5 Free Attractions in San Antonio That You Can Do This Week

Jean Jones
(September 25, 2014)

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For residents of San Antonio, there’s no end to the amount of fun things you can do in the city. Whether that means taking a stroll along the Riverwalk, visiting the Alamo, going to a Spurs game, checking out one of the many museums…the list could go on and on. For residents who are a little more budget-conscious than others, however, it isn’t always easy finding inexpensive activities everyone can enjoy. That being said, to help residents that don’t want to break the bank while having fun, we took the liberty of searching for some of the city’s best free attractions. Here’s what we found:

1. City Swimming Pools

Looking to beat the Texas heat? There’s no better way than taking a dip in one of the city’s free swimming pools. Extended pool season runs until September 27th, so there’s still time to check it out. For more information about extended pool season hours and open locations, please visit the Parks and Recreation website.


2. San Antonio Museums

With so much art, history, and culture embedded in San Antonio, it’s no surprise that the city is home to several wonderful museums. What you might not have known, however, is that some of these museums offer free admission on certain days. Here’s a short list:

  • McNay Art Museum – Free admission on Thursday evenings (4-9 pm) and the first Sunday of every month (12-7 pm).
  • San Antonio Museum of Art – Free admission on Tuesday evenings (4-9 pm) and every Sunday from 10 am – Noon.
  • Witte Museum – Free admission on Tuesday evenings from 3-8 pm.

3. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Keeping with the theme of museums, history, and culture, did you know the Missions National Historical Park is free to all visitors? Better yet, it’s open 9 am – 5 pm every day, so there are plenty of opportunities to go see the Spanish missions and The Alamo.


4. BiblioTech – Bexar County Digital Library

BiblioTech Digital Library is the first all-digital public library in the United States. And if that doesn’t spike your curiosity, I don’t know what will. Go check out their awesome space and get a glimpse of the library of the future.

5. Downtown Tuesdays

Even if you’re going to a free event, it’s inevitable that you’ll have to pay for parking downtown. That is, of course, unless you go during Downtown Tuesday. Every Tuesday night from 5 pm – 2 am, city-operated garages, parking lots, and parking meters are free. Local businesses even get in on the action by offering special deals and discounts.

Do you know about any fun and free attractions in San Antonio? Share them in the comments below!

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