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San Fernando Cathedral Tours

San Fernando Cathedral
The oldest continuously operating religious community in Texas, San Fernando Cathedral was constructed between 1738 and 1749. In fact, the dome of the original church was the point from which all mileage in Texas was measured in the 1700s. The cathedral is well-maintained, and mass still goes on daily so make sure to be respectful when entering. One major attraction inside the sacred space is the Alamo Coffin, located near the church entrance, which is believed to hold the remains of the men who lost their lives at the Alamo. The cathedral played a part in the battle, as it was President-General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna’s headquarters during the siege of the Alamo, and from where he sent a terrifying message. Instead of flying the tri-color Mexican flag from the church’s belfry he flew a blood-red flag, letting the defenders of the Alamo know he would kill them even if they surrendered.  

Inside the church there are many beautiful points of interest, for example, the gold gilded alter, intricate stained glass windows and dramatic columns and archways. Outside, visitors can admire the mix of Gothic and American Colonial architecture.

As the church is not only beautiful and sacred but also historical, visiting the museum next to the gift shop can help enlighten you on its heritage. Additionally, the church offers both self-guided and group tours. You can either purchase a guidebook at the gift shop explaining the highlights and artwork of the cathedral or take a 45-minute guided tour with a knowledgeable docent.
Address: 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
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17 Tours and Activities to Experience San Fernando Cathedral

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Half-Day Morning City Tour of Historic San Antonio

Half-Day Morning City Tour of Historic San Antonio

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Explore San Antonio’s unique place in Western history on a half-day morning coach tour. Pass by dozens of historic sites and modern attractions while learning about the city’s rich confluence of cultures and the events that shaped it. See Alamo Plaza and historic hotels, learn about bluesman Robert Johnson’s local recording sessions, and see where residents get their cultural fix at the Tobin Performing Arts Center and Briscoe Western Art Museum. Discover even more and complete your grand city overview on an optional afternoon tour.
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  • 4 hours
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San Antonio River Walk Cruise, Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Tower of the Americas

San Antonio River Walk Cruise, Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Tower of the Americas

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Combine two great tours, plus admission to an iconic landmark, for a comprehensive look at the city of San Antonio. First, enjoy a relaxing boat cruise along the San Antonio River. Then explore the most popular sites in San Antonio on a hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Select a pass, then board at any of the 19 stops to get to know the city in custom fashion with live, onboard commentary. Finally, enjoy a spectacular view of Alamo City from the top of the Tower of the Americas.
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  • 2 days
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Segway Tour of Historic San Antonio

Segway Tour of Historic San Antonio

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Cruise through San Antonio on a 2-hour Segway tour that takes in the highlights of historic downtown San Antonio, including The Alamo. Hear some Texas history from your guide as you take in landmarks like HemisFair Park, Tower of the Americas, the Alamodome, Bexar County Courthouse, San Fernando Cathedral, El Mercado, and Arts Village La Villita. You'll also have plenty of time to have fun riding your Segway and get great photo ops.
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  • 2 hours
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City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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See San Antonio's top attractions and historic landmarks at your own pace with a 1-,2-, or 4-day ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Explore the sites you like and hear informative recorded commentary aboard the double-decker tour bus. Learn about San Antonio's history, culture, architecture and more as you pass by the Alamo, HemisFair Park, Tower of the Americas and Cathedral of San Fernando, then browse the shops at the Rivercenter Mall along the River Walk.
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  • 1 hour
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San Antonio River Walk Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

San Antonio River Walk Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Combine two great tours for a comprehensive look at the city of San Antonio. First, enjoy a relaxing, 35-minute River Walk boat cruise along the San Antonio River. Then explore the most popular sites in San Antonio on a scenic hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit popular sites like the Alamo, Pearl Brewery, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Market Square and many more. Select a pass, then board at any of the 19 stops to get to know the city in custom fashion, with live, onboard narration.
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  • 2 days
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San Antonio Super Pass with Four Downtown Attractions

San Antonio Super Pass with Four Downtown Attractions

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Experience four of San Antonio's most popular attractions with the ease of the San Antonio Super Pass. Simply use your pass to take the Rio Boat Cruise along the San Antonio River Walk, ride through downtown on the hop-on hop-off bus tour, enter into the Buckhorn Saloon & Texas Ranger Museum, and go to the observation deck and 4D theater ride, located in the Tower of the Americas.
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  • 1 day
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Segway Tour of San Antonio and the Alamo

Segway Tour of San Antonio and the Alamo

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Explore San Antonio by Segway on a 1.5-hour tour that takes in the highlights of historic downtown San Antonio. Have fun and get great photo ops while riding your Segway past landmarks such as The Alamo, Tower of the Americas, HemisFair Park, the Alamodome, and San Fernando Cathedral. Your guide shares some fun facts and a little Texas history along the way. Book your Segway tour early to ensure that you get a spot on this popular tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Antonio Super Saver: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Tower of Americas, Museum Admission, and More

San Antonio Super Saver: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Tower of Americas, Museum Admission, and More

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Book the San Antonio Super Saver pass to see the highlights of San Antonio at a great price. The pass is valid for 48 hours and includes the hop-on hop-off bus, admission to the observation deck at the Tower of the Americas, and its 4D Theater Ride, and the IMAX film about the Battle of the Alamo. The pass also covers entrance to the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Buckhorn Saloon, and the Texas Ranger Museum, making for a comprehensive way to experience San Antonio's attractions at your own pace.
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  • 8 hours
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San Antonio Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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San Antonio Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Discover San Antonio in a fun new way on this 3-hour scavenger hunt. Jump into the middle of an exciting adventure, from the famous Alamo to the San Antonio River Walk, the San Fernando Cathedral and the many monuments, artwork and other real-life locations around town. Discover both well-known and overlooked sites, solving clues and completing challenges via smartphone while learning the local history of this popular city in south-central Texas. Teams of 2- to 5-people are welcome.
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  • 3 hours
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San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Admission

San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Admission

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Enjoy a Hop-On Hop-Off San Antonio sightseeing tour along with LEGOLAND Discovery Center admission. This double decker tour package helps you see San Antonio and save! The ALL NEW LEGOLAND® Discovery Center San Antonio is the Ultimate Indoor LEGO® Playground! Visitors to LEGOLAND Discovery Center can enjoy 2 rides, a 4D cinema, MINILAND® San Antonio, 10 LEGO Play Zones and more. Families with children ages 3-10 won't want to miss out on the fun! LEGOLAND Discovery Center San Antonio is located inside the Shops at Rivercenter in the heart of downtown San Antonio, steps away from the historic Alamo and World Famous River Walk. Adults must be accompanied by at least one child (aged 17 and under) to visit the attraction.
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  • 8 hours
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48-Hour San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Buckhorn Saloon and Museum of Art Admission

48-Hour San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Buckhorn Saloon and Museum of Art Admission

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See major attractions in San Antonio at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off bus tour pass that is valid for 48 hours. Take in landmarks such as the Alamo, Tower of the Americas, and Riverwalk, and use the provided admission tickets to visit the Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, and the San Antonio Museum of Art.
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  • 2 days
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48-Hour San Antonio Hop-on Hop-off Plus Tower of the Americas Admission

48-Hour San Antonio Hop-on Hop-off Plus Tower of the Americas Admission

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Make the most of your time in San Antonio and explore at your own pace with this 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Ride around the city on a comfortable tour bus, hopping off whenever you like to explore sights such as the Riverwalk, the Tower of the Americas, and the Alamo. This ticket also includes admission to Tower of the Americas, saving you time waiting in line to buy tickets on arrival.
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San Antonio River Walk Cruise, Buckhorn Saloon & Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

San Antonio River Walk Cruise, Buckhorn Saloon & Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Experience San Antonio’s top attractions on a double-decker bus and boat excursion. Discover the city’s history and culture while floating down the San Antonio River Walk and visiting sites like the Alamo, Pearl Brewery, and San Antonio Museum of Art via a hop-on/hop-off bus. Stop by the historic Buckhorn Saloon and enjoy commentary from a knowledgeable local guide and complimentary admission/entrance fees.
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San Antonio River Walk Cruise and 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Pass

San Antonio River Walk Cruise and 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Pass

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See more of San Antonio with a combo package that includes a 72-hour hop-on hop-off bus pass and a 40-minute sightseeing cruise on the San Antonio River Walk. The river cruise offers a scenic and relaxing ride, and the double-decker bus gives you the flexibility to explore the city at your own pace, and disembark at attractions such as The Alamo.
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  • 3 days
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Historic San Antonio Walking Tour (Masks Required)

Historic San Antonio Walking Tour (Masks Required)

Explore the major historic attractions of downtown San Antonio. This tour offers visits to the Alamo, La Villita, the Riverwalk, Bexar County Courthouse, San Fernando Cathedral, and Spanish Govenor's Palace. You'll get a personal and authentic take on the history of San Antonio and surrounding areas. Flexible options available upon request. Note: Face masks are required for the duration of walking tour. Social distancing will also be enforced as well as any local, state, or federal guidelines resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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San Antonio 5K Running Tour

San Antonio 5K Running Tour

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Lace up your running shoes for a fun and athletic adventure through the heart of San Antonio. Join the 5K River City Run any Saturday or Sunday morning for a guided jog that winds from the Alamo through the downtown and Riverwalk area. Stop briefly at 15 points of interest along the way to learn more about the city’s history and highlights. Runners of all abilities are welcome!
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The Madames and Mayhem Ghost Walking Tour

The Madames and Mayhem Ghost Walking Tour

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Adults Only! The Madames & Mayhem Ghost Tour is San Antonio's only late-night adult's only ghost tour. Ghost City Tours spills the sordid and sinister secrets of San Antonio's past. Visit the ghosts of the outlaws and opportunists who died by their own rules. And who now haunt the streets of San Antonio, still wreaking havoc even beyond the grave.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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