10 days in San Antonio & South Padre Island Itinerary

10 days in San Antonio & South Padre Island Itinerary

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10 days in San Antonio & South Padre Island Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
1
San Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
South Padre Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: San Antonio

6
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Briscoe Western Art Museum and Dick's Classic Garage. Popular historic sites such as Mission Trail and Pioneer Museum Complex are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from San Antonio: Duchman Family Winery (in Driftwood), Inner Space Cavern (in Georgetown) and Dripping Springs (Hamilton Pool Preserve & Hawk's Shadow Winery). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, examine the collection at San Antonio Fire Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Antonio, and get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Antonio. In August, plan for daily highs up to 98°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Fredericksburg, Dripping Springs, Jacob's Well Natural Area, The Tinsmith's Wife, Inner Space Cavern
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Mission Trail ©
Mission Trail
Longhorn Cavern State Park ©
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site ©

3
nights
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 10th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Isla Blanca Park, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Laguna Madre Nature Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island trip builder .

Drive from San Antonio to South Padre Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Antonio in August, expect nights in South Padre Island to be about the same, around 79°F, while days are slightly colder, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle
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Isla Blanca Park ©
Isla Blanca Park
Laguna Madre Nature Trail ©
Laguna Madre Nature Trail

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