Take it from a local: San Antonio has so much to see, do, and eat


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Whether you are attending the 2023 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium® as a first-timer or you’re a veteran SABCS® attendee, the city of San Antonio has something new to offer every visitor.

San Antonio, a city brimming with history and culture, was founded as a Spanish mission and colonial outpost in 1718. In 1731, it became the first chartered civil settlement in present-day Texas. It’s now the seventh-largest city in the United States and boasts attractions such as the historic Alamo and the River Walk, which is accessible from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, MPH
Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, MPH

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, MPH, will moderate the SABCS® Special Session Social Determinants of Health—Impact on Cancer Care on Tuesday, December 5. She is Chair and Professor of Population Health Sciences and Director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio; she is also a Texas native who has lived in San Antonio since 2006, when she was recruited to establish the Institute.

Since then, she has had time to explore and find her favorite things to share with the 2023 SABCS® attendees, both from the United States and those traveling from other countries.

Your favorite restaurant that showcases San Antonio’s cuisine:

After we close the curtain on the last day of our biennial Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference, my team gathers to celebrate our hard work at Rosario’s on South St. Mary’s Street, where the food and experience is wonderful. This is just down the road from the convention center. The nearby Historic Market Square and La Villita areas are also wonderful places to enjoy food and fun. The Guenther House is a great place for breakfast.

722 S. St. Mary’s St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Historic Market Square
514 W. Commerce St.
San Antonio, TX 78207

La Villita
418 Villita St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

The Guenther House
205 E. Guenther St.
San Antonio, TX 78204

Your favorite museum or cultural experience:

Don’t miss the Briscoe Western Art Museum and the Institute of Texan Cultures; both are havens of history of the Texas population. The Witte Museum also has a lot of great exhibits and fun adventures.

Briscoe Western Art Museum
210 W. Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Institute of Texan Cultures (a Smithsonian Affiliate)
801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78205

The Witte Museum (a Smithsonian Affiliate)
3801 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209

Your favorite hidden gem:

The Pearl is a rising neighborhood and shopping area with great restaurants and activities. The King William/Southtown District is also home to a lot of Victorian-inspired historical places, alongside restaurants, coffee shops, public art galleries, and museums.

The Pearl
303 Pearl Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78215

King William/Southtown
Accessible via South Alamo Street, South St. Mary’s Street, or the River Walk
San Antonio, TX

Any parting thoughts?

Downtown San Antonio is a great place to walk and wander, with restaurants, shopping, and culture all around. And it’s December—you can’t go wrong with a Holiday Lights Boat Cruise on the river in downtown San Antonio!

Holiday Lights River Boat Cruises with Go Rio

Check website for tickets and boarding times and locations.