Alamo Heights is an upscale residential neighbourhood that lies about 5 miles north of Downtown San Antonio. The tree-lined streets and charming cottages make it a top-rated area in San Antonio. Besides a popular place to live, Alamo Heights is a fantastic destination for shopping, dining, and enjoying family-friendly museums and activities.

If you walk along Broadway Street, one of the neighbourhood’s main thoroughfares, you’ll find cute cafes, hip restaurants, and quirky speciality shops. On the southern border of Alamo Heights lies Brackenridge Park. The massive green park is where locals get some fresh air and enjoy the warm Texan sunshine. With so much to see and do, you could easily spend an entire day exploring Alamo Heights.

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What are the highlights of Alamo Heights?

Alamo Heights is home to some of the best outdoor and cultural attractions in San Antonio. Families and outdoor enthusiasts can go biking, hiking and birdwatching at the Olmos Basin Park. You can also visit the Japanese Tea Garden, San Antonio Botanical Gardens, and San Antonio Zoo at Brackenridge Park nearby. Another highlight of Alamo Heights is the renowned McNay Art Museum. The museum is housed in a gorgeous Spanish Colonial Revival mansion and displays 19th- and 20th-century American and European works.

If culture and natural history presentations are what you're after, the Witte Museum is a great place to spend an hour or two. The museum is located on the banks of the San Antonio River and displays dinosaur bones, mummies, and information about the history of Texas. Lastly, the DoSeum Museum will keep young kids busy for hours. This children's science museum features interactive, hands-on exhibits that allow children to learn while having tons of fun.

Where to shop and eat in Alamo Heights?

Alamo Heights offers plenty of stellar shopping and dining spots. If you're looking for unique fashion and gifts, take a stroll along Broadway Street. The street is lined with fabulous high-end boutiques and home decor stores. Pop into Sloan-Hall for one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces, Penny Lane for designer clothing, and Hanley Wood Fine Gifts for elegant homeware.

At the outdoor Alamo Quarry Market, you can browse over 60 speciality shops, including Everything But Water and Lucchese Boot Co. Hours of browsing and shopping can make you hungry. Tuck into a steak or fresh seafood at local favourite Cappy's. To enjoy tasty and healthy Mexican food, Paloma Blanca serves gluten-free and Paleo-friendly dishes.

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Good to know about Alamo Heights in San Antonio

When you visit Alamo Heights, you will be less than 4 miles from the trendy Pearl District. This once-industrial neighbourhood is now a hotspot for arts and culture, restaurants, and nightlife. If you’re there on the weekend, you can pick up local produce and artisan goods from the lively Farmer’s Market.

You can tee off at the historic Quarry Golf Course. The golf course borders the Alamo Quarry Market and dates back to 1908. Chiselled from stone and boasting a unique setting, playing the 18-hole course will be unforgettable. You can easily reach Alamo Heights from downtown San Antonio by car, ride-sharing services, and the city’s public transport network, VIA Metropolitan Transit. Bus routes 9, 10, or 14 also take you to this trendy neighbourhood.

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Jacqui de Klerk | Contributing Writer