Where you meet is just as important as meeting in the first place.
San Antonio offers meeting professionals and attendees a wide variety of unique venues and thrilling entertainment. So whether it’s a small meeting or a major convention, San Antonio is the place to meet, learn and play.
The River Walk
The San Antonio River Walk, known as the “world’s largest hotel lobby,” offers a beautiful and historic setting for networking, exploring and entertaining. It also serves as the city’s main hub, where locals and visitors alike get together to eat, shop and catch up. Its shaded stone pathways wind along the gently flowing San Antonio River through the city center, linking convention facilities, hotels, restaurants, shops, theaters, museums and other attractions. And the Museum Reach and Mission Reach sections extend north and south of downtown, allowing visitors to further explore the city by foot, bike or canoe.
San Antonio boasts nearly 45,000 guest rooms with close to 14,000 located downtown and 6,500 within walking distance of the convention center. Luxurious downtown convention center hotels, boutique inns and spacious Hill Country resorts provide a wide range of choices. We’re even home to 18 AAA Four Diamond hotels, inns and resorts.
For starters, downtown San Antonio is only 8 miles from the San Antonio International Airport (only about a 15 minute drive). And once you’ve arrived in the city, getting around couldn’t be easier. The compact downtown area is known for its convenience, whether you’re walking along our historic streets, strolling on the lushly landscaped River Walk, riding a guided river taxi or enjoying the scenery from an open-air streetcar.
The Henry B. González Convention Center
When it comes to planning meetings, conferences and exhibits, the 1.6 million-square-foot Henry B. González Convention Center offers endless options. With a convenient River Walk location, getting to and from meetings is a cinch, especially with 14,000 downtown hotel rooms. And if it's space you need, you'll find 514,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, 86,500 square feet of column-free multipurpose space and a 54,000 square foot ballroom (the largest in Texas), along with innovative technology and panoramic windows that provide an open, airy feel.
Unparalleled Service & Hospitality
San Antonio is one of the friendliest cities in the nation. Southern hospitality meets Texas charm to create a culture that’s adept at making visitors feel at home. And that welcoming culture is no better exemplified than by our award-winning Visit San Antonio staff. As soon as you decide to hold an event in San Antonio, a dedicated staff member will be assigned to your team to help at every step of the way, from the planning process to getting the word out to the airport sendoff. So if you have a question, all you have to do is ask. And because San Antonio is a member of the Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTA) program, your attendees will find CTAs all around the city to assist them with destination information. All they have to do is look for the CTA pin.
San Antonio is centrally located between both coasts, so attendees don’t have to make cross-country flights. And with 26 million Texans, most are just a drive away.
Great weather and temperate winters make San Antonio a great solution for those with seasonal weather challenges (or for those who enjoy year-round golf). Over 300 days of sunshine each year and an inland location provide worry-free planning options in all seasons.
Rich History & Culture
Mexican, German and Old West cultures combine to create an “only in San Antonio” experience. At the top of the list is the most visited site in Texas—the Alamo. This enduring symbol of courage and freedom is recognized around the world, but it’s only one of five historic Spanish missions in the city. Collectively, these incredible landmarks have been honored as the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas. Only a few blocks from the Alamo sits the San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest operating cathedral in the nation. And if you’re looking for even more history, take a walking tour of the King William Historic District or explore the thriving arts community in Southtown. Then stop by one of our many museums to peruse collections of
Latin American, European and Western art.
San Antonio’s unique heritage and mix of cultures gave way to a culinary landscape that’s truly one-of-a-kind. While we’re famous for our signature Tex-Mex, you’ll also find traditional Mexican cuisine along with German, French, English and Italian eateries. And the venues are just as varied as the types of cuisine they serve. From white tablecloth to savory food trucks to genuine steakhouses and BBQ joints, there’s always something new and different to try. But if you’re looking for a staple, take a seat at one of the colorful, umbrella-topped tables along the River Walk and start with some tableside guacamole. And a margarita.
When the sun goes down, the River Walk really comes alive. So if you’re looking for something to do, simply walk out of your hotel and down its bustling pathways. Quiet wine bars, well-known watering holes, lively dance halls and a dueling piano sing-along are just a few of the many popular stops. And if you’re really feeling adventurous, try a little salsa dancing or learn to two-step with the locals.
Great year-round weather and the gently rolling Hill Country terrain combine to make San Antonio a top golf destination. More than 50 courses provide a wide range of styles and prices for all types of golfers, from TPC courses to one at the bottom of a quarry. And with so many courses to choose from, planning a successful golf event is quick and easy.
Theme Parks/Family Fun
San Antonio is home to an astounding five theme parks. Get splashed by a whale at SeaWorld San Antonio, the world's largest marine life park. Scream your head off on the gravity-defying coasters at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Fly down waterslides at Splashtown or Schlitterbahn. Or enjoy kid-friendly fun at Morgan’s Wonderland. No matter where you go, you’ll find a whole lot of fun for the whole family.
San Antonio is the perfect place to start a Texas Hill Country adventure. With working ranches, trail rides, hiking, birding, river floats, the Texas Wine Trail and small, historic towns, the Hill Country provides a true Texas experience.