San Antonio is famous for its rich history and the stories the city has to tell. While the tourists flock towards the more popular attractions like the Alamo and the 3-mile walk alongside the San Antonio River, the city has some of the best unusual and out of the box attractions that help you to go off a lesser-traveled tourist path and explore the real city and its rich culture.
Natural Bridge Caverns
Natural Bridge Caverns is one of those places that capture the raw and unfiltered beauty of the earth created by the slow passage of time. Discovered in the 1960s by a group of college students, these caves are 180 feet below the surface of the earth and contain cathedral-like interiors and stunning formations of rocks. Just 30 minutes from downtown San Antonio, Natural Bridge Caverns is a great place to explore with friends if you are not claustrophobic. Make sure to dress in layers as the caves can get a bit chilly.
Created as a passion project by Dr. Aureliano Urrutia, Miraflores is a decaying sculpture garden once filled with statues, fountains, pools, and benches. After the death of Urrutia in 1975, Miraflores became the property of the city of San Antonio in 2006 after being under the supervision of the University of Incarnate Word for 20 years. Unfortunately, the garden was vandalized and neglected during this time resulting in the current state of decay but it is still a great site to take a picture and learn the history of some fascinating pieces in the garden.
Mcnutt Sculpture Garden
Mcnutt sculpture garden is a hidden garden full of wild west art. The sculptures illustrate the history of the wild west. The garden is located just off the San Antonio River walk and it is very easy to miss. The sculptures and artwork show native Americans, European settlers, and animals like horses, lizards, cougars, and snakes abound. If you like to learn about the history of the wild west and don't mind spending some time reading the plaques, you will love this place.
San Antonio's Annual Fiesta
If you can make your trip to San Antonio in April, you should definitely do so. The annual fiesta dates back to 1891 and celebrates the memorial of the Battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. San Antonio's annual fiesta is the city's biggest festival with an economic impact of $340 million for the city.
The event includes three major parades—two along Broadway and past the Alamo, and a boat parade at the San Antonio River Walk. More than 3 million people take part in over 100 events over a period of 17 days. The events are organized by several local nonprofit groups with the help of over 17,000 volunteers.
Toilet Seat Art Museum
How often do you come across a museum of things that you use every day? While San Antonio is known for its famous attractions like the Alamo, several travelers wander off to the Toilet Seat Art Museum to see one of the most unusual collection in San Antonio. Barney Smith (May 25th, 1921 - July 23, 2019) was an American plumber and museum curator. His first seat was built as a joke attached with a pair of deer antlers. Smith kept building and adding to his personal toilet art collection for years before opening it to the public in 1992. The museum was sold at auction in 2017 with its new owner moving it to The Colony, Texas.
This is truly one of the unique places you could visit in San Antonio and several thousands tourists visit the toilet seat art museum each year with tourists from different countries leaving souveniers to be used as inspiration for toilet arts.