San Antonio – Casa Rio and Tower of the Americas

Sometimes your surroundings dictate when you will leave an area, and such was the case when we left Galveston in the wee hours of the morning on a Sunday. We found out an Ironman Triathlon would be that morning, with the bike portion going right by our campground. Needless to say, this meant road closures and lots of people—not a good combination when you’re trying to navigate a 41ft. 5th wheel through it!

We made a stop at the local Buc-ee’s, where I went into the rig to do a little grooming while Mike searched for coffee. After all, we were meeting his co-worker, Adam, and his wife, D’Lys, for breakfast, and I wanted to make a good impression!

San Antonio/Alamo KOA

We stayed at the San Antonio/Alamo KOA on the city’s east side. This was a great location next to a bike trail, but the best part was that it was on the bus route. Bus 24 picked us up right outside the gate, and for $1.30/each, we rode downtown. In about 20 minutes, we were walking to the main attractions. The ride back was just as easy. This was a much better option than driving and finding parking and paying for it.

Dining at Casa Rio

We had a wonderful late lunch along the Riverwalk at Casa Rio. We wanted to sit along the water, so we were more than willing to wait about half an hour for a table. We got a drink from the bar and found a bench to sit and enjoy our drink while waiting for our table.

The food was delicious, the service was great, and sitting along the Riverwalk was so enjoyable.

Tower of the Americas

We had been told by numerous locals that we had to experience the Tower of the Americas. It was a short walk along the Riverwalk to get to this space needle located in Hemisfair Park.

The Tower is 750-feet tall and slowly rotates to provide a 360-degree view of San Antonio. It was built in 1968 for the Hemisfair, which celebrated San Antonio’s 250th anniversary.

Visitor Info:

Ticket Prices:

  • Adults: $16.50
  • Seniors & Military: $13.00
  • Children 4-12 years: $12.00
  • Children 3 years & under: Free

Prices do not include tax. Tickets include unlimited access to Observation Deck, Flags Over Texas & the 4D Theater Ride.

There is parking in the area, and I would refer you to the website for the most accurate information on that.

Our Thoughts:

There was so much to see and experience in San Antonio. In the interests of not making this post too long and to be able to give you information that enhances your own experience, we will be breaking our time there into three posts.

Next time: Remember the Alamo and Cruising the Riverwalk

We’re Mike & Jennifer Skinnell, and together we are The Rambling Quilter. We travel the country full-time in our 41ft. fifth-wheel pulled by our F-350 – affectionately named Beauty & The Beast. Mike still works part-time, and Jennifer writes our blog, travel articles, and contemporary fiction. Our blog is purely for information and entertainment purposes. However, if you’d like to support Jennifer’s writing career, her author link is below.


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