Adult Field Trip – San Antonio 

The city of San Antonio has much to offer but when you have only one day off to experience the area what do you pick? On a recent work trip to the home of the Alamo, we found ourselves with short window of downtime to see the sights and our local friends. So here is a little about our San Antonio Adult Field Trip:


Our day started by meeting our buddy at Bier Garten Riverwalk, this little German place was the prefect location to finalize our plan of attack. As you can guess we had a nice brew but also enjoyed the sausage and pretzel plates, just a snack to get us started. This spot is not as close to the actual Riverwalk as some other restaurants but is butted against a lovely fountain. There really are so many options in this area to enjoy a bite and a beer, you can’t go wrong.


It was off to our next stop; the one you can’t miss in San An, the Alamo. Parking in the area can be tough, so instead of driving down there we parked near our last planned stop and took a Lyft over. There are multiple things to do in this area and not fussing with meters or garages has some benefit. What can I say about the Alamo, the biggest tip I can share about this place is to know that it is free and self-guided? There are docents around and guided tours you can go on but for the most part things are there to enjoy at your own pace. Photography is limited only in certain areas but this place is ALWAYS crowed. There is no reason not to take a little time from your schedule to learn a bit more about Texas history.


Just across the street from the Alamo is the Menger Hotel, made famous by Theodore Roosevelt, but he is not the only notable guest. There is quite a list of US Presidents and Dignitaries whom have spent time at the Hotel and Bar. I have a real love of places like this, where it history is in the walls and in this instance, in the bar stools. Here is a good example of why we call these “Adult Field Trips”. This is one historic location that a parent is not likely to take you as a kid or would really be inappropriate. You aren’t going to enjoy your soda nearly as much as a gin & tonic in the place where Teddy met his Rough Riders.


We made one more stop in downtown; it was onto the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum. This place is pure Texas. You get your saloon, albeit as total tourist trap, and two floors of taxidermy specimens from all over the world. Now the latter might not be everybody’s bag but I certainly like it. While I am not a big game hunter, many of these specimens were taken during an era when conservation was viewed different and this is a great way to see animals without keeping them is zoos. Larger collections like this often feature a critter or two that is extinct or incredibly rare. This is just one of the many attractions; there is a penny shooting range, an antler collection, some beautiful dining rooms, and a really nice bar. So it was a brew for my crew (served in a chalice) and onto our last stop.


Now many of you know how much we like to visit breweries. We like beer, like craft beer, and I feel like you get a real sense of a brewery by visiting. There is always something special or informative to find when talking to those who work right at the source. This is way we chose Alamo Beer Company as the final stop. This is not the original brewing site but an upgraded and now multi-use facility. This place is HUGE and I’d imagine usually crowed. We were there on a weekday late afternoon. Not only do they have a delightful taproom with engaging staff but local food trucks come by to serve up goodies. I know there are many choices for breweries in the area and this one is a bit commercial but when you don’t have to work hard to enjoy some sun, the suds, and a killer street taco it’s a great choice.


So there you go, an Adult Field Trip. We wanted to get a rounded view of San Antonio, while also keeping the day relaxed. Two striking points of San Antonio, the Riverwalk and the Alamo; mixed with some less known culture catching sites, Menger and Buckhorn. Top that off by chatting with locals who share similar interests and we were left wanting a second day off.

Bier Garden Riverwalk

The Alamo

Menger Hotel

Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

Alamo Beer Company

Adult Field Trips

We all have memories of childhood trips to museums and monuments, getting drug around  a parent to, UGGG, learn some history.  For some these events ignited a passion getting to know what makes a community special, in others they are antidotes for how they don’t want to travel.  Well, Josh and I think we have stumbled upon the perfect combination for seeking out history along with relaxation.

While it is true that we travel constantly, we are also working and don’t set our own schedule.   There are places I’d love to visit, but we often need to wait until our schedule puts us close.  This desire to take advantage of our days off and passion for museum going has led to what we call “Adult Field Trips”.  Combining some lovely community monuments with other cultural elements (typically one you couldn’t enjoy as a child).


During a recent trip to San Antonio we took an Adult Field Trip, honestly Texas makes these really easy.  We met a friend for lunch at one of the lovely bar/restaurants on the Riverwalk, made our way to The Alamo, and finished up with a cocktail at the Menger Hotel.   Each spot is delightful but having a drink where Teddy Roosevelt met his Rough Riders is just one more way to connect to the city’s history.  Visiting The Alamo as an adult is in itself unique but to combine it with some other fun and relaxing spots is what an Adult Field Trip is all about.  While I don’t mind spending an entire day in a museum, when I have but one day off and little time to spend with friends I want to throw something else in there.  That next weekend we took another Adult Field Trip to Fredericksburg, TX.  The day started with lunch at one of the festive beer gardens, a day hike at Enchanted Rock, then a stop at one of the quickly growing Texas Wineries.  You’ve got your cultural element, a stunning piece of nature, a little education into Texas botany, and the necessary relaxation.


So this is my challenge to you, don’t get caught up in wanting to see it all but instead find ways see it as an Adult.  Find a way to see the other elements of a community than just their famous monuments.

***This is part of a series of posts called “Travel Tuesday“, each covering topics unique to our lifestyle***