Things to do in San Antonio while staying in our military PIT Pads

The Texas Hill Country is an amazing place, and San Antonio is one of its most popular cities. Whether you’re a military member visiting one of our PIT Pads or a spouse staying in one of our temporary housing Crash Pads, there are plenty of fun things to do in San Antonio that you don’t want to miss!

While staying in one of our Military PIT Pads in San Antonio, TX you may be looking for some things to do around the city.

There are plenty of options available that are sure to keep you busy. While there are a few places on the outskirts of town, most activities will take place within the city itself. Below is a list of activities that you can enjoy while staying in one of our Military PIT Pads here in the beautiful city of San Antonio.

San Antonio is the 7th largest city in America and is rich in Texas history. San Antonio has plenty of museums that teach about everything from aerospace to Spanish culture. If you have kids, they can learn about dinosaurs at the Natural Science Museum or get an up-close look at reptiles at the San Antonio Zoo!


The Riverwalk is a popular tourist attraction, and for good reason. The Riverwalk is a series of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues along the banks of the San Antonio River. It’s located in downtown San Antonio and is free to visit!

Fiesta San Antonio

Fiesta San Antonio is a celebration of the city’s history and culture. Fiesta is a 10-day festival that takes place annually in April to commemorate the Battle of Flowers during the Texas Revolution. It has been celebrated since 1891 and has grown into one of the largest festivals in Texas.
The festival is free to attend, but there are many activities for adults and children alike to enjoy. There are parades daily from April 1st through 9th, including an El Grito parade on March 31st (Mexican Independence Day). Take part in this event by dressing up as your favorite Mexican character! There are also amusement park rides and fair food available for purchase at various locations throughout Fiesta week at affordable prices!

The Alamo

Remember the Alamo, a mission in San Antonio. It was the site of a battle between the Mexican army and Texas settlers. The Alamo is considered by many to be one of the most important battles in Texas history, and it’s also one of the most popular tourist attractions in San Antonio.


If you’re a fan of art and history, leave your PIT Pad and go to the San Antonio Museum of Art. The Witte Museum has interactive exhibits and programs, as well as live animal shows. It’s also home to an impressive collection of Native American artifacts and historic objects (like an original copy of the Declaration of Independence!). For something more family-friendly, head over to the San Antonio Children’s Museum. And if natural history is more your thing, be sure not to miss Brackenridge Park Nature Center—it’s got everything from dinosaur bones to live animals!

For even more Texas history, visit Mission San Jose.

While staying in a military PIT pad in San Antonio, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city and its history when you’re not working on your fitness goals. One great place to start is Mission San Jose, which was established in 1720 as the first mission in Texas by Franciscan monks.

Go on a Texas ghost tour

A Texas ghost tour, which is an evening walk through Old town where your guide will give you an overview of ghosts and spirits that have been said to haunt the area. Ghost tours are a great way to spend an evening with friends and family or your significant other.

There are many things to do and see in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio is perfect for those who love history, culture, and nature. With so much to do and see, you’ll want to make sure you plan your trip carefully so that you can experience all the best of what San Antonio has to offer.

We hope this guide has helped you find some great things to do while you stay at one of our Military PIT Pads in San Antonio, Texas. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below and we will get back to you ASAP!


Choose a Crashpad close to your Airforce Base

Joint Base San Antonio, Tx


"Royal Retreats CrashPads has strategically located properties to service all JBSA locations: Randolph AFB, Lackland AFB, Kelly AFB, Medina Annex (John A. Chapman Annex), Fort Sam Houston & Camp Bullis. Whether you are looking for something close to base, or near downtown attractions, Royal Retreats CrashPads has something for you. Please contact us to determine which of our San Antonio properties best suits your needs."


The Barney

The Barney is a cozy, family-friendly military crash pad located just outside Downtown San Antonio. It is conveniently situated with a 12-minute commute to Lackland Air Force Base and a 14-minute commute to Fort Sam Houston.


This beautifully designed property is just 9 minutes from Fort Sam Houston Walters Gate! This property has a fully equipped gourmet kitchen with entertaining in mind.

The Refugio

An incredible military crash pad in San Antonio, situated in Downtown Lavaca Historic District with a quick 11-minute commute to Fort Sam Houston and an easy 17-minute commute to Lackland AFB.

Refugio Studio

A quaint, homey San Antonio military PIT pad, located conveniently in the Lavaca Historic District of San Antonio, it boasts an 11-minute commute to Fort Sam Houston and an easy 17-minute commute to Lackland AFB.

Miners Point

Our Miners Point property is 11 minutes away from Lackland AFB. It is in a great, quite location but still only minutes away from stores and Restaurants.


La Vaca is one of our Military PIT Pad in San Antonio, conveniently located near Randolph AFB and Fort Sam Houston. This Crash Pad is part of our Cottage Collection and offers a spacious and modern open-concept living space with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.

The Jeff Studio

This beautiful TDY Studio is located in a great neighborhood and is perfect for your next Temporary Duty in San Antonio. The location is ideal, only a few minutes away from the Forum shopping center, I35, Randolph AFB, and more!

Kirtland Air force Base from far away

Kirtland AFB


"Royal Retreats CrashPads has strategically located properties to service near Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Whether you are looking for something close to the base, or near the best Albuquerque attractions, Royal Retreats CrashPads has something for you. Please contact us to determine which of our Albuquerque, NM. properties best suit your needs."


The Pioneer

Our exclusive crash pad, the pioneer, is situated at Volterra HOA area of Albuquerque, a short travel distance to Kritland’s main gate.

The Zena

This magnificent home is located in the Northeast Heights of Albuquerque, a 5 mile / 12-minute commute to the base.

The Columbia

The Columbia is well-constructed fully furnished house that provide you with optimum comfortability during your stay on TDY to Kirtland Air Force Base.

The Manzano

The Manzano is a bright and airy military crash pad located in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Albuquerque, NM, with a straight shot 10-minute commute to Kirtland Air Force Base.