San Antonio is Big on Affordability and Culture

Posted March 30, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Sanantonio-mariachi Not far from the Mexican border, San Antonio has become a top spot for all things Tex-Mex. Here, two cultures interact seamlessly, adding to the unique vibe of the city. Explore its diversity in an art museum filled with works and artifacts from both countries. Then shop to your heart's content for folk art in a hip neighborhood, before dining in an all-night diner with live mariachi music and good eats. Plus, you can rest easy knowing you can afford your visit.

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San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA): Since 1981, the SAMA has been the place to go in San Antonio to view all kinds of art. Though you can see American, Asian, Contemporary, European, Latin American, and Oceanic works on permanent display, the real attraction tends to be the changing exhibits that highlight local artists and Mexican artifacts. Admission costs $8, but you can get in free every Tuesday night from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Southtown: Just south of the downtown area, you'll find an artsy neighborhood overflowing with quirky boutiques, coffeehouses, and cutting-edge galleries. Come browse the shops filled with artisan crafts, folk art, unique clothes, and one-of-a-kind handmade items. The First Friday Art Walk is enough reason to visit this funky side of the city, where galleries stay open late, cafes offer live music, and the streets fill with vendors selling food and souvenirs.

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Mi Tierra: Just about any time of day or night at Mi Tierra, you can listen to the mariachi band play as you enjoy dinner and a specialty margarita. This restaurant-bakery-bar never closes, and serves traditional Mexican dishes and breakfast all day long.

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