From how you speak to what you eat and do, here’s how to become an authentic denizen of the Alamo City.
1. Go Beyond the Alamo
Remembering the Alamo—where Texian militia fought for 13 days against Santa Anna and his troops from Mexico—is a given for San Antonians, but after your inaugural trip to Alamo Plaza downtown, continue the tour by visiting San Antonio’s other historic missions. The five missions that stretch through South San Antonio were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015—making it the first such site in Texas and only the 23rd in the U.S. The four other missions are Mission San José (and its farm), Mission Concepción, Mission Espada and Mission San Juan Capistrano. Admission is free for self-guided tours at all five and each is still an active parish.