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 Posted: Thu Feb 8th, 2018 02:56 am
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We've been trying to figure out where to go for my wife's spring break for ages now, and I think we finally settled on San Antonio/Austin (after Williamsburg VA, Rhode Island, Memphis, Nashville, and New Orleans all kind of bit the dust for various reasons).  First trip without the baby.  We'd have to fly out April 3 and fly back April 7, so that basically only gives us 3 full days. 

Other than the obvious (The Alamo, the missions, River Walk), does anyone have any recommendations?  Also any reviews of the Rock Box?  I might check out a Red/Lacey Sturm concert there one night. 



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FYI - San Antonio and Austin are 100 miles from each other and I-35 going in to or out of Austin is a parking lot during the day on most days. The trip will probably take 2+ hours both ways.

The Alamo is surrounded by gimmicky tourist destinations like Ripley's, etc, but still worth a visit.

You can pretty much get good TexMex food anywhere in San Antonio. Big Lou's Pizza is also fun. Also, If this is your first trip to Texas you have to try a Whataburger. They are everywhere.

San Antonio has a AHL hockey team. Games are fun and cheap Not sure if they are in town that week. San Antonio Rampage.

I don't know about bars and clubs. I do not drink. However, in San Antonio, I would steer clear of the south side and the area around the ATT Center. The area around the ATT Center is shady and there is nothing to do or anywhere to eat around it. The Riverwalk is pretty safe and there is security.



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brodiescomics wrote: FYI - San Antonio and Austin are 100 miles from each other and I-35 going in to or out of Austin is a parking lot during the day on most days. The trip will probably take 2+ hours both ways.
Really?  Google maps says it's between 75 miles and can be done in 90 minutes, although I don't know about the traffic.

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Austin would be more fun in my opinion. Great music scene. I think your opinion of San Antonio would be about the same as your opinion of Houston.



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You should revisit Williamsburg or Nashville - both are better than San Antonio. Go to Williamsburg and take your wife to Busch Gardens. You are a 40 minute drive from either Richmond or Virginia Beach, you will save a ton of money by driving (I’m an hour north of you and I drive to BG once a month for a 4 day weekend from March-October), and there is a ton to do within the same 90 minute drive you are fine with in Texas.

Nashville is awesome, Memphis is a dirty dump but worth driving to from Nashville just to go to Sun Studios, Beale Street, and the Jerry Lawler Museum and restaurant. If you are like me and want to eventually visit every state, from Memphis you can hit Arkansas and Mississippi in a 10 minute drive. From Nashville, you are a 2.5 hour drive to Gatlinburg and Dollywood...which gives you the Smoky Mountains.

I can’t help you with good shit to do in San Antonio, because it blows. Went for a work conference, had a decent steak dinner and went to a shitty rodeo and it was 110 fucking degrees at all hours.



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Superstar wrote: You should revisit Williamsburg or Nashville - both are better than San Antonio. Go to Williamsburg and take your wife to Busch Gardens. You are a 40 minute drive from either Richmond or Virginia Beach, you will save a ton of money by driving (I’m an hour north of you and I drive to BG once a month for a 4 day weekend from March-October), and there is a ton to do within the same 90 minute drive you are fine with in Texas.

The original plan was to drive to Mount Vernon to see Washington's house and then on to Colonial Williamsburg.  We've already been to Richmond and lots of other places in VA when I did a tour of Jefferson's, Madison's, and Monroe's houses a few years ago.  But I have family there now and my wife was insisting that we couldn't go through VA without visiting and there's just no time.  It's a short trip, and she doesn't want to leave the baby for long.  And then it turned out that she wanted us to rent a car and leave our car with her mother, who's watching the baby.  So a road trip didn't even seem much cheaper at that point.  It became a whole thing and I just said fuck VA.  And she'd never do Busch Gardens without our son, so we'll wait a few years for that trip and do it with him.

If you are like me and want to eventually visit every state, from Memphis you can hit Arkansas and Mississippi in a 10 minute drive. From Nashville, you are a 2.5 hour drive to Gatlinburg and Dollywood...which gives you the Smoky Mountains.

I absolutely want to hit every state.  Driving back from Yellowstone Park a couple of years ago we took a detour to eat at a restaurant in Idaho just to say we've been there, because seriously when are we ever going to have an excuse stop in fucking Idaho again?  But there's the time issue again, and I can't justify side trips to Arkansas and Mississippi when we basically have 3 full days.  Same thing with a 2 1/2 drive, seems like a distance for such a short trip.

Before we had a baby, we did long 2 week trips and I would plan them out meticulously and hit as many places as possible.  We did Brussels, Paris, London, Rome.  We did a trip where we flew into and out of Denver and then drove up to South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana (with the aforementioned Idaho detour) before coming back to spend a few days in Denver.  We had to drive to a wedding in East Lansing, Michigan once so we made it a road trip and hit Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Detroit.  We also drove out of L.A. to Vegas and on to the Grand Canyon and hit tons of small interesting towns in Arizona along the way like Kingman and Lake Havasu. 

So my original plan was a 2-week trip to hit Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and maybe even New Orleans.  And then another longer trip would be Nashville and Memphis together, possibly with Asheville.  At that point I think I could say I've hit everywhere in the continental U.S. I want to see except maybe Seattle and St. Louis.  But it will be years before we can take lengthy trips like that again because she's not going to leave the baby that long and for my own sanity I'm not taking a long trip like that with a child under 10.

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I can’t help you with good shit to do in San Antonio, because it blows. Went for a work conference, had a decent steak dinner and went to a shitty rodeo and it was 110 fucking degrees at all hours.

I went to a rodeo in Cody, WY and had a decent enough time, but would never go to a rodeo again.  Once in a lifetime is enough.  It was a bit disappointing that no one stayed on the bull for 2 seconds, much less 8.   

Temperature for the first week of April in San Antonio shouldn't be above 75, maybe 80 degrees at most I think.  A local will have to confirm that.

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I'd go to a rampage game. St Louis has a few good prospects playing there.

Kunstler Brewing looks to have some good stuff on. Jester King in the suburbs of Austin if you have a vehicle.



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If you go to Austin, stay at The Driskill.

La Mansion del Rio on the Riverwalk used to be pretty cool. Omni bought it so I assume it is still good. Been years since I stayed there.

The Riverwalk is cool but not that different from any other tourist type destination. The Alamo is highly disappointing. Not going to be near as big as you think it will be.

I think 3 days in Austin would be more your speed, as a guess.

Going out into the Hill Country could be fun as well.

Right time of the year, because in the summer San Antonio is an inferno.

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Thanks for the advice everyone. I think we actually got talked out of it a little bit and think it might make more sense going to New Orleans. I was researching things to do there yesterday and stumbled upon a Bruce Prichard show and was wondering what the hell he was doing there, and then it dawned on me that WM is there this year. So being there WM week might be a problem. I’m going to have to check out the hotel situation. But if we go, maybe I can sneak out to an indy show one night.



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I’ve been checking online and calling hotels for almost 2 hours now and WM is really, really fucking me.  I had one guy tell me, “We have something called Wrestlemania this year, you probably think it’s silly but it’s actually a pretty big deal so prices are higher and availability is limited.”  Oh the irony. Fuck you Vince! 

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Go to Austin

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Quattro wrote: Go to Austin

This.  Just 6th street itself would keep you plenty busy listening to good music.  



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