Destination guide

A world of history, culture, and nature at your fingertips

If you're considering a Downtown San Antonio vacation rental, congratulations, you're a genius. Many Texas travelers don't realize how many fabulous attractions are within easy reach at the center of the city. The Alamo and the San Antonio River Walk are right there, with shopping, bike, and boat rentals, and museums in easy walking distance. In summer, the city is bustling with out-of-state visitors and kids home from school, but the winter might be an even better time to visit, with cooler temps and smaller crowds.

Things to do

From firemen to Davy Crockett, San Antonio honors the brave

In the 1990s, 5 Texas firefighters had a dream, and in 2013, the San Antonio Fire Museum became a reality. With antique fire trucks and other artifacts dating back to the 1800s, this homage to the history of firefighting is a unique treat for kids of all ages. Another site no visitor wants to miss is the Mission San Antonio de Valero, aka The Alamo. With exhibits on the famous 1836 battle and the soldiers who died there, this majestic, 300-year-old Spanish mission-turned-fortress is free to visit and open year-round.


Take in a show or the scenery along an urban ecosystem

Downtown San Antonio is one of the cultural hearts of Texas, and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts proves it. Visitors can choose from the San Antonio Symphony, the ballet, the opera, and the youth orchestra when perusing tickets for a great night out. As for your days, visit the city's River Walk, or Paseo del Rio. It's the largest urban ecosystem in the nation and an ideal way to navigate the city on the San Antonio River. Rent a boat, a bike, or take in the scenery on foot.


Cool winters and dog-day summers in San Antonio

The best time to book your Downtown San Antonio vacation rental is from November to April, when the weather is lovely and it's easier to find a bargain. Lowest temps in winter are in the 30s and 40s, and summer is hot and humid with highs in the 90s. The city is bordered by a semi-arid region to the west and a more humid one to the east, which means rain forecasts vary month to month and year to year. Expect sun and fun, but bring your rain gear just in case.

Natural features

Feathered friends, flowers, and giraffe feedings

Sprawled over 38 scenic acres, the San Antonio Botanical Garden is where locals and visitors go to meander through well-maintained walking trails bordered by cacti, native flowers, and bushes, and formal gardens of lilies, jasmine, and petunias. Guided walks are available year round, and the birdwatching is excellent in fall, winter, and spring. Looking for more than birds? Your Downtown San Antonio vacation rental will be just 3 miles from the San Antonio Zoo. Exhibits feature 750 species. Don't miss your chance to feed lettuce leaves to the friendly giraffes.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Downtown San Antonio

Fly into San Antonio, TX (SAT-San Antonio Intl.), the closest airport, located 7.2 mi (11.7 km) from the city center.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station is San Antonio Station.

Where to stay around Downtown?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 290 vacation rentals near Downtown. From 89 Houses to 164 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Downtown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Downtown?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Downtown:

  • North Central: 911 vacation rentals
  • Inner West Side: 167 vacation rentals
  • Southside: 62 vacation rentals
  • Near East Side: 195 vacation rentals
  • Southtown: 215 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Downtown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Downtown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • The River Walk: 679 vacation rentals
  • Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center: 1,052 vacation rentals
  • Market Square: 1,057 vacation rentals
  • Alamo: 1,051 vacation rentals
  • Tobin Center for the Performing Arts: 1,054 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Downtown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Downtown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 89 Houses in Downtown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Downtown include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 164 rentals available
  • Studios: 110 rentals available
  • Cottages: 9 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Downtown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 104 vacation rentals with pool available in Downtown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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