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Fiesta, The Pearl & 3 Pound Cinnamon Rolls in San Antonio, Texas

Best things to do in San Antonio Texas Shannyn Allen Riverwalk boat tour

Nighttime views on the Riverwalk boat tour

I’m really excited to interview Shannyn Allan of The Wonder Luster about San Antonio, Texas. Shannyn’s tips for the best things to do in San Antonio are awesome because she escaped Chicago to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, mild winters, and low traffic of San Antonio. She feels like it is an up-n-coming city that you can grow with.

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Fireworks during Fiesta

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio is in central Texas, about 80 miles southwest of Austin. It is most popular for its history at The Alamo, the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, and its unique River Walk entertainment district. However, locals love the annual festivals that celebrate its heritage, like Fiesta San Antonio and El Dia De Los Muertos.

The city has hot and humid summers and mild winters. Shannyn says that the best time to visit San Antonio is in the spring because of the excellent weather and the Fiesta. If you visit during Fiesta, don’t miss the Battle of the Flowers Parade. The Botanical Garden is a gorgeous place to get out of the city and enjoy nature. Walking among the flowers and plants is a good way to build up an appetite for the famous fried chicken and 3-pound cinnamon roll at Lulu’s Bakery.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit San Antonio, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in San Antonio Texas Shannyn Allen Spurs basketball game

San Antonio Spurs basketball game

Getting around San Antonio

The local airport is San Antonio International Airport (SAT), which is about a twenty-minute drive to downtown San Antonio.

Shannyn says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around. And I’ve personally found the downtown area very walkable.

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Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Shannyn Allan about San Antonio, Texas. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in San Antonio, Texas
  • Green dots = best things to do in San Antonio, Texas
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in San Antonio, Texas

Who is Shannyn Allan?

Shannyn Allan is a social media professional during the day and a travel blogger on the weekends. She’s committed to finding meaning beyond the 9-to-5 and wants to live a debt-free lifestyle while traveling the world. On her website, The WonderLuster, she shares stories of her solo female travels and tips on how to travel hack, pay off a mortgage quickly, and experiment relentlessly.

Shannyn Allen having fun at Fiesta

Shannyn having fun at Fiesta

Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Shannyn on her website and on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Best things to do in San Antonio Texas Shannyn Allen The Pearl

The Pearl

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