By Stefanie Wenger, RN, San Antonio Chapter Member
If you’ve made the decision to attend the ONS 41st Annual Congress in San Antonio, TX, I bet you are trying to find fun, must-see places to go while you’re there. Let me start with “Remember the Alamo!?” All of you history buffs need this on your to-do lists! I highly recommend using the audio tour to maximize the amount you learn about the amazing history. While planning your journey to the Alamo, make sure you also check out the beautiful San Antonio River Walk. You can take a tour-guided barge ride that takes you through downtown river walk with great sights to see.
Another popular place to visit is the Tower of Americas. The attraction is over 600 feet tall and has an observation deck and a restaurant with a revolving floor— you can get a 360 degree view of beautiful San Antonio while enjoying your meal. There is also a bar located in the Tower of Americas. If you just want to enjoy drinks at the bar the elevator is free, but if you want to go to the restaurant or observation deck, there is a fee to ride to the top. Don’t worry, it’s worth the cost—your ticket even includes access to a 4D theater ride!
A few other interesting places to visit are the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum, which is located close to the convention center, and the San Antonio Pearl District, which is a former brewery that is now home to restaurants, bars, and shops. You can get to the Pearl District by walking down the River Walk just 2 miles north of downtown San Antonio, enjoying the beautiful scenery the River Walk has to offer. While you’re on your way to the Pearl District, you’ll pass by the San Antonio Art Museum and the oldest VFW hall, which offers drinks and live music on Fridays.
The best part about all of these places is that you don’t even need a rental car or taxi to get to them. Everything is conveniently located near the convention center and Congress hotels, making it easy to explore our fantastic city!