"100 Things To Do in San Antonio Before You Die" (Reedy Press, 2016) book cover image.

100 Things To Do in San Antonio Before You Die

"100 Things To Do in San Antonio Before You Die" (Reedy Press, 2016) book cover image.

San Antonio, la ciudad con todo: romance, history, arts, culture, nature, food & drinks

San Antonio, Texas, has it all and más! And now there’s a guidebook to help you explore the city’s most fabulous treasures before you kick the bucket.

“100 Things To Do in San Antonio Before you Die” (Reedy Press, 2016) by yours truly is my love letter to San Antonio. I wrote it for both visitors and residents.

The Alamo City—the seventh-largest municipality in the United States—conveys a small-town vibe. It’s filled with friendly locals who are happy to share what they love most about their ciudad: Barbacoa! Los Spurs! The River Walk! Fiesta! Breakfast tacos! The museums! Parades! Smoked brisket! The green spaces! Margaritas! And on, and on.

For a city that pre-dates the Declaration of Independence, San Antonio has a youthful vibrancy that belies its age. On any given day, something is being celebrated. Join the party that is San Antonio! Bienvenidos to America’s best town.

It all began at HemisFair ’68

Photo of Denise Barkis Richter at HemisFair, the 1968 World's Fair, in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
Photo of me on the left, peeking through the roller coaster bars with my father and my brother, Art, at HemisFair, the 1968 World’s Fair, in San Antonio, Texas. Photo by my mother, Denise Barkis.

My love affair with San Antonio began in 1968 at HemisFair, the World’s Fair, when I was seven years old. Even at that age, I knew San Antonio, which was celebrating its 250th birthday, was a special place. On summer vacations, it seemed like all roads led to the Alamo City. Bongo Joe was the first street musician I ever experienced, and I remember drinking ice cold, homemade root beer at Schilo’s, not far from where he performed. I moved to San Antonio in 1979 as an 18-year-old college freshman. Over the years, I’ve witnessed San Antonio grow and prosper, and I could not be more in love with my adopted city.

Please like my San Antonio Tourist FB page!

In addition to Amazon, my book is available at Barnes & Noble, The Twig, Whole Foods, Half Price Books on Broadway, Costco, Sam’s and Hudson News. I will be making appearances around San Antonio, so please “like” my San Antonio Tourist Facebook page to stay in the book-signing loop and to make sure you don’t miss a single blog post. If you would like for me to speak to your business, organization, or club, please contact me at sanantoniotourist at gmail dot com.

A gigante thank you to Taco Cabana (#53 on the list) for helping to launch my book with my fellow San Antonio bloggers. The margaritas were heavenly, and I think I ate my weight in chicken flautas and bean and cheese nachos. To borrow a saying from my Southeast Texas roots: “A good time was had by all.”

Photo of Denise Richter, author of "100 Things To Do in San Antonio Before You Die" signing her book at Taco Cabana.
Photo by Johnnie Moët De La Garza of Flicks and Food.


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