Oklahoma Alamo Bowl Travel Guide: Things to Do in San Antonio – Sooner Maven

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I’ve been lucky enough in life that this will be my 12th trip to San Antonio.

Over a 36-year career writing sports, my very first bowl game was to the Alamo City to cover Oklahoma State and Purdue in the 1998 Alamo Bowl. I’ve attended other Alamo Bowls, Final Fours, women’s Final Fours, Big 12 Championships, Big 12 Media Days, and high school All-American games. I’ve also vacationed there a handful of times and even attended a national girls soccer showcase to watch my daughter.

So with this being Oklahoma’s first trip to the Alamo Bowl, and just the Sooners’ second ever game in San Antonio, I thought I could share with Sooner Nation my list of cool things to do in the Alamo City. Some are old standbys, tried and true. Some may be unique just to me and my family, but come with my highest recommendation. Hopefully this can be a starting point for OU fans who are looking for fun things to do this week.

Remember, this is just a small sample of places in San Antonio that I’ve enjoyed, and I seldom leave downtown. I know there’s a much bigger San Antonio out there to experience. But this should get your trip underway.

The Alamo

If you’ve never been, or if you’ve only seen it in movies, prepare yourself. It’s almost shockingly humble, small and nondescript.

This is a massive and modern city, yes, but one whose roots grow from a long, proud history that predates the founding of our own nation. They literally built one of America’s greatest cities around a 300-year-old Spanish mission, and I find that very cool.

The Alamo

Alamo Bowl

Located in the bustling center of downtown, the Alamo itself can be hard to find even if you’re looking for it. It’s across the street from a Ripley’s and a wax museum and sits next to an ice cream shop and drugstore.

But even the hardest cynic can’t help but feel the history wash over them once they step on the grounds. It’s a 3D snapshot in time, an ancient ruin literally in the heart of a big city.

It’s open year-round and easy to get to. Everyone should take at least a few seconds to record their own history. But posing for selfies on the stoop is one thing. To best feel the Alamo itself (the mission, sure, but also the battlefield, and the long barracks, etc.), I can’t recommend strongly enough a little extra time to take the guided tour. It takes less than 15 minutes, but you can stay longer. It’s a National Historic Landmark, part of the National Parks system, and the Alamo staff is friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable, but also very protective of their treasure.

Inside the gift shop is an epic diorama depicting the famous battle of 1836 that eventually led to Texas …….

Source: https://www.si.com/college/oklahoma/football/oklahoma-alamo-bowl-travel-guide-things-to-do-in-san-antonio

COMMENTARY

I’ve been lucky enough in life that this will be my 12th trip to San Antonio.

Over a 36-year career writing sports, my very first bowl game was to the Alamo City to cover Oklahoma State and Purdue in the 1998 Alamo Bowl. I’ve attended other Alamo Bowls, Final Fours, women’s Final Fours, Big 12 Championships, Big 12 Media Days, and high school All-American games. I’ve also vacationed there a handful of times and even attended a national girls soccer showcase to watch my daughter.

So with this being Oklahoma’s first trip to the Alamo Bowl, and just the Sooners’ second ever game in San Antonio, I thought I could share with Sooner Nat…….

COMMENTARY

I’ve been lucky enough in life that this will be my 12th trip to San Antonio.

Over a 36-year career writing sports, my very first bowl game was to the Alamo City to cover Oklahoma State and Purdue in the 1998 Alamo Bowl. I’ve attended other Alamo Bowls, Final Fours, women’s Final Fours, Big 12 Championships, Big 12 Media Days, and high school All-American games. I’ve also vacationed there a handful of times and even attended a national girls soccer showcase to watch my daughter.

So with this being Oklahoma’s first trip to the Alamo Bowl, and just the Sooners’ second ever game in San Antonio, I thought I could share with Sooner Nat…….

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