Although most of us consider summer to be over since school has already begun, I feel that Labor Day is truly our last weekend of summer. Did you know that after Labor Day weekend we don’t get another break (from school, work, etc.) for 11 weeks? That’s right, this is our last shot at fun until Thanksgiving! After you let that sink in a minute you may be frantic in the fact that perhaps you haven’t made any plans yet to celebrate this “last hoorah”…the good news is I’ve put together a list of my Top 5 Picks for the Best Activities in (and around) San Antonio for this Labor Day weekend.
5. Outlet Mall Shopping
Being in San Antonio not only provides great shopping but it also puts us within a 30 minute drive of even better shopping! Now I may be a bit biased having gone to school in San Marcos but I think that the Tanger/Premium outlets are pretty impressive. There are enough shops there to keep you occupied for at least a day if not a weekend. And to top it off…they’re having Labor Day sales. Check out their sites to see the expansive list of stores they have. http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=88 www.tangeroutlets.com
4. Theme Parks
San Antonio is the beloved home of Fiesta Texas, Sea World, Splashtown and just a short drive from the largest water park in our nation, Schlitterbahn. Every park listed above hosts some sort of water feature be it a water ride, water park, or a nice big splash from Shamu. There’s even a coupon! http://www.sanantonioriverwalk.com/Fiesta%20Texas%20Coupon.html
So often us spoiled San Antonians forget that our bustling city is a major tourist attraction! Heading for a short drive downtown provides all kinds of fun activities for you and your family. You can enjoy the scenic view from a river front restaurant, take a boat tour, or even explore El Mercado. Be a local tourist!
Who doesn’t love a river trip in this hot south Texas weather? Hop in a tube and enjoy the water! Make sure to leave the styrofoam and glass at home and bring lots of sunblock.
1. Wine Tasting
Last but CERTAINLY not least, is my personal favorite: wine tasting. South and Central Texas is peppered with many charming vineyards and wineries. Why not take advantage of a long weekend to go and check a few out? Most are very affordable and some even offer free tastings. My local favorite? Dry Comal Creek. However, if you’re willing to venture into Fredericksburg you will fall in love with Grape Creek, Becker and Torre di Pietra. Check out their sites and go try some new wines.
Wonder why we celebrate this holiday? Click here: http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm