San Antonio gives you millions of twinkling reasons to register for the 2017 Humana Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, not to mention a new flat, fast and beautiful course that takes your run through the city's rich history, diverse culture and unparalleled fun.
Downtown San Antonio is connected by the world famous River Walk so getting around is easy on foot. But if you're saving your legs or they are too tired to move, we've got you covered there too!
River Barge: Hop aboard a river barge for a unique tour of the city or travel by River Taxi with stops at 39 locations on the River Walk.
San Antonio B-Cycle: Try our automated bike sharing system intended for short trips and quick adventures. B-stations are distributed in downtown San Antonio in highly visible and trafficked areas.
VIVA Bus Routes: Discover even more of the city with three new bus routes developed to quickly connect riders with popular sites and attractions related to culture, our San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site and the downtown area.
Run past San Antonio attractions. Then go back and visit them.
The new course will have you start and finish in the core of downtown San Antonio and take you past some of the city's greatest attractions. Below is a guide of what you can expect to see in San Antonio during the Humana Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & 1/2 marathong. Arrive early or stay after - whatever you do, extend your trip to take to soak up the art, history and culture of unforgetable San Antonio!
San Antonio – The Saga at Main Plaza: Projected on the façade of the San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio – The Saga tells the story of the city through a spectacular display of color, light, music and historical images. Free Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art: The San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in a castle-like building that was formerly the Lone Star Brewery. This museum is noted for its antiquities collections and the Latin American Art. Free Sundays 10a.m. to 12p.m.
The DoSeum: Celebrate imagination and education at San Antonio’s Museum for Kids, featuring exhibits that make learning fun. Free admission is offered the first and third Tuesdays of each month.
The Briscoe Western Art Museum: The Briscoe Western Art Museum on the River Walk preserves and interprets the art, history and culture of the American West through exhibitions, educational programs and public events. Free for children 12 & under and for active military personnel and up to four of their family members.
Institute of Texan Cultures: The Institute of Texan Cultures, located in Hemisfair Park, presents the stories of the people who settled Texas through exhibits, programs and special events.
Brackenridge Park: One of the city's most beloved parks is Brackenridge Park which features alcoves perfect for picnics, a playground, trails for quiet walks and a dog park.
Hemisfair Park: Relax for a spell in this functional urban oasis that offers plenty of green space in our vibrant downtown area. Built to host the 1968 World’s Fair, Hemisfair Park also features Yanaguana Garden, with playscapes, a splash pad, public art and more.
The Missions & Alamo: San Antonio began as a community of five Spanish colonial missions built along the spring-fed San Antonio River. These missions have collectively been named the first World Heritage Site in Texas by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). All are open to the public and free to explore, including the world-famous Alamo. For easy access from mission to mission, San Antonio's 12-mile Mission Trail is perfect and welcomes hiking and biking. If you don't want to bring your bike on your trip, you can rent one using the affordable B-Cycle program. You can also take the new VIVA Mission service by VIA for $2.75!
The River Walk: The River Walk is all about fun with restaurants, bars, theaters, shops and historic sites. Now there is even more River Walk to enjoy with the Museum and Mission Reaches.
La Villita: Originally established by Spanish soldiers stationed at the Alamo, La Villita has been reincarnated as a historic arts village where beautifully restored residences house galleries and shops.
Market Square: Market Square is the largest Mexican market in the nation and always has a festive environment. With great restaurants, working artists, live music, performances and shopping galore, you will want to spend a while walking around and taking in the sites.
King William Historic District: Just south of downtown, the King William Historic District — the first historic district in Texas — reflects San Antonio's European heritage in a gracious residential area settled in the late 1800s by German immigrants. Free brochure guides and maps are provided at saconservation.org
Pearl: This historic complex offers great entertainment for the whole family, including First Thursdays, with live music, in-store sales and more, and the Pearl Farmers Market, which is chock-full of beautiful local produce and products. You’ll also find local shops, cooking classes, special events and acclaimed restaurants, giving you plenty of amazing places to browse or join in on the fun.
Lights and Parades
San Antonio is known for being a festive city, and the holidays are certainly no exception. In this special time of year, the historic streets and famous River Walk shine brighter than ever.
Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias: Enjoy the holiday serenity of the River Walk with a stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 6,000 luminarias. These warmly glowing candles in sand-filled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the "lighting of the way" for the Holy Family. This centuries-old tradition begins at dusk Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Tamales at Pearl, December 2017: Located along the River Walk, Tamales at Pearl offers delicious tamales from over 40 vendors, live music and plenty of fun for the whole family. This festive event is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays, as well as the rich culture of San Antonio.
Ford Holiday Boat Caroling: Listen to the joyous sounds of carolers from more than 185 school, church, company and civic choral groups along the banks of the River Walk. Each night, boats float on the river with groups performing live Christmas carols for the public, who can enjoy the performances while strolling the walkways or sitting on a restaurant patio.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration: Enjoy SeaWorld San Antonio’s amazing array of family-friendly seasonal shows and find dazzling Christmas lights, candy canes, hot chocolate and more.
Six Flags Holiday in Park: Experience thrilling rides and exciting family entertainment, along with tasty treats and iceless skating, at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
Morgan’s Wonderland: Discover a winter wonderland with sparkling lights, carolers and Santa Claus at Morgan’s Wonderland.
Zoo Lights: See the San Antonio Zoo in a whole new light, with wild colors, exotic decorations and intricate animal patterns twinkling in the night.