Why are people flocking to San Antonio? The 7th Largest City in the nation​ has become even more popular in recent years. Here are just a few reasons why:

​Our Housing Market.

While home prices have increased throughout Texas, San Antonio is still the most affordable large metro area for housing.With an expected increase of one million inhabitants over the next 20 years, there appears that there is no end in sight for our great housing market.

The Riverwalk. 

The Riverwalk is one of our most famous (and most copied!) destinations. A lot of the Riverwalk is comprised of tourist shops and Tex-Mex restaurants, there is a large stretch of it still being developed. There are beautiful pathways to walk or jog, an amphitheater where live performances are staged, small riverboats giving tours or hosting dinners, and live music. 

 

El Mercado.

El Mercado is a favorite among both tourists and locals. You can explore over 100 locally owned shops and stalls, all at a festive indoor mall famously described as the largest Mexican market outside Mexico. 

 

Fiesta

If there’s one thing San Antonio knows how to do, it’s throw a party. Our most well-known annual festival is appropriately named “FIESTA,” and it brings a Mardi-Gras level energy every April. It’s a two-week celebration you just can’t miss – we marked its’ 100th anniversary in 2016. 

Rodeo.

Let’s Rodeo, San Antonio!​ The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is proudly one of the largest in the country. Over three weeks in February, guests come from all over to experience not just bull-riding at it’s best, but livestock shows, live music, family-friendly events, amazing food, and more. 

The Food. 

The abundance of Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine in San Antonio will leave any mouth watering. The flavors are authentic, the tortillas are cheap, and the margaritas are top notch. Fortunately,Thrillist put together a list of the 50 places to eat in San Antonio before you die, so at least you’ve got something to guide you through it! 

 

The Military. 

San Antonio has been home to a consistent military presence for nearly 300 years. It’s why we’re called Military City USA. Today the city has one of the nation’s largest active and retired military populations. Boasting three joint Air Force bases including the branch’s largest training facility (Lackland AFB), we’re proud of our association with the military. 

 

The San Antonio Spurs. 

The Spurs aren’t just our star athletes – they’re our family. Estately.com puts it this way: “If there were an intensity competition among U.S. cities where sports are a religion, San Antonio just might come in first, thanks to its abundance highly loyal Spurs fans. With five NBA Championship titles under their belts since the turn of the millennium, those odds probably aren’t changing anytime soon.”

The History

Of course, San Antonio features the well-known Alamo, where Republic of Texas soldiers had a last stand against Mexican troops. The soldiers defending the Alamo lost their lives in the effort, but the rallying cry of “Remember the Alamo!” is engrained in every San Antonio heart. The present day Alamo is the top tourist attraction in Texas, and many people will be surprised to find that it’s located in the middle of downtown S.A.! But it’s certainly not the only mission around. If you want more history, four more missions are nearby in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. You can also visit the Spanish Governor’s Palace, San Fernando Cathedral and San Pedro Park for some rich history.