We stayed at the River Walk Hotel in San Antonio. It is a historic hotel filled with murals and is located, as the name suggests, right by the river walk. Since we arrived before our check-in time, my family decided to starting exploring our beautiful surroundings.
The inside of the parking garage was painted to look like the river walk. It really brightened up the space. I've never seen such an attractive garage. The ramps to get up and down the lot were scarily steep and I had to keep my eyes shut while we were on them.
This is a painting I found inside the hotel during check-in. This lady is just soaring over town.
For dinner our first night we went to a Mexican restaurant called Cafe Ole. Like the rest of the river walk, it was vividly colorful. They also had a live musical guest that we enjoyed. We ordered various fajitas and mom got a margarita to share.
It was dark when we got out and the night time river walk was gorgeous. There were light strands hanging from trees and all the shop fronts had lights and decorations as well. Being New Year's Eve, it was packed and there were a lot of tipsy people about. We eventually returned to our hotel and then stayed awake until the fireworks went off at midnight. It was a spectacular show and a great way to enter the new year.
The next morning we headed downtown to see the Alamo. One the way there we passed through a stone courtyard that had quotes engraved into the rock.
The site was beautifully maintained and had informational plaques around the grounds to explain the history. I'm glad for that because before actually arriving in San Antonio, I thought the Alamo was a famous haunted building. Our trip cleared that up. The only aspect about this excursion I disliked was that you were required to have a group photo taken before entering the actual Alamo, which they tried to make you buy at the end.
There was a koi pond on the site. They must get fed by tourists frequently because they kept coming to the surface trying to get our attention!
This spiky cactus tree is one of the most bizarre and intriguing plants I've ever seen.
For lunch we went to the Rainforest Cafe. This was my sister and I's favorite restaurant when we were little. After being seated, the server asked if either my sister or I wanted a coloring sheet, and I agreed! He dropped it off while I was exploring with my mom and told my sister, "it's okay, sometimes we even have college kids ask for these," apparently not aware that I am in fact a college student. My sister just shook her head. Our food was great and sitting inside one of these restaurants again was entertaining, though not as magical as when we were 10 and under.
These fish kept swimming up next to my head. Their mouths looked so funny and I tried to look them up online, but did not have any luck.
That afternoon we went on a river cruise. Our tour guide was highly entertaining and personalized his tour towards the different locations everyone was from. We played bumper boats at the turn around point, during which he shouted, "this is the part where you folks get your money's worth!"
There was a larger tree growing out of the side of this building.
After the tour we walked down to the Market Square. It was the most festive tourist trap I've been to! It totally sucked me in too, and I enjoyed every moment of it! The shops were filled with colorful trinkets imported from Mexico and the food vendors had a variety of authentic foods and tropical beverages. While there we saw a bad Elvis impersonator and loaded up on souvenirs.
We bought a bag of churros to share, along with some caramel dipping sauce. So yummy.
We went back to our hotel after the market to nap and read until dinner time. We decided to go to a fancy Italian restaurant. We scored open air seats right along the river. My family shared an appetizer of bruschetta and then we each got a pasta dish. The serving sizes were huge and we all ended up taking a box to go.
After dinner we did some more souvenir shopping before returning to the hotel. That evening concluded our trip in San Antonio. The following morning we packed up and then began our return trip back to Wisconsin. We stayed at one last cute hotel in Dallas before making the journey back.
Reflecting on this last leg of our family trip makes me miss it already! Regular life is back in full swing. The remainder of winter break flew by, college is back at it, and my classes this semester are the most difficult I've had so far. Just remember that no matter how busy or stressful life gets, always set aside time to enjoy yourself and the wonderful world around you!
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. These are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!