Summer is around the corner and local San Antonians and students taking summer school or finding a job here will find that they have some time on their hands. While that time can be filled watching TV and acting the part of a couch potato, another option is to create a bucket list and explore some of what San Antonio has to offer. Here are a few of my suggestions:
1) Eat an extra large Big Louâ€™s pizza
Pizza, that oily, cheesy, carb-filled delight of American cuisine, is a well known necessity for any summer break, but Iâ€™d wager most havenâ€™t seen one quite like Louâ€™s 42-inch pizza. Wide as a toddler is tall, this gigantic dish ranges in price from the $51 regular cheese to the $81 super topping version. Bring a lot of friends to help eat it, otherwise tackling this challenge might lead to a very literal interpretation of â€œbucket list.â€ Big Louâ€™s is located at 2048 S. WW White Rd.
2) Tube Down the Guadalupe
Even with the unusually cold weather weâ€™ve had recently, this summer is sure to have a few scorching days where itâ€™s too hot to do much of anything. So, head up to New Braunfels, rent a big tube for around $10-15 and float down the river for a couple of hours.
3) Shoot Things at the San Antonio Gun Club
Located on 928 E. Contour Drive, the San Antonio Gun Club is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. You can rent a shotgun for $5, and buy 25 skeet for $8.75. Though it may seem rather stereotypically Texan, Iâ€™ve got to say that there are few things more fun than shooting clay projectiles out of the sky with a twelve gauge shotgun.
4) Try water slides and roller coaster rides
San Antonio is fortunate in that it has a relatively large amount of amusement parks. Thereâ€™s SeaWorld, Spashtown, Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels) and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The only downside to these activities is that they are expensive, usually ranging from $40-60 a person.
5) Camping in Garner Park
Just an hour and 45 minutes west of San Antonio is Garner State Park, a great place to go for a camping adventure. There, you can hike up into the mountains, swim in the clear waters of the Frio River and cook a fireside meal under the stars. For more information, visit the parkâ€™s website at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/garner.
6) Bounce around at Spring Loaded Trampoline Park
Iâ€™ve talked about this place before, but I still think it merits another mention. This â€œparkâ€ is a large warehouse-like building in which almost every conceivable surface is covered with trampolines. It also has a basketball court entirely made up of trampolines, sort of like Slamball. If youâ€™d like to bounce around and cross this off the list, you can find Spring Loaded at 6700 IH 35-N in New Braunfels.
7) Have a cocktail at Bar 601
From the barâ€™s vantage point, some 620 feet up in the Tower of the Americas, you can view downtown San Antonio from a new angle. Here, you can buy an Agave-Nectar â€˜Rita, and watch the sun set over the city.