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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.

Attendee Discounts in San Antonio

San Antonio's ready to show you the love when you show them your badge! CEC 2024 attendees get discounts at local restaurants, attractions, and even the zoo. See all the discounts available on the San Antonio Show Your Badge page, and check out this map of suggestions.

If you're checking out SeaWorld, you can use this link to save over 40% on your ticket.

Plus, if you're in town on Tuesday, March 12, you can get a special rate to see the San Antonio Spurs! Early access is included, but this deal is limited to the first 100 purchasers who use code CEC2024. Learn more.

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.

What to Do Beyond Downtown

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. 

Get in the Sun

Texas in March is warm and lovely. You may want to get out and stretch your legs and explore parks or other local attractions:

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.
Associate Professor, Department of Education (Special Education and Reading)
Trinity University

Heather Haynes Smith

Amy M. Strauch, M.A. LSSP
Component Director, Special Education and School Support Services
ESC 20

Amy M. Strauch


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Last Updated:  5 September, 2023

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