15 Best Kept Secrets In San Antonio

Search for the graffiti dudes

Kids will enjoy hunting down the tiny figures painted on pillars on the Riverwalk. We have no idea how many there actually are. See how many they can spot. Snap the kids next to the ones they have found and let them compare with friends in a bid to find out how many of the hidden figures they can discover.

Where: San Antonio Riverwal

When: Anytime

Cost: Free

Korean Monument in Denman Estate Park

With over 240 parks in San Antonio, it’s easy to forget the smaller hidden gems like Denman Estate Park. The park is just over 20 acres; with 12.52 acres purchased in 2007 from philanthropist Gilbert Denman Junior’s estate. The serenity of the walking trails in the park culminates in the handcrafted Korean monument, which came from San Antonio’s sister city of Gwangju, in Korea. The artists and artisans traveled from Korea to put it all together in Denman Park. The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) bought 7.7 acres adjacent to the property and, in a joint use agreement with the city, UIW maintains the property and use the buildings as a retreat center. There’s a half-mile walking trail, picnic facilities, proper fencing, and lighting as well as parking. Kids enjoy the labyrinth, turtles, and ducks on the pond.

Where: 7735 Mockingbird Lane, San Antonio

When: Open daily 5 am to 11 pm.

Phone: (210) 207-7275 to reserve picnic facilities.

Cost: Free

Largest Virgin Mary mosaic in the world

Jesse Trevino is the artist responsible for the 40-foot Virgin of Guadalupe candle mosaic.  It’s quite breathtaking as it covers the outside of a 4-story building at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. The colorful mosaic is constructed in half relief so it looks like one of the votive candles adorned with pictures of the saints often seen in Catholic churches. At the top is an eternal flame.

Where: 723 S Brazos St, San Antonio, TX 78207

When: Visit during daylight hours – free access from the street.

Phone: (210) 271-3151

Cost: Free

Feed an Okapi

The Okapi is one of the rarest mammals in Africa. At San Antonio Zoo you will be able to get up close to one of these unusual creatures, which look like a blend of a giraffe, a zebra, and a horse, in a special behind the scenes experience. For many years they were believed to be legendary, but they exist in the wild in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Ituri Forest. Only 8 people can be accommodated at a time for this event, so plan ahead to get your ticket. You will also need a general admission zoo ticket in addition to the Okapi experience ticket. Look out for their super-long black tongues use for gathering the choicest leaves.

Where: 3903 North St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, Texas 78212

When: Mon, Wed and Sat during September from 1:15 pm to 1:45 pm.

Phone: (210) 734-7184

Cost: $14.99 per person.

Tito’s Mexican Restaurant and cantina

If it Mexican food you’re after this is the spot. This light and bright venue has a loyal following and, while not so secret anymore, it is something locals keep close. Come for the breakfast tacos, for lunch try the fajitas and enchiladas, and later in the day enjoy the margaritas. The menu is extensive and prices reasonable. Try the Sopes de Pollo or the Parrillada plates – they come highly recommended by patrons.

Where: 955 South Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205

When: Open Sun to Thurs from 8 am to 10 pm and on Fri and Sat from 8 am to 11 pm.

Phone: (210) 212-8226

Cost: Breakfast plates are in the range of $3.90 to $5.99 per hearty plate.

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