We decided to stay and extra day and take in some more sights, because 3 days after checking into our no tell hotel (Quality Inn off of I-10 in the medical area) and unpacked, we didn't have time to do anything else other then go to Wal-Mart, which luckly was behind the hotel.
On day four we went to see The Missions and had a wonderful tour guide that really pulled you into the history of Mission San Juan. This by the way was free. Then we drove about 5 miles to see Mission Concepcion, which is also beautiful, but nothing like Mission San Jose. If you only get to see one Mission, other than the Alamo, I recommend that you go to San Jose.
Just to let you know, other than our hotel room, which we did get a different room after the first night, Our trip only cost us $350 with gas included from Dallas area to SanAntonio. There are alot of deals to find in SanAntonio if you will just spend a little time to look.
You wont want to miss going to La Villita. It is cheaper to park there and walk to the Alamo, so why you are right there you might as well take a walk throught the "Little Village" and look at the cool shops and the beautiful views. Just behind La Villita is the Riverwalk. The went down took lots of pictures of were Sandra Bullock filmed a movie and waved to all the boats passing by. We then contiued to the Alamo (which seems much nicer this time then in years past) and were even allowed to go into the Daughters of the Republic library where my family and I went to look up some of our ancestor's names.
We had planned to go see the Alamo, but for $10 per person we just decided to skip it this time.
On day three, we broke down and decided to spend a little money, and there was no better place for us then the Botanical Gardens. It cost us a total of $22 for 3 adults and 2 children and we spent almost our entire day there. It was acres and acres of little houses and plants from every place and climate. This was a wonderful experience for myself and my children. My daughter even had a duck follow her for about 1/2 an hour.
When we finally decided to leave the Gardens at around 5, we went to the Witte museam. It is free after 5pm on certain days, so it you are looking for a cost effective vacation and you like history, San Antonio is defiantly the place to go. We wonder around the Witte Museam until closing time (around 9pm) and we still didn't have time to see everything. For those with kids, they will love the "Tree house" which has different hands-on science experiments. My husband even made a log cabin while we were there.
For a good and inexpensive place to eat, there is a little resturant across from the light in front of the Witte. We were attracted by the FREE SOPAPILLAS sign out front. The only resturant that we wish we had not spent our money on was La Margarita. It was advertised as the 2005 best resturant for enchiladas. All of our food was cold, the service wasn't much warmer and the prices were a little spicy. I don't recommend it at all. This resturant is behind El Marcado.