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Water Park, Water Holes, and River Spots, Oh My!

No matter how high you blast the air conditioning, sometimes the best way to beat the Texas heat is with a swim. Many water parks, riverways, and swimming holes are open for the season, so you can plan a refreshing escape from the summer temperatures. So many are right in and around San Antonio, so you won’t have to wander far from your room at Hotel Gibbs to cool off.

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School is Out for the Summer!

School is out and summer is in! That means it’s time to get out and enjoy all that San Antonio has to offer. Whether you live here year-round and decide to make our great city your staycation destination or fly in for a holiday, you can’t go wrong with our Top 10 must-see attractions.

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Military City USA: Memorial Day

San Antonio has a big heart for the Military, and the Alamo City has a long history of military involvement. Honorably named, Military City USA, San Antonio has housed soldiers since 1718 through de Bexar Presidio. San Antonio is also home to the US Army Medical Department Museum (AMEDD Museum) at Fort Sam Houston. While in San Antonio for the long holiday weekend, take time to observe the sentiment of the events and activities honoring the American military. From artisan shows to festivals and more, there is no shortage of things to do in San Antonio during the Memorial Day Weekend. We’ve listed a few here with times, dates, and locations so you can find your way without trouble.

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History of Fiesta and the Parades

This month, from April 20th through 30th, join more than 2.5 million people from around the world to celebrate Fiesta San Antonio! This spectacular event, as dynamic as it is colorful, got its start all the way back in 1891 as a parade to honor the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.

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Spend Your Spring Break in San Antonio!

It’s gorgeous here this time of year, with ample sunshine and moderate temperatures begging us to get outdoors and explore all that the Alamo City has to offer. So, what are you waiting for? Choose something new to do every day from our list of favorites and make the most of your time off! 

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Top 5 Attractions at the San Antonio Rodeo

So much more than an 8 second ride, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has grown to become one of the largest, most prestigious single events in the city of San Antonio. Now, in its 74th year, the rodeo draws an average 1.5 million visitors to the grounds, and more than 6,000 volunteers who give countless hours to make things go. As a charitable event, with scholarships, grants, endowments, junior livestock auctions, and the calf scramble program, more than 21,000 Texas youth benefit, too. Why should you make it a part of your visit? We can think of a lot of reasons, but will list our Top 5 attractions that you really can’t afford to miss. But before we do, here’s everything you need to know before you go.

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Check Out What’s New in San Antonio!

New year, new fun! San Antonio is always polishing the old and preparing the new with updates to historical sites and amusement parks for you and your family. Even if you’ve visited before, we’re confident that our updates and enhancements will make it feel like you’re visiting for the first time. So start your year with new experiences in San Antonio! We look forward to hosting you at Hotel Gibbs during your stay.

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Get into the Season and Get Moving!

Few of us consider the holidays to be the ideal time for getting fit and would rather wait until the New Year to resolve to get in shape. But this December, the city of San Antonio invites you to try a different approach–get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions by running your way through the holidays.

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Come See Our Newly Renovated Rooms

Built at the turn of the century in 1909, Hotel Gibbs wasn’t born a hotel, but an office– San Antonio’s very first high rise office building, in fact. But over the years, enduring many iterations, the property transformed to become the luxurious and modern boutique hotel that it is today. This month, we’d like to bring your attention to its latest refurbishment completed this month–a total renovation to our guest rooms that returns a luster to its patina and the building’s rich history.

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Must See Summer Attractions in San Antonio

Last month we told you all about San Antonio’s best theme parks. This month, we’ll add to that “must do” list by sharing our 10 favorite local attractions you simply shouldn’t miss when visiting San Antonio this summer.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Fiesta!

What are you waiting for? Join 2.5 million people from around the world at Fiesta San Antonio! This spectacular event, as dynamic as it is colorful, got its start all the way back in 1891 as a parade to honor the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Today, the humble commemoration has become an eleven-day celebration grossing hundreds of millions of dollars that go right back into the local economy.

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Choose Your Adventure in Spring Break San Antonio

Spring Break weather in San Antonio is gorgeous, begging us to get outdoors and explore all that the Alamo City and the surrounding areas have to offer. So, what are you waiting for? Choose something new to do every day from our list of favorites and make the most of your time off!

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Keep Cool at Natural Bridge Caverns

Want to beat the mid-day summer heat during your stay in San Antonio? Why not keep cool at Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest commercial cave in the state. Situated midway between San Antonio and New Braunfels, it is quite literally, one cool place to explore. With a year-round temperature of 70 degrees, it’s a natural respite from the lingering heat of summer, as well as a fun and educational experience.

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It’s a Circus at the Witte

Whether you have fond memories of the circuses of yesteryear, or just want to satisfy your curiosity with circus artifacts and other memorabilia, you’ll find everything you could want in the Hertzberg Circus Collection at the Witte Museum. This collection features everything from a coach belonging to the legendary, 40-inches tall Tom Thumb to a leotard that was worn by Alfredo Codona, a popular trapeze artist that also doubled for the leads in the 1930s Tarzan movies.

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Two Fabulous Reasons to Visit SA in March

As the official harbinger of spring, March ushers in a delightful assortment of seasonal events and activities for our guests’ enjoyment. Listed here are two of our favorites.

St. Patrick’s Day River Parade and Festival

Celebrated on the River Walk since 1968, this festive St. Patrick’s Day tradition will take place on March 14-15. Revelers can watch 14 fabulously decorated floats cruising on a dyed-green River Walk, sip green Bud Light, and indulge in traditional Irish fare. 

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Fabulous February Fun

San Antonio in February offers a myriad of interesting and entertaining events and activities. From a Valentine’s Day concert to a Mardi Gras celebration, here are a couple of suggestions for what to do around town. First, grab your sweetie, hop into your Delorean, and cruise over to the Majestic Theatre for a trip back in time. On February 14, the Majestic and the San Antonio Symphony will present Back to the Future in Concert. Sit back and enjoy the show as one of your favorite 1980s films plays, accompanied by the live music of the SA Symphony.

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Lessons from Space, Civil Rights Icons, and Modern Dance

Join us in January for three of the San Antonio area’s most interesting and entertaining events—featuring dance, a Civil Rights presentation, and an appearance by space pioneer Captain Scott Kelly.


Based in Houston, these stellar performers are renowned for the energy, excitement, and passion they bring to the art of dance. Showing January 18 at the Carver Community Cultural Center.

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Rollin’ on the River Walk

San Antonio and its scenic River Walk area are perennially popular tourist destinations, especially during the holiday season. You’ll find dozens of festive events and activities set amid dazzling lights and spectacular decorations, and a few of our favorites are listed below.  

Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias

Ongoing from December 6-22, this merry and bright festival features glow on the riverbanks from over 2,000 traditional Mexican Christmas lanterns, known as luminaria.

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Fabulous Seasonal Fun

San Antonio always offers an abundant array of holiday-themed events, and this month is no exception. Below is a list of some of our favorite holiday activities.

Outdoor Film Series Double Feature

Bring the family out to Mission Marquee Plaza on November 16 for an evening of entertainment, fabulous food truck fare, and a double feature showing the perennial holiday movie favorites “Elf” and “Home Alone.”

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Celebrate Two San Antonio Traditions

San Antonio offers our visitors a plethora of fabulous events, but often there are so many that it makes for a difficult selection. With this in mind, we suggest the following two.

San Antonio Beer Festival

Join the crowd of brew aficionados at Dignowity and Lockwood Parks on October 19 to sample more than 400 premium and craft brews at one of our favorite beer fests. 

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Good Vibes for a Great Cause

All year round, San Antonio offers a variety of entertaining events and activities for our guests to enjoy, and September is no exception. This month, we are suggesting one of our favorite events, the Good Vibrations Music & Arts Fest at the Sunken Garden Theater on September 14-15. This all-day-long event was inspired by the goal of inclusion and equality for all and is an internationally-recognized festival dedicated to our deaf and hard-of-hearing friends.

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Find Fitness, Food, Fun, and More at Mission Marquee Plaza

Most native San Antonians have fond memories of the old Mission Drive-In Theatre, and most of them probably had some good times here. However, the years brought some changes and improvements to the property, including a library and a YMCA. Today the big screen is still up and running, but in a new capacity at what is now known as Mission Marquee Plaza. Located near Mission San Jose, MMP offers a playground, exercise equipment, and fitness classes at the Y, along with health and wellness programs, and access to the Mission Trails.

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In Honor of a Historic Icon

Every year, the fourth Saturday in July is set aside to honor one of America’s most beloved historical figures on the National Day of the Cowboy. One of the country’s most iconic stereotypes, the cowboy image and persona has been used for everything from cigarettes to boots, ten-gallon hats, and the Hollywood Western. In fact, it was Western movies that solidified the image of the cowboy in the minds of the public, particularly their love and respect for the land and their country.

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Two Kinds of Summer Fun in SA

San Antonio is chock full of interesting and entertaining events and activities all year round, but this month brings two unique and interesting ways to have fun. First, combine your love for art with your appreciation for brewskies and head over to Art Party: Art On Tap on June 14. Beer aficionados will be delighted to discover that the San Antonio Museum of Art is located in a brewery. You can enjoy a pint of your favorite brew, learn more about the history of the SAMA, groove to live music and enjoy their themed tours.

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Three Marvelous May Events

May is a terrific time to be in San Antonio—the city always offers so much to see and do. Trying to decide between them all? Here are three suggestions. First, head over to the San Antonio Museum of Art on May 11 for the San Antonio Clay & Arts Festival. Browse the handmade creations of over 35 local artists working in media of glass, ceramic, fiber, and paper. This day-long event will also feature children’s activities, a raffle, and loads of food, music, and fun. Next, join us on May 18 to honor the men and women of our military in the Armed Forces River Parade.

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Come Fiesta with Us

Celebrate the history and diverse cultures that make up the Alamo City this month at Fiesta San Antonio. Since 1891, Fiesta has been celebrated to honor the heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto and the Alamo. Over 100 years later, on April 18-28, the city will be transformed into one epic party – a 10-day fiesta featuring more than 100 related events and attractions. Dozens of local organizations and more than 75,000 volunteers will join thousands of locals and tourists to celebrate one of the most anticipated annual events in the area.

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A Bit of Broadway in the Alamo City

San Antonio is a city that takes pride in their impressive historical heritage but is also proud of providing a supportive home to a thriving arts and culture scene. No matter the season, theater-goers are often pleasantly surprised to find an abundant selection of professional performances and live stage shows from which to choose. Four of the City’s favorite venues are included here, but we encourage you to seek out more on your own. First, the Public Theatre of San Antonio (formerly The Playhouse) on West Ashby Place will more than satisfy your B’way cravings, with such favorites as “Daddy Longlegs” and “Rent.”

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Get the Best Hotel Rates for Your Small Business

Did you know that it’s estimated that small businesses spend almost 20% more on travel? Hotels are eager to extend exclusive discounts to frequent travelers, however when most people think about negotiating hotel rates, they are often intimidated, and small business owners can be unaware of the best approach to get the best rates for themselves and their employees. With that in mind, we suggest the following five pointers for such negotiations.

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San Antonio: We’ve Got it All

Are you searching for that just-right place for business meetings or corporate retreats? Is there an upcoming class reunion or a group friend or family event in your near future? If you want the ideal destination to please everyone, we suggest San Antonio. Along with its old-world charm, cultural diversity, and darn-near-perfect weather, the Alamo City offers many reasons for being the perfect place for event hosting.

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