What to Do in San Antonio
Greetings from San Antonio!
We are looking forward to hosting you and the CEC Conference in San Antonio! San Antonio is a vibrant, friendly, and inclusive community and we are excited for you experience all it has to offer before and after our days learning together.
San Antonio is 300+ years old and full of food, fun, and family adventures. Opportunities to experience and celebrate the history and future of San Antonio await when you arrive for the annual CEC conference in March 2024. Start planning now to bring your colleagues and family to San Antonio next spring to learn and explore. We can’t think of a better way to spend a spring break!
We’ve curated a few things you will not want to miss during your visit.
What to Do Downtown
The extended downtown area is full of entertainment and cultural exploration opportunities. Great neighborhoods include:
- Hemisfair: Surrounds the south end of the convention center. Food, playgrounds, and the Mexican Cultural Institute.
- Southtown: Walking distance, shop, eat and explore.
- The Pearl District: Food, music, and lots of shopping. Check out the interior of Hotel Emma, built into the original Pearl Brewery, an architectural wonder.
Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion
San Antonio's heritage is broader than you might imagine: Hispanic, "cowboy," and even German culture influence our city. The Riverwalk is a highlight for sure, but also how our earliest area residents help build the city.
- San Antonio is part of a nationwide initiative: Compassionate San Antonio
(CompassionateUSA is a collaboration between the San Antonio Peace Center, Alamo Colleges District, and the City of San Antonio)
- Instituto de Mexico (Mexican Cultural Institute) is part of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, highlighting Mexican art and the cultural exchange between our nations.
For the Foodie
Endless food experiences await you in San Antonio from traditional Tex-Mex to global French, Mediterranean, and Italian dishes. Here are a few favorites of friends and family.
- The Historic Pearl District features over 2 dozen restaurants and is home to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA)'s San Antonio campus.
- Looking for Mexican or Tex-Mex? Try La Margarita; Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia; Rosarios; La Gloria, La Fruteria, or Casa Hernan. Or, stop by The Mercado for multiple options in the food court.
- In the mood for something else? Check out Mon Chou Chou (French), Ladino (Mediterranean), Allora (Coastal Italian), Best Quality Daughter (Asian American), Cured (for amazing charcuterie), Savor CIA (wood grilled meats), Pharm Table (a plant-forward apothecary kitchen), or Il Forno (wood-fired pizza)
More Fun for the Whole Family
Making your trip a family affair? These local attractions are always kid favorites.
Don’t hesitate to reach out for more ideas!
Happy planning and we’ll see you soon,
Your Local Arrangements Committee Chairs,
Heather Haynes Smith, Ph.D.
Amy M. Strauch, M.A. LSSP