’d rather a movie with something extra, drop into the Alamo Drafthouse, where the presence of excellent beer and food draws plenty of moviegoers. And fear not, the Alamo Drafthouse has no tolerance for people who talk or text, so you’ll get to eat, drink, and watch a flick without worry. And by the way, go to one of the Cartoon Saturday Cereal Parties ‒‒ you get to watch cartoons in your PJs.

5. Botanica Natura

Want to get outside and view some serene grounds? Try the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. You can occasionally attend a “Gadens by Moonlight” tour, usually in mid-October, or maybe take a date to one the concerts under the stars. Or you could just stroll through the splendor and get away from all things familiar for a little while. Posted by Richard Soto on
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