If you’re new to San Antonio, everyone will tell you to go to the River Walk. But, while the River Walk is great, San Antonio has so much more to offer that you can enjoy for free. We’ve put together a list of the six best places to go for free in San Antonio so that you can enjoy the best this city has to offer without paying a dime!
If you’re looking for a space to spend time outdoors, San Pedro Springs Park offers a spring-fed pool for you to cool off. Located only minutes from downtown San Antonio, this 46-acre park is the oldest in the state of Texas and is a great place to find some summer fun! The grounds include a gazebo, swimming pool, playground, skate park, restrooms, and fields for softball and tennis. Also, there are the San Pedro Library and the San Pedro Playhouse.
Santikos is a great place to find some cheap fun in San Antonio. Plus, Santikos is the only place where you can get sushi with your movie! They regularly hold free movie showings.
Santikos Theaters was donated to the San Antonio Area Foundation by Greek businessmen John L. Santikos and his father in 2015. Santikos Entertainment is run as a social enterprise, with the goal of giving back to the local area in a meaningful way. A portion of profits from tickets and items purchased go back to the San Antonio community in the form of donations, sponsorships, grants, and education. Go see a movie and support the local area!
Every second Thursday of the month, the McNay Art Museum in northeast San Antonio features art, music, food, and drinks on its grounds for anyone to come and enjoy. Upcoming events can be found at http://www.mcnayart.org/events/list/category/second-thursdays/.
Speaking of parks, San Antonio’s Japanese Tea Garden is a beautiful place to spend a quiet day. Originally an operating rock quarry, this area was revitalized into the beautiful park it is today. With plenty of pavilions, paths, and even a waterfall, this is a great place to relax and get some peace and quiet. The garden is open sunrise to sunset, every day, and you can stop at the small cafe, Jingu House Cafe.
If you’re into skateboarding, Martinez Park is the place to go. Located south of downtown, the park features a large skate park with a number of features, including rails, ramps, and a halfpipe for skaters to test out their tricks. Be careful and be sure to wear your pads! There is also a playground for younger children including swings and a slide, as well as soccer and softball fields for organized sports.
Throughout the year, Slab Cinema features outdoors movies that you can attend for free! The screenings happen at parks all over the city. Grab a group of friends, a blanket or some camping chairs, and pack a picnic to enjoy. Outdoor movies are a great way to enjoy the San Antonio weather. Check out their website to get a list of showtimes and locations. Also, keep an eye out for their film festivals.
Looking for even more ideas of free things to do in San Antonio? Check out Visit San Antonio’s list here!