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Welcome Your Guests to the Alamo City with a Texas-Style Itinerary

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Entertain Out-of-Towners

With the buzz surrounding your special day, don’t forget to consider your out-of-town wedding guests’ needs. Besides overnight accommodations, flights, and transportation, it’s important to ensure that travelers have a good time before, during, and after your “I dos.” After all, guests will put forth a lot of effort and expense to share your joy on your wedding day, so it’s the least you can do to keep them entertained. One of the simplest and most useful things you could provide for your guests is a wedding itinerary with a complete rundown of events surrounding your wedding as well as a travel guide offering local sights worth seeing. We did a little bit of the legwork for you—check out some of our favorite Texas to-do's.

Tex-Mex Eats

Out-of-towners have to take a bite out of San Antonio's iconic Tex-Mex cuisine. Check out our favorite Tex-Mex flavors in town:

  • Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine. Paloma Blanca is well known for authentic flavorful foods that go above and beyond traditional Tex-Mex fare. Whether you’re craving enchiladas verdes, hand made flautas, or a zesty margarita this San Antonio favorite is the place to go.
  • Guadalajara Grill. If you’re interested in a combination of traditional Mexican eats and Tex-Mex treats, this restaurant is the place for you. From Chile con Queso to Carnitas Guadalajara, everything is made from scratch using the freshest ingredients.
  • Matamoros Restaurant & Cantina. In addition to friendly service, Matamoros is beloved by locals for its’ classic Tex-Mex combos & margarita flavors. Guests can also enjoy live music and dancing on Friday and Saturday.

Family-Friendly Fun

Many of your guests may be traveling with children, so make sure to include activities that can be fun for the whole family. Here are some of our family friendly picks:

  • San Antonio Zoo. What better place to put a smile on a child’s (or adult’s) face? The Savanna exhibit is the new “must do” at the zoo! Supervised by zoo staff, guests are able to feed one of Africa’s most majestic creatures, the giraffe—talk about an experience you’ll never forget!
  • Witte Museum. The Witte Museum is San Antonio's premier museum of South Texas history, culture, and natural science. Children and adults alike have a blast learning new things in the Witte’s awe-inspiring exhibitions.
  • The DoSeum. Get ready for hands on learning and lots of fun! The DoSeum has a space for every child of every age and offers discovery and learning opportunities for all to enjoy.

Night Life

Rather than sending your guests out into the city streets in the dark to find a happy hour hotspot, point them in the right direction. Take a look at a few places we love:

  • Tower of the Americas. Located 750-feet above the city, guests can enjoy the most spectacular views while sipping on a glass of wine or a cocktail during happy hour.
  • Menger Hotel. Known as the soul of the historic Menger Hotel, the Menger Bar is the perfect destination for out-of-towners searching for a cocktail with a bit of Lone Star history on the side.
  • Scenic Loop Café & Bar. This Hill Country happy hour hotspot is all about Texas hospitality and having fun. Enjoy live music, beer, and margaritas Monday-Thursday.

Tourist Destinations

Out-of-towners and first-time visitors love San Antonio’s outdoor historic sites. Besides the Alamo and the Riverwalk, here are just a handful of options for guests:

  • Japanese Tea Garden. With over 90 years of history in the Alamo City, the Japanese Tea Garden was built in an historic rock quarry and features, floral displays, a waterfall, a Koi habitat, and the historic Jingu House Café.
  • The Guenther House. What began as a home for Carl Hilmar Guenther’s family in 1860, became the restaurant and museum we know and love today. Make sure to stop by in the morning for what locals deem the “best” breakfast in town.
  • San Antonio Botanical. Located on a piece of land that began as a limestone quarry and then became a water works system in the 1800’s, the 38-acre living museum is home to eye-catching flora and fauna as well as antique architecture.

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