For those that attend CHEST 2018 for a couple days or for the entire meeting, we know you’re always on the go, so we’ve come up with a few quick things to do in San Antonio without having to go more than a few blocks outside of the convention center.
While some may be hardcore In-N-Out fans, there’s another well-known burger joint in Texas with a location that happens to be next to the convention center on E. Commerce Street. Head on over to Whataburger and experience what the company calls a “bigger, better burger”.
2. San Antonio Riverwalk
Want to experience the San Antonio, Texas atmosphere but don’t have time for a long excursion? The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is a literal few steps away from the Riverwalk, which winds throughout the city. Off of the north-west corner of the convention center, take a stroll and experience the picturesque beauty of the San Antonio river, the restaurants, and the bright colors.
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3. La Villita Historic Arts Village
Interested in art? Interested in architecture? La Villita, located on the west side of the convention center on S Alamo St, is on the US government’s National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District. Take a look at different architectural styles, like adobe, early Victorian, and Texas vernacular limestone buildings. You’ll find markers throughout La Villita with information about each building’s history. You’ll also find local artists, custom art, and unique dining options.
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4. Tower of the Americas
Exit the south-end of the convention center to go to the Tower of the Americas for a spectacular view of the city. This 750-foot tall tower has an observation deck, revolving restaurant with panoramic views, a stationary bar, and a 4D theater adventure ride great for the whole family. This is a great stop for lunch, dinner, or a nice afternoon activity.
5. The Alamo
Lastly, if you have an hour to spare, take a tour of the Alamo that commemorates the 1836 siege and battle. There are free and ticketed activities including, audio or guided tours (ticketed), or history talks, visiting the Alamo Church, exhibitions, and more! Don’t forget to stop at the gift shop for a souvenir or two to take home.