10 Things Not to Miss in San Antonio, Boerne, Corpus Christi, South Padre Island, Laredo

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1. The Pearl continues to expand. Long hailed as the home of Pearl Beer, this former brewery from the 1800s has been reimagined into a bustling neighborhood along the San Antonio River Walk. New, must-visit offerings include The Bottling Department, a food hall featuring five restaurant concepts, a spa, and new events and vendors at Saturday and Sunday’s Pearl Farmers Market.

2. Mark your calendars now for the four-day Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival. Debuting October 27-30, 2022, Tasting Texas will entice foodies from around the globe to experience the vast culinary offerings from renowned and up-and-coming chefs from across Texas and the festival’s hometown, San Antonio.

3. The largest performance venue in the U.S. focusing on Latino performing arts, The Alameda Theater, will reopen in 2023 after a $37 million initiative to restore the historic downtown San Antonio theater. Originally completed in 1949, the theater has featured well-known performers from across the U.S., Mexico, Spain and other Latin American countries. When it reopens, the theater will host local, regional and international artists with a capacity of up to 1,500.

4. As Boerne’s oldest tourist attraction (it opened to the public in 1932, but has offered private tours since the 1870s), Cascade Caverns in Boerne offers three-hour adventure tours through five major “rooms,” including the spectacular Cathedral Room.

5. For spirits with a Texas twist, visit the family-owned and operated Hill Country Distillers, where they pride themselves on a truly unique Texas product using Texas prickly pear cactus, jalapenos, peaches, and more.

6. Corpus Christi may not have invented the margarita, but they have perfected it. Visit Corpus Christi has rounded up the hottest local spots and packaged them as part of the Corpus Christi Marg Trail, an easy-to-access, mobile-exclusive pass that features access to the city’s finest handpicked margaritas.

7. Jump aboard the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay and go back in time to discover history in real life. Step onto this WWII Aircraft Carrier to test your skills at the Virtual Battle Stations, get up-close to vintage aircrafts, and walk the narrow passageways of those who served our country in its time of need.

8. Take to the water at Bird Island Basin. Part of Padre Island National Seashore, the Basin is a great place to launch a kayak, but it’s best known as one of the top windsurfing spots in the nation because of its steady wind, warm water, and shallow depths. (Swimming is permitted on all beaches if you’d rather stay close to shore.)

9. Stop by Karma Coffee & Books in South Padre Island to start your day with a boost caffeine – and a new book. This indie bookstore and coffee shop located in the South Padre Island entertainment district features something special for body, mind and soul.

10. Enjoy fresh air and views of the Rio Grande River during a round of golf at Laredo’s The Max, a par-72, 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. signature design course that spans 270 acres of the South Texas landscape. Book a lesson to improve your golf game or play with a group of friends for fun.

Sources: Visit San Antonio, Boerne Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Corpus Christi Texas, South Padre Island Convention Centre & CVB, Visit Laredo

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